I’m back! And I’ve been oh so busy…


I’m not going to put it all in one post, but I’ve got to start somewhere, so here is a round up of my latest project. I finally had my tenants evicted in April and needed to do a lot of repairs to the house, particularly the kitchen. We looked into replacing the doors and drawer fronts, but as it had been a bespoke kitchen, it was going to cost us a fortune to replace them. For not too much more we could replace the entire kitchen. As we knew that some of the units has seen better days and would want replacing in a few years anyway, we decided it was more sensible to just replace the entire kitchen now.

This is the old kitchen, as you can see it’s rather outdated anyway.

Old units

Old units

The last tenant had done goodness only know what to the drawers as one had been nailed together and the other one Sellotaped!

Nailed!

Nailed!

Sellotaped!

Sellotaped!

Anyway, it needed to get sorted, so we ripped it out..

Ripped out

No going back now!

So we started on the right hand side with the wall units using the Metod system for Ikea. The bar that you can see in the photograph is what the units attach to.

Bar

The first units went in.

Wall cupboards

We couldn’t resist doing the doors and the handles so we could see what it would look like. They opened and closed and everything!

Doors open

Next was the corner unit and the cupboard to the right of it.

First base units

As you can see we had left the sink in so that we had access to water in the kitchen for as long as possible, but now it had to come out. Next up was the extractor fan closely followed by the oven and new sink housing.

Extractor

That was the right hand side done and time to start on the left. Electricity cupboard in first, then corner unit then drawers.

Left side done

Left side done

Time to tackle the work tops. We ha to start on the right because of the way that they needed to be cut. The second one had to have holes for both the new hob and sink too.

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sink and hob

We got the work top in all around then installed the sink and started adding doors etc. At the same time we were skipping around each other as I was tiling.

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Altogether it took us about five full days. Not bad for amateurs! We really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I didn’t get as many photos as I’d have liked as there were people in and out all the time (doing other things) so it was quite tricky and we were pushed for time, but I’m hoping in future to make my posts more step by step. 🙂

Hopefully, this also means I’m back. 😉



Biggest Project Yet!


Well, Facebook tells me we’ve lived here for two years now, and people keep asking me for photographs, so I figured some blogging about it wouldn’t go a miss. Two years ago we brought a three bed unmodernised (of sorts) semi detached ex local authority house. We both work full time and I was out of action for the best part of 12 months due to illness; I’m all better now though! I’ll post about the different rooms over time, but since the biggest project of the lot is starting, I thought it might be a good starting point to track it.

When I say the house was unmodernised, I mean since the 70/80s. Things like one single plug socket in every room, trunking over the electrical wires rather than channeled into the wall etc.. To make matters worse (for us) the previous elderly owners, also appeared to be chain smokers. Now we’re working on a budget here and trying to do a lot of it ourselves, so some stuff we’ve simply not touched for now. Others things have had to be sorted however.

Anyway, I’m rambling, lets get to what’s going on today. The house had double glazing when we moved in, but I think it was from a time when double glazing first came out. It all needs replacing. We’ve done a few rooms which I will show you when I get to them, but for today we are having a new kitchen window and the dining room window removed and replaced with French doors – can’t wait!

Old Dining Room Window

Old Dining Room Window

As you can see they are Georgian style windows, I don’t really like this sort as I dislike anything that blocks out light. Most of the windows are blown in the house too, so it looks awful as the squares mist up.

The kitchen window is a very odd place, or rather the cabinets are under it. I’m glad we have workmen to do this for us as I struggle to get to it to clean it. the cabinets are at an ‘L’ shape next to the adjoining wall. When the kitchen is done, these will be removed anyway.

Old Kitchen Window

Old Kitchen Window

You can also see (just!) that the pipework runs across the ceiling (I don’t know, so just don’t ask) we will get that sorted out before we have the plastering done in there. There are also polystyrene tiles on the kitchen ceiling – nice. Will have those down this weekend hopefully.

Well, I took those photos this morning before the workmen arrived. They have now gone so I have the (almost) finished article to show you!

This is the kitchen window now, it looks much brighter in there just because of the loss of the Georgian bars.

So much better.

So much better.

It just makes the kitchen look so much cleaner too and that’s no mean feat! But it is for another day.

I’m so impressed with how the dining room looks now too. The new French doors just let in so much light, I can’t wait until the wall is down too!

So much light!

So much light!

We’re not allowed to open them until tomorrow so that the rendering doesn’t crack – it’s hard not too, but it’s just one night, so I’m sure we’ll manage.

It even looks different from the outside, although I didn’t think to take any photos outside this morning for some reason.

New doors!

New doors!

The cat is confused and keeps giving them a sniff, I’m sure he’ll be happy tomorrow though when he realises that they are giant cat flaps!

Anyway, this is my first update in a while, so I think I’ve rambled on enough. I’ll try to remember to take photographs with a proper camera in future too instead of being lazy and just using my phone.

Hope you all have lovely, fun packed 4th of July weekends!

 

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