Well, it’s been too long – again! We have been so busy over the last couple of weeks decorating, clearing out and working hard that there has been little chance for writing about any of it. If I’m honest, we are more than ready for a break! Hubby and I have spent every spare minute in the last few months busy ‘projecting’ and having no kitchen does take its toll. We have now been without for over 3 weeks and the novelty has well and truly worn off! We have had a microwave, toaster and kettle in the den but there is so little work surface that preparing anything you can actually eat is very much a challenge – especially when there are four people to feed! We are so thankful to our family and friends that have invited us for meals and we have actually had some really lovely evenings out as a result of all this but now that we’re into the fourth week, we are more than ready for it all to be done – yesterday would be good!
On the plus side, we are seeing lots of progress this week (apologies for the grainy ‘phone snaps’ I will have better pictures for you soon!) We now have completed kitchen units, a working sink, taps and (FINALLY) a dishwasher! I cannot tell you the joy it has been loading up a dishwasher again after spending what felt like 90% of my waking life with my hands in a bowl of washing up water for the last four months since ours died.
As of Thursday we also have working electrical sockets and lights. It’s all very exciting indeed. We had our silestone worktops fitted on Tuesday and the difference they have made to the space is staggering! They really are beautiful and just having a work surface makes such a huge difference to how we are able to use the room – making cups of tea and drinks for the kids has suddenly become significantly easier!
We have finally decided on tiles. This was one of the most difficult decisions of all. We had to get the tiles ordered before the worktops were fitted and choosing them with only a tile-sized worktop sample was really stressful! I am still hoping they will be o.k! We’ve gone for an oversized metro-style tile (say that 3 times fast!) in a light grey/blue colour. It’s the middle row in this picture. I originally wanted an ‘airforce blue’ tile we saw but when the units were finished, I felt the blue may darken the look too much whilst also tying us in to a permanent colour-scheme so we went for something slightly lighter and more neutral (so that we can change the rest of the décor further down the line without the need to re-tile.)
We have also purchased pendant lights to hang over the breakfast bar and some new ceiling lights for the breakfast room. I spent so many hours searching for lights both in shops and online. I felt like I must surely have looked at every light-fitting on the entire internet but after I ordered the two pendants from eBay, we happened to stop into Dunelm and they had a really amazing selection of lovely, very reasonably priced lighting which made me wish I hadn’t rushed into my online purchase! Anyhow, we bought the breakfast room lights there and they are just right – not too glitzy, not too shabby but somewhere in the middle – and the pendants are pretty lovely as well now that they’re up and operational. I’m loving the ‘edison’ bulbs, they are so pretty and give off a really lovely ‘warm’ glow.
The range is in and it’s looking fabulous! I can’t wait to cook our first meal in it though hubby is currently being very protective over it. I’m not sure I’m ever going to be allowed near it for any other reason than to clean it!!
The flooring and tiling are being completed over the next week or so which means we have this weekend to finish filling holes, painting, taking up the breakfast room floor and cleaning up the copious amounts of dust which still remain after the floor tiles were removed at the start of this whole process. There must still be clouds of the stuff hanging in the air because I clean one minute and then five minutes later, I turn around and the dust is back!!
We finally committed to the Karndean flooring in a ‘medium-dark’ finish called “mid limed oak“. Again, it was a difficult choice as there were lots of lovely options. We hope it will fit in with everything else.
I can’t wait to share the finished kitchen with you. It’s been an exciting journey to finally pick our own kitchen after waiting 12 years (and probably not one I will want to repeat for another 12!)
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, we are looking forward to a family birthday celebration tomorrow and hoping for some sunshine! Do let me know what you think of the progress so far. Would you have done anything differently? Do you have any advice on how to manage for a week without a fridge?! (We are about to lose ours to make way for the new floors and any tips would be greatly appreciated!) It’s sure to mean we’ll experience some sort of heat wave just to make keeping things cool extra difficult!
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