Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Marbles...

Our new kitchen should be finished tomorrow...and the whole thing has been almost completely stress-free...apart from the stress that my head seems to create! Before Christmas our oven was delivered...and it was too large to go through our garage door (the up and over door isn't particularly usable due to the large wall of boxes we have pressed up against it inside, so that just leaves the side door) and so it spent the Christmas & new year sitting in the garden wrapped in towels and plastic sheeting, with instructions from the delivery men that when we eventually did get round to moving it inside it would be a nightmare; that we would almost certainly twist the frame if we moved it with anything less than an entire army of men and some specialist oven-moving straps and that no refunds or repairs would be offered once we'd inevitably ending up damaging it. This idea rolled around my head like a marble in a moving car for the whole of the festive period.

The day that the men fitting the kitchen arrived I woke at 3.30am after only 3 hours sleep and stayed awake for the duration. At this point I started trying to 'block out' my worries...which worked, although in a bid to break out somehow they then manifested themselves physically in the form of a left eye that twitched uncontrollably, making me look like a complete loon! But as with most of the things I worry about, it turned out to be a completely pointless waste of time...for the oven was moved in, unnoticed by me, without a hitch, the frame retaining perfect 90 degree angles at each corner and I saw no sign of hoards of men running away from the house following its installation, so I can only assume that two men was adequate. Everything else has gone perfectly and I've even enjoyed washing up in the bathroom sink as it is such a positive sign that the filthy, ancient, impossible-to-clean brown kitchen sink (below) is finally gone! For the year and a half that we've lived with it I've been telling myself it was 'vintage' (and therefore vaguely desirable)...but have to admit to having found it difficult to buy into such depths of self-deception!

So what is the picture of at the top of this post? Worktop samples. For the main work surfaces we are having oak and for the island unit, Corian, so that the children can still do their felt-tipping and gluing on it. Both were chosen by Ian...but it seems that he's had his own marbles rolling around in his head. He turned to me in bed last night and said: What if the Corian looks like a giant white iceberg in the middle of the room? Mmmm.

10 comments:

  1. oh the things that keep us awake at night + in hindsight seem silly. your new kitchen sounds dreamy : ) how you'll enjoy cooking your 1st dinner in that oven! x

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  2. oh I'm so glad it's going ok, and that all your worst worries about the cooker haven't materialised! (how big is it by the way - sounds enormous!)
    I love the iceberg comment - hopefully you won't get any ocean liners crashing into it!

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  3. Don't worry about the Corian, its fab! We have it (in exactly the same colour) as yours in our kitchen and it looks lovely. One of the best bits about it, especially with children around, is that it doesn't stain easily but if it does you can sand it back in the same way you can with wood.

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  4. Funny, the things we find to worry about isn't it? In a couple of weeks it will all feel like it's been there forever. Hope you'll post some pictures!

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  5. It is amazing what keeps us up at night (though I would definitely have worried about getting the stove in, as well ... what if it hadn't fit!) ... but, in the morning, everything looks possible again. I had to smile about the "cooker in the garden for Christmas." I am sure your kitchen is lovely!

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  6. Can't wait to see pictures of the new kitchen! You're so lucky!

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  7. We all suffer from anxiety at night (day too!). Have a look at Johnny Grey's amazing and inspirational kitchens, he uses different work surfaces to define areas and uses. You will have to post a photo when its all finished!

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  8. oooh, am very envious of your new kitchen - sounds gorgeous.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog - I think I know the park you mean in Covent garden - was it attached to an old church? If so I go there too sometimes, it is fairly well hidden - a real little oasis in the centre of the bustle and a great place to hide from work!

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  9. ooo Corian. OOO. Mostly I'm jealous that you have room for an island - my narrow little terrace does not allow!

    Hope it went well today - looking forward to photos many muchly

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  10. I look forward to seeing pics of the finished kitchen! Hope you've banished those anxieties now!

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