The kitchen. We knew it needed to be ripped out and re-fitted with a tight deadline of a month before we had to be out of our rental. Yep, to fit a kitchen ourselves in a month didn’t quite happen, but the day we moved in we had a counter top and cupboards fitted (albeit without doors). No plumbing but who needs water or gas anyhow? The original kitchen from the 50’s was in a desperate state, and looking at these pictures I’m surprised we ever took this project on!
Before any fitting could be done there was a whole load of prep work to be done… Ripping cabinets off is easy but removing crazy 50’s sticky tiles (glued down with strange brown adhesive) nearly made us loose all willpower before even properly starting. This was until we realised that wallpaper steamer and a super scraper work wonders on this stuff. Re-plastering after all was scraped off made a world of difference in this room (unfortunately there is no photographic evidence of this stage).
Eventually, little by little (through trial and error) we got there. The kitchen is from Ikea (Metod / RInghult), Smeg gas hob and (unknown make) double oven are from Freecycle. As we bagged these appliances totally free of charge from a lovely lady in Bristol, it seemed ridiculous to buy new ones (saving us approx £500!). Therefore we designed the whole space around these (mainly by using Ikea’s infuriatingly slow 3D kitchen planner)… bit risky, as all we had to go by was the lady’s word that they were in very good working order. The risk paid off – both appliances have proved to be great!
Overall, we’ve been happy with this budget friendly kitchen. They are easy to keep clean and fit a lot of stuff in. As I’ve started to type this I realise that there are so many different lessons we’ve learnt that I want to write down (such as the quirks of installing (an Ikea) kitchen, tiling, painting, prepping a space etc) but as this is already becoming a monster post, I’ll leave these for later.