Kitchen Renovations

Our kitchen has been a construction site for four weeks now. Four weeks is a VERY long time, especially when you are forced to wash dishes in the bath. The house is covered in fine white dust and everything is dirty, very dirty.

I am not a happy camper at the moment. I don’t like being cold and I can’t abide a filthy home but for the past month I have had to tolerate both. This does not make for a healthy creative environment to live (and work) in, hence my blog posts have been sparse and my tweets equally as few.

Luckily I am working on two really great Blog Makeover clients at the moment, so I can loose myself in the digital world for the better part of each day while our crew of builders get down to business.

Yowzers, going renovations and working from home may sound like the perfect way to do things, but believe me it isn’t so smart. I am constantly interrupted with requests to lock and unlock the gate, come and look at this, is this what you wanted, sorry about the huge hole we accidentally knocked in the side of your house etc etc.

My “wish I had thought of that” words of wisdom to anyone thinking about doing kitchen renovations is to move out while it happens. If you have a kind friend or relative who will have you over, take them up on the offer. Having to endure a dusty dirty house in the freezing cold when you have no where to cook or clean really does get tiresome. Don’t be brave, move out!

Anyhow, as we are still very much in the thick of things I thought I would show you an Instagram snap shot of the last four weeks. Yesterday the new floor was “thrown” (thrown… apparently this is the correct term in the building industry??) and to spite my best attempts to keep Stripes out of this area, this morning I woke to find her presence immortalised. Oh well, this is probably the best bit of the whole process thus far – a very precious reality check.

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6 Responses to Kitchen Renovations

  1. Nadia van der Mescht June 12, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Hard work, but looking good! Love the paw prints! Same thing happened recently with my parent’s new floor!

    • JoanneReidy June 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

      Thanks Nadia, it’s coming along frustratingly slowly, but should be worth it when it’s done. As for our cute little paw print art work – luckily we intend laying wood laminate over the concrete, but to be honest I wouldn’t have minded seeing them everyday!

  2. Ally June 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Keep your head up Jo! You’ve come a long way already!! P.s. you’re always welcome to come take a deep breath and lie on an un-dusty couch at our place!! (you might be climbed on by a toddler, but these are the risks we take)

    • JoanneReidy June 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks Ally – cuddling with toddlers sounds fabulous!

  3. ashe June 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I feel your pain! I know exactly how you feel- I washed dishes in the bath for 3 months!!!
    but it’s all worth it, good luck with the rest of the renovation, can’t wait to see the outcome. PS: takeaways and woolies micro meals saved my sanity!

    • JoanneReidy June 24, 2013 at 7:23 am #

      Thanks Ashe, your words of encouragement mean a lot – this mess just doesn’t seem to ever end!
      Luckily our kitchen sink has just been temporarily re-instated, so much celebrations are in order.

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