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Laundry imperfection

Now that the purveyor of fine things has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of all that is going on (or not!) at my house right now, I can show the rest of you the laundry development.

As is the kitchen, the laundry is 95% finished, and if I wait for 100% you might never get to see anything. So ready or not, this is it, starting at the end of August with a wall (about to be removed):

Then the insertion of extra tall doors to maximise the space (it makes it look very narrow in photos, but the whole laundry is just over 1200mm wide):

Electrical work done, and MDF lining in (as with the linen cupboard, this requires no stopping, and means you can be more flexible with shelving):

Then primed, painted and the dryer and cabinet in:

Shelves in:

Then my two men were down on hands and knees to fill in holes in the floorboards where the wall had been. The floors are rimu and we used rimu putty which seems to be working ok colour-wise.

And then sand it (thank you husband for attaching the vacuum cleaner!). Varnishing happened somewhere a bit later…:

A new benchtop fitted (we bought a piece off Trademe and cut it down to fit. At $48 it was worth the small amount of extra effort! It’s not a complete match with the kitchen but is near enough to keep me satisfied.):

We repurposed the old kitchen sink to use it here – it scrubbed up quite nicely and is roomy enough for a bucket but not so big it takes up all the bench space. And as far as the tap went we opted for cheap over awesome. Here’s Andre drilling a hole for the tap:

The below image is a good one – it shows how my house looks a lot of the time. Tools, dust and doors every which where. It is intended as a plumbing work in progress shot though, so do take note of the pipes under the sink, and take special note of how tidy they are… nice job husband and thank you for spending most of a whole Saturday under the house, not only hooking up the new laundry but supervising the little one under there too!

And today, this is how it’s looking:

I contemplated using “makeover” in the title, but we’re not quite there yet which is why you don’t get the styled shot and I didn’t even bother to remove the lopsided stack of buckets and washing basket.

Still to do is the following:

1. Install kickboard under cabinet
2. Install tiles around bench (Mitre 10 and everywhere else I got to is suddenly out of stock of gloss white mosaics for 2-6weeks!)
3. Purchase storage containers (in a colour please, I have enough white!) to organise and tidy shelves …Side note #1: needing extra icecream containers is a poor excuse for treating ourselves to icecream every night.
4. Purchase baskets (fabric?) in coordinating colour with storage containers to sit on top of dryer to disguise bare gap and balance out top shelf
5. Paint doors and trim
6. Find and fit door handles (preferably to match existing hardware… hmmm…)

As is the way though in our house right now (and quite possibly forever and always…) once it’s done enough to be functional, we’re on to the next “big project” which does make me concerned about when the last little 5% might get done, and when I can do the fun part of styling and showing off some images fit for a home design glossy…

Still, onwards and upwards, there’s a new baby coming and a bedroom needs to be finished.

Side note #2: In case you’re wondering about the office nook – it has lights and powerpoints and is primed and puttied up, but is a bit on hold as the bedroom is more important right now. Or was I the only one wondering…?

Coming ready or not!

Finally what we’ve all been waiting for…

New kitchen photos – whoop whoop!

But just because there’s a little bit of power-crazy nastiness in me a call for suspense here, I’ll give you this first.

6 months ago we had a kitchen in the middle of the house (well we still do…), with an internal window looking through the sunroom, and a laundry off to the side with another window looking at our fence. All in all, a little gloomy and average, with perfectly adequate but tired cabinetry and an also perfectly adequate but not my style wooden benchtop. According to the master plan (another post perhaps??) it has to go to make way for another bedroom.

But first, a new kitchen… in a space that just housed our desk but was begging to be transformed into my happy place (and why not the kitchen seeing as I do actually spend a fair bit of time in there for one reason or another?!).

What was originally the verandah of our house was walled and roofed in some time ago to create a space that got the best sun in the house but made little sense in function or flow.

In the midst of the demolition it looked a little different…

And finally… it looks a little different again!

Above the splashback there you’ll notice some steel pipes sticking out of the wall – they are not towel rails (temporarily they are!) but brackets for open shelving which we’re working on (or I’m constantly reminding about and he’s working on!).

My mother in law gave me some flowers last weekend and they have pride of place in my new kitchen! Oh happy, happy kitchen!

 

Unsticky glue

It is due to some unsticky glue that the kitchen is not progressing quite so fast as planned.

The benchtop was supposed to come today but the glue wasn’t hardening (probably due to the nasty cold snap we’re in the middle of…) so we’re having to contain the excitement a bit longer.

I thought I’d take another look at some white on white kitchen designs to keep the spirits up!

1. Found here. Love everything about this!
2. Here. Lovely light! Husband would love the cabinet handles.
3. Here. Pendant lights, open shelves, red stools!
4. Here. Pretty, homely, pendant lights – ooh nice!
5. And here. Pendant lights, open shelves and bookcase in the island – other than that not much to love.

Yes I have a thing about pendant lights – don’t say I didn’t warn you…