Reno #13: creeping comfort

Slowly, slowly, I’m beginning to feel settled.

Up to this point, I’ve felt constantly on edge. It’s not the house, that’s lovely: quiet, solid, the right size and shape, and now with sensible kitchen and bathroom. No, it’s that feeling of being adrift because you don’t know where things are, and the daily pattern of living is broken.

In every photo you see here, there are shelves waiting to be filled, boxes waiting to be unpacked, empty boxes waiting to be filled again. It’s a constant process. If there’s a gap, it won’t stay that way for long! The delightful part, though, is that there’s enough space for everything!

Suddenly, though, I’ve turned some sort of corner, and can lay my hands on things – or at least, know where they are. My kitchen equipment is (mostly) here, and the things that aren’t I’m seriously reconsidering. I have some hand sewing, the Days for Girls hexies. I have some of my books, including some I haven’t seen for several years because they were still in boxes, buried in the store room.

Those lovely tiles I’d sourced for the kitchen splashback..? Not happening. It has been six weeks since I placed the order, and they couldn’t give me any kind of date for their arrival, so I’ve cancelled it, and am going with something pretty similar but in shades of grey and white. I’m sorry about the colour, but these new ones are also very nice, and incidentally, half the price. There will be a good few left over, so I’m considering using those in the bathroom to extend the height of the tiling in the shower enclosure, which is adequate for short people (me) but not really for the more generously built (the Husband).

The guest room is entirely finished. Our bedroom still needs two chests of drawers brought in, blackout blinds and new curtains, and mirrors and pictures hung. The bathroom needs the tile skirting/baseboard done, the tiles in the shower extended up, a shelf installed beside the loo, the walls and ceiling filled, sanded and painted and a picture hung. The living room needs some new side tables (our old ones simply don’t fit, but I’ll repurpose those in my sewing room), one wall decorating and lots of bits and pieces taken out of boxes and installed on the shelves waiting for them. The kitchen still needs lots of work: filling, sanding, painting, tiling, boxes unpacking, etc.

On a subject close to my heart, the sewing room is currently the junk depository/furniture assembly area/tool storage. Once all that’s cleared, it doesn’t need anything doing to it apart from moving in bookshelves and all my sewing stuff, and then a serious vacuuming. The blue wall is already blue, just waiting for shelves to go up. I grit my teeth every time I see something new added to the assemblage, but it will change, I will have a sewing room, and sooner rather than later.

So that’s the latest. One of these days I’ll have a huge lie-in. One of these days….

61 thoughts on “Reno #13: creeping comfort

  1. Light st the end of the tunnel coming up very soon my friend… looks so so good 😊

  2. Really taking shape! Kitchen and guest room look fantastic 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m really loving the kitchen already, so I can only imagine how much I’ll enjoy it when the walls are tiled and painted! The bedroom I’ve shown is ours; the guest room was ready weeks ago because we had a friend to stay last weekend.

  3. tialys says:

    You’re definitely getting there.
    Shame about the lovely tiles – I would send you them from here but the postage would be a nightmare. Still, the other ones look nice and just as ‘patchwork like’ – they’ll go well on your splashback. Are they going above the cooker too?
    I’m sure your missing your sewing room – I know i would be – but it’s a good opportunity to have a good sort out which, once everything’s in place, is much harder to do.
    Take it easy – or as easy as possible. x

    • katechiconi says:

      The postage here was enough of a nightmare, I can’t begin to imagine what it would be from France! I do like the grey and white ones very much; the scale of the individual designs is a bit larger, and of course, they’re totally ‘quilter’s tiles”, aren’t they? The idea is that I do the whole splashback from the back door corner beside the stove, all the way round to the fridge at the right, at the level of the bottom shelf, which is about 40cm. I may go up as high as the range hood behind the stove, though. As it’s a gas hob, I do need something heatproof there, and ideally as high as 60cm.
      My sewing room is sitting there untouched, behind closed doors. All that has been extracted is one bookshelf, now living elsewhere, and a huge 80L tub containing all my colour coded scrap boxes!

  4. claire93 says:

    you’ll get that lie-in some day soon ^^

    • katechiconi says:

      One day very soon, I’m going on strike. Even when I’ve promised myself a quiet day, urgent errands and tasks seem to creep in and demand attention. Perhaps I should throw a sickie? (Oops, sorry, very Australian slang: have a mental health day/take sick leave)

  5. KerryCan says:

    It’s really starting to look like a home! I’m surprised at how settled it’s all looking–you’re on the homestretch!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve tried to create islands of calm amongst the chaos. The trick is to allow the calm to spread outwards, rather than the chaos 😉 But one look at the kitchen walls will tell you there’s still a way to go there…

  6. kymlucas says:

    Amazing to turn a house into a home so quickly!

  7. Emmely says:

    You’ll get there! One of very few things I like about moving is the assessment of whether you really want to keep certain things. It’s a good moment to get rid of unneccessary stuff.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, it certainly helps to focus the mind on whether you can be bothered to pack, unpack and find a home for some things. Three big piles: Keep, Throw Out and Give Away, that’s the answer.

  8. Welcome to your new home! Finally finding a place for things is a bright spot for sure:). I’m sorry about the tile, but like you say, the alternative will be nice too. I got a little chuckle about the sewing room depository— mine tends to be that way too. I think that is a sewing room’s alter ego. Lol! ❤️❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      My original sewing room wasn’t exactly tidy, but I knew where everything was. The new one is full of pretty much everything EXCEPT my sewing stuff! Still, once a few things are done, like the kitchen decorating and tiling, those tools can get put away and I can reclaim my space!

  9. It’s all coming together. You have worked hard!

  10. A huge lie-in is exactly what you need. Moving upends a schedule and takes a lot of energy. Sometimes it is for the best, but what a process!

  11. kathyreeves says:

    Is everything at the new house yet? That would be a huge check on my list! I understand the energy drain, especially when you look around and know there’s still sanding and painting to be done. I wish for you another room completed over the next week, and those tiles in unless you have to do them yourself!

    • katechiconi says:

      Nope, my entire sewing room still has to migrate over, and we need to deal with the store-room and garage, both of which will require a lot of throwing out! If I can get our bedroom sorted out, that’ll be a big tick for me. The tiling IS my job, but I don’t actually mind tiling. The right tools, time and a good spirit level, and I have all three…

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh wow your home is going to be wonderful. Hope you got to enjoy the cup of coffee with the in laws today and they said suitably nice things.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not going to be a peaceful Sunday. Had to take the Husband to work at 3.30am (yes, you read that right, AM), big grocery shop, make something nice to go with the coffee, and then back to unpacking… However, I will make time to put up my feet and enjoy my surroundings 🙂

  13. Dayphoto says:

    It’s all starting to take shape and form and look just wonderful!

  14. Lynda says:

    I do not envy you all that you must do to get your chance at a rest. Just reading about all you have accomplished makes me tired. As we have been here 11 years This July the 3rd I am already seeing the need to repaint the main living areas here and wishing we could pay someone else to do it all.

    I love the new tiles and their quite obvious quilter’s theme! So, take a deep breath, center yourself, and know that you are on the home stretch!

    • katechiconi says:

      Wouldn’t it be lovely to be rich enough to wave a hand at things and say “oh, just fix that”? Particularly getting someone else to do the packing, moving and unpacking. I quite enjoy the decorating bit, to be honest…

  15. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Amazing what you did in such a short time !!

  16. Nanette says:

    You’ve done so much, look at how far you’ve come in a short time. Having your sewing room clear and everything from the other house will make a difference, at least then you can unpack and fluff in your own time…..4an maybe, after you drop hubby to work?

    • katechiconi says:

      Hopefully I’ll still be asleep at 4am most days; normally he takes himself to work! But it will be nice to peacefully unpack my sewing stuff when the time comes…

  17. What a shame about the tiles, but sometimes it’s best to accept that things just aren’t going to happen. I’m so glad that you’ve made enough progress to feel that you have a home rather than just a place to live. I’m very much looking forward to a virtual tour of your sewing room once it’s done.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think a virtual tour of the whole place is called for – it’ll only take 5 minutes, it’s small. As for the tiles, I’m secretly slightly relieved I’m not going to be using the expensive ones, especially as there’s lots of cutting needed, and breakages are inevitable!

  18. rutigt says:

    And that day will come, I´m sure 🙂 it´s looking so great on your photos. With all your work, this is gonna be a lovely home!!!

  19. You’ve done so well in a short time, your new home looks fabulous even in its semi-finished state. I thought your previous house was lovely but I can see why you wanted this one to apply your talents to.

    • katechiconi says:

      Already, it feels natural and normal to work in that kitchen, the quiet and comfort are very soothing, and I’m sure it can only get better as boxes are unpacked and things are found homes.

  20. I am totally in love with your utensil holder 😍 The colours ❗️

  21. I’m way behind here but had to come check 13 before going on to 14. You are making great progress! I’ll get to 14 after the errands have been run and the rain starts. Looking forward to seeing each step.

    • katechiconi says:

      I can’t quite believe people are still interested…. Still, some changes do produce a great visual difference, and #14 will be one of them 🙂

      • We are doing something of that nature here too but I don’t have the energy to write the blog about it afterward. Your energy is impressive compared to mine these day. My help goes home in a week and maybe over the 2 days they are taking personal time, I will get more done than answer comments or read one or two blogs. Sigh…

      • katechiconi says:

        I think most of the back-breaking stuff is done, although I have to fill, sand and paint a lot still. Tiling the kitchen will be easier than the bathroom floor as no grovelling is involved. I find writing the blog and editing the photos in the evening after I’m showered and have made dinner is fairly easy, not requiring much energy. Mind you, I don’t over-think it much, I just write it as I’d say it, do a quick check for spelling and hit Publish!

      • You do the job well.

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