It finally feels like Spring and, much like the polar bears in this video, I feel like I am emerging from hibernation. Only it’s safe to say, not nearly as cutely as a polar bear and into a mound of DIY, not snow.
As I mentioned in my first post of 2017, we had an appointment with a kitchen planner in January. One thing led to another and somehow we ended up ordering a kitchen a few days later, in the January sale.
We’ve gone for a Wickes kitchen after reading lots of positive reviews and having eyed this one up in store every time we popped in for screws/paint/skirting board etc etc (which was pretty often!) It’s called Tiverton Slate and, like everything else in our house, is grey! We’ve opted for a natural oak worktop and white metro tiles, with integrated appliances.
Despite being half price in the sale, the kitchen will be the most money we’ve ever spent on anything (aside from the house itself!) and some of it has gone on interest free credit from Wickes to allow us the cashflow to get the work done that we need to prior to it being installed in April.
As a reminder, this was how the kitchen was when we moved in:
Until we started this project earlier this month, we hadn’t really changed anything since this photo was taken, other than scoring a bargain second hand dresser to fill the gap to the left of the doorway.
We are now T-4 to the installation and this is a quick update on progress:
We’ve ripped out the old bathroom and knocked down the wall separating the kitchen and downstairs bathroom.
We’ve removed several hundred very badly laid, but still beautiful, terracotta floor tiles (looking for a new home on eBay if anyone is interested!)
We have built the studwork for a new wall to even out this little corner (as units will go on this wall eventually).
There’s lots still to do to make this room ready for the new kitchen included laying a new floor, moving the boiler, re-routing all pipework, fixing the holes in the ceiling, blocking in a doorway, plasterboarding and plastering, re-plumbing the radiator to name but a few! We’re doing most of the work ourselves to save money, so will check back with a progress update soon 🙂