So after my impatient post, quite a bit ended up happening last week. Our installer returned and finished the fridge cabinet, the kicker drawers and put on the last two doors. He also installed a substrate aka MDF benchtop (which will be the subject of a future ranty post!).
The electrician was meant to return that day too, but as i’m learning is often the case, he was delayed and didn’t come until the next day. When he did return, he hooked up our oven, under cabinet lights and power points. Between the substrate and power points, we can almost use the kitchen. The lack of a sink is still irksome, but hopefully the end is near!
On Saturday we visited Period Details in Hawthorn to check out pressed metal for our splashback. My initial thought had been to get a “brick” pattern which resembled tiles (but with no grout to clean). James hadn’t been keen on the more decorative pressed metal, but once there, it was clear that the brick pattern was just too industrial for our home. It looks amazing in the more edgy, modern warehouse renovations, but in a Californian Bungalow in the suburbs? Probably not quite right!
In the end we chose the Mudgee pattern. It still resembles tiles, but slightly softer, more traditional tiles.
The next conundrum was the colour. James’ fear of a white box is still strong, so we had been considering a “greige” something like the plasterboard that is currently in place! This was completely kyboshed when we brought home a sample of “Shoji white” coated pressed metal. With it sitting next to a sample of the benchtop and the undercabinet lighting on, it just kept making me smile. I try to be accommodating of James’ opinion as it’s not all up to me, but i just couldn’t compromise on this. The colour made me happy, so that’s what we’re going with!
I unfortunately missed a call from the benchtop installers on Friday and unbeknownst to me, my voicemail was not working. If only i’d answered it, i would be typing this post with my iPad resting on lovely stone instead of MDF!! They had hoped to come on Saturday but as they couldn’t get hold of me, obviously it didn’t happen. At this stage, Tuesday is looking like when the benches will go in, but am waiting on confirmation. Hopefully the plumber will be available to come out soon afterwards to install the tap, dishwasher and water line to the fridge.
We also have to deal with the line of exposed old timber around the kicker.
I had someone come out this morning to quote on sanding and refinishing the floor who said their isn’t enough left in our old baltic floorboards to sand them. A damn shame as i love these old boards. I guess down the track they will need replacing or a floating floor over the top of them. The flooring guy said he would be able to fix up the part near the kicker but would have to be super careful with the other areas and basically give them a very light sand one coat of polyurethane. They’re not going to look much better, but at least we’d be preserving them. Just one more thing to worry about!!