Reno #7: kitchen progress

It’s been a hot and busy couple of days.

Lots of packing, chucking out, unpacking, cleaning and hauling boxes and crates in very hot and sweaty weather, with a broken air conditioner at home. Happy days…

Meanwhile, there’s progress in the kitchen at the new house. The pantry is finished apart from new handles, a bit of painting and some iron-on edge strips on the left hand shelves.

The door is on the sink cupboard and the drawer fronts are all on the drawers. Once the glue is fully set, we can put on the handles. The hole for the sink is cut, and it’s sitting in place until the plumber comes to install the gubbins underneath and fit the monoblock tap.

The range hood is going up. In case you’re wondering, it’s blue because there’s a protective film over the stainless steel, which will be peeled off when it’s in place. The gas cooktop hole is also cut.

Tomorrow, Bill will demolish the two walls inside the bathroom. I can then spend a good part of the weekend wearing a pair of fetching kneepads, protective glasses, gloves and a tool belt while I prise up all the floor tiles and use my new ‘big girl’ concrete scraper to get rid of all the adhesive, leaving a new smooth surface to lay the new tiles. There’s a bit of a rush for it, as the plumber will soon be back from his trip to Japan and will be coming back to install the loo, the new shower head and the basin taps, and he can’t do the loo till the floor is done.

Finally, here is a beautiful housewarming orchid sent by my sister to welcome us to the new house. I have an orchid house in the back yard, but this is too lovely to go out there just yet, I need some time to enjoy it first!

Back to the packing crates.


51 thoughts on “Reno #7: kitchen progress

  1. Progress indeedeee has been made … loving it so much πŸ™‚ I love the orchids as well .. such a lovely colour … make sure u wear a mask as well when doing your hard labour in the loo :))

  2. tialys says:

    Kitchen is looking good – I guessed you hadn’t gone for a bright blue cooker hood 🀣
    A jackhammer was put to use on our bathroom floor but now the floor level has to be built up a quite a lot because there was about 4 inches or so of mortar underneath the old tiles. There was rather a lot of dust!

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t think there’s quite that much in my case; the old loo has been removed and the tiles around it taken up, so that’s given us a level to start from. It’s going to be difficult to gauge, through, till the intervening wall is gone. If the worst comes to the worst, we’ll have to put down a self-levelling compound to lay the new tiles on.

      • tialys says:

        yep, that’s what we’re having to do. A mark of how bad our ‘builder’ was is that he didn’t even get the self levelling compound level πŸ™„ Luckily, there’s no loo in the bathroom, it’s separate, so that’s one thing we don’t have to worry about.

      • katechiconi says:

        It makes you wish there was a ‘name and shame’ website for local tradies, so you could have a nice rant about poor work and overcharging. We’ve been very lucky with Bill and his mates. I’d keep ours separate if there was space, but there isn’t. We do at least have another loo in the laundry for those, ahem, contemplative visits…

  3. KerryCan says:

    This stage must feel quite rewarding–you can see the (very hard) work paying off.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a bit frustrating, actually: so close, and yet so far! I’d really, really like to have just one bit (apart from the guest bedroom) done. But we’re inching forward on multiple fronts πŸ™‚

  4. mlmcspadden says:

    Yeah for the progress in the kitchen! Here’s hoping that the tile in the bathroom goes easily and doesn’t give your back fits.

    • katechiconi says:

      One thing we’ve discovered is that this house is very well constructed, which means things were done properly and not skimped. This is either a good thing (it’ll last well) or a bad thing (tiles don’t come up easily), depending on what you’re trying to do. I live in hope….

  5. Lynda says:

    You have an orchid house? I am :mrgreen: with envy! Seriously, this will be fun to see in a future post. Your sister is so sweet to give you an orchid. I spied your beautiful new rug in your new studio. And, may I mention it again? Those guys work really fast!

    PS: You got me… I actually did think you were a bit avant-garde in your choice of blue for the kitchen appliances. Then you cleared it up. πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      Don’t get too excited! It’s a metal pole structure covered in green shadecloth, lined with shelves for pots and more pots hanging from the ceiling, and a simple door. There’s a simple watering system. The previous owners took all the good orchids and left the scrawny problem children, so I have some work to do in there…
      I think the answer with tradesmen is to pick a team leader who’s an older but still agile guy and a bit bored with semi-retirement. Give him something interesting but not too demanding to do, get him to bring in his buddies for the other trades, and explain your deadlines. He also likes cash rather than invoices and bookwork!

      • Lynda says:

        Of that setup works in your location it is still exciting to me. Here I would have to build a full on glass house with climate control for winter. πŸ™‚

      • katechiconi says:

        Our problem is less the cold or lack of humidity than excessive heat. The plants get filtered sunlight, plenty of humidity in the growing season and cooler nights in the Dry, which is what they need to take a rest.

  6. Lots and lots of work. But how good it will be when it’s all done. Lovely orchid.

  7. Terri says:

    OMG – I love all the space in your pantry and your kitchen is going to be just beautiful.

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s just one pantry. I have the other tall cupboard too, the one that’s currently brown wood but is going to be painted white, which is closer to the food prep area. I’ll be able to get all organised and tidy, it’s amazing!

  8. That’s quite the view of Bill putting up the vent. Does it go out the wall or will it vent through the roof? It’s lovely to see what’s complete already and then what is almost complete. I have a couple of orchids here, one is my daughters and one is a gift. I’m not much good at taking care of them. My son has a whole collection and loves them. Yours will be very happy there in that bright new space.

    • katechiconi says:

      Bill prefers his publicity shots without his face, which means you miss out on the hairy chest, muttonchop whiskers and cheerful grin. The range hood vents up through the roof. The kitchen ceiling is going to be quite the patchwork affair, since we’re taking out two lights and an old extractor fan, and putting in can lights instead so I can see what I’m doing πŸ™‚

  9. Dayphoto says:

    FUN!!! What are iron-on edge strips on the left hand shelves.

    I don’t think I know what those are and I think I might like some

    • katechiconi says:

      OK, with white melamine shelves, you can buy a roll of stiff tape with the same white melamine surface for finishing off the cut edges where you see the chipboard. This tape has an adhesive backing which needs to be heated to stick down, and it’s applied with an iron. The shelves on the left of the cupboard have had a curve cut into the edge to make them safe for people going through the door at the left, so these bare bits of chipboard needs to have the white tape added to make them pretty again.

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Exciting days. I wonder if I am alone in wanting to see you in full regalia and DIY kit. Bet you are so excited now.

  11. You must be in your element… you do love a bit of home reno DIY πŸ˜πŸ”¨

    • katechiconi says:

      I do, and I’ve done such a lot of it in the past that I tend to misjudge what I’m still capable of… the back is a bit of a problem. But give me a hammer and a cold chisel and I know what I’m doing.

  12. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    You have an orchid house in the garden ?? wow ! Do you have a big garden on the new house ?? Anything special in the garden ?

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a small shade house, covered in green shade cloth. Not many orchids in there, just what the previous owners didn’t take with them, so nothing very exciting, but still, fun to have. The garden is much smaller than what I have now, but there are some nice things in it. I’ll do a garden post one day soon, once we have moved in. There are some nice scented plants, though.

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        A smaller garden means less work and less use of water so that is definitely a plus πŸ˜€

      • katechiconi says:

        Very true, plus we have drip irrigation on a timer so no water is wasted.

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        A drip irrigation is what I would like for my garden, water became very expensive in the past 10 years and our Summers are getting longer and hotter so….

  13. anne54 says:

    Your pantry is awesome, and I find the symmetry of it, with the tall cupboard in the middle, quite satisfying. I guess you will just be happy to be able to sort your things in their right place! I was tricked with the range hood too. A metallic blue one would be wonderful…..and we all know your love of colour.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it would be lovely to have a whole assortment of colours, but as we know, it’s either white or stainless steel, or if you’re prepared to pay a fortune for Smeg, ice cream colours. Plus one might get tired of a particular colour, so I suppose steel is safe. With the pantry, the original plan was for all shelves, but when I realised those two cupboards could be recycled from the old kitchen, the current arrangement became obvious.

  14. I wish men knew there is no man sexier than a Man Getting Things Done.

  15. kathyreeves says:

    Some excellent progress, Kat, you must be pleased! I wish you perfect hits with your tile removal. I’ve done only a bit tile removal, but have had the “pleasure” of chiseling out about 20 feet of brick from our basement…some man thought an entire wall of orange brick was an attractive feature…! It is amazing how quickly things go when you get those perfect hits with the chisel, just wish I k ew how to make them happen every time. I think once the plumber finishes you will have reached another major milestone. πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      You should have got yourself a Righteous Jackhammer of Destruction! Noisy, but effective πŸ™‚ Certainly when the plumber has finished we’ll have a functioning if not exactly beautiful (yet) bathroom, but it’ll take the electrician to see to the kitchen to make the house liveable.

  16. rutigt says:

    Love orchids. Lucky you, having the weekend all booked up πŸ™‚

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