It’s done. It’s bloody done. And to get this out of the way, it was completed by the day they said it would be, and significantly cheaper than we were quoted. We are so freaking happy.
So, here it is.
Look at it. LOOK AT IT. We went with the Ripley kitchen from Wickes and it’s so simple but so lovely.
Everything went so smoothly with the fit. The fitters let themselves in for most of the week, with Husband working from home on Friday to catch up with them, but we didn’t hear a peep from them at all – if there were any hiccups, they must have resolved them! There was one thing we did know about that happened on Friday which was the glass splashbacks (or upstands) were too tall, so the fitter whipped them down to a local glazier to get them trimmed down. No fuss. At the end of each evening, floors were swept, tools put away, boxes tidied up – it really showed that they had a great deal of respect for our house. Incredibly professional – thanks you Wickes for assigning them to us!
The fun things we have include a fancy induction hob and oven, new washing machine, plinth heater, gorgeous ceramic sink, and sexy ‘romantic walnut’ laminate worktops. And something I’ve wanted for a long long time:
Yeah, I Gif-ed my magic corner. This will eventually have more in it but we’re not quite done squirrelling stuff away.
There are still a couple of things to finish. We need to sort out whether we want coving around the ceiling or not, so that’s looking a little unfinished. The ‘blocking’ around the boiler pipes needs to be painted white. There was one error made in the ordering as we are missing a couple of lengths of splashbacks so our fitter has ordered those and will come back at a later date to fit them. With the amount of work that had to be done, I’m pretty happy with only one insignificant thing that went ‘wrong’.
Every time I go into MY NEW KITCHEN, I get confused and think I’m actually in a show kitchen. It just doesn’t feel like it’s part of my house, which of course now means I’m glancing round the other rooms to figure out how to get them up to the same standard (bathroom, I’m looking at YOU in particular). I just feel like such a grown-up.
A grown-up who makes Gifs of corner cupboards, obviously.
Details, details, details
- Ripley cupboards and drawers, including a spice rack, two corner cupboards, a magic corner, tall cupboard, and secret bin cupboard!
- Romantic Walnut laminate worktops
- Ceramic 1.5 bowl sink and mixer tap
- Cappuccino glass splashbacks
- Zanussi induction hob, oven, and extractor
- Old Oak Quick Step flooring
- Plinth heater
- Ikea Dioder LED lights for under the cabinets (Yay! Some Ikea!)
I’m sure I’m forgetting other stuff too. Essentially, we got a lot of stuff for an extraordinarily good price and I love every inch of it.