Finishin’ the Kitchen

The kitchen is officially finished! This post is about the building of the fridge cupboard, the splashback tiles, the floor tiles and the last few finishing touches

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I added some trim to the top of the cupboard that I built with my mother over christmas

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Then everything got painted white, all white! I felt a bit like this guy:

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This weird nub is the reason why I couldn’t just buy a normal cupboard and install it in there.

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Now it was time to get some doors on this baby.

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I discovered on my last painting mission that it’s much easier to give all the doors little table legs out of screws and that way I can do a coat of all the sides at once.

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The BIN comes out again to give it a decent base layer.

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Then onward with the green!

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(I eventually took my christmas decorations down)

 

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I also use this time to touch up all the bits of cupboard that had been bashed or missed during the first painting.

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When the doors were all dry I popped the fridge doors on, only to find that the top fridge door scraped on the bottom green door.

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I contemplated moving the hinges up and faffing about but it was solved very quickly by shoving a shim underneath the fridge foot and leaving it at that.

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There was a gap running down the one side of the cupboard so I bought a piece of pine strip wood, screwed it to the cupboard and then closed the door to see where I needed to cut it down.

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Then I cut it to size with a circular saw.

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Then I trimmed some of the old cupboard wood down ready for the kickstand to be installed.

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Last job on the fridge was cutting these strips from the blinds to use as a catch and slider.

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Then much building of ikea thingies!

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(Screwing drawer rollers into cupboards smaller than you are wide is difficult, okay?)

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Yay drawers!

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(Unfortunately there were some casualties in installation so I had to repaint the bottom drawer)

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Painting and repainting, that’s mah job!

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I got these handles from the inbuilt wardrobes that were around the house, then made a jig so I wouldn’t put them on wonky.

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This is how you use a drill, right?

 

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I then spent several hours of my life making these the right width for a basket to sit in.

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(Totally worth it to give my potatoes a house)

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Fridge cupboard finished- it was time to move on to exciting tiling!

 

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I had first thought I’d use these random batik tiles in the bathroom, but after getting a better feel for the kitchen I decided I wanted a light coloured spashback and bought a box each of grey, black, cream and green.

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I then spent a rather long time figuring out what pattern I wanted to use. In the end I went with diagonals of the same colour while attempting to have no tile touching it’s pattern on an adjacent side. Making something look random is hard!

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The mixing bucket and tools come out and I get tiling!

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I bought a diamond tile cutter for £30 when I did my bathroom- totally worth the money, there’s no point hiring one when they’re so cheap.

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Eventually I learnt how to just tile the pattern as I went, but at first I would lay it all out and double check before going ahead.

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The cooker sits a bit lower than the worktop so this is how I filled the gap while the adhesive set. PROFESSIONAL.

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One side- DONE.

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Aw yisss, exactly fitting 3 tiles on this wall. These are the things dreams are made of.

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Working my way along.

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I gave up attempting to fit adhesive under the window sill and just splodged it on the tiles. At this point is was getting towards 9 at night so I sent my neighbours an apology text for all the noise the cutter was making. Turns out she couldn’t hear a thing which was grand for me as I didn’t want to start again in the morning and have to mix up a new batch of adhesive.

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Last tile goes in! Ahhhhh.

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A couple days later I do the whole grouting thing.

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Yay tiles! As a finishing touch I ran a bead of clear silicone all down the edge and along the sink.2016-01-08 13.40.19

Urrrg, clean sides, dirty sink, story of my life.

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Now for some little paint jobs before the floor went in. The radiator got tarted up a bit with some white spray.

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And I once again delved deep behind the random door panelling, and discovered this underneath:

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Check it out! This paint was a really nice colour so I decided to just leave it and paint the edges, leaving a bit of the history behind.

 

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The other door was the same colour underneath so they even match!

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With the messiest of the kitchen work out the way I ripped out the old lino and began to lay the new lino. I hate how cold ceramic floor tiles are so while lino looks cheaper I wouldn’t pick a different option.

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I had the leftovers of the underlay from the bathroom so I just used the rest of that in the kitchen.

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These are 5mm vinyl floor tiles from the Kimpton Floor company. I decided to go with a green stone colour effect to make up for not having stone worktops and lay them in a diagonal pattern because, well, I thought it would look cooler.

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It did however make edges a lot more difficult.

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I started out scoring with a knife and snapping the tiles but eventually had to give up and just use a jigsaw.

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Finishing off all the edges…

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Securing the tiles to the steps under the stairs so they’re not a trip hazard…

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(The iron dutch oven came in handy for weighing down corners)

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After waiting for the floor to dry (and removing all the debris) it was time to add the kickstand. I saved most of the original kickstand from the previous kitchen so I just trimmed those boards to fit and made the rest from scrap chipboard.

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Most of the kickstand was 14cm high so I used the circular saw to run off several lengths.

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Some glue and a screw or two later and I had a lovely continuous kickstand to go with my new floor.

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Then the pièce de résistance, the pot and pan rack made with wardrobe hangers and the old copper pipe we cut from under the bath.

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I’m going to hang so much stuff on there, oooooh yeah.

Now I just have to wait until it’s sunny, take some pictures of the finished kitchen, and I’ll post a round up with before and afters! Until then 😀

 

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