The kitchen came first as the cupboards were broken and it was a daily frustration and we saved up almost three years to do it. And my Mum gave me my island bench for Christmas, Chloe gave me a trolley on wheels and Lucy gave me hanging storage towards it.
Andy did all the work himself and I did plastering (had to learn fast) and painting and general assistant stuff. As Andy was also working he did a few hours most days on it. So I cooked most of winter outside on the BBQ and did not buy one takeaway meal. I have learned a lot about BBQ cooking!
And now its almost done... when I say almost there are details to finish off but I am in there using it. It's so much fun to have a kitchen again.
The chandelier came with us from our last house. And you have seen my pantry cupboards...
We spent $6000 this included a new dishwasher, stove...
cook top, range hood, dishwasher and removal of old kitchen. And flooring... and an electrician... (Australian dollars and prices)
My old stove was terrible and the cook top was awful. So I am in love with this and the difference is amazing.
I love the sink. Is it normal to love a sink?
My husband has had no free time in months doing this for me and at times it was really stressful. Tiles had to be removed and the cement had to be ground and the mess was terrible!
Now the basics are done though it is so beautiful. And I can add some shabbiness to it...
I salvaged this wrought iron years ago from a fallen down farm house. I am using it to hang utensils from.
Re starting in the kitchen has been a bit like moving house. I can set a new routine and the clean out, de clutter has been massive. It transforms everything. I don't know why but I had a habit of all kinds of things ending up in the kitchen that didn't belong there!
An alternative, if you need it, is to do the kitchen challenge on A Bowl Full of Lemons. She has you completely empty your kitchen... and start again. It is MASSIVE. And it's like moving house! But it is wonderful if you need to feel as if you have a new kitchen.
Flylady is my other favourite. She is right... if you wake up in the morning and the kitchen is clean and tidy and the sink is empty and shiny it is a joy and a good way to start the day. Her methods of a few minutes here and there and routines have helped me a lot!
Over the next week I hope to post some more details as I get them finished. I am having a hanging ladder for my drying herbs and flowers...
Now this work is mostly done life will be a lot easier and I can enjoy cooking again and a normal routine.
Renovating is not easy. But attacking something and getting it done is really wonderful.
Have a lovely week. Today we have sunshine and it's beautiful. And roses and blossoms are starting to appear! xxx