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Bedroom Plans

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

In the sales we purchased an ensemble. I have been thinking about this for some time but our mattress is not that old. It sits on a bed frame, which I don’t like. It is nice enough, but it was cheap and no longer my style.  I have been thinking about a new bed head and I think it would be easier to make a stand alone bedhead as opposed to try and recover my entire bed frame. Too much fabric. So thinking bedhead with a valance to cover the ensemble base.

Anyway, so that decision was catapulted right to the top of the list when the shops were doing amazing deals like in excess of 50% off and free delivery. Talk about impulse purchase. The only con to this option is we lose the storage we had under our bed. But the thought of sleeping on top of my clutter doesn’t appeal  to me either. So best just be ruthless and more organised.

For our 2nd year wedding anniversary I purchased a canvas to paint a picture (cotton) but I never got around to it, so instead I purchased a new duvet cover. I have been looking for a 2 stripe or 3 stripe cover for ages. House Hold linens does one but it is quite expensive and I didn’t like the colours. Now Sheridan does one but don’t like the colours. And the border is around the edge of the cover and not smaller to frame the mattress top. (I don’t think I would buy Sheridan sheets ever again. My last set is now painting drop cloths. I don’t use bleach, I don’t over crowd the washing machine and I have a front loader and it got all these holes in it and is torn to shreds now. That is the second set to do that. No other sheet brand has done this.)


So I purchased this one from One Kings Lane with a shipping forwarder. First time I have done that and it was successful.


I am thrilled with the quality. The pillow cases are the PERFECT size. I often find that pillow cases are a bit slack on the pillow, too big. The cover is also very generous in size. I don’t know if this is an American thing or not. The width of the queen was good for the quilt inside but length was much longer. It is because the cover is designed so that the cover sits right up at the top of the bed and the pillows sit on top of it!! That makes SO MUCH MORE SENSE!!!! It looks a lot neater. But I don’t know if their quilts are made longer, or it was just this particular duvet cover. I did notice that in the top corners INSIDE the duvet covers it has ties. I guess to tie your quilt in and prevent it from slipping down. Do their quilts have like eyelets in them or something?? I don’t understand how you would tie it. I am so fascinated with this all. Can you tell? I haven’t tied mine, but it hasn’t shifted either.

For the sheets, I would like to purchase 100% linen sheets. They get such rave reviews. But where to find a set? (My husband hates the sound of the crunch of crisp cotton sheets. Says it wakes him when either of us moves. Poor. baby.) And a set that has the fitted sheet with a extra long depth. 35 – 40 cms doesn’t cut it around here.

But I would like a set from Linoto. It is cheaper getting these ones from New York then Sheridan from David Jones (Which aren’t long enough in the fitted sheet depth).


How the bed looks! What do you think? I spent the best part of 2 hours, ironing the sheets and covers! Do you iron your bedding? This photo was taken a few nights of sleeping in, hence why they are a bit crushed. Any good tips on how to keep the fabric creaseless for longer?? Any miracle spritz or something?


Can you see how generous the drape is on the duvet cover? Love it.

Target box pleated valance for the win. I looked at the big names that I could think of for this type of valance and all I could find was those (in my eyes) hideous quilted bed wraps. If I wanted that look, I would just keep the ensemble base exposed.


For $29.40. You can’t really go wrong. Well. . . I would prefer if it was just a few centimetres longer.

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Here is that chair I got fixed up but never showed. I am really not happy with the whole experience. The central wood motif was damaged and the result of the restoration is not a good quality in my eyes. I think a FAR better job could have been done. It is very basic and only serves a functional purpose and form is out the window. The fabric though. Ohh my the fabric. The fabric is just beautiful. Maybe in time I might try again with a restoration. I have detailed pictures of how it use to look. . . . Also in the future I will ask for additional pictures of recent work and make a better educated decision on who does work for me.


They are our new tempur contoured pillows underneath. I wanted to give them ago. We’ve slept on them for one night and I am not sure. Kinda weird feeling. I need to get pillow protector cases from them as the cream covers show through and it looks yuck. We bought a new mattress protector in a Queen size which is the size of our bed and it is 20 cms too short on the length. What is with that? I thought a queen was a queen. That will get returned. Our current mattress protector is fine and in good condition. But is doesn’t sit right under the mattress. These new mattress that are super sized in height. Need more depth on fitted sheets & protectors.


I am LOVING the new mattress ensemble. I feel like a queen. It is higher up then previous bed. I need to jump on it and jump off it. I am average height at 165cms.

So there is lots to be done in this room. That frame to be hung for starters. Some matching lamps. New bedsides. I already earmarked them for 5 year wedding anniversary – ‘wood’. These current ones are IKEA rast hacks.


These curtain rods seem unresolved. I would prefer some custom ones that have a joined elbow bend. That would be nice. But where on Earth do you get custom curtain hardware in AUS? Well not even custom. Just nice? Not tacky, cheap, nasty SHIT!! These have extendable rods and they shit me. Oh how they shit me. So hard to get the rings up and over the ‘jump’.


You know I love a little photoshop mock up effort. No matter how tragic it looks. WOW that frame got hung on the wall!! How about that? (I think I missed the mark on the scale of that lamp. but never mind)

I want to D.I.Y a headboard. I am going to do myself a huge favour and KEEP IT SIMPLE. Just a straight up plain rectangle with a piped/corded edge. That’s it! in a powder, seafoam, marine, light blue VELVET!

Schumacher has the EXACT colour I want in a luscious mohair velvet.


I want the height of the bed head to be quite grand, so I have to work out how much yardage of fabric I will need. I am not sure at this stage if I can justify the cost of the Schumacher fabric. If no other colours are doing it for me, I might have to revisit it. Designer fabric is only within reach for me with the odd throw cushion. Definitely not for a full upholstery job nor curtains. Oh man. I am in awe of curtains made of designer fabric. There is so much yardage required to make curtains so the cost is astronomical. But they can make the room and they have gorgeous drape. Fall beautifully and that is really showcased with curtains.


Also there is still the hideous wardrobe doors to resolve.


I want to paint them white and add mill work and change the hardware.

A mirror and a light fitting will round out this room. Well a new rug would be lovely too. A gorgeous silk wool blend 12k job would be perfection, but that is just day dreams. (The ivory rug doesn’t really have a place in this room anymore)

Kitchen Renovation – Day 40 – ummm. . . think we’re at Day 55

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013


Good Morning Everyone!

How are we all?

I gotta tell ya, I’ve written so many posts and ran out of time to put them together with the pics and hit publish, then got overwhelmed by having to edit them, to remove all the past tense or things I hoped will happen, because they did or all my bitching and moaning, because I’ve gotten over it and moved on.

So I am a little perplexed as to where to start.
(^^ GOSH, Why am I so verbose? Surely that sentence could be shorter. I dislike how I write, but I know no other way. Working on it ^^)

Where were we last time we chatted. . 2 weeks ago?
(This post will be long one, just warning you.)

First thing that happened was we finally got bench tops! That happened Tuesday of last week.



And my sink was installed. It looks small in this picture. But it isn’t. I just love it so much!

Then I had to wait till Friday until the electrician was free. When he arrived, I had a MASSIVE MELTDOWN. Epic proportions people. I wrote all about it. It is long but I feel like is very important to talk about it. For anyone going through a renovation. Just to keep it real. It happens. Be prepared.

Unless you’re retro mummy and probably had your reno sponsored and it all went smoothly because it was their duty. Gosh negative much? You betcha. That is my only explanation. Fuck her and her fucking faultless kitchen install. It doesn’t happen that way. We all hope it will and really, IT SHOULD, but it doesn’t (LOL, please forgive. Clearly it is the stress talking. But anyone that has done a kitchen reno was thinking it. I’m just crass enough to say it) Well, maybe she was just the exception to the rule. I would have hoped for her that it would go smoothly because she has a lot of mouths to feed, but she did have a second kitchen to utilize. Look at me trying to be all diplomatic
FUCK HER! and her 3 week kitchen renovation that was all sunshine and daisys (besides her cooker)
I hate woman bashing and jealousy. I hate it. But lady, 3 weeks. . . you’re killing me!!!

So I have just simply copied and pasted it for you. Best I can do.

“Well, we reached melt down on Friday. Yep. I cried. I acted like a toddler. All traces of feminism deserted me. I rang my dad, I cried. I rang my husband, I cried.

I had a conversation with my husband that went like this.

ME: Come home

HUSBAND: What’s wrong?

ME: Come home

HUSBAND: But I’m at work and hav. . . .

ME: Come Home!

HUSBAND: Laura, I’d . . . .



ME: (Whispers) Thank you

 I am no expert on rational conversing, but I am certain that is an exemplary example.
I feel like I have been let down so many times I have depended on people. (Never my husband though, that is why he is my husband. There for me no matter what)
I’ve been left in the lurch countless times. Stressed and up late making things happen that nobody else bothered to do despite promising. I now have a blanket rule to never ask assistance from anyone, you want to help, great, but you do it from your own volition, not my request.

It is my dad’s 60th birthday on Tuesday. Which was MONTHS away from when we started this kitchen renovation. So it wasn’t a concern and the very reason I nominated myself and my newly renovated kitchen to cook my family dinner. The thought of not coming through with the goods this Tuesday was making me physically ill. If I commit to something. I do it. (But I would have still done it. We would be on milk crates and I would cook on the BBQ because I am a stubborn problem solver)

 When I opened the door on Friday. Marking 7 weeks since demolition started on our kitchen that is when breaking point was reached. I think you’re able to tell with my posts that I’ve really tried to remain positive and be sensibly optimistic. I’ve uttered every possible cringe worthy affirmation that puts me on par with Miranda Kerr.

That day however my strength and will was low. I’ve been beaten down. Had a particularly tough time. Felt lonely without my supportive husband since my return to work I don’t spend any days with him. Then this week he’s been tough with him doing longer hours and going away. Especially with my deadline looming.

The electrician I’ve been waiting all week for arrives at my house. Remains in car with engine and radio on for 20 minutes and then drives off without warning. Then I ring the owner for a please explain to get a message bank. Only for the electrician to return at 9.30am. What time to tradesmen start in your part of the world? Because where I’m from the standard is 7am. But this is not the same electrician who did our rough in work! My husband had rung the owner the day before to ask who was coming and was told it was the rough in guy and to confirm everything was good.

 This miscommunication is killing me! The thought of explaining what needs to be done again to yet another person is killing me. But I suck it up, take a deep breath in and tell him. Because, really, it is straightforward. A couple of power points where the cables are sticking out and some down lights. Get cracking. But he doesn’t! He needs to hear it from the guy that roughed jn. I’m telling him what needs to be done. He flat out refuses to hear it from me. He was looking at me like I’m the idiot.

 I retreat. I couldn’t go on. I could not get my mouth to say any more words to him. I was in disbelief. Why wasn’t this person starting work already? It is so straightforward it isn’t even funny. I am not laughing. I am defeated. I had some dopey person idly standing in my kitchen waiting for a call back form a different electrician who supposedly resigned when he didn’t turn up all those weeks ago to do our down lights and never turned up. But now magically works for the company again.

 I just need a kitchen.

I need some real food. I need EGGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

 Because this past 7 weeks has been all about, Hello frozen processed chicken product filled with trans fat, Welcome to my arse, to my hips, to my bat wings. Please settle yourself in my pores. Don’t provide me sustained energy release, I don’t need it.

My husband was my guardian angel. He came home and supported me. Turns out the electrician didn’t listen to him either and he dismissed him on my order. I made him lunch and he worked from home with Audrey screeching in the background. Lunch was the bare doldrums of our fridge. I roasted up the remaining cherry tomatoes I had. Placed on toast with basil pesto that I made myself in the mortar and pestle from the contents of my fridge and garden. Then sprinkled with fetta cheese. He loved it, but was not filling enough for him. Needed an egg. . . . Or an avocado but they are $3 each and are rock hard.

 He made phone calls for me and made it possible for the original electrician to come on Saturday morning and finish the job off.”


Later on Friday, the kitchen company came back to put on those 2 missing panels. Instantly looked better. He also managed to fix our handle so we could finish off the bench seat, but a different installer had drilled the holes in the wrong spot on the last drawer, so they are ordering a new drawer front. (WHEN WILL IT END?)

Come Saturday. The electrician arrives HOORAH!!!!! The nice one. And my husband and his father start on the backsplash tiling.


These are the LED down lights. I really like them. They are fairly inconspicuous.




And at 7.30pm on Sunday evening.

The tiling is going a hellava lot slower that I anticipated. 2 men, 2 days. . . . but. It is free and it is PERFECT! I watched my FIL tile for 2 hours straight when I came home from work. I watched his process. It is faultless bar the length of time it takes.

Monday morning was when the plumber was available to return. Talk about cutting it close!

He installed the tap, the dishwasher and the cook top.

Then we had Monday evening to clean it all up and get the space ready for my Dad’s Birthday and my deadline.


But first, dinner. Long night ahead for us, so it was take away.


We had to turn this. . .


Into this.

This photo was taken at quarter to 3 in the morning. We didn’t go to bed for another hour after because we sat in those 2 chairs, ate a magnum ice cream each and reflected.


Then it was my deadline and my Dad’s 60th Birthday! Happy Birthday Dad!


I MADE IT!!!!!

My first cook in the kitchen was for a dinner party of seven. Talk about easing myself into it. I always make everything hard for myself.

I made a 2 course meal and a cake!


My calligraphy was amateur at best, but like they say, practice makes perfect.


The “Happy Birthday” was woeful but pleased with “Alan”

(oh and see the salt and pepper shakers? Empty! Ha. Ran out of time)

That is probably the last time you see a table cloth on my table, because this rug rat is getting outta control!


And these tiles don’t seem to be bothering her one bit.


And this morning the Fisher and Paykel man came to change the fridge doors over so it can open the other way and we can move it into our spot.

The freezer door has a ding in it.


Kitchen Renovation – Day 30 to Day 39

Monday, November 4th, 2013


Well howdy doody everyone!

How have we all been? These blog posts of mine have been few and far between. I blame the kitchen renovation and poor diet. I am L to the ethargic! But good ol’ hubby cooked me some delish scotch filet on the bbq. I assisted too. I poked them with the end of the tongs to determine “done-ness” I can tell the amount of spring back it should have for perfect medium rare. so that he can take them off to rest.

Gosh they went down a treat, he should have bought triple to amount of beef. I would have eaten it.

So what has been happening with the kitchen. . . . I went out on a mad goose chase on Tuesday to buy a sink. I rang on Monday lunch time to confirm that they had ordered my sink but they hadn’t and didn’t know what I was talking about as I had ordered it over the phone. I have a baby, I can’t just get out all the time to go to the showroom. Geez. I blame myself for that one. But you just can’t trust anyone can you? Not many people do a good job these days. But I had been lusting over another sink and I went to the Abey Showroom in Waterloo to perv on it. It is of course and expensive sink, so I wanted to see it in person before ordering it. Loved it. Then I went over the road to Winning Appliance to order and pay for it in full and in person so they would bloody order it!!!!

On Friday the kitchen installers were booked in to return with the missing panels and complete their job. On Thursday morning I was looking forward to going to Mother’s group because I have missed a few weeks and I get a phone call from the kitchen people asking if I am home and can they come to install. I couldn’t say no. I need my kitchen! But I was sad for Mother’s Group.

They came, they did their bit. They snapped a screw in my expensive overseas handle, rendering me to order more FOR.THE.THIRD.TIME!

And after all that, guess what? We are still missing 2 panels. When will it end? This is becoming a joke. 5 weeks. . . . .

Here are the pretty pictures.






Meanwhile, I wanted to keep this up my sleeve for the big reveal but I am no good at keeping a secret. Terrible. I even bought a Christmas present for my husband this week and left it out in plain sight for him to see. And he did. What a dope I am.

So you all know we have a bench seat under a window in the kitchen. Pictured here.


And I needed to make a cushion top for it.

I have been thinking about it and how I will execute it and all that. I pinned some different ideas. For example, a cushion base and then big throw cushions for the top that you can move around in different fabrics. Or maybe the same loose cushion for the base as a back rest as well.





Shelter Island, Interior, Home




And on it when as I was mulling ideas around in my head. My brain DOES NOT STOP. I just obsess over things and pin things and write lists and think some more. Go stare at the space, turn my head sideways, squint, visualize. And on and on.

Then I approached my husband with my pinterest board that is labelled incorrectly as “Breakfast knook” I though it had one of those silent “K’s” But I have known for a long time it doesn’t, yet haven’t been bothered to correct it.

I had pinned some deep diamond tufted banquettes. And he instantly told me to do that. Woah woah woah. Calm you farm husband. He must have a lot of confidence in me or naïvely unaware the amount of work involved and it’s level of difficultness.






I love going to him when I need a decision made. Most times I know what I want but there are other times I am seriously indecisive! He dutifully listens to my for and against and then makes a decision for me. He is good like that.

So he picked the diamond tufting. . . I was excited! I have wanted to give diamond tufting a go for the longest time. but didn’t have a project yet. So this was the perfect opportunity. Then the next day, one of my favourite bloggers, An interior designer from Houston Texas, put up this picture on Instagram! UM HELLO!!!! Exactly what I am hoping to achieve!


Last week and this week I have been running all over Sydney gathering supplies and this is where I am at. . . .



I did want to keep it a secret for the big reveal, but I just cannot help myself. (Oh and besides, I already put some pics up on instagram! Yes guys, I am on instagram, go follow me “neoreverie”)

It looks so good. I am most impressed with myself. Driving home the night before last with my husband. I was in the passenger seat and I was just STARING at all the pictures I had of it and he kept catching me out.

Talk about embarrassing. I even get up of a morning and race into the kitchen to look at it.

This kitchen is just turning in glamarama! All glamour.

So I will be putting together a tutorial for the diamond tufting once it is all completed. There is a wealth of information out there already, but I am going to just put my two cents in and collate the resources I found useful and a SYDNEY shopping guide. because pretty much everything out there is for the US. So that might be of assistance to us Aussie budding diy enthusiasts.

Have a fabulous week everyone. I am pretty certain there is still another 2 weeks of work left in this kitchen renovation of ours. It is a family members birthday on the 19th of this month and I need to put on a dinner party!! So it better be bloody finished!


Kitchen Renovation – Day 23 to who the hell cares. (Day 29)

Friday, October 25th, 2013


Hi Everyone.

On Monday our kitchen was installed.

Well part of it.

Here is how that went down.








Pretty ok, but we are missing a handful of panels and couldn’t finish.

No idea when they are coming back.

The stone mason came too, to do the bench tops. But I had a very last minute change of heart.

I bought the sink for cheap, cheap, cheap, but it wasn’t ideally what I wanted.

I’ve never had a 2 bowl sink in the 4 places I have lived at and I have never longed for one either.

Yet, I bought a 2 bowl sink as I thought it was the thing to do.

But over the past 2 years I have sporadically been thinking about buying a different sink but quickly dismissed the thought because I had a sink and it was a bargain.

But what I really wanted was a single bowl sink that was big and deepish. Rather then having a double bowl with that divide in the centre that made the bowl too small for big items that you can’t put in the dishwasher.

I’m also big on the platters too. I love to put the food out in the centre on platters. So washing them up with ease is best.

He came and I asked why he would be cutting on site as I thought that wasn’t really the done thing, and he said it was best to be done at his factory and that he was only here because of the kitchen company, so I ran with it and said, I’m getting a new sink, I’ll bring it to you at the factory for you to cut.

Then I thought I could just go and buy a sink that day. Turns out you kinda can’t. Arghh. Most sinks I wanted were on back order. Then I just settled on the best I could get and it is 3 to 5 days away. Hmmp. I could have had bench tops, a sink and running water. But I would have been disappointed with the 2 sinks that I couldn’t wash much up in.

But now it will be cut much nicely in the factory.

I even measured my old crappy sink and that was wider then the biggest bowl on the double. (Not as deep though) So I just wanted a sink that was a bit wider then the sink I had.

And it means I will have more bench top space!! Which is something this kitchen could use more of. I think I have done the right thing for me and this kitchen.


So I don’t think anything is going to happen next week either.

I bought foam for the bench seat, fabric, piping cord and continuous zip. Gosh I hope I can make a pretty decent cover.

In other sewing news, I made Audrey a top. But like usual I just couldn’t make it as per the instructions. I decided to do french seams on the side. I knew it would take up more fabric, but I didn’t compensate for it, did I?




I made the 12 months size too and she is 6 months. Only JUST fits her.

(Needs buttons on the shoulders too)

I would call it 3 – 6 months dress. Not a top.

But it is so cute. And I will give it another shot.

I also ordered rugs for the kitchen too

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This one to go under the dining room table. I like sisal rugs. I have 2 of them and they hold up nicely. Not very nice for Audrey to crawl on though.

The other is for in between the island and kitchen cabinets. The cooking/washing area.

Basically it is just a waiting game. ANNOYING. 4 weeks since rip out.


So cute. But I am going to miss those gummy smiles.

Kitchen Renovation – Day 21 – 22

Friday, October 18th, 2013


Three weeks today since the kitchen was ripped out.

On the menu for dinner is half a capsicum each, Jamie Oliver’s fish fingers and Ingams chicken nuggets!

Audrey had mashed banana and strawberry. I am rationing out what is left of her supplies in the freezer.

Thursday is the day I go to Mother’s group. It is basically my only commitment. I look forward to it. But I also look forward to delivery men bringing me my kitchen cabinets. I was on the fence about whether I would be able to attend mother’s group this week because I was waiting for these guys, but they came just shortly before and I knew I would be able to make it to Mother’s group, but I would be late, but that is fine. I would let them bring it all in and run around and grab Audrey’s stuff and get in the car and go as soon as they have left.

So, imagine me. Pen and paper in hand, dutifully trying to concentrate and mark down everything that the delivery man bring in as it is a requirement of the delivery. I was off to a good start but then they brought in things that I had no idea what they were or how to mark them down and then doors after doors rolled in but they were wrapped and I couldn’t tell how many and what they where for. . .


(First cabinet! SQUEEL!!)

Then they brought in these and placed them in the ONLY walk way through our house.


What would be the last thing I needed at this point in time?

Oh that’s right a knock on the door. Sorry I can’t really get to the door and I am pre-occupied.

So I ignore it. I am not expecting anyone, I haven’t placed any online purchases lately.

Then I hear it again and the delivery man tells me there is someone at the front of my house.

Oh gee, great.

I try and hustle my way to the door to find the LAST THING I NEEDED!!!



Surprise all right!

One of you owns a phone, use it for Christ sakes!

In they come while I am in a boiling rage!

They plod their way into the kitchen (GET OUT)

And start touching everything, looking at everything, asking me everything. . .

“How much does this cost? What colour? Why White? White will get dirty! Why does it stink of paint in here?”

I could not believe it.

My MIL has this thing where she has no concept of personal space and stands right behind you breathing down your neck anytime you’re trying to do something, like putting Audrey in the car! EVERY TIME!! I always step back on her toes and fall into her. EVERY TIME!

So she has me in a corner and I step back on her toes AGAIN! She is pulling open the ilve cooker box to have a look.

The delivery men leave and I tell them, sorry but I’ve got to go. I am going to Mother’s group. But No! She wants to see what everything looks like. Pen still in hand I unwrap a door and get pen on the door.

“See, that is why you don’t get white!”


Then I just take a deep breath and go, you. come here. I fling a nappy and an outfit at her and tell her to change and dress Audrey and then I give my FIL a screw driver and tell him to remove these magnetic catches off the pantry while he is standing there.

I am getting really good at turning these negatives into positives.

Delegation is my middle name.








Today I sanded the pantry, vacuumed and sugar soaped the max out of it.

I managed to paint three shelves and part of the wall before Audrey awoke from her nap. Tools down.


Husband will finish it off over the weekend.

Then our kitchen should be installed on MONDAY! Hurrah

To anyone that has got in contact about my stockings. Give me a few more days to get back to you. So Sorry.


They will be available for sale at Western Sydney Up Markets, Wentworthville (Dunmore Street) this Sunday the 20th from 9am.

$25 each. Fully lined.

My friend Handmade by Kahli is the stallholder and will be selling them on my behalf.

She is the lovely lady who made this blanket and nappy cake for Audrey



Enjoy your weekend!!

Get out to the markets if you are in that part of town. Especially if you have a bub as my friend sells bibs, blankets, nappy bags and nappy wallets.

Kitchen Renovation – Day 16 – 20

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


Well this is all getting rather boring isn’t it?

Nothing much to really report on.

The kitchen delivery and installation has been delayed by at least A WEEK! I thought the end was in sight, but it is not.

We got our kitchen appliances delivered though. So they are here, chilling, sitting here in the way.


The floors have been sealed with 2 coats.

With this spare time, we have managed to paint the ceiling, walls and paint all the skirting and architraves. So there was very little cutting in to be done.




All we will have to do is patch and paint over the screw holes.

Next job with our spare time is to paint the pantry. I have already stripped of the ugly contact paper that use to line 3 shelves.


As of yesterday we have continuous gas hot water!! We bought the unit 18 months ago and it has been sitting in the garage ever since. We finally got that installed seeing as the plumber was booked in anyways.

We don’t have a date when the kitchen will be installed. It is kind of like playing it by ear at the moment. I am not too fussed at this point in time. There is still other things we can do in the room. Maybe we will install the architraves ourselves and save some money. We need to paint the windows as well and change over the hard ware to the new brass ones that I purchased a long time ago. The back door could be removed, paint completely stripped and painted again with new hardware for that installed too. The handle and hinges have been painted over entirely! ICK! I hate that. PEOPLE it is called take it off or tape it! DO NOT PAINT OVER IT!!!!!!


 Nearly 3 weeks since rip out and our mood is still pleasant.

Kitchen Renovation – Day 13 – 15

Friday, October 11th, 2013


The tiler returned on Thursday to do the grouting.




My photos aren’t the best. The grout is a charcoal colour, not exact to the tiles, so there is still slight contrast.

I went and purchased tile sealer for the floors. As it is a natural product it can stain, so it is advisable to seal the floors.

At bunnings you can buy some fairly inexpensive sealers but they are high gloss or if they are stain/low sheen then they are solvent based (which we aren’t bothered with and we got a bub in the house)

I purchased a little bottle (1 pint – 437ml) bottle of Aqua Mix sealer when I bought my marble tiles for the splash back. I had no idea until I examined the receipt that it was $66!!!

Sealers Choice Gold

Then after all the research we did, we decided it was the best option for the slate tiles as well. (Natural Look, ease of application, low VOC, all that jazz)

I tested the product on both a slate and marble tile to make sure I liked the look before investing in another $385!!!

I did not factor that price into the budget at all.

But I definitely think it is a necessary expense.

My husband has 8 trestles set up and it painting the 5.4m lengths of skirtings and architraves at night. He will be doing that for the next few nights.

As well as sealing the floors, painting the last coat on the ceiling and possibly some wall paint (highly unlikely, but one can dream)

On Monday our cabinets will be delivered as well as our appliances!!!!! Then on Tuesday it is install day.

Today is 2 weeks since they ripped out the old kitchen. Not over it yet.

This renovation is progressing nicely but still so much to do!

Kitchen Renovation – Day 12

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013



Laying tiles!

The tiler said to me luckily we chose slate for the floors because the wooden floors were in terrible condition (level wise) nothing else would have looked good if we were going for a pristine look. But it works with the rustic look of the slate tiles.


The tiles are out of this world SEXY.


They remind me a sexy man, tall dark and handsome, then add a 5 o’clock shadow

and you’ve got yourself a meow!

And then some.


I need to plant some green tree/shrubs between this window and the red/brown coloured colorbond fence. Bench seat is going under this window. (But in a pot because it is just a concrete side passage there)

It’s ruggedness reminds me of this kitchen



How heaven is this?

It kinda makes me want to paint my trim grey. . . but I won’t because I’m not game.

The tiler will return on Thursday afternoon to do the grouting.

Kitchen Renovation – Day 6 – 11

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


Hi Everyone?

Been waiting with bated breath? Me too!

These past 3 days at work were hard for me because I am such a sticky beak and my husband flat out refused to send me progress pictures preferring for me too see it all in the flesh later on.

(But that was in the dark and so not many pics)

Ok here we go. What has been happening in the past 5 days.

Progress has been slow, but constant.


I has been more then a week since rip out. How are we fairing sans kitchen you ask? Not too bad. We are eating well (lots of scrumptious salads) unfortunately paired with frozen chicken products that you heat in the mini oven. But we have had 2 bbqs as well as some meals at the inlaws.

Audrey is taken care of because her bottles are in our bedroom, well protected from dust. The only little gripe I’ve got is the washing up station. We set it up on top of washing machine and using the laundry sink. That room is right next to the kitchen and the dust is flying in constantly and I am forever wiping it down and re washing dishes. As well as washing up tea towels as I am certain they are full of dust.


Dust is ALL through our house (minus the bedrooms and first bathroom) But life goes on. Once this is all over, I will be giving my entire house a spring clean and then the white glove test.

These past days have been about patching the former ceiling lights with gyprock and sanding them and patching/sanding all cracks and imperfections. Rendering has happened over the new electrical work.


Down lights were suppose to be installed on Saturday morning but he didn’t show up. I am not too worried as the ceiling still needed more sanding.


And WELL DONE to hubby, his dad and me for removing each and every staple in those floor boards! What a job!

Where there is a will there is a way. I expressed my dismay about not being able to access a tile from the box contraption, but handsaw and me got acquainted and I managed to pry some free.

My sister came over yesterday and I showed her the floor tiles, her response was funny! She pulled a quizzical look and said “hmm not what I was thinking you would pick” Don’t know what to make of that. We are chalk and cheese yet we are sort of like twins and say the same response at the same time. HEHE

We’ve received an email that the kitchen installation needs to be delayed by 4 days, again, not too worried. Because husband was able to start painting the ceiling and walls yesterday.

I’m all about remaining calm and adapting to change. No room from stress around this household.


Fresh paint! The ceiling needs another coat and the walls need their colour coats. I would love to paint the walls pristine white but when the husband painted the chimney breast he bought another 4 litres of that wall paint, limed white, but didn’t need to use it, so the walls in the kitchen will be the same colour as the rest of the house, which makes sense too.


Then last night, the tiler came and laid the hessian/bitumen membrane to prepare for tiling.



We have decided to nix the pendant lights over the island. The island isn’t symmetrical to anything so it is not like they will be framing the range or be in line with the dining table light. It is only a small room and having 3 feature lights seems excessive. Plus I can’t decide on any and the ol’ hip pocket.

Sounds like a good idea to me. Also CANNOT decide on a dining table light. (I’ve changed my mind, I don’t think the one I showed a pic of is big enough!! I want big if it will be the only one in the room) I have so many check boxes I want it to achieve, so it is making it difficult. Husband and I sat down last night and went through every light imaginable and we have picked one. Of course it is at the very extreme end of our budget and of course it has a long lead time. If it is in before Christmas I’ll eat my hat (Full disclosure, I don’t have a hat)

So today, Day 12. The tiler slept in his car last night in front of our house!!! He is from far away (I didn’t know that) and in order for him to start at 7am this morning and finish up last night at 9pm he slept in his car. I wish I had a spare room for him, poor guy.


And here are the first few tiles that are laid!


My poor neighbours! Tile cutting is noisy. Especially at 7am. Poor Audrey girl too.

Kitchen Reno – Day 2 – 5

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


Sorry for the chunk, as I have been at work.

Saturday. Husband and his father got started with all the wall patching that needed to happen.


Exhibit ‘A’

Sunday. Some floorboards needed replacing as they were rotten. Then after work I started on pulling out staples and nails from floorboards till blister (through leather gloves) and then I retired.

Monday. Nothing happened but I came home after work and after visiting my sister in law whom I haven’t seen in 2.5 years to pull out more staples from the floor boards. (Again, till blisters)

She has been overseas all this time working on yachts as a masseur to marine biologists and the like! She’s seen 22 countries in that time and now she’s finally met her niece!

Tuesday. 4 big holes were cut in the floor boards while the plumber got to work as well as the electrician. A lot of noise and dust was made. Double brick makes things a little complicated.


Backsplash, rangehood, oven and fridge power points


New sink hole location. Old on the right, where the green crate is.


No more lights

Audrey did manage some naps, but a good chunk of the day was spent consoling her and telling her that the noise was not to be feared.

I would have liked to escape but I’m not fond of leaving people in my house alone and I like keeping an eye on progress and be available to take questions or ask questions.

Today the floor tiles turned up!


Chinese natural split black slate


The cruel people packed them in so tight that I cannot pull out one let alone a few of them to lay them out on the floor to visualise.

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Meanwhile, as the sun goes down, everyday. Audrey gets grumpy. I don’t know what it is. (Maybe she is waiting in anticipation for her Dad to come home, she misses him?)


Luckily this thing has been saving my caboose.

Check that face!

It is hideous and I swore blue murder that this contraption would never grace the interior of my abode, yet here it is. And in prime position.
Welcome eyesore, I love you!