Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Since then it's been a very slow process. A few weeks ago I put in 3 of the shelves and we've been using the cupboard. Today I finally got around to putting in the remaining shelves (with the help of two curious cats!!!)
Still not completely finished as it needs painting! At the moment it looks like a huge cardboard box!!
I hope to have it all painted before Xmas! Then I still have the mirrored bathroom cabinet to make!! But that will have to wait until 2009!
Friday, 14 November 2008
This is what my gorgeous bathroom looks like now! Okay, on a normal day, you'd see toothbushes etc on show, a make shift mirror resting on the sink, various kids' toys near the bath and the toilet roll sitting on the edge of the bath!! I still haven't bought the loo roll holder and towel hooks!!! I need to sand and paint the door and arhitraves, finish the built in cupboard, make the cabinet and also decide on the lighting! At the moment we have a bulb hanging from the ceiling!! I really shoud hurry up and finish it all as I still have the living room to renovate! But I promised myself not to start a new project until I completely finish the bathroom AND the kitchen! Plans for the living room include lots of built in storage and a big flat screen TV! ;)
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Unfortunately the bathroom still isn't finished!! I still have to make the bathroom cabinet and finish the cupboard for the washing machine. Will post more pics tomorrow!
Thanks again Griffo!!
Monday, 7 July 2008
Friday, 4 July 2008
Here's what went on today in the mad rush to finish....
Stefano had to sort out the problem with the shower enclosure being too tall....
But after nearly all day in the bathroom he managed to install it and honestly now that the extra tiles are grouted and the other piece of glass is up it is hardly noticeable.
Salvatore went and picked up all the wood for the washing machine cupboard. Not sure when I'll be able to make it but I'd really like to do it asap as that will be the only storage in the bathroom at the moment.
In the kitchen it was go go go all day!!! The worktop arrived!! Poor guys that had to carry it up a lot of stairs, it was sooooo heavy! And it was soooo hot! It was great watching them install it. But OMG the "glue" that they used took my breath away!! As well as the 2 main pieces for the units, they had to make the breakfast bar thingy and the peninsula that divides the kitchen from the dining room. I am so happy with the end result!
Whilst the worktop guys were busy making my kitchen lovely, the 2 delivery guys turned up with the dishwasher and my new fridge (the right one this time!! - I checked it before they installed it!!). So at this point my little flat was rather crowded - me and 6 guys!! Luckily by lunchtime they had finished, leaving only Alessandro and Stefano!! So then it was a matter of attaching sink and tap (love it), the oven, cooker and touching up the plaster around the peninsula.
So here are a few pics of my nearly finished kitchen....
There are still lots of things that need doing or finishing. I'll try to do as much as I can before we go away on our summer holiday down south. But first the kitchen and bathroom need a really good clean (as does the rest of the flat) then I can start putting things away! I can't wait!
p.s. will take some pics of finished bathroom after cleaning it tomorrow!
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Well lots got done today. I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel! Almost!
First thing this morning the guy called to give me the price of the worktop which was actually less than I expected, although still alot of money! He also told me that it wouldn't be ready until Wednesday!!! Poop!
Then Salvatore realised that the fridge wasn't the one that we ordered!! Yesterday when it all arrived I was so busy looking at everything else that I didn't even notice! So after a small arguement on the phone, Raimondo (kitchen guy) agreed to change it. There is a cost involved and he's not sure when the new fridge will arrive. Double poop!!
After I went to pick up the wood and mdf that I ordered last week to make the washing machine cupboard frame and doors, guess what?! Not ready! Not even started! It was on their to-do-list for NEXT week! I really had to restrain myself from exploding in anger and frustration. Triple poop!!!
So even though I'm having a really poopy day things did progress here in my little flat. Alessandro finished all the electrical stuff - my blinds go up and down at the push of a button - the downlights are in and look great - and all the light switches and plugs are working. Stefano touched up the paint work in kitchen and bathroom, fixed the skirting boards, attached the shelf/ledge under the window in the bathroom, sealed the sink, loo and bidet with silicone and finished off a few other odd jobs.
Then just after lunch I got a call from the worktop guy - Worktops arriving tomorrow morning!! I have no idea what made him change his mind, I'm just really glad he did! Yeah!
Next a call from Raimondo - fridge and dishwasher arriving tomorrow morning too! Double yeah!!
To make things even better the man I nearly assaulted in the wood shop calls to tell me he personally has cut all my wood and mdf ! Triple yeah!!!
At this point I felt like dancing, all seemed to be working out well, then Alessandro called me into bathroom to show me that my gorgeous super shower enclosure didn't fit properly on the shower tray and that it is taller than the height of the tiles! Quick call to Sandro (bathroom shop guy) who assured me that it should definately fit. And yes, it DOES fit, they were putting it on wrong!! I wish they hadn't scared me like that! But the problem of the height remains! The only solution is add another row of tiles above the shower. I don't particulary like this solution but I think it's my only option! Compromises!
Sorry about this long boring post. I'll make up for it tomorrow with a whole lot of pics of my hopefully (almost) finished kitchen and bathroom!!!
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
And this is what it looked like 3 hours later....
Almost finished!! The dishwasher still hadn't arrived this morning so will be delivered on Friday. The 3 guys that delivered and installed the kitchen were great! Really fast, acurate, polite and funny, all qualities not normally associated with delivery guys! They do expect a tip! Not wanting to offend them I asked around before to see what is the "expected" tip for a kitchen delivery - around €50. Oh well, they deserved it!
After they left the "worktop guy" came and measured up and made a plywood pattern of the worktop! I was told this would be ready in about 3 days but he said it's more likely going to be Tuesday!!! I pleaded and begged that they do it sooner.... Friday would be perfect. That way on Saturday Alessandro could put in the oven, the sink etc... I've also asked him to give me a quote to make a breakfast bar or what ever they're called! Who knows how much a 130cm x 35cms piece of composite worktop could cost?!? Oh, plus 2 side panels each 35cms x 90something cms!?! Well, I'll know tomorrow when he calls!
On the other side of the flat in the bathroom Stefano "fought " all day with the bidet. Being a back to wall bidet he had trouble getting it right as all the pipes are hidden! It kept leaking but he couldn't tell from where. At one point I think he was ready to throw the bidet out the window! In the end he sorted it out!
There's still a long list of things to do in the next few days but at least all the major work is over and done with!!! I just have to do a major tidy up and clean! It's so disgustingly dirty!!!
p.s. before leaving Stefano rested the cooker on the kitchen cupboards and attached the gas as they've done every evening. I lit the gas so I could boil the water for some pasta but after awhile could smell gas!! Aaaah, so many problems with the gas!!! We ended out eating take away pizza!
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Tiling in the kitchen has finished!!
Apart from the grouting on the left side....
I really like the overall effect but.... once all the tiles were up we realised that 1 tile is a different colour!! See bottom right tile in the pic below.
It's not a big deal as it will behind the cupboards but that one tile is the sample tile that i brought home from the tile showroom. It's the colour that I chose. It's a more creamier white where as the ones that I have are a colder starker white. I don't know if this is good or bad yet. I guess we'll see tomorrow when the kitchen is installed!!
Stefano is in the bathroom as I type putting up the remaining tiles that I picked up this morning.
There are so many "little" things that need doing before tomorrow morning when the kitchen arrives. Alessandro has to finish doing the wiring, fix some of the plaster, put in the down lights, touch up some of the paint on the wall etc etc...
p.s. ONE MORE SLEEP....!!!
Monday, 30 June 2008
Missing still 12 tiles on the right side and also 12 tiles on the left. Alessandro is still confident all will get done in time.
I've been attacking the bathroom door as we're leaving the original frame but changing the architraves. So I've been out buying all the necessary wood and nails, scraping away at the old paint and generally covering myself in dust and pieces of old paint! How glamourous!!
p.s. 2 more sleeps....
Yesterday was Matteo's birthday!
It was a really hot and sunny day so we and what seemed like nearly all of Rome headed out to Lago di Vico (about an hour drive away). We had lunch at a lovely restaurant that overlooked the lake. Just as we finished there was a sudden summer thunderstorm which drove nearly everyone back home!! We resisted and after the storm the boys had a swim in the deserted lake!! A lovely day away from our dust infested flat!! (grazie a Paola, Valerio e piccolo Dario!)
Okay, back to the renovations....
Finally the kitchen tiles are going up today!! Yeah! Well, they have to as on Wednesday the kitchen is being installed!! Hopefully by the end of today I'll post a pic of a fully tiled kitchen....
Saturday, 28 June 2008
You probably can't see in the pic but my bath is covered in dirt that just doesn't want to budge. I've already cleaned it and a lot of the dirt has gone away but it's still feels rough and it's not lovely and smooth anymore! >:-( I'm going to soak it in some warm soapy water then see if it'll come off ....
Wish me luck!
Stefano is finishing off the untiled part of the kitchen. As I said before, he's a perfectionist, so I'm going to have the smoothest walls in Rome! This morning he also drilled holes in the bathroom floor for the bidet. Alessandro will be here after lunch to do the plumbing bit!
There's alot of white dust floating around as my walls etc are being sanded. The boys are home too so are walking back and forth making sure that every room has it's fair share of white dust!!
I'm going to see if I can convince Stefano to paint the dining room as well! That would save me from doing it!!
Friday, 27 June 2008
First problem - we couldn't find the drain for the sink! It was meant to be delivered the other week together with all the other stuff. And it's on the list that the delivery guy gave me which I also signed!! I should have checked all the stuff better.... So once again I had to go and visit Sandro at the bathroom showroom. Just as I arrive, a delivery guy walks into the shop and says to someone that there's a special delivery for Peta! Perfect timing!! My long awaited for taps (sink and bidet) have arrived!! Sandro also sneaked another sink drain into the bag with the taps. Sshh. Problem 1 solved!
Second problem - my lovely sink is attached to the wall and I don't really like the way you can see the supports. Originally I thought that they could be set right under the shelf parts of the sink but it wasn't possible. From above it's okay as you can't see them, but from far away or low down (eg. when you're in the bath or sitting on the loo) you can see them. Problem 2 NOT solved.
See the pics below....
Taken sitting on the loo (on the closed seat that is!).
See what I mean? It's meant to be a floating sink. Do you think it's a problem, is it worth worrying about? Or is it fine as is? Here's another pic taken standing back.
In the kitchen walls have been sanded and given the first coat of white! The tiles have been brought up from the garage and tomorrow Stefano is going to start putting them up!
I still haven't decided about those pendant lights. I'm going to have a look on ebay....
p.s. 5 more sleeps (until kitchen arrives!)
Thursday, 26 June 2008
The bath tap was also installed today, as was the radiator/towel warmer.
Holes where drilled in my lovely dropped ceiling. Problem being the size of the holes - only 7.4cm diam. Workmen's hands were too big to get through to reach the wires so who ended up balancing on the ladder doing it? Moi!
The missing tiles were meant to arrive today or tomorrow but of course they are still sitting in the warehouse somewhere in Sassuolo (northern Italy). After many phone calls we managed to arrange for a delivery for Tuesday, which was the best they could do.
Today I also ordered the wood and mdf for the washing machine cupboard. I'm getting it all cut to size so it will be ready next week sometime. I'm going to wait until the bathroom is completely finished before I start on the bathroom cabinet as I'm still not sure how big I want it.
I'm not quite sure what will be going on tomorrow, maybe some tiling in the kitchen?!
p.s. 6 more sleeps.... :D
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Today I bought the downlights from Leroy Merlin as the dropped ceiling is up and ready! I just have to decide exactly where I want them as tomorrow morning Stefano will install them.
I was also looking for the small pendant lights but with not much luck! I didn't see any that i liked at Leroy Merlin or Ikea. I then went to a "snobby light shop" to get some ideas but they were waaay too expensive (very lovely but unjustifiably expensive!!). Then in a "normal light shop" I saw some very similar to these ones in the pic below, maybe they were even smaller (7cm diametre) which is good, but... they're not that cheap either and I'd have to order them - 15 days! Actually I don't really know how much to expect to pay for proper lights as I've always had cheap Ikea ones!
Here's a sneak preview of the loo! I had to warn the kids not to use it as it's just resting there!!
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
And Alessandro has been grouting....
And I've been looking for lights....
These are just 2 types I saw at Ikea. Not exactly what I'm after though.
Monday, 23 June 2008
Today in the kitchen the electric motor for the out side blind was put in. The beginnings of my gas meter cupboard can be seen below.
This hole was made in the kitchen wall near the gas meter as required by Italgas (not for spying on the workmen on the building next door...). Tomorrow we'll have to paint the area around the hole on the outside as big chunks of plaster fell off the wall whilst Alessandro was drilling. We are 3 floors up!! Luckily no one passed by below!
Tomorrow morning Raimondo, from the kitchen shop, is coming by to check on pipes and wiring, then if all is good, the kitchen will be delivered next Tuesday. So that gives Alessandro and Stefano a week to get the dropped ceiling in, the tiles done, the walls painted and whatever else needs doing done! I can't wait!!!