Home Improvements: Worktop Fitted

Here are a few photos, and an update on the remodelling project. The granite worktop is now fitted, and it looks splendid with the cupboards. The colour is a medium-light grey with sparse bits of swirled light grey throughout, like breezy clouds floating through it. And it’s warm-ish to the touch, which I find interesting because my previous worktop was a stone composite and was always ice-cold.


And how about these spice racks?! I filled them up right away. I’m not allowed to fill the lower cabinets or the dresser until the cabinetmaker returns on Friday to tighten everything up and make last minute adjustments.


Today Steve-the-electrician returned to connect up the oven, the microwave and the cooker hood. He also connected the pop-up sockets, but he has to returned tomorrow to finish working on the under-cabinet lightening (which is LED). The plumber and Corgi gas man (same person: Donald) comes tomorrow to restore running water to the kitchen, connect up the Quooker tap, connect up the gas hob, then drain the heating system so he can install a new heating pump, and rebalance all of the radiators.


HR5_17Apr13Then Andy and Steve#2 removed the stair rail and spindles, and started replacing the old dark-painted pine ones with an oiled oak rail and spindles. At the moment, all the bits are held with glue and propped into place with wood. A bit of care is needed so we don’t walk into them and knock ourselves out! Tomorrow the rail and spindles will be screwed into place.

There was one same problem today. Steve-the-electrician put a scratch into my new cupboard, but Andy asked the cabinet manufacturer (Paula Rosa) for a pot of paint to match the door, and he assures me that I’ll never see that this ever happened. I trust him.

We’re apt to have no heating for a few days (will the system is drained and rebalanced) tomorrow, so here’s to fingers crossed that our wintery weather is behind us for a while!

22 Comments Add yours

  1. cecilia says:

    Oh my your kitchen is enormous! do you see that little bit on the left of your stove,up to and including the window, my bench space is even smaller than that and includes a sink, i am deeply envious of your new kitchen, and such lovely light in there too!

    1. Misky says:

      We bashed through several walls, put in massive steel beams for support, and then included the kitchen into part of the dining room and utility room. The dining room is now open directly into the kitchen. It just opened space that was very, very enclosed previously. The extra light also comes from the exterior wall that was removed and replaced with tri-folding glass doors. It’s changed the feel of the whole house.

      1. cecilia says:

        I Love love love knocking out walls and your wall of glass!! Excellent.. you must be thrilled to bits! c

        1. Misky says:

          Completely and utterly over the moon. I’m looking forward to the return of running water in the house tomorrow!

          1. cecilia says:

            Oh running water, we had a power cut for most of last night and i had only run the bath to about 2 inches before it all shut off.. no running water is nasty! You WILL be looking forward to that! c

            1. Misky says:

              My beautiful new tap doesn’t like the British gravity-fed water system. The cold water has excellent pressure but the hot is somewhat wimpy. The plumber says that a whole-house-pump will solve the problem. (sigh)

  2. Lisbet says:

    What a grand kitchen. Love the colour of cabinets and I also love your spicerack. Should have thought about this x2.

    1. Misky says:

      I am a very happy girl with my new toys. I’m having difficulty figuring out the new microwave oven though. The user manual is hopeless!

  3. bench space! Look at all that beautiful bench space! And gas…but bench space! Love it Misky 🙂

    1. Misky says:

      I know ….. lots of room to knead bread!

    🙂 Mandy xo

  5. so smart! Have you filled the cupboards yet 🙂

    1. Misky says:

      Oh yes, no problem! And I made my first loaf of Danish-style rye bread using a new high-sided long form pan. Put the oven on conventional, and we were off and running! Made a lovely loaf, too. 🙂

      1. What a wonderful way to christen a new kitchen !

  6. Glenda says:

    Misky It looks gorgeous. I love the style of your cupboards.

    1. Misky says:

      Thanks, Glenda. I’m very pleased with it. Need AEG techie to look at the hob tomorrow. It’s a bit touchy, and not quite right.

  7. Hi Misky, it’s lovely to ‘meet’ you! I have serious kitchen envy looking at this post! WOWZA!

    1. Misky says:

      Thank you, Lisa, and welcome! You wouldn’t envy the dust and noise and disruption and weeks without no heating or water though! 😀 Thankfully that’s all behind us.

  8. Karen says:

    You have almost reached the end…the kitchen is looking great.

    1. Misky says:

      I’m still coping with my grumpy painter, who hopefully will finish on Thursday. On Friday, the glass splashback walls arrive. Then the electrician returns. I reckon 2 more weeks. Then we start on the patio! HA!

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