Our boot-room/utility makeover

You know what it’s like; you spend years getting planning permission, then you start on the long slog of the build, going through hell and high water to get to the finish line and by the time you nearly get there you are exhausted and your interior mojo is well and truly missing in action! Somewhere along the way, those last little flourishes just never seem to get done.

Our boot room/utility room had been through a few guises. It started out as an ugly utility with a downstairs toilet off of it. During the house build and renovations it became our temporary kitchen as we needed to live in the house all the way through. It finally became our new utility room and boot room combined and I wanted it to be pretty. Mr C, my hubby, didn’t really get it, but to me there was no reason why a functional room can’t be beautiful too.

Mr C and I had made our own built-in storage. There was just no money left for fancy carpentry. I designed them and Mr C went about how we actually built them. He did an amazing job. The only thing we didn’t do was make the shaker doors that would hang on the frames. There were three areas, mainly the boot room/utility, but also a wood storage area in the snug and a long thin cupboard in the living room, which was created when we added in a dog-leg from the outside of the house, which became our “Christmas cupboard”. I know, only we could have a Christmas cupboard!

The storage areas were great, but without the doors and handles it just didn’t look finished. The boot room/utility cupboards stored the mega flow and also an ugly tall freezer. The doors were very much needed to hide the not so pretty working parts of the house. In my mind, the doors had to be the same style as the kitchen cupboard doors because the boot room is directly off of the kitchen. All of the cabinetry for our kitchen came from Classic Kitchens Direct, a company based in Christchurch, Dorset. They are also on Instagram @classickitchensdirect

They were a dream to work with and nothing was too much trouble. If what we wanted wasn’t in their brochure, then they would make it for us using drawings and photos of something we’d seen. Everything was bespoke and the joinery was of the highest standard. They could also paint the cupboards for us. We chose to have them spray painted in a matt finish as the spray paint has a hardener, which helps with all those knocks and scratches that come with every day kitchen use.

Our wonderful kitchen from Classic Kitchens Direct.

I contacted the very helpful Alan at Classic Kitchens Direct to ask whether he could make our doors for our storage areas too and he was happy to help. I gave him the measurements and we went through where the cross-bars should be placed together. He corresponded with me throughout the design process and made sure all the colours and dimensions were correct. From first contact to delivery was about three weeks, which I think is amazing service! They had a difficult job too as all of the cupboard housings were not exactly square. Don’t get me wrong, Mr C did a great job of the cupboards, but the areas they were built in were not square to start with, so we had to fit them in accordingly.

The doors and surrounds for the boot room were painted in Pigeon, the snug door in Railings and the Christmas cupboard in Plummet, all interior eggshell by Farrow and Ball.

I’m hoping to write another blog post about our kitchen design, if that is something you would all be interested in? I’d like to go into the design process and what 22 years of house renovation has taught us about kitchen design.

I’d seen some beautiful hand made leather handles on Sally from @gettingstuffdoneinheels Instagram account from a lovely guy in Crete called Giannis at @handmadeleathergr – I contacted him after I had had a good look through his Etsy website. Giannis was super helpful and knew exactly what I wanted. The leather handles arrived just over a week later. They really finish off the doors and its so great to be able to support an international small business in this way. If you’re looking for something a bit different when it comes to choosing your handles or doorknobs, then do check out his page!

We are so thrilled with the finished result in the boot room/utility as well as the snug and living room. The house now finally feels complete!


    • JP Clark
      August 11, 2020 / 12:44 pm

      He’s fab Sally. Thanks for reading. Xx

  1. Sara Jefferies
    August 9, 2020 / 6:54 pm

    JP this is fabulous and I love that you have a Christmas cupboard!!! I think I need one I’m my life 😆
    Those leather handles are wonderful, and how fantastic to support a small business in Greece. I’m totally eith you on the utility room needing to be pretty as well as functional 🙌
    I’d be very interested in a kitchen blog post!! I’ve already made a mental note toinclude a separate area for hiding another sink/prep area etc as I think that’s a genius idea!
    Love your blog & IG and I hope you’re enjoying a lovely sunny & relaxing weekend
    Sara xxx

    • JP Clark
      August 11, 2020 / 12:43 pm

      Thank you so so much Sara, that’s so kind of you!

  2. Mary
    August 14, 2020 / 4:40 am

    Thank you for sharing all these details. Everything came together beautifully!! And yes, please share all the tops you’ve picked ip afyer 20 years of renovations and your kitchen drsign process!

    • JP Clark
      August 14, 2020 / 9:52 am

      Thank you Mary, I SURE WILL. XX

  3. Terry Disher
    August 17, 2020 / 2:51 pm

    JP it all looks great, your were a pleasure to work with. Love your post, take care.

    • JP Clark
      August 19, 2020 / 12:23 pm

      Terry, thank you so much and thank you for taking the time. Kind regards Jp

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