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Thursday, 18 August 2016

home sweet home.

Finally our electric oven is re-connected, Oh the luxury!  It must have been close to two months now, and finally we have a fully functioning kitchen.  Not aesthetically complete, but fully functioning none the less. 

Its hard when your renovating such an important room to make do for that period of time.  Its one thing when you bring in trades, they can usually fit a kitchen in the matter of a couple of days.  But when it is as big a job as restoration of the building, and THEN the renovation of a kitchen it is an entirely different process.  Add on doing it yourself, with a young family....well.  Its not easy. 

A random photo of Henry napping with all his cats.  Just because it's too cute not to share! ;) 

Having been through this process a few times now, with several different houses I know it is a season.  I know it will pass, and I have no desire to run myself ragged through an already difficult process trying to keep up all we already did.  When life if stressful, I focus on mental health, on rest, on our little family.

If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you might notice a pattern.  When things get hard we lean on conveniences.  I'm OK with that.  When we pick up extra work, when we pick up challenge's, we must lay something down to make room for that.  Or we will end up stressed out, over tired, and resenting the things we truly value.  Each and every time, when the challenge or the stress disperses, we quickly find ourselves back in our familiar and enjoyable lifestyle.   

If your a die hard simple living person who does everything from scratch all the time I might have just about lost you about now.  And that's ok too.  I'm here to represent the completely ordinary, the un-spectacular and the bumbling along kinda people.  Trying to live simply, growing over time, and simply enjoying the things we value in life and creating our life style to suit that.

First batch of laundry liquid made in our new kitchen.

When people ask us "how do you do it all?!"  And the simple answer is, we don't.  When we renovate, especially on such a big scale that where our energy goes.  That and our family.  We support the local family owned and run chippy shop once a week, twice if things are completely falling apart.  We eat spag bol for three nights in a row, eggs on toast, and slow cooked casseroles of whatever-needs-to-be-used-up-and-thrown-in-a-pot.  The thing is when you are working to save such a huge amount of money on trades, something has to give.  For us to spend a little extra on our grocery bill is the compromise we make.  For us, life is all about compromise. 

We have estimated, that once our kitchen renovations are completely finished, including the tiles and so forth, floors laid it will have cost us approx. $8000-$8500.  We saved money by keeping the vintage electric oven.  
Kitchen from Ikea : $5700 (including sink, taps, handles, dishwasher, range hood)
Wood oven: $300 (Will sell the old one for parts to re-coup some of the cost, this number reflects this.)
Big re-cycled wood beam: $160
Electrical: $400 (Grant laid all the new wiring in the ceiling and removed the old wiring and the electrician checked it all over, and did all the correct fittings to the power board, safety switches etc.)
The rest went on bits and bobs needed when you renovate.   

I reckon if we have of used trades this figure would have doubled, if not close to tripled considering the structural work like the demolition of the wall, new ceiling, treating the salt damp, restoring the brick fireplace, plastering, hours spent laying wiring, fitting the kitchen, tiling etc.  It does not take long for the trades to add up on an old house like ours.  Things are never as simple on an old place, and you will always encounter problems, which take time, which then costs more money.  Living rurally means tradies charge extra to come out here too.  We have local trades, but things that are a little more specialist like stone masons and kitchen cabinetry companies.   

When hanging a collection, it helps to lay it out, then take a digital photo to refer to as you go along to reference as spacing and layout. 

Since having the kitchen in I have found time in my day to potter about and fluff up my nest.  Sometimes picking up simple living jobs we had let slip.  Other times doing those fun little projects.  Hanging my vintage plate collection was one of them.  None of them are valuable, they are all bought from op-shops.  But I love them all! 

Grant laughed at me.  Now I have my rocking chair and my pretty plates out.  I would love to use them, but the dishwasher will strip off their paint.  So I will make do with just having a few out of display.  There is no point having our favourite things tucked in a cupboard! 



I bought this little glass house at the same time we bought the kitchen from Ikea.  We took cuttings from the garden and found some little pots and bowls and it was a fun little project with Will.  Now the cats cant knock them over.....cheeky things!

Anyway, the boys are all hovering about so it must be dinner! 

Much love,
Emma
xx



10 comments:

  1. This is a great and inspiring post Emma. Yes, you do definitely need to focus on the most important things and you have done amazingly well to hold it all together. You are a powerhouse of a woman! I absolutely adore your plates on the wall, and the sequence of their hanging. What a superb idea to lay them out first and take a photo. Fluffing our nest after renovations always must come first before anything else. The washing will wait. :)

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    1. Oh if only you saw the amount of napes I take I'm quite sure you wouldn't call me a power house. ;)

      I cannot wait till that horrid patchy yellow wall on the side of the fireplace is no longer yellow and patchy! I swear he is leaving it there just because my annoyance at it amuses him. ;)

      We have some old timber form our old shop we (be "we" I mean he, I will be the overseer) to fashion into open rustic shelving over my rocking chair for my cook books, and a few practical but decorative things. One day!

      xx

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  2. Emma I think your plates look lovely the way you have them arranged on the wall. I think husbands are often amused by the things that provide their wives domestic contentment. Just as we at times find their treasures baffling. Henry and the cats do look very cute and so peaceful.

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    1. Thankyou, its the nanna in me! ;)

      When the little boys came home I showed them Will literally looked at me, gave a shake of his head and a small chuckle and said, "Mum, your crazy" Sounding JUST LIKE GRANT!! Angus wasn't fussed and little henry thought the fact that there was plates on the wall was utterly silly and hilarious.

      And yes, I was given a very detailed show and tell of the annex grant bought for the 4WD ages ago that they finally fitted. He was so happy with his treasure and how useful it was going to be on our family adventures! ;)

      xx

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  3. Oh, plates on the wall! How wonderful! They look fantastic and I agree wholeheartedly that beautiful things should be used and displayed...not hidden away in cupboards where no-one ever gets to appreciate them. And, I agree too, that everything (including our lives) have seasons and that we do the best we can during those different times. Diversions are only that...eventually, you get back to the track you were on after the detour. Meg:)

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    1. It's funny isn't it how that happens?

      I grew up with things left for "best". Now it's something I have consciously moved away from as an adult. We have one table, in the kitchen. All meals are had there. If it's fancy we use a table cloth, though no crockery matches! Ha! I think it's me rebelling from a time when everything matched as a child. ;)
      Xx

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  4. That chimney wall is the perfect place for your plates. I've found too as my renovations have edged along that the nest "fluffing" is what's got me through the dirty, chaotic, messy times.

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    1. Yes so true! I spent ages dreaming about hanging them and the day the special sticky label/hook things I ordered came in the mail it was my first job. :) I also knew I had to do it before grant got home or he would moan about me putting holes in his wall. So I msg him a photo of him after I had done it and his response was "oi". ;)

      Xx

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  5. When you save money, it always takes longer to finish yourself. But then you have to work to budget. You're both fortunate you can work together, to get things done. Your home looks really cosy. Enjoy. :)

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    1. There has been some late nights that's for sure. I'm not that useful really. I can hold stuff, lift stuff and keep him company and help here and there. But it's mostly him. But we still make a good team! I'm a great encourager! :)

      Xx

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