Preparing to start the kitchen renovations.

Well this weekend is the week.  We are going to pull out our old kitchen and we start on the big works.  Eeek!

I'm going to be honest, this level of living and renovating is really hard.  Its old stonework and the dust is just insane, and it gets absolutely into everything and everywhere.  I can't believe I agreed to do it again after our first stone cottage, but clearly I did at some stage, as I find myself facing it all again.  Ha!  I'm an old romantic, I love old homes.

I must admit I'm dreading this next stage and crossing everything that Grant can smash out the worst of it in relative speed.  His father who is a builder will come and help us with the big timber lentil which will be needed to be put in place as we open up the rear stone wall. 

But it will be so lovely when we are finished.  Clean, well designed, bright and airy.  We will be restoring the old sash window in the kitchen which is broken, and re-installing the original bedroom door which at some stage was replaced with a sliding door.  We will be widening the fireplace and putting in our bigger vintage wood oven we sourced recently.    



Our last kitchen we did HERE we bought a solid timber kitchen off ebay for $1300 then Grant re-configured it, painted it, installed it and it was amazing.  But this time round we are going to Ikea.  This space is quite small, we need every nook to matter and be functional.  Also it is a time thing.  Our last kitchen had less structural work to do, so we could afford the extra time in which it took to re-configure the second hand kitchen to make it fit.  This time we have an extra child, and a little less energy and a whole lot more structural work to do. 

We are going for grey cupboards, (partly to work alongside the 1930's enamel electic oven we are keeping) white hand glazed subway tiles, wooden bench tops, a white butler sink and black taps and door knobs.  Grants not certain about the black hardware but I think it will nod to the black cast of the wood fire.  The walls and timberwork will be painted white and the floors will be an oak laminate which is through the rest of the house.  I'm thinking about painting the fire place wall a soft earthy grey to draw attention to it, and then it would add a good contrast for my vintage plate collection I plan on hanging above it. 

Perhaps something like THIS....

I was going to do white cabinets, but these children and their grubby hands....It will drive me mental.  So grey it is, with lots of bright white elsewhere and cute vintage accessories, our wooden dresser which is currently in storage, as well as the old wood stove to try and keep some soul in the kitchen.  I think it will look cozy, but I'm a little concerned it will look too "new" and shiny.  Hopefully the wood bench tops, the wood fire, the old vintage electric stove we are keeping and by disguising the dishwasher as a cupboard we can be sympathetic.  But the reality is, it needs to be done.  Kitchen design and kitchen technology has come a long way!  The little old cottage needs to be gently shifted into this century, to suit our current lifestyle so that this space works for us.  Currently it is awkward, cramped, poorly designed and saggy, our fridge is living under the enclosed back porch.  Despite it looking kinda vintage cute, a kitchen to me, needs to be a good functional working space, easily accessible, with good storage, safe electricity points and simple to clean.  All points which my current kitchen fails on.



We have pulled up the caravan to the front of the house, and this will be our kitchen/dining room while the renovations take place.  Grant did a fantastic job of pulling it up so we will be under cover as we walk in and out, even in the rain.  It has a great little reverse cycle aircon/heater in it so will be plenty cosy, and no doubt with a BBQ, slow cooker and my Thermomix we will manage the cooking side of things quite well.  I might have to ask to borrow my neighbours oven for baking, but I'm sure with a trade of eggs they will be more then happy to help out.  They are just lovely.



Anyway we are due for a Dr appointment for little Henry, I think he needs a preventer as he seems to be developing asthma.  Since the weather has cooled he has struggled quite consistently.  I was hoping it was a run of viruses but I think it is a combination.  It has been the case with all three boys from varying degrees, asthma is a family thing.   If you could keep the boys in your prayers for those that do, for strengthening and healing, that would be so greatly appreciated. 

Much love,
Emma
xx



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  1. A big job for certain Emma, but once it is done it will be wonderful for you and your family.

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    1. It really will make a huge difference to the space. I forgot to mention we will also be doing the second bedroom, currently 5 of us are sharing the master so to give the boys their own room.....I cant wait!

      xx

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  2. Just keep telling yourself - it WILL be worth it in the end... Can't wait to see the finished pics ;)

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    1. yes, it WILL! And I cant wait to see it finished either, and its not even started yet. ha! ;)

      xx

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  3. WOW!!!! Whilst a huge job the end result will be so worth it. I love the grey cabinets with the wooden counter tops. I think you are going for a well balanced mix of old and new, and like you said the cottage is your home and needs to fit your families needs.
    That caravan is a blessing as an extra usable space whilst you get on with the kitchen reno. Having great neighbours who will assist in the process, even if it just the use of an oven, is wonderful.
    Here's hoping little Henry gets the relief he needs.

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    1. Thankyou, he is getting better I think. The boys are going to football this morning and its mighty crisp outside, so hopefully he copes. He has been cooped up inside in the warm air all week, so its time he had some fresh air. The boys can always sit in the car if its too cold for him.

      And your right about the caravan, Its going to be in-valuble to have a clean, warm cooking/eating area with the boys.

      xx

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  4. Honestly your plan sounds amazing! I'd dearly love a new kitchen (similar to what you've described, in fact); it'll be a trial but so worth it when you're done. Do you have an idea of how long it will take?

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    1. No, I'm hoping well under two months, but it will essentially depend on how long the demolition and structural works take.

      The putting in of the actual kitchen and painting will be the easy parts I think.

      xx

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  5. It's going to look gorgeous Emma. I've put in 3 IKEA kitchens in different houses and they are a dream,

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    1. I'm pretty excited. Going to IKEA with a girlfriend on the next long weekend to plan it all in detil and get it ready to order.

      xx

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  6. Well - you know me, I would have not changed a thing....but that would truly impractical. the grey with black tapware will be a lovely nod to the 1930's and i am sure you will have it finished tastefully and sensibly configured in no time. It's not as if it is the first time you have renovated.

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    1. You would have if you could see it in person Mr homemaker, I promise. ;) Though like me you would probably put in a "new" old wood even as it is cheaper then repairing the current one, and kept the old vintage stove. Because we are suckers like that!

      xx

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  7. Loved the old kitchen reno, so the new one should be lovely too. I've put in some prayers for your little ones. I imagine the dust would not be helping, not that it can really be avoided. Have you tried taking them off of dairy for a few days, to see if it makes a difference?

    Not a lot of people can digest lactose, without causing inflammation, as we lose the ability to process it after infancy. Inflammation can block airways further. I have an annoying cough I was having to use an inhaler to avoid, until I removed dairy from my diet. I consume it in small amounts now. Mostly a slice of cheese, or a dollop of yoghurt. I drink almond milk instead too.

    Anyway, I hope all is well with your family and the renovations go as smoothly as possible. :)

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    1. Thankyou, good thinking about the dairy, he did struggle when he was younger. But I'm going to hold off till after the renos. Just surviving is my only goal until the kitchen and second bedroom are done. Henry is a little poddy calf, and I don't have the energy to battle that just yet.

      xx

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  8. Your ideas for the new kitchen sound amazing! I love the look of the kitchen in that link and I love those sinks too, hope to have one myself in the future :-)

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    1. Thankyou. :) I camt wait until the fun stuff at the end. I love that stage.

      Ill put in a wish for the sink fairy for you! ;)

      xx

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  9. Oh Emma, your plans are so perfect. I love the picture of your design and I know you two will pull it off. Sending love and healing thoughts to little Henry.

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    1. Thanks Sally, then we shall have to have you over for dinner one night! Perhaps wood oven pizzas. :)

      xx

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