If you find out your husband or partner has cheated on you the hurt runs deep. Some take to throwing all their clothes out on the street, others take to shaming them on social media, and the desire for revenge is understandable.
In the case of Sonia Barton, a 47-year-old children’s entertainer from Belper, Derbyshire, England whose marriage broke down, she took the ultimate revenge and cheered herself up no end and got the kitchen she had always wanted.
She admits every time she walks into her kitchen she laughs as not only has she got her dream kitchen which her ex wouldn’t allow, she used his precious record collection to make it happen.
It cost Sonia around $3,500 creating her dream kitchen – and along with her ex-husband’s vinyl records, she says the most expensive part was sourcing the 5,000 miniature flowers which make up part of the floor.
Explaining where she got the idea for her bright kitchen, Sonia said: “I love DIY and I love color so it just evolved.
“I originally wanted to do records on the floor when I was married but my husband at the time didn’t like the idea so as soon as we split, I decided to do it.
“It’s been a labor of love for me. I started it over a year ago and spent evenings and weekends working on it.”
Sonia began her project back in October 2018, and her kitchen was mainly black and white which is great for some people, but not for Sonia as she loves everything colorful.
Sonia decided she wanted to change her kitchen into her dream place by herself rather than paying someone to do it that might not get what her dream was showing her.
She added: “I made all the doors and drawers. I love vibrant colors so decided to paint the doors.
“I spent ages looking at tiles and couldn’t find any that I liked so I brought some plain white tiles. I then decoupaged them and then put resin on them.
“The worktops were an eBay bargain which I was able to install with help from a friend.
“For the floor, I bought the buttons and then added coins and records. I glued them on the floor and put resin over them.”
As for her ex-husband’s vinyl, Sonia said: “It amuses me, it makes me laugh every time I walk in the kitchen and see them.”
Needless to say, Sonia’s friends and family have been blown away by her efforts.
She said: “Most of my friends have seen it as it’s been coming along.
“Some people have seen photos of it and have said it’s a bit mad but they’ve said it works when they’ve come in and seen it. It’s bonkers and it reflects me.
“It’s a hard-wearing kitchen so it should last forever.
“I feel happy just being in it. Stepping inside brings a smile to my face no matter how I’m feeling. It uplifts your soul.”