We went about things in circles really: no sooner had we set up our make-shift kitchen with a free-standing stove…
and replaced the rusted out heater so we could get the central heating going, than we cleared it all out again to prepare for the complete renovation.
Pulled out the existing sink and bench shelf,
and removed the floor tiles with a power chisel – which took 3 days! (Perhaps we should have just tiled over them?)
At least the wall tiles were easy to get off.
Stripped a little wallpaper – but seeing that it was in good condition and had a cute rustic country pattern that went perfectly with our chosen style, left it on 2 of the walls as a feature.
A fair amount of plastering was required, and even a bit of cement repair work.
It was very difficult aligning the cupboards on the uneven wall and we regretted not lining with plasterboard first.
Tony was in charge of plumbing and electrics…
and later stripped and varnished the pantry door which came up beautifully, and tied in with our skirting.
We ended up with only just enough room for a new compact little fridge – having misjudged the space required for our larger fridge – it’s helpful to be able to open the fridge door n’est-ce pas? (We re-assigned the larger one to the upstairs kitchen along with the double-bowl sink.)
The bulk of the work took us 3 weeks, but the kitchen wasn’t actually completed until our next trip, when I finally finished off the end wall, which we had left because we were expecting to have to replace the central heating unit (still going strong – touch wood!) So it was back to plastering, painting, and attaching skirting about 8 months later.
All in all, a huge learning curve and great team effort.