Hubby likes a project, and the state of the kitchen has been getting him down, even more so since we replaced the fridge freezer in February.
It’s been on the cards for a few months and I’ve been squirreling away the money to replace the worktops, mixer tap and the bottom drawer and cupboard fronts since before Christmas. The wall cupboards are fine.
We have priced materials, agreeing to try and save a little by keeping the existing wall tiles (re-grouting where necessary) and also the one and a half bowl Leisure sink. Similar style replacements were so thin, you pressed it and your finger sank (not a typo).
Today Hubby made a phone call and the young lady promised to call him back with a price. Two 3 meter lengths of 38mm worktop will suffice for the job, and there will be enough left over for a ‘pan board’ so that I can lift hot pans off the stove and put them on that rather than run the risk of scorching the worktop.
I did that in my new house when I was first married. The worktops were marble effect and heat-resistant, not heat proof, so one very hot pan placed on it left a round scorch mark. We’d only been there about two months.
It is surprising just how much prices vary (£40 to £125), and in one DIY chain you can buy worktops in our size for £39 TRADE. For Joe Public, that same worktop shoots up to £85. As we only have a small car, we’ll need to have them delivered so that’s an additional cost, and the day of delivery will be the day we start as we have nowhere to store them.
By 9.30, we hadn’t received a phone call and decided to have a field trip. It was only 7 miles to the showroom, and we had a couple of other things to get too.
We were about ten minutes away when the phone rang, so we told her we’d be with her shortly.
We had a fair amount of choice, although she didn’t have 2 the same but could order them in. We’ve settled on a beech wood block effect, and they will arrive next week. Delivery is actually free as the bill will be over the minimum hundred pounds required.
From there we went to the garden centre.
Now that was an absolute riot…………….. not.