Remember this photo?
I took it a couple of weeks ago of the one horrible room in my otherwise lovely home. This house was split in to flats and this room was a kitchen. You need to walk through this room and through a lean-to so you can get in to the garden.
I have moved from a much larger house and one that had plenty of storage space. This house has no attic space, no study, no utility room and no cellar or basement. So I needed to make this room a bit of a combination utility, study and storage room but also leave a clear path to the garden.How was that bright acid yellow ever popular?I will definitely need a plasterer.This looks like a war zone.I am hoping that when the old plaster board and pine cladding is removed, I will find the original architrave.I would like to preserve the sink and have it on a new cupboard.The ceiling definitely needs replacing; polystyrene is so last year (or 20 !).Two weeks and a lot of hard work, mess and dust later ……Rotten floorboards.The architrave emerges.It is very yellow though.It’s all there.…. Ta daa.That looks better – lots of storage space.I do like my new shelves.The original cupboard looks great now it’s been painted as does the fire place and the picture rail has been put back.I am looking forward to getting everything organised in here.I need to decide what to do with the lean-to as it is draughty and very unsightly.Hard to believe it is the same room.I have run out of money so can’t have the floor done yet and will get a rug to put down until I can get a set of reclaimed floorboards laid, sanded and waxed.I do confess I struggled with the untidiness, chaos and dust of this little project but I am delighted with the finished result. It looks brilliant. A huge thank you to Peter Laurense who did all the work apart from the plastering which he managed. All I had to do was choose the units and counter top (from Howdens) and paint colour (F&B’s James White). I highly recommend Peter and let me know if you want his details. He is very pleasant to have around, works very hard and is really good at what he does. Thank you Peter.