The Finished Kitchen: Final Results

My last house-related post shows our finished bathroom and now we have a finished kitchen too!

The bathroom looks exactly how I imagined it. It’s quite a small room, so we had to go for a joint bath-shower, which meant forgoing my walk-in shower *huge sad face*. There isn’t much light in the bathroom so we got glossy tiles to reflect the little light that there is. I’m also on the look out for a huge mirror to put across all of one wall.

The finished kitchen is also exactly how I pictured it. We purchased it on eBay second-hand for a bargain price. We couldn’t have afforded a brand new kitchen, and I was very wary of purchasing something so huge on eBay. But I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it.

I love my range cooker, made by Stoves. It has seven hobs, two ovens, a grill, and a warming/proving drawer.

Ignore the horrendous state of the surfaces and trailing wires. I love my tiles. They’re from Topps Tiles and come in about five different colours. They’re darker than I imagined, but we’ve gone with a light floor and kitchen so it’s a nice contrast.

Our floor is part of a new collection from Wickes of all places. We’re very impressed with it. It’s laminate but is very thick and has a texture so it feels and looks like solid wood.

Today, our skirting has been completed, and all our sockets have been screwed in and are working. We’ve chosen brushed steel sockets, which match the brushed steel tile trim and the handles of the kitchen units.

Our fridge and freezer is built-in, so you’d never know they’re there, and our washing machine is going in the garage. The only appliance we have on show is the cooker so everything looks neat and tidy.

Hopefully, we can have some truly fabulous parties here!

Before and After

 

Before, the kitchen was from the 70s, and was dark and grimy. The appliances seemed to be about as old as the kitchen.

 

 

During: A lot of the units practically fell away from the wall. It wasn’t a safe space. We had the strangest “outside doors” inside the house which have now been removed, and replaced with a modern archway.

 

After: the room is such much lighter now the tiles and the dark furniture is out. We’ve opened out the kitchen into a U-shape to make it feel bigger.

 

 

The paint colour is a grey/green which looks almost white. It goes perfectly with the tiles and seems to heighten the ceiling.

Hopefully, we’ll be ready to move in soon! The next big job is rebuilding the staircase, so stay updated!

 

The Finished Bathroom: Final Results

The bathroom has been my nemesis for weeks now.

I’ve been using the neighbours’ bathrooms for the last 8 weeks. It’s true that I’ve got to know them pretty well because of it – and they’re all lovely.

Luckily, we’re not living in this house. Having no working toilet or shower would have been impossible.

You might have seen my last bathroom post which shows the before and during pictures. I also talk about the amazing discounts we got. It meant we could have our dream bathroom without having to worry about price.

Here are the results of our finished bathroom!

The Finished Bathroom:

finished bathroom with radiator

 

 

 

 

 

Our radiator is a heated towel rail which sits a lot more flat against the wall. We opted for a bath/shower because a walk-in shower would make the room feel too small.

I just adore our sink, which was from Wickes (no longer available). It’s a tad bigger than I first thought (they always look smaller in the show room), with plenty of space for neat storage. It’s curved, which I think makes it look neater.

The bath has waterfall taps, which sit in the middle of the bath. This means neither of us will end up at the tap end! If that doesn’t solve all marriage problems, I don’t know what will.

Now I just need to clean the whole thing.

Jay demolishes things: I remove wallpaper

I was really excited to get the wallpaper off the walls, partly because it was all patterned and pink.

The wallpaper in this room wasn’t too bad, and I could have lived with it, but that carpet!

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Exhibit A

You can’t tell from the photo but it was all worn through in several places, especially around the sofas where people would sit down.

landing wallpaper

Exhibit B

Exhibit B manages to ever-so-gracefully demonstrate all the ugly carpet and wallpaper that was throughout the whole house.

The carpet downstairs was pink, and upstairs, green. Though not just one shade of green, but two or even three! The wallpaper is a combination of pink and green with big flowers on it. It is quite obvious that this place has not been decorated since the 1950s threw up on it.

office wallpaper

Exhibit C

Exhibit C shows what will be our office, with TWO DIFFERENT CARPET PATTERNS. The second, 70s-esque carpet was hidden beneath two wardrobes when we looked around the first time. So that was a lovely surprise.

I think the combination of the three pictures have demonstrated the datedness of the house. Yet, we still thought: “We’ll just remove some wallpaper, get some new carpet and all will be fine”.

Removing the wallpaper took me about 3/4 weeks. It was in every single room of the house, including the bathroom and kitchen. Once it was removed, we quickly realised that we’d need the whole thing plastering.

wallpaper-less wall

Next time we buy a house, I’m making a point of seeing how much wallpaper there is. This wall alone took me about 4 hours. I used a steamer, which just made the adhesive more sticky and therefore it stuck to the floors, the skirting boards and myself.

Who knew it could be so messy!

Keep coming back to the blog to see how the plastering turns out.

 

 

How to successfully remove a kitchen

The biggest job of this house renovation is removing and replacing the kitchen.

When we bought our house, we knew it needed work. The decor was very dated, and probably hadn’t been changed for at least 30 years. Our mistake was thinking that we could simply strip some wallpaper and repaint, and replace the carpets.

Well, we were wrong.

The kitchen was removed after having the keys for two days. It was removed by Jay and my dad, and they said they didn’t even need tools for half of it, due to some damp problems from a leaking soil pipe (ew).

Kitchen before

The ‘before’ kitchen

The cupboards were rickity, falling apart, and extremely old-fashioned. I do remember my Grandpa coming to look round it and stating that it “wasn’t that bad and we should live with it as it is”. That didn’t happen.

Within two days the kitchen looked like this:

Removed kitchen

Skip #1 has been filled

Jay spent a few days taking all the tiles off the wall and floor. The floor tiles were cemented down rather than glued so, of course, most of the floor came up with the tiles, which meant we had to have it levelled.

removing kitchen tiles

Jay in his natural habitat

As you can see, the pipework is extensive and very old-fashioned, so we need to get those neatened up, and even replaced. The original soil pipe was fitted inside the house, which is meant to be very typical of a 1950s house. It has now been put outside the house and has therefore left us with some extra space inside the house.

I just love the space of this kitchen/diner. It’s a long, rectangle shape with some French double doors that open onto our back garden. We have two large windows in the kitchen as well, so the room is incredibly light and airy, which always makes a space feel bigger.

I’ll be posting again and keeping you updated!