Having mentioned in other posts about my renovation of the kitchen I thought I would do an update on how things are going and give some ideas of where to start if you are about to embark on a major renovation project.
So, having never undertaken such a huge project before, let alone by myself, I scoured the internet for as much information as I could absorb before I started. I am not a redo kind of girl so if I am going to do something I want it right first time. The best site I came across for how to videos was Kitchen Warehouse, everything from measuring to drilling through kitchen doors and installing sinks. I found it best to get as much information as possible before starting each section of the project, this way I wasn’t fumbling through without the right tools etc too.
Once I got started there was pretty much everything to rip out of the kitchen, all of the kitchen units had to be removed, there were no skirting boards and considering I had to fit in an oven that was more than twice the size of the original one….lets put it this way, it was better to start with a complete blank canvas!
Once everything was out I could then plan what I wanted, of course I knew the Rangemaster was going to take pride of place and the rest of the kitchen would be built around that. The lack of cupboard space meant I needed an alternative and I have always loved the old world charm of hanging pan racks, there is just something so perfectly country kitchen about it.
I also love the clean look of sinks without draining boards, yes this means that you need to keep on top of things and regularly clean and wash a draining cloth but for the sake of the worktop space that I would be saving this wasn’t a huge issue.
The fridge freezer needed to be downsized to a rather small one to accommodate the lack of space and this has been our biggest challenge, it means shopping on an almost daily basis as there is only enough room for the bare minimum. Yes that is the freezer section at the top! The look of it though more than makes up for the lack of space and I am rather taken with the retro look!
As you can see, the tiling still need to be done but that is because its the last piece to my puzzle. The last bit of something I have built, myself, from scratch. I cut out the wall. I cut the worktop and fitted the sink. Now it’s just to decide whether I let someone else finish the job and tile or do it myself….I think this one I may just hand over to the professionals!
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