Saturday, February 09, 2008

Kitchen # 3.

I think it's starting to look a lot better, don't you?



Ignore the strange streaky effect on the walls. Wet patches like that usually mean running damp, but in this case it's the nice new plaster drying out. Ignore the fact that we still lack doors, shelves, drawers, kickplates, skirting, tiles, cooker hood and sundry other details. Look! There's a cooker hob and oven down there and they work. The sink is in and it works too. Amazing....I even cooked in there last night. Real food at last!

We were hoping it would be finished by Friday. In fact the joiners didn't come on Friday because there was no point in the plumber trying to fit the gas and water appliances at the same time as two joiners were trying to fit all the rest, not in that space. It is only a 5` x 12` room. So they will be back on Monday (which is a school holiday, eek!) to do everything else except the tiling, which has to wait for a couple of weeks till the plaster is dry. And the painting ditto, but I'll have to do that. Saffron yellow or a pale old gold, I think, to go with the tiles and make the room look warm. Autumn colours.

In the meantime though I am pretty happy. There are a couple of mild irritations but I've got a fair bit of faith in C the joiner and I expect they'll be sorted out, or at least compromised on. In the meantime, admire. As I said, it's a small space but there's a twelve foot long worktop in there and that gives me at least double the working area I had before. Also before I just had a cooker in there, with several badly built and mostly pointless cupboards that held very little except the microwave and the rubbish bin. Now I'll have the oven and hob, a microwave up on the wall, a larder fridge and a dishwasher.




Just take a moment to admire this wonderful piece of german made ...or at least designed.... technology. It's actually stainless steel, but I'm leaving the protective travel film on till all the work is finished.

Okay? Enough admiring? (I could look at it all day.)

Now this last has been a bit of a epiphany for me. It's only been here 12 hours and already I've used it three times. I've never had a dishwasher before, unless you count the mostly unreliable low tech model that took a day to wash a sink of dishes and moaned about that. Much marital strife will be avoided now the dishwasher has arrived! It's got ecowash and a 30 minute programm and everything comes out genuinely clean, compared to the quality control problems of before. Love it to bits.

12 comments:

KSee said...

This is really exciting. I love watching your kitchen come together. I've been going back & forth between the before and after. You have gained a window too. The dishwasher is a great invention. That and the remote control. LOL. When I was a kid in the 60's I was the dishwasher & remote! I thought that is why my mother had kids!

LizzieK8 said...

So much counter space! Being on the other side of the pond, and having grown up on the west side of the country, I'm used to so much larger kitchens. I wonder how long it would take me to adjust to such a compact work area! Can't wait to see it finished!

JustApril said...

It's really coming together nicely! I think whoever invented the dishwasher should get special blessings, lol, it really frees up time for getting other things done.

Queen of the froggers said...

Great kitchen, dishwashers are such a treat!

grannypurple said...

You may not get to play with your dishwasher for long. Many men of my acquaintance seem to think that women just can't figure out how to load the darn things, and take right over!
(In our house, I make the mess, and Himself cleans up...)

natalie said...

Will there be wall cupboards? In y last kitchen I got rid of all the wallcupboards and destashed like crazy and the place looked soooo much bigger.

Annie said...

Looks like it is coming together nicely, how exciting! I've never had a dishwasher, I hope you enjoy yours!

Nic said...

I haven't looked at your blog for a while so wow, I am loving how your kitchen is coming together and I love the tiles and cooker. As for the dishwasher; I am admiring and think I am slowly coming around to the idea of having one. My parents is rubbish but the new ones are good and get the pots clean, right?
I am so tight-fisted though....dishwashers cost money, the tablets cost more than washing up liquid so I continue to do all the washing up....think how much more time you will have to knit and spin now though!!

zippiknits said...

Such an amazing space to shoe horn everything into. The new sink makes so much more sense than the one with the faucets in the front corner. What a beautiful counter/work space.

My kitchen is 7 feet wide and about 12 feet long. I really do love galley kitchens. Once we got the washer and dryer out of the kitchen we saw the possibilities of making a cupboard down where they used to be. Your kitchen is going to be beautiful with those Pumpkin tiles.

BabyLongLegs said...

The kitchen is coming along great!!! I have a dishwasher.....and I use it as a cupboard.....hehehe

Hope all is finished and you are cooking up a storm in there in no time....

I've nominated you for a "Made my day award"... for being such an inspiring Spinning Diva, and for all your help with my Louet.....
See my blog, if you want to carry on the Meme :)

Love
Sarah xXx

FUZZARELLY said...

The best thing about a small kitchen is the lesser amount of clean-up involved.

My kitchen is huge and not at all clean.

Count yer blessings.

Joan said...

You cooking with gas yet?