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Refurbishing the fireplace

The dining room fireplace was no longer in use, we had the chimney capped but we wanted to keep the fireplace as a decorative feature, here’s how it went…

Firstly, here’s an old photo of the old fireplace, from pre-extension days.  Nasty.

First we removed the old wooden surround and painted it. We wanted the paint to match the colour of the Wickes Heritage Grey units in the kitchen, and found that Farrow and Ball French Gray was good (maybe exact?) match.

Once the fire surround was removed we ripped out the old fireback and hearth:

Boarded out the opening:

After this we had a cream marble hearth fitted professionally.

We then ordered some decorative logs from The Little Log Company, and mounted them on a board that snugly fits in the fireplace opening:

We sanded and filled the holes in the plasterboard on the inner fireplace surround, then painted it using a metallic gold paint.  Once that was dry we inserted the board with the logs mounted to it, then attached some beading which had been cut to fit with a mitre saw and painted gold – this hides the rough edges of the plasterboard.  Here’s the end result, complete with the painted fire surround:

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B-Day+287: its all in the details…

We’ve got a few more little bits and pieces done:

  • LED lights under wall units
  • A magnetic brushed steel notice board which we found at dwell.co.uk,  which now contains a long to-do-list
  • Our old clock
  • Radiator cover (an expertly customised cheap-o B&Q item), still awaiting the mesh
  • The last wall cupboard
  • Some of the cornice and pelmets under / over the kitchen units
  • A high level shelf made from worktop off-cuts, the ideal place for cocktail paraphernalia and cookbooks
  • A blind at the kitchen window

That to do list doesn’t seem to get any shorter but we are slowly making progress…

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B-Day+258: It’s been a while…

…so we thought it was time for an update.

Christmas 2010 was successfully hosted in the new extension, with a good time had by all. After finally finishing the turkey we’ve been busy with various bits and pieces – it seems the little details are taking the longest.

Here’s a video showing the current state of affairs (click on “HD” in the bottom corner for better quality):

And some pictures:

And a picture of a delicious chicken pie we cooked in our new kitchen today, for Sunday lunch with The Mannings:

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B-day+225: Unpacking

Most of this weekend was spent sorting through all the dusty boxes of stuff we packed away around 232 days ago.  There’s stuff in there we’d forgotten all about – and why have we got four bottles of Worcester Sauce?

The newly installed dishwasher was in almost constant use as all the crockery, pots and pans were given a wash after coming out of storage – and now the cupboards are full!

Here are a couple of photos:


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B-Day+218: Breakfast time!

We fitted out breakfast bar today – quite pleased with the results!

And if you’ve been paying very close attention you’ll noticed that we put the decor panels on the wall units, and painted another wall!

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B-Day+215: More doors ‘n’ drawers

We fixed in the hob so could then do the pan drawers – also finished off a few more cupboard doors, adjusted hinges, etc…

The extractor hood is also partially fitted, although still needs to be finished off.

Then we actually unpacked some of our wedding gifts, now they have a home.

By the way, here’s a close up of the butt and scribe joint in the worktops:

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B-Day+214: Sinking!

After hours of knuckle-grazing, arm-bending, neck-cricking work, the kitchen sink is in place.

It was quite an ordeal cutting away the cabinets to give enough space to access the sink clips,while still leaving some cabinet. Then actually fastening the sink clips required some triple-jointed contortions while lying upside down, head in a dark cupboard.

Not the most enjoyable way to spend the evening, especially because this just arrived today!

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