We’ve been spending a lot of time at the country cottage this past few weeks. We’ve given ourselves an Easter deadline in the hope that we can be in time for some holiday lettings, so every chance we get we hot-foot it up to Norfolk with our tools and paintbrushes (well actually, the BF takes tools, and I take paintbrushes). And it is coming along. It’s starting to feel welcoming when we walk through the door and it’s getting harder and harder to drag ourselves away when we have to return to work.
The kitchen is almost finished. The tiles are going to be fitted this week and the last fix electrics are going to be done in our absence. So next weekend we can pop in the hob, plumb in the white enamel sink and we will have a kitchen. Hoorah! No more eating picnic food, washing up in the bath, and running up and down stairs to fill the kettle.
Floor tiles from Trade Price Tiles
Wall tiles from The Tile Mountain
That massive boiler is a bit of a sore point but we had to have one, and it’s much better positioned than the old one. As it was before, we couldn’t have had a worktop or units on the right hand side of the kitchen. Now we have an under-counter fridge there, and a set of drawers, not to mention so much more work-space. We’ve decided not to box it in (apart from the pipes) as that will make it even larger and probably draw even more attention to it. But I have a cunning plan to detract the eye away from it by hanging a wooden plate rack on the wall to its right. It was such a bargain! Sourced (by my friend Sharon) at a local charity shop for £10.
While the OH has been fitting the kitchen and doing a million and one other things, I’ve been busy upcycling all of the old pine furniture that was left behind by the previous owner. It’s amazing what you can do with an electric sander and a few coats of paint. So far I’ve done bedside tables, headboards, chest of drawers, and a bookcase and there’s still the dining table, coffee table, sideboard and side table to do. Phew. I just have to finish the tops with beeswax and they should look even better.
I’m also really pleased with a washstand that we found in the local antiques market. It fits the sink alcove in the bathroom perfectly and is something I’ve been searching for, for some time. It’s already been painted (more’s the pity) but I’m going to re-do it in white as the alcove is going to have wood panelling that will be painted dark grey and it should make a lovely feature.
And who can complain about decorating when the ‘back yard’ looks like this?
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