We have been in the new flat for a few weeks, and finally I’m ready to show some pics of what I’ve been getting on with. Starting with my favourite room, the kitchen. Here’s what it looked like…
I liked the old cupboards, but there was too little workspace, the fridge inside the tall unit was tiny, and the old kitchen entrance had not been blocked properly. Here’s what we did.
First the walls were repainted and the floors sanded all over the flat. I chose to go for a practical stain and varnish rather than the industrial wax that everyone in Sweden likes. I don’t want to top up wax after a few months… Anyway, in front of the old door I had a lovely handyman put up some plasterboard that I painted, then he built me a little open wall unit. He also put in a full size dishwasher for me, as there is probably no way for us without one. He tiled, using some metro tiles in cream that I brought with me from London (the removal guys didn’t thank me for that). I wanted the tiles higher behind the extractor fan, speaking of which I got the last one from IKEA in that model. Lucky me, I had wanted one for ages. Love the rounded edges! Bought a freestanding Siemens fridge and that is doing a great job. Finally the worktops were changed for an oak one (also IKEA… ), which matches the floors nicely. Pretty smug about it all. Will post some pics of the other side of the room soon… By the way, last pic is of my grandma’s old Electrolux assistant. It still works!!!