Thursday, 24 September 2015

Patience

It was many, many years ago that Management and I bought our first home together.  It was a new build, and by the time we found the house the developer had installed the kitchen.  It was wood and very brown:


(Clearly I had not cleaned up for this old photograph)

A few years later we decided to move and purchased another new build.  By the time we found the house the developer had installed the kitchen.  It was wood and very brown:


(Yes, I had cleaned up for this one!)

A few years later we moved and purchased Bag End.  Which obviously had a kitchen.  It was wood and very brown:


(Before we moved in)

Are you seeing a pattern here?  For nearly 25 years I have badly wanted a kitchen THAT WAS NOT BROWN.  And for nearly 25 years I have lived with very good quality, solid wood kitchens which were brown.  I could never justify the expense and waste of getting rid of a perfectly good set of units, and changing doors doesn't sort out the problem of corner shelves, coving and edges.

Six years ago we met Kate, a local painter and artist who specialises in kitchens.  Whilst I would have LOVED to have her work here back in 2009 there was no point when we knew the kitchen was going to get knocked about a bit. So in November 2010 we changed the cooker and lots of units were taken down and reassembled in new places. And two years later we did the same thing, but on a larger scale;  it is hard to believe that was nearly three years ago (but we don't always move fast at Bag End!)

However, on Monday morning, Kate arrived to finally transform our kitchen into the room I have been waiting for for a very long time.  This is Days One and Two.  Every door has been removed and sanded down, and there are two undercoats.  She is now working hard on FOUR coats of Farrow & Ball "New White".  Yes it's disruptive, and yes, having everything upside down the same week as I can't walk around without a stick is definitely not ideal but oh, it is So Worth It!









As we have the Lovely Lunar as an 'outside kitchen' Management and I have been going down to the caravan every morning for a leisurely breakfast, which rather minimises the grief of having your kitchen in chaos.







10 comments:

  1. Isn't it a great treat to have a functioning extra kitchen???? I can't believe she's accomplished that much in just two days. Sure hope you're recuperating nicely.

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    1. Thanks FFG. Having our 'outside kitchen' has been an absolute godsend - another tick in the box for our little caravan.

      Kate arrived early each day and worked, and worked, and worked. No way I could do as much in a day as she achieved.

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  2. So much lighter already! Looking good.

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    1. Thanks Jessica, I need to take some pictures of it now - looking more than good!

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  3. That will certainly brighten up the space. Will there be a final coat? Or will it stay with the 'whitewashed' effect?

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    1. Hi Kris, what you are seeing here is just undercoat, that is why it looks mottled. It didn't stay that way :-)

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  4. I'm with you on the brown timber kitchen look and love pale cupboards. Can't wait to see the finished kitchen. Take care and don't stress too much.

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    1. Morning Susan, well, maybe you and Keith will decide it is nearly time for another trip back to England and you can see it for yourself?

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  5. Good job that you have the outside kitchen - when we had our kitchen done it was a nightmare trying to eat so we either went to my sister's or ate outl

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    1. Thanks Sue. I remember you saying how difficult you found having the kitchen done. The caravan certainly did come in useful :-)

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