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Bathroom Renovation – Week 2

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Cement rendering. Timber framing. Waterproofing. More plumber rough-in.

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Bathroom Renovation – Week 1

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Demolition. Electrical and Plumbing Rough in. Paint stripping on the window.

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Bathroom Renovation – Before Photos

Monday, November 21st, 2016

This is the main bathroom between the 2 bedrooms. Accessed from the Hallway.

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Those floor tiles have come back into fashion. The sticky tape on the floor was me laying everything out to see if there was any way to have a separate shower and bath. It was just too small.

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Those 4 different tiles there is when I went to grab some tp and most of the wall tiles came down. My husband used the ones that didn’t break and had to buy some new ones to put it back together.

Besides that, we haven’t touched this bathroom.

Bathroom Renovation – Inspiration Pictures – Part Two

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

The previous post featured my Pinterest Pins, but ohhh my do I love Instagram? Yes, Yes I do. So let’s look at my screen shots!

I love this mirror. I would like a medicine cabinet that is recessed with a door like this. A metal frame with a shadow. Where would I find this?? Or just a mirror like this that I could attached to a medicine cabinet?

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Horizontal light above the metal framed mirror.

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63 weeks – STALKER. Bahahhah

I like the small square undermount basin. Has been hard to track one down. Everything is OVERSIZED!

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Herringbone floor! Subway tiles and capping/dado tiles. Except this is inverted. Marble on the bottom and white capping tile.

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Oh heaven! I love this bathroom! This is the tiling I would like to do. Large format marble subaway tiles on the bottom. Capping/dado tile and then smaller tiles on top (except mine will be plain white subway and white capping tile) Medicine cabinet. Horizontal art deco style light above mirror.

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Horizontal light above metal framed mirror.

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Wall mounted art deco taps (just not on the mirror) Undermount basin. Grey vanity. I like the wall treatment. VJ, Beadboard I don’t know what it is called. I was going to do this, but then I thought it was just getting too busy. I LOVE that wall light. Ralph Lauren do one, but too expensive for me.

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I do like that wall treatment. . .  What is it. The stripe wall thingo?? I do like it. . . Part of me says to keep it a bit contemporary. . . hmmm.

I’ll return with the tiles I have short listed, the taps/fittings I like and my plans.

Bathroom Renovation – Inspiration Pictures – Part One

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Next up in our house is a bathroom renovation.

If we were to sell tomorrow, we would have to renovate the bathroom prior. At this stage we are not looking at selling.

In the shower the tiles have come loose and water is getting behind them and soaking into the wardrobe of our bedroom. I had to toss most of my shoes as they grew mould.

We got 2 quotes on just replacing the tiles in the shower area. Then the tiles would be different and the whole thing would look worse than to begin with. We decided to just bite the bullet and redo the bathroom, which was on the list of things to do already.

As soon as I got the green light from hubby, I was off like a rocket. PINNING to my heart’s content.

Here is a look at some of my pins.

All image credits can be found here – https://www.pinterest.com/NeoReverie/bathe/

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This is very similar to what we are going for. Dark floor tiles. Marble wall tiles. Vanity that touches are half wall to the shower. A bench in the shower. A horizontal light above the mirror. A window in the shower area.

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What I am on the hunt for – capping tiles. I really dislike how they finished the subway tiles in this picture. It looks unfinished. I like the vanity though. Simple.

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Similar again to the layout I would like in our bathroom. Vanity that touches the shower half wall. Capped with marble slab. Recessed medicine cabinet.

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I have decided on 75mm x 300mm charcoal tiles to do a herringbone floors. But I do like this medium grey as well.

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Bench in shower capped with a marble slab. And a concealed niche. Art above the toilet.

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Vanity that touches the shower half wall. Horizontal light above the mirror. Window in the shower area. Marble wall tiles.

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Stone slab capping on the shower half wall. 2 different size wall tiles. Diverter, slide bar hand held shower, wall mounted shower head. Dado capping tile.

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Dark floor tiles. Capping tiles to border the window in the shower.

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The tiles I have chosen for the floor aren’t as long as these ones and not as shiny, but I am digging the herringbone.

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This is elba marble slab.

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Dark herringbone tiles.

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Vanity touches the shower inclosure. Bench in shower.

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Vanity with marble slab. Touches the shower half wall. Bench in shower. 2 different wall tiles. Stone capping on shower walls.

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Wall of bright shiny white subway tiles!!! And the tiling doesn’t go to the roof and is finished with a capping tile.

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Capping tile.

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Small window in shower area which has been tiled.

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This is pretty close to what our space will look like. Marble tiles on the bottom part. Capping tile (except we will have white capping/dado tiles as capping tiles in marble to match our marble is not a product that is made) Then smaller scale white subway tiles above.

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^^^ THIS IS LEGIT, OUR BATHROOM ^^^

This is the real estate listing picture. The greenish wall paint has all flaked and peeled. The laminate on the vanity is peeling.

Pretty much everything is going to stay where it is. The layout works. We are deleting the bath tub. I am vehemently ANTI shower over bath. I get why they are put in, But I absolutely HATE them. Grew up with one. DISLIKE. Also no good for elderly or people with limited mobility. The demographics in this area seem to be to geared to downsizers and empty nesters, so I think it will work out ok in re-sale terms. But we are making it to suit us (even though I will have 2 small children) Mostly Audrey showers with me and stands/sits at my feet. When she was really little, I bathed her in the laundry tub and then I started showering with her in my arms to get the skin to skin contact as I didn’t breastfeed.

When she showers with me, I much prefer her to sit as she has had many a tumble in the bottom of that stupid tub even with a non slip mat!!!! No part of the floor is flat. I have fallen with her in my arms too! Frightening. (She wasn’t too little then and all that happened was I got quite a bruise on my bottom but just very lucky I believe)

These kids will just have to learn to love the shower like I do!! But while they are still little, I want to hunt out the biggest flexi tub to place in the bottom of the shower. They will love it and won’t be deprived and when we go to grandparents house or on holidays they will be treated with a bath, it will be exciting.

The toilet is to the right, cut out of the picture. The only other change is to delete the window on the left and have a mirror centred over the vanity. To make up for deleting one window (the room isn’t bright even with both windows) is to put in a skylight.

Next up is my screen shot inspiration pictures.

I’m BACK!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Well hello everybody long time no blog.
I just wanted to pop in and let you all know I am still around. I have had trouble updating the blog due to timing as I am now 24 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy has stripped me of all my energy. Personally, I feel it is unnatural to work full time, be pregnant, have a toddler and also wish to pursue extracurricular activities such as sewing and blogging. Another thing that stops me from being able to update the blog was my own indecisiveness. I didn’t want to blog about things that weren’t actually happening or I haven’t fully decided upon. So let’s visit what has actually happened.

As mentioned previously, I am pregnant! My husband and I fell pregnant with our second child after 9 months of trying. I know this isn’t a lot for other people but we had such great success with Audrey, it came as a bit of a shock. 

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I also contributed my free time to a creative endeavour which was published by Style Me Pretty I was approached by Mornington Peninsular photographer to be part of a styled feature.

It was also featured by Ivory Tribe

I was only 7 weeks pregnant and in the thick of extreme fatigue when I put together this wedding stationery suite.

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 I was pleased with the results as I’m sure all the other people that contributed are. All credits are in the 2 links above.

Photos – Michelle Pragt of In Photography

If you are a bride to be do not hesitate to check these people out especially if you are located in Victoria. If you’re interested in my services then distance isn’t an issue.

With what little spare time I had left I dedicated it to sewing as the sewing bug has hit me. It has been extremely frustrating though to try and sew with a toddler around. It is also quite dangerous without anything between the toddler and the sewing area in terms of a barrier. She is an opportunist and will grab the pins, scissors, fiddle with the overlocker, play with the iron cord, etcetera, at any given chance. But I love her to death and she’s the reason why I sew.

Here is a look at some things I’ve made.

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But the biggest thing to come out of being pregnant and wanting to sew all the time is – What are we going to do with our house?

We currently reside in a 2 bedroom house. We have decided to stay put and live with what we’ve got. Doing an extension to include more room is just not something we can do at the moment with our financial situation and not something we will see happening in the next 7 to 10 years. With another child on the way and my desire to sew, we are in desperate need of room. We have finally decided after months of deliberation is to convert our garage into a usable space. We looked at all sorts of other options like knocking down the garage and removing it. Having something built externally and craned in or put together on site.

Jenny Rose Innes on Instagram posted from her builders, a new endeavour there pursuing with outbuildings which are built off site and brought in. I was keen to go ahead with that until I had more people look at my existing garage and comment “why don’t you just fixed the garage the way it is?” And that is the direction we will head in.

The garage is 3 metres by 8 metres giving us 24 square metres of usable space it just needs a facelift I have had a builder come around and quote. Still waiting for the quote but I will go into this further in another blog post.

Another thing that is happening around our house is we are changing the disgusting ugly terrible aluminium windows back to the former western red cedar windows.

To match what was there already there but sadly removed by people that clearly have no taste. I now need to get a quote on putting lead light in the front 3 windows that face the street to match my neighbour’s bay window and other houses in the area from the same era.

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You could say I am in nesting mode but the truth of the matter is nothing will be done before this baby arrives. Typical! I have made peace with that and have just moved on.

Another thing that has been happening around my house is gardening. I planted spring bulbs that gave me a beautiful display in my front garden bed which has now finished flowering.

We were all so sick to death of having plants in the black plastic pots we bought them in years ago, we have now repotted all our plans into terracotta pots.

We planted out the garden bed that goes part way along the length of the garage with iceberg standard iceberg roses, buxus and lavender. We will extend this garden bed to be deeper as it appears the roses don’t have quite enough room. It is a narrow garden bed.

The great thing with knowing we are just going to stay in the house the way it is means we can now renovate it to completion. We were too hesitant to do any renovations because anything we did do would be affected by an extension later. It would be in effect a waste of time and money but now that we are just going to have a 2 bedroom house with the studio, we are quite happy to finish everything off. Such as the second bedroom, the large laundry and the gardens. This gives me a lot of excitement and I feel very creative. It took a lot of time, discussions and number crunching to get to this decision but I feel this is the right decision for us at the right time.

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Want to dig up this ugly slopey concrete and lay down a stone patio.

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Don’t let the flakey paint throw you. Just received a quote to replace the glass on the windows in this room and fix the sash weights as the windows will be heavier and THEN, we will get them painted. They are actually in great condition. It is just flakey paint.

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A metal shed that I want to remove and replace with a cedar cute cottage shed. Mint and rosemary going crazy! Neglected mother in laws tongue in the background. . . I don’t really like this plant and guess who gave it to me. . . GUESSSSS, you will never guess!!!!

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Teddy Bear Magnolia about to flower. I have 3 of these plants and I have just had them planted into MUCH larger pots before we decide where they will go in the garden and they are doing much better. I was scared they were going to die a slow death.

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Stupid bats came through last year when my neighbours had these trees in their yard and shat everywhere. That is what the marks on the garage are! But our neighbours removed those noxious trees! And this year, no bats!

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My little topiary collection! My favourite is Korean buxus! I love my standard bay tree too! Friends got us a bay tree seedling for our house warming and sometime last year I decided I wanted to train it into a lollipop and massacred it. Left a tuft of about 4 leaves on top. My husband was shocked when he saw it and a bit mad, I said, just trust me!! AND LOOK AT IT NOW!

(GOD I HATE MY BROWN COLORBOND FENCE! But I love them too. They are in good knick and there is no fencing dispute between neighbours that I have seen play out at the court house, so gotta be grateful)

Another future blog post will be year of the garden YOTG that will be 2016 when I am on maternity leave!! I can supervisor children and my husband can garden to his heart’s content. It’s impossible at the moment to do much on both of our separate weekends (me: Thursday and Friday, Him: Saturday and Sunday) as we are alone.

Really looking forward to maternity leave next year and I’m not going to do something silly like I did with Audrey and only have 4 months off. I’m going to enjoy my time with my family and hopefully have a year off.

 Thank you for getting this far and can’t wait to update you further.

#YOTH15

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Welcome! I’m back. I am ready to blog!

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I declared it year of the house which equals – #YOTH15 in hashtag lingo. I urge you use the hashtag if it is also YEAR OF THE HOUSE for you too!

This remark came as I wanted to put of a 4 square collage on instagram of things that I did around our house this past year and I all I could come up with was the banquette upholstery and the bed head d.i.y.

It dawned on me then. Not enough was done around our place. I wasn’t happy. This year, I would like to change that.

There are countless things that need to be done, so time to starting ticking them off.

So far! 1 week in:

Bunk Beds bought for my daughter’s room.

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I would LOVE twin beds! I LOVE that look, but I think only works if you have boy-boy or girl-girl. And as I haven’t fallen pregnant yet, I can’t determine that.

But it is time for my daughter to go into a big girl bed and with all the sales floating around, I thought it best to do it now.

Even if I did end up with a second daughter, realistically in a small room, bunk beds are the way to go. And we don’t have rumpus or playroom either.

I am a bit sad as I would have LOVED to make a crazy headboard.

But don’t get me wrong. Bunk beds can be cool too! I had bunk beds with my younger sister and we had a BLAST!!!!! It was the best fun.

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(Might have to give my bunks a coat of paint in a cool colour)

I purchased 2 occasional chairs for our living room. They are dining armchairs (carvers). I don’t have the width to fit 2 separate armchairs. I dislike slipper chairs as they are so low and most people in our families would have a tough time getting out of them including myself!

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I am really happy with these. Just need a very petite side table to go in between them.

This is something that has been on my list for a while, when our families visit there isn’t enough room for people to sit.

Another BIG TICK that has been lingering since we bought the house. LIGHT FITTINGS! A cheap light fitting is a cheap light fitting!

Plus I need 2 for the living room.

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I have now placed an order for these. They match my fireplace scones.

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I had my heart set on the Bryant chandelier

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Since forever, but in the shop today, I changed my mind and it is for the best.

I already own, for the living room, this coffee table

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and now these 2 chairs

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And the settee (needs re-upholstery)

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And this is my fireplace

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(Still on the hunt for a mirror. I would like antiqued style panelled mirror with the studs/flower pins)

They are all soft and feminine pieces. The bryant chandelier is graphic and masculine and not 100% the direction I am evidently heading in with the selections I have already made.

We have also received 3 quotes for airconditioning. My husband has been asking ever since we have moved in, but I keep saying no as truly it is not that bad. THAT IS UNTIL THIS WEEK AT HOME! I finally see where he is coming from and the heat affects him more. Poor guy!

So we will hopefully be installing 2 split system units in our house (Part of he reason I said no, is I dislike the units on the wall, they are gross and I would prefer ducted, but wouldn’t bother doing it until we do an extension and do it all at once. . )

We have also received 2 quotes on new guttering and a water tank. We definitely want a water tank as we are slowly becoming keen gardeners, especially with growing herbs and vegetables and also my flower and hedge aspirations.

I think that is a CRACKING start to 2015!

My home is my castle and if you are going to work so hard, you might as well benefit from it with a nice place to come home too from a day at work.

On that note, about work,

This blog post was JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO READ!

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Sadly applies to me to the letter!

A good wake up call though, sometimes I just want to pack it all in and be a stay at home mum. but that would mean a massive cut back on a lot of things. No fabric purchases, no furniture purcahses, no holidays away.  Probably not even nice cuts of meat for dinner. HELL NO Meredith Dairy goats cheese. Not much at all.

So just put my head down, bum up and keep on keeping on!!

Because I got a quote on THE display cabinet of my dreams.

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Yes, $22,000. That is what American made, solid timber costs. . . . (this is the price of a trade discount, the original price is $28k because our dollar is not the best right now)

Never in my wild reverie could I fathom owing this.

Maybe with a winning lotto ticket in hand. . .

Any plans on #YOTH15 around your place? TELL ME!!

Alice Mary Lynch – Custom Hare doll for Audrey

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I was browsing pinterest. . . like everyday of my life and came across the most gorgeous dolls. I fell in love with the flair and style of them.

Then I started following the creator on Instagram. A random comment from me at the right time saw an opportunity for me to commission a custom doll for my daughter – scratch that – me!! HAHAHA

I present to you Audrey Hare Princess from Alice Mary Lynch.

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Isn’t she SWOON-WORTHY?

Such a special gift for my daughter that I hope will get passed down.

I really want to get a boy fox now.

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And check out pinterest for more of her dolls.

D.I.Y Bed Head

Monday, July 28th, 2014

I did it!

I am so thrilled with this bed head. I took all progress pics and I can make a tutorial if need be. Let me know if you want a tutorial.

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Sneak peek!

I did a piped edge

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It is 50 mm deep and simply leaning against the wall with the weight of the mattress ensemble holding it in place.

I was going to do a piped edge on the back edge, but thought it didn’t need it.

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Tah Dah!

What do you think?

It is nearly 170 cms tall. (taller then me)

 I made it that tall to accommodate European pillows which I haven’t purchased yet. I want to make covers up for them in LUXE fabric. Embroidered etc. .  all the bells and whistles.

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My curtain rods that I want to replace. I want to have one single rod that has a right angle bend/curve to go around the corner and possibly bend back into the wall! I have found a brand that can do this for me.

Plus I want to make new curtains. Thick fabric, block out lining and wide trim tape!

And that is my ikea rast hack bed sides. I quite like them too.

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I’m really happy with the outcome.

Kitchen Renovation – Part THREE of three – reflections

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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The layout of the kitchen. I spent YEARS on this. I was always playing with the layout. I drew it to scale and moved everything around and in the end I believe I came up with the best solution. Having utilised the kitchen for about 9 months now, it is working nicely.

The knobs and handles!! They are so glamourous.

I like my down lights. They are pretty inconspicuous when turned off. And when turned on they give amazing light and I like the way we wired them. 2 sets of 4 on an individual switch.

The kitchen sink. I am so glad I swapped to a big single bowl! I can wash the tray from the high chair, the fridge shelves, the oven racks all with ease! I also have a small suspended drainer that acts like a small secondary sink/drainer without taking up any extra bench space. Thankfully I was able to get one from ikea for less then $40 as opposed to the the abey optional extra drainer that was ~$180 (from memory)

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This is how my sink normally looks. I really try to avoid having the dish cloth hanging off the tap. When I want to quickly wash up a 1 or a few items I just place it in the drainer, if I washing up more, I just lay out a terry dish towel to drain everything that place it over the back of a dining table chair for the sun to dry it.

I love my pull out bins! SO HANDY!!!!!!!

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I am not a fan of the bench top colour. It is a warm white. Obviously not what I wanted. I just wanted a white. I hate my range hood. It honestly serves no purpose. It does nothing. I couldn’t get anything else or would mean touching my cornices which I wanted to keep as is. I couldn’t duct it out through the wall behind, because that is a bedroom. If we are frying something on the cook top, all doors and windows are open . .  even in winter. . . I am constantly wiping the cabinets door fronts above too. To keep everything pristine. The 2 pac poly finished makes that easy. It honestly is driving me to the point that I want to make this kitchen a show kitchen and put a butlers pantry around the corner (where the current laundry is) in an extension. An induction cooktop, ducted quiet range hood and another fridge! HA!

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The fridge. I wish it was built in. I hate the way it is just plonked there. Doesn’t look well resolved. We wanted to use the current fridge because it wasn’t that old and we were trying to keep costs down.

The grout colour of the backsplash tiles. I am not entirely happy with the grout colour of the back splash. It should have either been white or DARK grey. The grey we used just matches the tiles and blends in.

 Would have chosen fake stone tiles that look like slate. We spent a small fortune on sealer for the slate tiles and it doesn’t appear to be working and they are staining. Even though we are diligent with cleaning up spills straight away.

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Art work for the wall between the windows. I would love a demi lune console table to go between those 2 windows.

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And have a grand ginger jar or really nice ceramic on top OR this GORGEOUS lust-worthy candy dish I spotted the other day from on Juliska’s instagram.

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But I have visions of a rogue ball hitting it and smashing it to smithereens. Or kids bumping the table. I think this idea might have to go on the back burner until kids are moved outta home!

I am yet to make curtains for the dining area. I want to make curtains for that space to mark that it is a different zone or space from the rest of the kitchen as this house does not have a dining room!

(Ohh I wish!) I am going to make dreamy soft flowing white cotton curtains.

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But with an aqua trim tape to pull in the colours of the bench seat and the back door. And also to just add some colour. Because I don’t want it to be too monochromatic. I am not that bold.

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With the window above the banquette. I want to make a fake roman blind valance and use the same trim tape.

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The windows need extensive work. They need some TL C and some painting. Then I can swap out all the old painted over hardware for shiny new brass hardware that I purchased. This is a big job and I can find people that will do the fixing up of the windows but also point out that they won’t paint the windows.

This is also a very dirty job! Probably should have been the first thing to be done.

Chandelier. If I can pick one! I keep going back and forth about what I want. I still like the original one I picked out from my mood board.

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The French doors need to be painted white. Along with the laundry door. Lots of bits of trim painting here and there. As well as the architraves.

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to return with the reveal of more finished projects.