*This post is in no way sponsored by any of the companies or products mentioned, I am sharing because I’ve had a lot of questions about where everything came from.*
Monday 27th February 2017.
Not a particularly significant date to many people, but it will go down in history in our house as the day the cat flooded the kitchen.
Yes you read that right. the cat flooded the kitchen. Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know the panic I felt that day when I cam home from the school run slightly later than usual as the kids had been to the dentist. I honestly didn’t know what to do with the sheer amount of water on the floor so I went on Instastories, let the kids paddle and ran my Dad to bring a mop (we only have a steam one).
After managing to get most of the water out with towels, and the mop, I started to realise the situation was way worse than a very floor, as we opened the cutlery draw and out flooded another load of water.
Long story short, our metal washing basket had been on the draining board next to the cats food bowl. Without knowing (and we won’t ever know) I assume that the cat had knocked the washing basket into the sink as he nuzzled against it. Our tap opened outwards, so it had knocked that as it fell, and the washing basket (filled with three loads of clean little people clothes) filled with water, and eventually over flowed over the worktops and onto the floor. As the washing basket was metal it had no holes for the water to drain away, so essentially when opening the door, I was greeted with a very wet clothing waterfall.
Over the next few hours, the units (a cheap oak effect laminate type that came with the house when it was a new build in 2007) started to split, and crack. The skirting boards and all the kick plates around the kitchen had also swollen and bubbled and our dishwasher had blown up.
The next day I ran our insurance company who sent someone out to assess the claim. We had two options – they could repair it, but the kitchen had been discontinued so we would have a mismatched kitchen. The other option was to take a cash settlement, and repair the kitchen ourselves, showing the insurance proof that the work had been completed.
After my initial upset at my kitchen being ruined, we decided to go for the cash settlement, and design our dream kitchen.
I did vlog the process, so will link the (rather long) video below, but after a lot of hard work, help from a wonderful friend and my dad, a LOT of mess, my in laws letting us store our kitchen in their spare room, and more mess, it is finally finished.
We started ripping gout the kitchen on the Ester bank holiday weekend – 14th April, and we got the final bit of painting done on the 13th May.
I have to say, it wasn’t the easiest process, especially as Ell undertook the majority of the work himself – aside from the plumbing and the worktop fitting. Tis meant he only had weekends and evenings to do it in – and he worked so hard. Considering he had never fitted kitchen units before he did an amazing job, bringing the plans that we had designed ourselves to life.
There were a few snags along the way, such as pipe that had had an undiscovered nail in it since 2007 when the the house was built. We soon discovered it when Ell removed a bit of board and water shot everywhere – luckily he was able to stem the water whilst I turned it off at the mains.
Here is how our kitchen looked before (the cat even jumped in the photo for effect):
It was dark, muddly and the black worktops were the bain of my life – they show every mark.
As I mentioned Ell and myself designed and drew up the plans for the new kitchen – we had no experience of this and did it the old fashioned way, with a tape measure, and pencil and paper. The sis the scale drawings that we drew out (it took copies glasses of wine and a good three hours one Saturday evening – we are lucky it fitted). We then got our friend Rob who is a Joiner to check it over, and then ordered the pieces we needed. Here are the plans:
and finally here is our completed kitchen. The units and doors came from Howdens, and is the Burford Cashmere Range.
The worktops are solid oak and from Worktop Express.
All appliances are from Hotpoint.
Cabinet Lighting – Howdens
Teatowel and Oven Gloves – Sophie Allport
Nespresso Machine from Nespresso
Caddy – Laura Ashley
Tiles – B&Q
Candle – The White Company
Mirror – Oak Furniture Land
Photo Frames – Ikea
Kettle (and toaster) – SMEG
Personalised Chopping Board (and coasters above)- Dust & Things
Canisters – Next
So there it is, our finished dream kitchen. its more than I could’ve hoped for, and every day I can’t believe how lucky we are to have such a lovely kitchen – and how lucky I am to have such a clever, hard working husband. the whole area is much sleeker and open plan, and the breakfast bar has given us much needed extra seating and worktop space. If you have any questions or want to know anything else, please leave me a comment below.
I’m off for a cuppa in my beautiful new kitchen!
P.S – Here a blog that I made of the process…