We didn't quite manage to finish the kitchen before Christmas, so I'm trying to finish all the little bits off now. Our boiler is now in a cupboard that originally housed the fridge freezer. There was no door atall as the fridge stood in the doorway itself with alot of wasted space behind.
So we had a piece of mdf cut to size, as it is quite a small opening - and then I spent some time considering how to make it look more interesting.
Doors unpainted, no skirting and no laminate floor.
Walls finished here but doors only primed and a dust sheet on new laminate.
I wanted to panel the door and strengthen it, so that we could attach the ikea iron and board holder.
I found some very thin (6mmx92mmx2400mm) pine strips in the local diy store and decided to use the screw holes on the iron holder as a guide for the spacing. That way the screws could be a little bit deeper than the 1/2 inch mdf and use the extra strength of the pine.
I cut two long pieces to run vertically and then six pieces to run horizontally. I used gripper and then small tacks. It took a little while to get the spacing right. I think I was just trying to wing it, but decided on good old fashioned maths, in the end !
I placed the wood about 4mm from the edge all the way around, to accomodate the hinges.
It worked out pretty well and only took about an hour.
Then today I painted a few layers of white.
We also finished the skirting, and the white looks great with the darker laminate floor.
And I looked through a box of old knobs (unwanted items, that I find on decorating jobs), and found the perfect glass knob.
I even left the old paint on it, as I like the idea that someone else used it for years. And best of all, it cost me nothing.
I finished painting the 'boxing in' that covers some pipes that run to the boiler, which is now housed in the cupboard.
I now just have a couple of other small finishes. I need to paint the back door again, and add a draught excluder (and take the plastic off the window that you might have noticed) and fill and touch up the beading that I have run all around the worktop.
tomorrow, there is always tomorrow .............
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