Interiors - Utility Boot Room

September 28, 2017

Hello! Sorry for the lack of blogging recently, it's been a crazy couple of weeks. We've just got back from a long weekend in Barcelona {more on that next week} and also my mac is in for repair needing a new hard drive, sobs! Blogging just isn't the same without it and takes me twice as long. Anyway, I wanted to share that today a mini house tour of ours is featured over on Keepmoat Homes inspiration section today {online here}
And also I never got round to finishing our Utility room makeover. When I last posted about it, way back at the end of May when summer was just beginning, the bare bones were in but nothing was quite finished. You can see that post where I left off here. Since then, it's all pretty much complete! I think the only thing we need now is a blind for the window and door. So this is part two with all the finishing off and some recent photos.

As a recap, the cupboards are all painted in Farrow & Ball Downpipe eggshell. The other walls are Farrow & Ball's Wimborne White modern emulsion. The floor tiles are online here. Ben built the cupboards. Sink is online here. Taps are bespoke online here. All other products linked below;

Lift up seat

We wanted as much storage in here as possible so planned a lift up bench seat that would look practical, for sitting on for taking off muddy boots but also storing shoes. Ben and his guys built a custom seat using wood and some hinges in between the two tall cupboards. It then got primed and painted to match in.

We picked up these coat hooks at an antiques fair last year and they were the perfect size to sit on the panelling.

We felt whilst quartz/stone worktops might have been a little more practical for around a sink, oak looked best out here and gives the room some warmth against the dark downpipe. So we ordered a piece of oak worktop which Ben then cut out a hole for the sink in.

We protected it with a few thick coats of Danish oil to waterproof it.

I've written a blog post about these DIY shaker peg shelves that Ben made online here. It really finished the area above the sink off and gave some interest rather than just being the panelled wall.

Next came the fun part, accessorizing! I was like a kid in a sweet shop, unboxing all of the things I hadn't seen for months, deciding what should live in the kitchen and what should be in the utility room.

I ordered a French linen bench seat cushion from Maison Brocante.

And gradually it all felt a lot more finished.

Scales online here.

We're so pleased with our cast iron rads from Ribble radiators {full blog post on choosing heating for our extension here}. I think they look especially good in here against the floor tiles.

I decided that I'd love a pink door but our house is listed and we didn't know if we'd be allowed to change the front door. Luckily for me though the back door was sitting there needing a coat of paint so we decided on Farrow & Ball's Pink Ground. And luckily my husband doesn't even bat an eyelid.

A pink door needed a pretty knocker. This one fit the bill! A gold bumble bee {heart eyes}

We had a coir mat fitted into the recess by the door, and then added this cute star mat {from Lisa Valentine Home}. The walls on the right were crying out for something but I didn't want to add too much colour with the dark Downpipe units opposite. In the end this wire shelf unit was perfect and great for storing a few bits too. And I'd had these kitchen prints from Ros Shiers for about a year waiting for the perfect spot.

Rock my Style came to shoot our house a couple of months back, and of course Adam captures my house better than I ever could. All of the finished photos below;

At some point I'll get round to finding some fabric for some blinds and I also want to find a hanging wooden washing airer to maybe hang from the ceiling but for now I'm just so pleased with this space and it's so useful for muddy boots/washing/flowers/allotment veg etc. It's one of my favourite rooms in the house.

Thanks, as always for reading!

R <3 xx 

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  1. Gorgeous post as always.
    We're about to complete on our first home in Bristol and I am so excited to begin the renovation work required!! You have certainly given me lots of inspo!


  2. Hi, love your boot room ��.
    Just wondered where you got your brass cupboard handles and knobs from? Looking for something similar in my kitchen!


  3. I'd love to know where your handles/knobs are from too!x


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