Friday, January 18, 2013

Not a lizard drinking....

Remember when I said I was flat out like a lizard drinking.. well now I feel like a cat in a tree... ha.. not really. This is my new neighbour's cat. I came up my front stairs and here he was.. he lives in the unit behind this one. That is my tree that is getting cut in about 2 weeks (when I finish the kitchen) as it has grown madly in the last 6 months right over the neighbours lower roof and clothes line. I have good patient neighbours!

 Just to give you an idea how high it is.. that tree top is sitting above the 6 foot fence! At first I thought maybe kitty is stuck, but then I corrected my thoughts as I figured if he was stuck, he'd be crying and he just looked bothered that I'd noticed him. When I spoke to his owner, I was told that he stares down the big possums (brush tail as opposed to smaller ring tail)and that is a good thing! They poo and wee mark their territory all over my deck and large outdoor table (must get around to making that cover! note to self).




This is how my kitchen looks mid way through the preparation for painting. It's an old house and not much done to it with it's 50's kitchen. I can't afford a new kitchen but I will paint it a bright aqua colour today (ceiling done yesterday - what a killer on my bad neck!)and the cupboards will be painted a stainless colour. I will rearrange it (not much room for that really) and add some wall cupboards or shelves or both which you will notice I have none of.. so this will add to my storage. I'm so used to the look of not having them (been here 22 years!) I hope I won't feel overwhelmed by them.. I'm sure more storage will negate that feeling..Ha!

Notice the sewing machine and overlocker are on the table.. well they've moved into the sewing/study room which is a pit with all the other stuff in there and that will be  next for a paint job. Hope it's before uni starts so I can feel refreshed and new. I hope I get time to sew soon too! I have my boy back on Sunday night so I'd like to have the kitchen finished and the rest will be done when school starts the week after...how does 6 weeks go so quickly. I only get 3 weeks with my boy so that limits it even more.I've heard some mothers counting down till they can send their kids back to school.. but that's not me.. I love my son's company and doing things together. We might paint the front fence! Back to the painting... do you renovate?

6 comments:

  1. Pam from South Australia18 January, 2013 08:24

    Renovate? We are currently going through demolition ready for delivery of our new house in March. Currently it's dirty and noisy. We are living down the back in our van for the duration. Only been here 2 weeks and I'm already sick of it. Why is it whenever you want to make improvements/changes it gets a whole lot worse before it gets better. :) Good luck with your current endeavours.

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    1. Oh you are so right Pam.. it gets worse until it suddenly gets better and then you can't remember the bad stuff.. kind of like childbirth. A new house will be nice to go home to when it's done (and cleaned up!). Good luck to you too...I think your job is bigger than mine!

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  2. I love your kitchen as it is! When I get back to my house in Crabbes Creek I will post pictures of my kitchen. It's been a temporary makeshift kitchen for about 7 years. That's what happens when you renovate 100 year old farmhouses! I've been renovating for most of the last 15 years. Whilst I understand the desire to have fancy new fitted kitchens, I must say I have a real soft spot for kitchens like yours. I think the additions you mention will make this a more functional kitchen without taking the soul away. Lack of storage in kitchens is the thing that really makes me nuts. Do you have room to put in an island? I bought an old map cupboard that I put a granite top and wheels on. The reason for the granite is to have one surface that stays cold in a subtropical climate so I can make pastry, but also to give it some weight. The wheels mean I can move it when needed. You could always get a carpenter to knock up an open frame to any size that suits your kitchen. I once saw an island built over a free standing dishwasher in the middle of a very small kitchen. It worked really well. I hope the rest of your renovation goes well. New paint and a change of handles can make an enormous difference. Can't wait to see the photos!

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    1. Yes I have to say I love the kitchen and when I bought the house the cupboards were painted yellow and it made me happy. I think you are right that it will loose soul when/if I change it... I'd love to see photos of your 100 year old farm house... my sister lives in a 130 year old farmhouse at Capalaba on 2 acres and if has it's problems but it is great. Not one of those concrete boxes... I don't think I have room for an island but when I'm done I will see how everything looks and see.. I'd love a granite bench top for the same reason.

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  3. Hi SF,
    Let me know if you want to meet up when you're in Sydney this month.
    via "velogiant'at'aol'dot'com"

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  4. We just put a new kitchen in our 1920s house. The original was really cute but really small. Not big enough for a growing family. We removed a wall in the process to create open plan living and it is the best thing we've done to the house. I love it. But the reno's (other than lots of painting) will end there. Good luck! A coat of paint does wonders

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