Do you have a room that fills you with doom? A room that you just can’t stand to even be in and would love to change?
That room, for me, has been our kitchen. If I’m honest, every room of our house has given me doom and gloom feelings at some point, but I’d say the kitchen has for the longest time.
When we first moved in, the boiler was next to the back door and we needed a new one, so we moved it. Immediately it created so much space and by just doing that I began to see how we could make the kitchen our own.
It is a standard galley style kitchen which is found in most houses of this age, although we do have an added bit at the end of the kitchen which is where they appear to have knocked through to one of the old outhouses. That extra space is amazing and has almost become a utility area away from the main part of the kitchen where we can keep the fridge, washer and dryer.
The day after we got our keys to this house, we cleaned the house from top to bottom. It had been empty for over a year and there was plenty of dust, grime and cobwebs to fill a day. The kitchen was one of the last rooms we cleaned and as we started cleaning out the cupboards I found that the bad smell just wouldn’t go away. I’m not even going to try and describe the smell – let’s just say that it was disgusting and any time I opened a cupboard, I tried not to inhale!!
Having a new roof earlier in the year has delayed and changed our plans for the kitchen. A roof is important obviously, but I have had these plans for the kitchen in my head for so long that I’ve been desperate to see them become a reality. Would you like a peek inside my head?! Brace yourself!!
I really want the room to feel fresh and modern but since we have the original flooring in the room, we need to stay true to that also. I can’t wait to inject some colour into the room through the tiles, which I will be doing myself! I did the hearth upstairs in our bedroom – how hard can it be?! (Famous last words I’m sure!!) A Belfast sink is going to fit in perfectly with our house and is going to be so much nicer than the current one that hasn’t been plumbed in properly so blocks up regularly!
The other thing that I will be creating is a larder cupboard out of a wardrobe that we bought back in July. We had intended to have a cupboard built in, but this will be a lot more cost effective and at least it will be an item of furniture we can take with us as and when we move. Watch this space!
So, what do you think?! The renovation is currently underway – the kitchen has been rewired, plastered and had the plumbing tidied up too. I can’t wait to share more with you in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the fact that I don’t need to worry about cooking and embrace the chaos; after all, there’ll be a new kitchen at the end of it and that’s well worth the wait!