Flour+Water chef-owner welcomes guests back to Central Kitchen after brief closure

After months of temporary closure, Thomas McNaughton, executive chef-owner of Flour+Water, has reopened his casual dining restaurant Central Kitchen in the Mission District.

The restaurant reopens Friday as Central Kitchen Wine Bar and will serve guests in a heated courtyard attached to Flour+Water Pasta Shop at 3000 20th St. Guests will enjoy pasta prepared inside the shop in addition to other Italian plates.

“Being a casual restaurant and wine bar with epic outdoor seating in San Francisco excites us,” McNaughton said in a statement. “We want guests and friends to enjoy simple food, thoughtfully prepared alongside a broad and playful list of both classic and natural wines.”

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Wine director Samuel Bogue has partnered with McNaughton and chef Ryan Pollnow and has chosen six natural wines from around the world to showcase on the menu. A 2017 pinot gris by Augur Wine Co. in Russian River will be featured as its local natural wine.

Chefs McNaughton and Pollnow have fixed a small menu that includes rigatoni all’amatriciana and sweet potato and ricotta tortelloni pasta along with other small bites. A half chicken dish will be available, too.

Chefs Thomas McNaughton and Ryan Pollnow have reopened Central Kitchen Wine Bar in the Mission District. It's part of the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group that operates San Francisco favorite Flour+Water.

Chefs Thomas McNaughton and Ryan Pollnow have reopened Central Kitchen Wine Bar in the Mission District. It’s part of the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group that operates San Francisco favorite Flour+Water.

Courtesy of Mac Malone/ Ne Timeas Restaurant Group

McNaughton told SFGATE via email that the reopening comes at a time when that “seems to be what our guests want from us.”

“We decided to open now because we have this incredible courtyard that we can use year round (it’s technically outside but covered from the elements) that we want to share with guests.”

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Between the courtyard and sidewalk seating already available, there will be 40 seats on site, with tables that can accommodate groups of two to five guests. Reservations are available on Resy, though the restaurant will save some tables for walk-in guests.

Central Kitchen Wine Bar is open Thursday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will also be available for delivery and takeout.

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Central Garden & Pet Announces Pricing of $500 Million of Senior Notes

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA) (“Central”), announced today it has priced an offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.125% senior notes due 2030 (the “notes”), which represents an increase in the offering size of $100 million from the previously announced offering of $400 million. The sale of the notes is expected to close on October 16, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. The notes will be unconditionally guaranteed on a senior basis by each of Central’s existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries who are borrowers under or guarantors of Central’s senior secured revolving credit facility or guarantee Central’s other debt. Central intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to redeem its outstanding 6.125% senior notes due 2023 (the “existing notes”), and to pay related fees and expenses, with the remainder for general corporate purposes.

BofA Securities, Inc, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Truist Securities, Inc. will serve as joint book-running managers for the offering, and BMO Capital Markets Inc., KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. will serve as co-managers.

Copies of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained by contacting BofA Securities, Inc, NC1-004-03-43; 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling 1-800-294-1322; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by calling 1-866-803-9204; or Truist Securities, Inc., 3333 Peachtree Road NE, 9th floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling 1-404-926-5906. The prospectus may also be obtained from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. Offers of securities will be made only by means of a prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The prospectus is part of a shelf registration statement that has become effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In addition, this press release does not constitute a notice of redemption with respect to the existing notes. Any such notice of redemption will be separately issued by Central when and if the existing notes are called for redemption.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, producer and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, and OVER-N-OUT®; fertilizer and the brands PENNINGTON® and IRONITE®; live plants from BELL NURSERY; outdoor cushions and pillows from ARDEN COMPANIES; and decorative outdoor patio products under the PENNINGTON® brand. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet

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Light Up Your Kitchen With This Central Perk Neon Sign From ‘Friends’

Halloween is right around the corner—which means it’s officially time to bring out the jack-o’-lanterns, watch scary movies, buy your costume(s), and hang up your festive decorations. Although there are thousands of decorations to choose from, you don’t have to blow your budget while decking out your house or apartment in honor of the spooky season this year. With a little guidance, you’ll find plenty of ways to create the perfect ambiance at home without going for broke. (And best of all, you can put the money you saved toward extra Halloween candy to stash away.)

From giant spiders to hanging ghosts and lawn decorations, here are a few of our favorite props under $25.

1. Halloween Pillow Covers (4-Pack); $17

These adorable Halloween-themed pillowcases make the perfect accessory for any couch, sofa, or mattress. Made with thick linen fabric, these are durable, sturdy, and designed to last for seasons to come. (Tip: To prevent the zipper from breaking, fold the pillow in half before inserting.)

Buy it: Amazon

2. Black Lace Spiderweb Fireplace Mantle; $12

This versatile spiderweb prop is made with 100-percent polyester, and its knit lace spiderweb pattern adds a spooky touch to any home. Display it on your doorway, across your fireplace mantel, or atop your table. (It also makes a great backdrop for Halloween photo ops.)

Buy it: Amazon

3. Statement Halloween Signs; $16

These festive, statement-making banners come pre-assembled, making them incredibly easy to install. They’re also weather-resistant and washable for both outdoor and indoor use. Use tape, push-pins, or weights to prevent the signs from blowing away.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Jack Skellington and Sally Plush Dolls; $23 (Each)

Celebrate your favorite holiday with a pair of adorable Jack Skellington and Sally plush dolls from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack stands at 28 inches tall, while Sally is a bit shorter at 21 inches. Set them up on your sofa or against the window sill for all to see.

Buy them: Disney Shop (Jack and Sally)

5. Halloween Zombie Groundbreaker; $22

This spooktacular zombie lawn decoration is sure to scare all of your friends, family, and neighbors alike. Made with a combination of latex, plastic, and fabric, this durable Halloween prop is sure to last for years to come.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Hanging Ghost Decoration; $14

Drape this handmade, 14-foot-long hanging ghost decoration over your porch, doorway, or window. You can also hang it outdoors over a tree or a (very tall) bush. And, since it comes pre-assembled, you won’t have to waste time constructing it yourself.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Two-Piece Hanging Ghost Set; $17

This pair of ghosts adds a whimsical touch to any home. While they’re not “scary,” per se, they certainly are adorable. Display them in your front yard, on your porch, on a lamppost, or a tree. To hang, simply tie the ribbons and bend the wires, arms, and tails.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Pumpkin String Lights; $19

Not only are these solar-powered, 33-foot-long

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Central Garden & Pet Announces Offering of $400 Million of Senior Notes

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA) (“Central”), announced today it has commenced an offering, subject to market and other conditions, of $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2030 (the “notes”). The notes will be unconditionally guaranteed on a senior basis by each of Central’s existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries who are borrowers under, or guarantors of, Central’s senior secured revolving credit facility or guarantee Central’s other debt. Central intends to use the net proceeds from the offering, together with cash on hand, to redeem its outstanding 6.125% senior notes due 2023 (the “existing notes”) and to pay related fees and expenses.

BofA Securities, Inc, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Truist Securities, Inc. will serve as joint book-running managers for the offering, and BMO Capital Markets Inc., KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. will serve as co-managers.

Copies of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained by contacting BofA Securities, Inc, NC1-004-03-43; 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling 1-800-294-1322; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by calling 1-866-803-9204; or Truist Securities, Inc., 3333 Peachtree Road NE, 9th floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling 1-404-926-5906. The prospectus may also be obtained from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. Offers of securities will be made only by means of a prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The prospectus is part of a shelf registration statement that has become effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In addition, this press release does not constitute a notice of redemption with respect to the existing notes. Any such notice of redemption will be separately issued by Central when and if the existing notes are called for redemption.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, producer and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, and OVER-N-OUT®; fertilizer and the brands PENNINGTON® and IRONITE®; live plants from BELL NURSERY; outdoor cushions and pillows from ARDEN COMPANIES; and decorative outdoor patio products under the PENNINGTON® brand. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS™, COMFORT ZONE®, FARNAM®, HORSE HEALTH™ and VITAFLEX®; aquatics and reptile and the brands AQUEON®, CORALIFE®, SEGREST™ and ZILLA®; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, Forti-Diet®

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India’s Central Bank Is Stuck in a Halfway House

(Bloomberg Opinion) — India’s worst economic slump is no time for the government to sow doubts about the credibility of its institutions.

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On Monday, the Reserve Bank of India postponed its three-day, rate-setting meeting without giving a reason. It was probably canceled because the panel didn’t have enough people to convene; the six-person committee requires four officials to proceed. The terms of three members have expired, and requests that the government extend their tenure were met with the formation of a group to select new ones instead. (By law, they can’t be appointed to second terms.) 

No matter how you read this, the signals are discouraging. If it’s purely a scheduling snafu, then the timing is particularly poor. Gross domestic product dived 23.9% in the second quarter from a year earlier, easily the worst performance in Asia. India is crumbling beneath the toll of the coronavirus, with more than 6 million cases and is at risk of overtaking the U.S. for the unenviable mantle of most infections. The RBI postponement was announced after markets closed Monday; traders were already wrestling with record government borrowing. 

If this is yet another example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi undermining the RBI, which is on its third governor in four years, investors are left wondering whether India has become something of a halfway house. It has the form of a modern central bank but lacks the substance of a truly independent institution. Current chief Shaktikanta Das’s two immediate predecessors left after spats with the government. Das, who has held the job since 2018, hasn’t directly opposed New Delhi. Indeed, his first decision of any import was an unexpected rate cut in early 2019.

The RBI was forecast to keep its benchmark rate unchanged at 4% this week, reflecting the persistence of inflation above its 2% to 6% target. India was one of Asia’s most aggressive rate-cutters amid a credit crisis in 2019. Officials also reduced borrowing costs at the start of the year, as the pandemic rippled across the country. Lately, its ardor for such easing has cooled. But the overall trend for inflation is down globally and India isn’t likely to be an exception for very long. Bloomberg Economics sees price increases abating and the RBI resuming reductions later this year.

Economic circumstances compel more cuts; the collapse in growth is simply too dramatic to ignore. If Modi’s prevarication about new appointments comes down to wanting to faster reductions, that’s understandable. The three outgoing members consist of a hawk, a dove and a person in the middle, according to Bloomberg Economics’ Abhishek Gupta. If Modi instead wants three doves — that is, advocates of easier policy — then he should hurry up and appoint them. 

Governments the world over want central banks to give them the results they crave. In 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump mused about firing Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell because he apparently wasn’t moving fast enough to lower rates. (Trump eventually demurred.) A century of Fed credibility

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Central Garden & Pet Company: Trading At Fair Value (NASDAQ:CENT)

After an impressive run-up in price, shares in Central Garden & Pet Company (CENT) are taking a breather, retracing from their 52-week highs, and currently trading at $37.8 per share.

The company has benefited from the change in consumer behavior as restrictions were placed to combat the spread of COVID. We have seen that strength translate to retailers such as The Home Depot (HD), Tractor Supply (TSCO), and competitor Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG), all showing impressive year-to-date results and pointing to an industry enjoying the tailwinds from a shift in discretionary spending towards categories such as gardening and pets, as consumers find themselves with more time spent at home.

As it relates to CENT, the company’s Q3 was its best-performing quarter in its history driven by robust consumer demand. The company ended the quarter with $495M in cash and a leverage ratio of 2.4x, within management’s targeted range.

While the company still expects strong demand in Q4, management guided for a slight earnings loss in Q4 as they increase levels of spending towards e-commerce, digital marketing, and cost control measures. As a result, management expects full-year EPS to be at or above $1.90, implying negative EPS of minus $0.08 in the upcoming quarter. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Q4 is the smallest earnings quarter for the company. For example, in Q4 of 2018 and 2019, the company did $0.03 and $0.04, respectively in diluted EPS.

From a valuation point of view, the company is trading at a forward P/E multiple of 19x, approximately in-line with its 5-year average of 22.8x. We believe CENT is trading at fair value and the stock price is already pricing in the favorable outlook for CENT’s business segments (mainly Pet products and Garden Products). We also believe revenue growth through acquisitions might be hard to come by in a hot market. M&A has been the main growth driver for CENT, having completed 50 acquisitions since 1992. However, with strong tailwinds lifting the sector, management might have trouble finding a suitable deal at a reasonable valuation.

To sustain forward earnings of 18x, organic growth needs to remain resilient, which would depend in part on how the pandemic develops in the upcoming quarters. If a vaccine takes longer than expected, then it is reasonable to assume consumers would keep spending their discretionary incomes towards categories such as pets and gardens.

That said, with CENT trading at a fair value multiple, we would rather wait for a bigger margin of safety before initiating a position to account for the unpredictability of the current market. We are neutral on the company.

Tailwinds drove CENT’s best quarterly results

CENT reported third-quarter sales of $833M, up 18% on a year-over-year basis, and beating expectations by $110M. The company also reported a GAAP EPS of $1.27, beating the consensus by $0.43.

There was strong demand for both CENT’s product segments. The company experienced organic sales of 18% in Garden, and 15% in Pets compared to the prior-year period.

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Italian salon Patrizia Manias hair pins its debut central London site to Covent Garden

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Today, the Mercers’ Company has announced that the Milan inspired hair salon, Patrizia Manias, has opened its debut central London store in Covent Garden, following its current shop in Battersea.

Located at 20-22 Shelton Street in the heart of the West End, Patrizia Manias’ latest salon spans nearly 1,000 sq ft and pays homage to its bespoke Italian style; showcasing an elegant interior featuring highly polished floors, mirrored worktops and full grain orange leather massage chairs. Complete with a secret door leading to an inner beauty sanctum, the salon also offers exclusive T-Shape treatment for body remodelling and facial skin rejuvenation.

Continually recognised for dictating trends and cutting-edge hair treatments, Patrizia Manias originated from the heart of the fashion world, Milan, where it opened its first store back in 2002.

Stefano Gambatesa, Creative Director, Patrizia Manias, commented: “Covent Garden remains a key area for us to open our debut store in the capital. This a great opportunity for us to build our consumer following by offering Italian inspired services to dynamic Londoners looking for that extra level of luxury treatments. Opening a salon in the nation’s capital had always been a dream for us at Patrizia Manias, and we are excited to welcome visitors to experience our store; our ultimate goal is that we want all our guests to leave feeling good as well as looking good.”

Simon Taylor, Property Director at the Mercers’ Company, added: “We are always looking for brands that can bring something unique to our destination. As an established Italian brand, Patrizia Manias is a brilliant addition to Covent Garden and the array of international brands already on offer here. The salon will provide the ideal ‘retreat’ for those looking for that bit of luxury post-lockdown and we are confident the business will appeal to the capital’s Londoner base.”

Patrizia Manias joins an array of cosmetic and premium retailers in Covent Garden, including Blow Ltd, Boots, Russell & Bromley, Calvin Klein and Levi’s. Hanover Green acted on behalf of the Mercers’ Company and Patrizia Manias represented themselves.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Atlas Air Worldwide, BMC Stock, Central Garden & Pet Company, Comfort Systems USA and DICK’S Sporting Goods

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Chicago, IL – September 17, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. AAWW, BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. BMCH, Central Garden & Pet Company CENT, Comfort Systems USA, Inc. FIX and DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. DKS.

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Wall Street Makes Record Recovery from Coronavirus: 5 Growth Picks

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, despite the recent turmoil, has almost recovered all losses suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. The blue-chip index bounced back from the bear market territory in March and is now near its all-time high achieved on Feb 12, 2020.

Similarly, the S&P 500 had plummeted more than 30% within six weeks this spring, marking its fastest descent from record levels into a bear market. But the broader index has been on an uptrend, recording the fifth successive month of rally in August in more than 80 years.

What’s more, the S&P 500’s journey from a record high in February to a bear market in March, and then again to a new record, only took 126 trading days this year, the fastest-ever climb. To put things into perspective, if we go back to 1928, it took the index 1,500 trading sessions to return to record levels after slipping into bear territory.

This year’s stock market rebound has been even more startling, since the year has been plagued by a pandemic that left millions of Americans unemployed, while corporate profits have seen the steepest collapse in a decade. So, what drove the historic rally? Primarily, stimulus from the Fed and the Congress helped the stock market scale north.

The Fed has kept interest rates at near-zero levels and has promised to keep it at that level even if inflation picks up. Fed’s initiative to lend billions across markets also buoyed investors. Moreover, as Fed bought corporate and Treasury bonds, yields tanked, making stocks more alluring.

At the same time, the U.S. government provided more than 150 million in stimulus checks to Americans and nearly half a trillion dollars in loans to small business houses. The encouraging response along with the lessons learned in the financial crisis of 2008 helped the stock market’s rebound.

And let’s admit, many investors still had faith that the U.S. economy will get its mojo back once the pandemic is under control. In fact, factory activity had accelerated in August, and hiring improved for the fourth straight month. Consumer outlays also picked up in August after a substantial drop. To top it, many analysts opine that the skid in corporate profits has likely bottomed, too. Leuthold Group, a research firm, added that many economists now expect annual GDP to improve next year at a rate not seen in the past 70 years.

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Is Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:CENT) Likely To Turn Things Around?

If you’re not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Having said that, from a first glance at Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:CENT) we aren’t jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let’s have a deeper look.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

Just to clarify if you’re unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for Central Garden & Pet, this is the formula:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

0.098 = US$184m ÷ (US$2.3b – US$385m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

Therefore, Central Garden & Pet has an ROCE of 9.8%. In absolute terms, that’s a low return and it also under-performs the Household Products industry average of 16%.

View our latest analysis for Central Garden & Pet

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Central Garden & Pet compares to its prior returns on capital, but there’s only so much you can tell from the past. If you’d like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Central Garden & Pet.

What Can We Tell From Central Garden & Pet’s ROCE Trend?

In terms of Central Garden & Pet’s historical ROCE trend, it doesn’t exactly demand attention. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 9.8% and the business has deployed 96% more capital into its operations. This poor ROCE doesn’t inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it’s evident that the business isn’t deploying the funds into high return investments.

In Conclusion…

As we’ve seen above, Central Garden & Pet’s returns on capital haven’t increased but it is reinvesting in the business. Investors must think there’s better things to come because the stock has knocked it out of the park delivering a 159% gain to shareholders who have held over the last five years. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn’t hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.

On a separate note, we’ve found 1 warning sign for Central Garden & Pet you’ll probably want to know about.

While Central Garden & Pet isn’t earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and

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A splash of paint can work wonders in the kitchen | Central Western Daily

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We often hear about how transformative paint can be to a house, but this kitchen makeover takes the cake. The room only has one window – which doesn’t provide much natural light – and the dark cupboards sucked any brightness out of the room. The owners had just a small budget to bring the heart of their home back to life, so using paint to overhaul the dark 1980s timber cabinetry was a clever and economical approach. Luckily, they didn’t need new appliances, fixtures or flooring, so instead read every article they could about painting kitchen cupboards and boldly decided to go for it. They opted for Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint; two coats of a shade called Pure were used on the upper cabinets, and the same amount in the colour Duck Egg Blue was applied to the lower cupboards. The owners have invaluable tips for those who decide to use paint for their kitchen makeover. “Degrease your cabinets thoroughly with a degreasing soap. If you leave just a tiny spot it will show through the paint. “Approach your kitchen remodel with realistic expectations. When you get really, really close and examine the cabinets, they do have some imperfections, but whoever gets that close? We love our kitchen now. It’s bright and colourful and full of light. “If you’re considering using Chalk Paint, but you’re afraid of the results, just do it! It’s the most affordable way to dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen.” With DIY at the top of many people’s recipe list, these steps show how simple it is to whip up a masterpiece. “With a partner and no interruptions, you could do your kitchen cabinets in a weekend,” suggests Annie. “Or if the thought of a big job is overwhelming, break it down. Do your top cupboards one week and your bottom cupboards the next.” Without the need to sand or prep, Chalk Paint can not only elevate cabinetry, but also turn everyday tiles into a showstopping feature in your kitchen. “Rectangular subway tiles can be bought anywhere, for next to nothing,” says Annie. “Turn them on their side, paint each half in a complementary shade and you’ve got a gorgeously matte checkerboard tile that looks like you paid ten times the price. Pick a palette of four shades – two per tile – for a seriously chic look.” Just remember, patience is a tile painter’s best friend. For a polished look, use thin coats and leave plenty of drying time. If you’re a fan of the rustic aesthetic, leave a little more paint on the brush. Layer up the texture of the surrounding wall by applying Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint onto a base of Wall Paint, using thick strips of cardboard. Drag, wipe and scrape the paint along the wall, building up layers of colour and tone, until blended to your liking. Once dry, Annie suggests finishing the tiles with a thin layer of

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