I had been hoping to share pictures of the full kitchen reveal by now (which is why things have been quiet of late) but there are just a couple of little finishing touches still to be added so I thought it was about time I pop in for a quick update. It’s been such a busy few weeks and this last weekend was once again full of jobs around the house and garden, sports events and sleepovers, we never seem to have time to catch our breath!
At present, we have a pretty much fully working kitchen. We spent most of the weekend filling the new units with our belongings and I have to say, I haven’t really enjoyed it!! My things all seem so dull and boring in our lovely new space!! I think I need all new everything! (Not sure my husband shares that feeling though!) If you are following me on instagram, you will have seen these progress shots, which show the new cabinets, worktops, sink, taps, range, extractor hood and tiles.
There has been one slight glitch, which has held things up longer than I anticipated. When our quartz worktops were installed a couple of weeks ago, my husband noticed a slight imperfection in the stone on the breakfast bar. It is very tiny and unless you knew it was there, you would probably never notice it but my eagle eyed hubby spotted it right away whilst the installers were still working and pointed it out to them. This picture shows the small dent to the left of the pen (which I added for scale, you are welcome!)
They agreed that it would need to be repaired or replaced so we then had to wait for a representative from silestone to visit and agree the course of action. Thankfully, it was all quite painless and we were quickly advised that the breakfast bar section of the worktop would need to be replaced. However, the fact that this needs to happen has meant that the tiling could not be sealed around the bottom and it will probably now be another few days (possibly a week) before everything can be finished.
Apart from that slight hiccup, as of today, we only need to do the following:
- Order dining table and chairs
- Order blinds/curtains for all windows
- Order breakfast bar stools
- Paint radiator cover and attach to wall
(Actually, I can almost cross that last one off as I painted it today!) I think I will re-instate the gallery wall we had previously but it may be a slightly reduced version as the new dresser we now have in the breakfast room would block the view of some of it. I’m not going to put pressure on ourselves to rush that one along, I think we can take our time over the final touches.
I have been scouring the internet for a dining table and chairs and I just can’t find what I’m looking for. I would really love a long, square ended table which extends so that we can use it for just the four of us, but also for larger numbers when needed. I love the rustic/reclaimed look that is out there at the moment, but none of the more ‘rustic’ tables seem to have the option to extend. Sadly, the only extendable tables seem to be made from oak, which tends to be expensive and since it’s not really the look I’m after, it seems silly to pay extra for a solid oak table. If anyone sees anything suitable, do let me know! This is the sort of look I’m going for…
In other news, we still have lots to do elsewhere. The newly created office and conservatory are still partially filled with things from the kitchen and I can’t wait to get those areas straight and start working back at my desk again (and know where everything is!) I also really need to make some sort of plan for clearing out our spare bedroom, it is beyond crazy in there with all the fallout from our recent projects and I can’t bear it!
I have been toying with the idea of sprucing up our utility room as well. When we had our kitchen and breakfast room floors replaced, we decided to carry the new flooring through to the utility. The previous flooring was joined and it would have been difficult to keep the two areas separate without a significant ‘ridge’ between the them. Now that we have cleared out that room, it seems like this would be the perfect time to quickly decorate that area before we move everything back in. However, if we do this, I would want to take the opportunity to paint the cabinets. I’ll let that one continue to whirr around the back of my mind and see how I feel in the next week or so. If I’m honest, I do feel a bit like a break might be required at this point and our bank account could really do with a rest too!!
I will be sure to check back in with you and share the final reveal as soon as I can. Thank you so much for bearing with us!
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