Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Renovation Update & A Sneaky Peek!

Well ... the renovation noise seems to finally be ebbing here at the Meares' Madhouse and it's mostly safe to come out of the office now! :0) The kitchen doesn't look finished, yet, as we have to move appliances etc back in and for that I need a big burly bloke ... OK ... I'm waiting til my Beloved Geek Boy comes home! Tee! Hee! Hee! Once everything's back and it looks a little more complete, I'll take some more photos, but in the mean time, here are a few more in-progress photos of the reno.

Uh oh ... this first one needs to come with a warning - it's one of the most UNFLATTERING photos I've had taken of me in quite some time, but apparently, I have to post it to balance up the one I shared of GB in his daggy renovating gear.

Oh dear of dear!! What a dag!! :0) It was cold, I was tired and had a headache from all the demolition noise and THIS was the extent of my kitchen to cook dinner - I think that excuses this VERY homely look!! You can't tell, but I was cooking meat in the Foreman grill and the only working power point was beside the stove, that's why it became the impromptu bench. The only other food preparation area I've had for the last four days was this ...

This is usually our dining room and if you search really hard (a bit like 'where's Wally?'!) you can see the dining room table under all that clutter. We've had to do a little sideways slide step to get past the fridge and into the bathroom - and if someone's opening the fridge, you could find yourself with a flat nose! :0)

So ... bright and early Monday morning (WAY too early for this night owl!!) the tradesmen started to arrive to put the new kitchen in. I was at work for part of the time, but this is where things were up to when I got home at lunch time.

A couple of the boys from Euroka are hard at work here. And at the end of day one, it looked like this ...

This is where the fridge will go, the microwave unit above some handy drawers and the WONDERFUL corner pantry!! Our old pantry was horrible - narrow, shallow shelves made from chipboard with peeling contact on the top of the shelves - ICKY!! Also space for the new single drawer dishwasher - that won't LEAK like the old one!!

This is the other side of the kitchen with my wonderful new length of BENCH SPACE!! YAY!! and the nice glass doors on the top cupboards so I can shop off my pretties. Yep ... it's starting to look like a kitchen! Stay tuned and I'll show you some finished photos in a few days!

The other thing to happen today, was me dropping in to see Rosalie at Rose Quilting to leave my latest 'baby' with her. Yes ... my new quilt-design-in-progress is FINISHED!! Well ... the top is! So, I thought I'd show you all another sneaky peek that will start to give you a bit more of an idea of where this design led me. Ready??

Ta! Da!! As you can see, that was no ORDINARY bear holding a daisy umbrella - it's a FAIRY BEAR!! People are always telling me I'm 'off with the faeries' and for the last few weeks ... I HAVE BEEN! Tee! Hee! Hee! I've had a lot of fun working on this new pattern design and look forward to sharing it with you all. I promise I'll show a pic of the finished top in the next little while. Rosalie is a bit busy at the moment, so it will be a few weeks til I can stitch the binding on and show you the TOTALLY finished quilt. In the meantime, I'll just tease you with a few more sneaky peeks in coming days! Tee! Hee! Hee! And of course, I have to start thinking about the not-so-fun part of the design process - the instruction writing! GROAN!! I think I'll take a leaf out of Scarlet O'Hara's book and 'think about it tomorrow'! :0)

Right now, I'm off to see if I can unearth the kettle from all the clutter to make myself a bracing cup of tea before I start to tackle the renovation clean up. Til next time - Bear Hugs!


PS. Don't forget to check Marion's weekly specials throughout July! This week's specials are Christmasy bits and bobs, so pop into her blog to find out the details - you may even find yourself organised and ready for Christmas this year ... maybe!!! Tee! Hee! Hee! BH! KRIS


Unknown said...

Its looking really good!! Cool!

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

things are looking up Kris, you will have your new kitchen in next to no time, those boys sure are moving fast.

ittybittyandpretty said...

what, didnt like the blue cupboards??? ;) i like what i see!

Joy said...

Oh I love the new kitchen!!! You won't know yourself with all that lovely bench space ... and all those lovely cupboards!!! It will definitely be worth all the upheaval :o).
Joy :o)
P.S Fairy Bear is just adorable :o)!!!

Sew Useful Designs said...

Hi Kris! :-)

First of all sweetie, you don't look like a dag, at all! If that's you looking like a dag, then I must look like a dag's dag... hmmm... now there's a picture!!!

Wow - your kitchen is coming along fast... and it looks wonderful! I love your white cupboards, and ALL that space! Wow! It won't be long and you won't know yourself!
Hugs! Vikki xoxo
ps. I'm a night owl too... fancy making an extra cuppa?!!! he he he..

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kris,
Oh WOW, you won't know yourself when the new kitchen is finished.
Looking good honey.

Your fairy bear is sooo very cute.
Thanks for the glimpse.

Chriss said...

Wow! That new kitchen looks a treat and its not finished yet - maybe I might get one too?????? Great reno photos. Wonder what creative food delights you will be whipping up in there.....well done to you both!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Told you it would all be worth it - doesn't it look great so far.

So does your quilt - another beauty.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Unknown said...

Yay for you ! That kitchen is looking way good . I love the white cupboards and the new fairy bear is so cute .Won't be long now and it will all be finished , phew!

Judy S. said...

A new kitchen? Aren't you the lucky one! It's a big job but sure looks like it'll be well worth it. We just got home, and now to catch up..... Love your newest fabric project, too! And that reminds me, Ol' Noah is waiting in the wings for me.

Anonymous said...

Heh Kris, wait until your kitchen is finished you will be over the moon......it will be worth it....I just loved our kitchen when it was completed....love fairy bear......thank you for visiting...hugs lyn

Totalrenovering said...

Beautiful, that's the fruit of being a hardworking. The success and accomplishment of your renovation and the output is excellent.

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