I thought I would write a post on this, because so many people have asked to see our new kitchen. But the problem is, well, it’s still not finished and time is going very slowly on our house. Our builders finished to a safe state a while ago, but it doesn’t mean that everything is done yet. We have had delays, mainly due to materials being hard to source, and our builders moving on to other projects.
I know how lucky we are, but sometimes, when it’s all coupled with pregnancy hormones, I have been really frustrated and it’s even made me cry! Just because I want to nest already and it’s quite hard to do that when you haven’t got flooring down, or there’s building equipment in a pile in the corner of a few rooms.
That said, last week, we finally made some headway. The floor in our kitchen was laid and I remember coming home in shock and not expecting it at all. It was so nice to see and walk around barefoot and not have to wear slippers in case I stubbed my toe in the big trench that the old wall had made in the middle of the room.
We were so happy, and managed to set-up the kitchen table that had been stored away in my parents’ garage, and then I built four kitchen chairs too. I made the first roast dinner I’ve made in months and it was so nice sitting at the table together with Christmas music on.
All was going well, until we were lazing around, late on Sunday evening, and we heard a loud pop sound and Mark rushed out of the room to find out radiator had exploded. No word of a lie. Three holes had burst through and were spraying boiling hot black water all over the kitchen. It hit the walls, the plug sockets, flooded the floor, narrowly missed a cat… You name it.
Thankfully, we managed to act fairly quickly, after a few minutes of running around in a blind panic, and we used every towel in the house to soak up the water (I still have wash loads to do) as well as a bucket. Then our builder came round and adjusted our water pressure as the heating and hot water wasn’t working properly. The floor survived. The floors probably need a lick of paint. And I didn’t actually cry, so I felt we did well! The only issue now is that our washing machine keeps coming up with an error code and I’m not sure how long the three towels that are clean will last us.
This week has seen the addition of a stainless steel splash-back and a wooden upstand/trim around the worktops, which has made everything look so much more ‘done’. But I still have to paint our cabinets – I chose Farrow & Balls Wimborne White – to match our island. And I’m unsure whether to do a bit every weekend, or save it up to do over Christmas. We also need to get a sofa for the kitchen, and some shelving. And then I can start to really personalise it all and make it feel more homely.
Meanwhile, I’m really hoping the tiles go on today outside. Our house has had scaffolding up since August now and I really can’t wait to have the outside completely watertight and finished. The roof into our nursery is leaking and I’m sure the tiles must have something to do with it.
I am really happy though. We don’t plan on moving house again – houses are expensive – and this really does feel like our forever home. I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to get it all done before this little girl arrives so we can enjoy her and Bill in peace, without exploding radiators, leaks, or paint samples. I think it will be worth it.
I talk more about all of the details of our kitchen in the video below, including how much things cost (we did a lot of work on a tight budget I think) and why we did what we did. It was filmed pre-radiator explosion, so the splash-back is missing and I’m probably more chilled, but you get the general idea!
I will be doing a proper tour when it’s complete with some nice photos and full details on everything where I can share it, from paint to flooring. But for now, here’s the video lots of you have asked for!