Friday, November 7, 2014

Paint it black

Not a shout out to the Rolling Stones, who are here at the moment...but a little painting project

While the kitchen renovation continues ...yes, it's still not finished... I've been working on a couple of other things, namely painting some bits and pieces around the house,

But I've moved away from the old tried and true "white" and instead have moved to the dark side



The dining room's been painted plain white and I thought I'd do something a little different. Just for a change



So my old pine chest of drawers are now BLACK

They are the same colour as my old pine filing cabinet - Bristol Abyss


You can see the kitchen wall/bulkhead in the background...the plasterer will be here Monday to put up the cornice and finish things off. On Tuesday the skylight will be going in, weather permitting, and fingers crossed the glass splashback will be here within two weeks.
Once that's in we can get the sink and the gas cook top installed. Fingers crossed it happens soon

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GOUGH

Australia's 21st Prime Minister Gough Whitlam died today. He was 98

Just another politician you say?

For some maybe, but for me and many others, he was a man who made an enormous difference to this country




He was only Prime Minister for three short years and while those years have been described as chaotic, they also saw a lot of social change take place in this country



He was married to Margaret for almost 70 years...she died a few years back and as Malcolm Turnbull said today, at least now they will no longer be apart



I met him once, way back in the 1990's. he was gracious and funny, while I was nervous and almost speechless.

Thanks for everything Gough...you made a heck of a difference


Thursday, September 18, 2014

I have a kitchen - almost

It's getting there...


The cabinets have been installed today but I'm yet to have the oven, sink and cook top fitted...



The stone bench-top gets measured up on Monday


Am I happy?

Oh you betcha!!!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Kitchen-progress

We've come a long way, although these photos may not necessarily indicate that

Last week we disconnected the sink and moved the fridge out, then got rid of the last remaining bench and got the plumber in to move the pipes to the new sink location




The builder and MONT then started removing the last of the old plaster board so the plasterer could come in and work his magic in preparation for the painter....who arrived on Wednesday



And this is what it looks like today.

It's had an undercoat and first top coat. The section where the ceiling meets the walls hasn't been done yet as there's going to be cupboards and cornice covering all of that.

The final coat of paint will be applied once all the cupboards are in.

What you can't see is the chaos that is in the lounge and dining room....but  a couple of temporary shelves and plastic containers will sort it out. That's what I'll be doing this weekend - culling and sorting.


Fun and games at Number 10




Friday, July 25, 2014

Kitchen...as it happens in real time

When you look up the word  "demolition" in the dictionary, you'll probably find it reads..."see MONT, Number 10".

My boy does. not. muck. around!

As I type... we've gone from this...



To this...


...and this....


This used to be the old hearth under the chimney in the kitchen. When I did the first renovation way back when, we just got rid of the chimney and worked around the hearth...Pity we didn't get rid of it at the start.


Yes... this is where the bench with the cook-top used to be...



until we ended up with this...



It's almost ready for the new kitchen cupboards to be installed, whenever that may be

At the moment we've got a bit of a makeshift kitchen set up on the back deck. It consists of a kettle and a BBQ so we can put a pot of coffee on each morning. 
We haven't been given a date for the new kitchen installation, but I do know the completion date. 

November 1st...

At least that was my request for the entire project to be finished and ready to go...fingers crossed it's a little bit sooner than that, otherwise we'll be having a heck of a lot of BBQ dinners.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Here we go.....

The "real" demolition on the kitchen has started this morning

Off came the plaster sheets and cornice...and then Mont got started on the tile behind the cooktop




As you would be fully aware of by now, this kitchen remodel is not a quick process.

No. We take our time at Number 10... Which, to be honest, is a good thing.

If we'd gone at it like a bull at a gate when we first started talking about it, we'd have a different looking beast now to what it will eventually look like.

Sometimes you (I) just have to step back, take things in and consider the possibilities rather than plough ahead and hope for the best

It's a lesson that has taken me some time to learn


Monday, June 9, 2014

Progress

While the kitchen renovation is in "wait" mode - waiting for the final design to come back to us, we had some things that needed doing before anything could be done in the kitchen...that is, remove the old built-in robe in the spare room and get new ones installed.

That's now happened. YEY!!!!!

Out go the old...



...and in come the new...


They look great and actually hold everything in here.


The old robe was just 450 deep...or about 18 inches, when they really should be around 600 deep (24 inches)


The doors look painted right? Like a two-pack paint process. Wrong. They're actually vinyl wrapped doors in a high gloss, bright white and look a million dollars!


Unfortunately in this room though... the cornice I had installed about 12 years ago (Cameo) was no longer available, so we had to choose a new one that was large enough to cover the gap between the ceiling and the wall, which you can see in the first photograph.

Luckily for Natalie, over at In the Night Sky, she was able to do the demolition of the robe in her spare room and save the cornice to use again. Very. Lucky.

So now, the old robe is gone, the new one is in and the new cornice has also been installed.


It's the same one (Rosella) we used for the master bedroom..Very large and plain and easy to paint



Once the old robe was removed and new plaster wall hung, we were left with a large hole in the floor in the kitchen, so MONT's laid some floorboards and also a temporary trap door so he and the plumber can easily gain access under the house


 This is the same section of wall in the spare room



So...that's where we're at right now... Just waiting on our Kitchen guy to come back with the design to make sure it all fits in with what we want and then it'll be all systems go...at least that's what we're hoping. But as we know in all things like this, there will be some delays and some headaches. You can bet on it.

That's what comes with renovating old houses I guess.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Demolition Man

The kitchen remodel has begun....or should I say the prep work for the remodel has begun

Things have got a bit busy around here. Work, renovating. More work...it's all been taking up too much of my time so I've been VERY neglectful as far as being here on the blog is concerned

Anyway...we have some progress. Nothing pretty, just basic stuff

We've gone from this...




To this...

MONT removed the bulkhead, the cornice, (crown moulding) plaster and skirting boards so the wall can be extended and the cupboards removed.


The plaster panel was removed, exposing the back of the old robe in the second bedroom



That white section with the timber around it over on the right, is the back of the built in robe in the second bedroom. That little robe is just 450 deep...or about 18 inches...Not great if you have rather large coats you want to hang. So the robe is being removed and the that' little bit of floor space is going to become part of the kitchen.

Yes it's only 450 wide, but it'll make all the difference in the kitchen design...and you know what it's like with old houses...you just have to work with what you have.

The small pantry (on the right) will be removed and the sink and dishwasher will be relocated there.
The fridge will stay on that wall, but will be moved slightly so it won't be centred.

So that's what's been happening here this past couple of weeks. We've also been busy in the second bedroom...removing cornice and getting it ready for the new built in robes to be installed, which should be next week. Fingers crossed



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Just one of those things...

...where weeks can go by and you realise you haven't "blogged" for a while. Sometimes, work and life just take over and before you know it a month has passed, or possibly longer, and you've been absent

Some bloggers are turning to Facebook or Instagram or even Twitter to keep in touch on a more regular basis.

Me? Umm no.

Blogging may not be as popular as it once was, with many relying on social media to let everyone know what they're up to... but I rather like this "old fashioned" way of staying in touch

Don't get me wrong...all of those other forms of keeping up to date with what everyone's doing is fine for some...but I find there's just so much "white noise" on social media that I just can't bring myself to go there. In a time when privacy laws are so rigid you can't even talk to someone about your telephone or power bill without having to answer half a dozen questions about your mothers maiden name and the name of your first pet, I just don't understand why so many are so willing to divulge every last detail of their personal lives to perfect strangers.

Anyway...that's just me. Each to their own. I'll stick what makes me feel comfy...and that is BAKING

A couple of weeks ago, MONT and I headed to Bonnie Doon for the weekend and on our way we stopped at Yea to call into the (fabulous) butcher to see what he had on offer... I also dropped in to a small cafe to see what I could find for our afternoon tea and came out with what felt like the heaviest and biggest piece of carrot cake I'd ever seen...it was dark, chunky and absolutely delicious!

So I thought I'd try to replicate it.

Mine's not quite there... but close.





It's a lot darker than other carrot cakes I've made....


It's also a lot "chunkier', with more nuts, fruit and grated carrot...




But boy...it sure tastes good.

Ingredients.
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4 cups grated carrot
1 cup sultanas
1 cup walnuts
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 1/2 cups of olive oil - or oil of your choice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
dollop yogurt





Preheat oven to 150 degrees and grease and line a cake tin of your choice. I used a 22 cm round tin with high sides

Put the flour, spices almond meal and baking powder in a bowl and mix together.

Grate the carrots and put in a bowl and mix in the nuts and sultanas.

Beat the eggs and sugar until they're fluffy then add the oil and mix for a few seconds.

Add the carrots, fruit and nuts and fold though ...then fold through the flour and spice mix

Put the baking soda in a bowl with a dollop of yogurt and a splash of milk and mix together until it starts to bubble and expand then mix it into the cake mix. The batter should be thick and runny

Put the batter in the cake tin and bake for about an hour, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. The time will vary a little depending on the size of your cake tim

Let it cool before you ice it.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
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In a mixing bowl, add 3 cups of icing sugar, the juice of half a small lemon and about 100 grams of softened cream cheese, then beat together until light and creamy...ice your cake

The amount of icing sugar can vary slightly depending on the size of the cake tin you used or how thick you like your frosting

ENJOY!!



Thursday, February 13, 2014

BEST. GIFT. EVER! ! !

It's funny what excites us and makes us happy.

Me? I'm a pretty practical person...I'm not a girl who's into lots of jewellery or expensive nick-nacks. As far as gifts go, I like things that I can use... so to some I guess I could be considered a bit hard to buy for around Birthday's and Anniversaries

Not really. Not if you know me...and MONT knows me well.

He came home this week and produced this out of his work truck...



 WOO HOO!!!!

This is the sort of gift that really makes me smile because I know it's going to get a LOT OF USE!


There's nothing like a new addition to the DIY box! I can't wait to take it for a run...
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