What with one thing and another I realise I haven’t updated this blog for over a month. In that time the replacement of the kitchen has progressed, we’ve had Christmas and New Year, I had tax returns to complete, and I’ve had a dreadful chesty cough thing. Finally I am starting to get straight, although I still have to decorate the kitchen and hall in preparation for the new flooring.
So in order to catch up, and looking back at the photos I have uploaded to Flickr, I have decided to post in weekly chunks. The number of dull, grey days we’ve had has meant I have rarely taken the camera out with me anyway, so there are less days to post about.
I’ve also been wondering about taking a break from this blog, which I tend to do from time to time. Although it forces me to take the camera and look for photos, it also means that I take a lot of meaningless rubbish. So perhaps I’ll go for less posts and better quality in future. We’ll see.
Anyway, to get me started I see that I only took the camera with me one day in the first week in December, and those photos aren’t great, so instead I am going to do the promised progress of the kitchen, to the stage where it is finished all bar the decorating and the new flooring.
So, firstly a reminder of what it looked like before I started (I believe it dates back to about 1982 when the house was built, although I’ve replaced the worktops, tiles and painted the cupboards since then).
So this was it before we started.
Monday 21st November: the men arrived and started to rip out the old kitchen. No turning back now.
End of day 2 and there’s not much left. Plumbing and electrics for new lights have been started though.
Meanwhile I’ve set up little replacement kitchen stations around the house.
Tea and coffee making in the living room.
Breakfast and lunch station in the dining room.
Cooking station in the sitting room (fortunately I have a combination microwave so can use it as a conventional oven).
And washing up station in the main bathroom.
Day 3 and the new kitchen arrives and is stored in the garage.
Day 4 saw the arrival of the plasterer.
And on day 5 (end of the first week) the floor was re-laid.
Day 6 and the units start to go in.
From this point on things seemed to slow down. Day 9 and the washing machine is in
The oven is in too.
In the garden there was a plethora of power tools!
Day 13 and the fitting is complete.
Notice we have the new fridge/freezer as well.
And day 14, the tiling is done and I am starting to put the kitchen back together.
I’ve moved things around a bit since then but by 8th December I once again had a fully functioning kitchen. I really like it (with the exception of the cooker hood which was not the one I ordered, but it took the guy 2 hours to fit it before I realised, so I’ve decided to live with it).
Oh – and the one downside? The dogs hate the beep on the new induction hob, which I can’t turn off. Every time I turn it on and off they run and hide outside. AEG please take note.