Here's To A Boring Year

Too much excitement just might kill me!

Tomorrow a man is coming to put our kitchen in the bin

When Monkey was born, we were living in a two storey townhouse with a lovely courtyard garden. It was perfect for the two of us, and I loved that house, but we knew we wanted something with a bigger garden and better local schools.

Hubs had started arguing for a new house while we were expecting, but in my pre-baby wisdom I thought it would be too hard to clean and have home opens while pregnant.

More fool me. It would have been SO much easier than with a baby!

Long and complicated story, we bought a new house with the intention to renovate, and eventually moved just 4 weeks before Monkey turned 1 and got diagnosed with cancer.

Have I mentioned that a lot of last year sucked?

Since moving, we’ve done a lot of work (spent a lot of money!) on the place. We have:

  • Replaced the manual garage door with an automatic one
  • Installed a doggy door
  • Put a dividing fence in the back yard to keep the dogs (poo) off the main lawn area
  • Turned the fishpond into a sandpit
  • Installed reticulation in the back yard
  • Put limestone edging around all the garden beds in the back garden (originally to keep immunocompromised Monkey out of the dirt – chemo sucks!)
  • Installed solar panels
  • Installed security screens on the front door and windows to take advantage of the great breeze we get here, and stop Monkey falling head-first out the windows
  • Replaced the old leaky skylights with solar tubes
  • Replaced rusted gutters, installed a new downpipe and overflows
  • Installed ceilings and cornice over the hideous exposed beams and vermiculite, and at the same time…
  • Replaced all the awful 70’s lighting
  • Removed wooden paneling from the entry way and master bedroom
  • Replaced most of the window treatments
  • Started (but not finished) painting

But tomorrow is the thing I am most excited about. We’re doing the kitchen!!

The kitchen tap is cracked and sprays water everywhere whenever you turn it on. The pilot light on the stove doesn’t work, and the oven leaks gas so that we have to turn it off inside the cupboard after every use. Plus, ugly. So needless to say I’m very excited to see it go!




We still have about 2 dozen boxes that haven’t been unpacked since we moved (about half of those are my books!) and now with the kitchen packed up as well, our back room looks like a dump:



This is the last significant piece of work we have planned for the house in the near future. Mostly because after this we’ll be out of money! We plan to replace the tile floor with wood one day, and would eventually like to do the bathrooms and laundry, and possibly add a second storey or loft type extension. But that’s all looking at being several years away (if ever), and we’re OK with that. What we’ve done so far has made such a huge difference already, and the kitchen will just top it off.

I’m not looking forward to two weeks with no kitchen – we’ve set up a makeshift cooking area on the dining table, but we’re hoping to get by on takeaway, freezer meals and family generosity.


Wish us luck! And promise me it will all be worth it in the end…

One comment on “Tomorrow a man is coming to put our kitchen in the bin

  1. glumbunny
    March 30, 2013

    Oooo! We did our kitchen (er…paid some nice people to do it for us) and it has been fantastic. Ever so worthwhile! We keep some photos of the old one on the fridge to remind us how awful it was! I hope it goes well.

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