We bought a second-hand kitchen….on eBay!

We bought a second-hand kitchen on eBay for an absolute bargain, and it was probably the riskiest purchase I’ve ever made!

When Jay turned round to me and said he’d found a second-hand kitchen on eBay, I said absolutely not. No way.

I don’t often use eBay. Partly because I don’t trust that a) the sellers will even send the product, and b) that the goods might be faulty, damaged or broken.

And yet somehow we ended up with a kitchen…

Jay and my dad had to go and take the kitchen out of the seller’s house and transfer it back to Chester in a van. But for £650, we got a bargain.

Can I add that we bought the kitchen BEFORE the sale of the house had even gone through! Yes, we’re mad, but it all paid off!

I love the kitchen, and it cost £20,000 new which is money that we just didn’t have. We had to pay the house deposit and then all the renovation costs as well. We did manage to buy a brand new bathroom suite though obviously (ain’t no way I’m buying one of those second hand. I have my limits).

kitchen being marked up

Sizing up the kitchen

Figuring out how we could make someone else’s kitchen work in our house was difficult. The kitchen was originally custom made for the seller’s house, so we had to shake it up a bit. When we bought the house, the sink used to be facing next door’s wall, but we’ve moved it so it’s now facing the back garden.

Big decisions

The other big decision we had to make was if we wanted a hallway. You can see by the picture above that there used to be a door behind the cooker, which we boarded up. We considered building a hallway in to separate the lounge. But we would have lost so much space in doing that.

We decided to keep it modern and left the whole thing open plan. Now we have an arch that passes between the dining room and the lounge.

Now, after plastering and emulsioning, the second-hand kitchen looks, well, brand new!

second-hand kitchen

The couple we bought it off said we could take the Range cooker for an extra £200, so the whole thing cost us £850 and came with a built-in fridge unit, and a built-in freezer, a Belfast sink, and solid granite worktops which I’m in love with. Funnily enough, I never saw myself as a granite girl, more of a solid wood, so who knew.

 

This is the completed result.

As I said, we had to rearrange the whole kitchen to fit our room, and were left with some strange gaps in the corners. See the wine rack in the left-hand corner? Jay built that from leftover units to fill the remaining space where we couldn’t possibly fit another unit.

Overall I’m really happy with our kitchen, and would buy a second-hand kitchen over a new one again.

 

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The Day Our House Offer Was Accepted

Spoiler: Our house offer was accepted.

Buying a house wasn’t something either me or Jay had done before, so we were thrilled when our house offer was accepted. We’re only 22 and 23-years old, and the house we bought needs a lot of work.

Despite there being no chain on either side, the process of buying the house was a bit of a struggle, but we got by with the help of our mortgage advisor.

Our first house offer was rejected, obviously. We knew that would happen, and absolutely expected it. But our second house offer came through when Jay was having a nap! I remember it being a Friday, around 4pm, so neither of us was expecting to hear until after the weekend.

The phone rang, and it was the mortgage advisor who said he was phoning with good news. I immediately jumped up, and was practically screaming Thank You’s into the phone. Jay sleeps through the whole thing.

House offer accepted

Now I face a dilemma. Do I let him sleep or do I wake him up? Well, how often do you buy a house? Of course I jumped on him, told him that we had a house and that we were officially adulting our way through life.

What do I get back?

“Hmm, that’s good”. He sits up slowly and looks at me as if “You woke me up for this?”. He must have been having a very deep nap, but he quickly realised what was going on and was excited as I was.

Phew! No second thoughts on either side then.

Delays followed by more delays

Even though we had no chain, the buying process took 3 months. There was a delay with the mortgage offer. The bank we took our mortgage out with (I’m not naming names) apparently don’t live in the 21st Century, and things were only done by post….or fax?!?!

The mortgage offer needed to be sent to the estate agents, yet it took six weeks to reach them. In total, the mortgage offer was ‘sent’ three times, by post and fax each time. Yet, the first two times it never reached its destination. If it was sent via email, the offer could have been sent in under a minute, so we weren’t exactly thrilled about the holdup.

And then Christmas was looming, so everything was pushed back even further. On the 6th January, 2017, we exchanged and received the keys.

So, our first job? Demolishing the kitchen!