In order to keep costs as low as possible we have decided to do a lot of the renovation work ourselves, plus the fact that my OH loves nothing more than going hard at a wall with a sledgehammer(!) On the contrary my OH is also extremely lazy and if there is no sense of urgency i.e. 12 hours before the kitchen fitters are due – then he sees no rush to get anything done.
The Kitchen fitters were due at 7.30am on Saturday morning and at 7.30pm on Friday my kitchen looked exactly the same it has looked for the previous two years apart from I had emptied all the cupboards, taken the dining table into storage and taken everything down from the walls.
Prior to carrying out any renovation works I had done a lot of research into how to expose fireplaces as the last thing I wanted my OH to do was to start braying the plaster off the wall and damage the hidden fire place. Thankfully he took his time and the fireplace came up beautifully.
Since this picture I have scrubbed the chimney breast down with wire brushes which have removed most of the dust now I’m currently looking into the best way to remove the plaster stains. Brick acid is highly recommended but so far I haven’t found one suitable for indoor use so am still deciding whether to bite the bullet and try it on a small area of the wall and ensure the room is well ventilated and the dogs are out of the way. I will keep you posted on the verdict, unless I die from toxic inhalation whilst trying to beautify my wall.
Luckily the existing plaster on the walls had literally turned into sand and was effortless to get off, the stud wall took a lot longer to take down than I expected but luckily a great friend of ours helped us out and made it look almost effortless. Whilst the boys were taking down the stud wall I was designated cleaner and completely underestimated the amount of dust and rubble I would have to contend with. After doing my research into stud wall removal and general kitchen renovation I was led to believe to expect a lot of dust however I don’t think these people were realistic. It looked like a tornado had hit Kester Road. Everything (literally) garden, me, dogs, sofa, tv, carpet, sofas were covered (I did have the living room door closed). Due to my OCD I found myself trying to dust every night to try and prevent the build up – it was impossible and I have noticed that I have actually discoloured the windowsill in the living room by cleaning so much. Nice one.
All in all it took us about 6 hours to rip out the kitchen, take down the stud wall and take the plaster off the dining room walls. Not bad going even if I do say so myself, but will still never understand why men like to leave everything until the last moment possible.
After what feels like an eternity (3 days) the kitchen is now starting to take shape, the units are in and I can now cook again – yaaaay!
Now to choose the flooring & paint colours.