Saturday, 31 May 2008
Anyway, today has been pretty much like yesterday, just getting rid of all the tiles and digging out the pipes. In the meantime I finally got around to giving the top part of the cupboard a final coat of paint. The surrounding wall just needs painting which will get done when the kitchen is painted as these two rooms are adjoining.
Also painted these shelves for the hall cupboard. Mmmm, what else can I paint...?
Friday, 30 May 2008
I meant to say earlier, we used the new shower this morning! It was wonderful! Although it will take a little getting used to showering with transparent glass doors! Used to showering in that horrible brown cubicle with opaque plastic doors, it felt like I was showering in public! :D
Alessandro (workman) called this evening to say that there's problems with bath taps! They were meant to be here by now but they are still somewhere in northern Italy and won't be delivered for 2 weeks!! I don't know if things like this happen all over the world but they sure do happen here. Now I'm starting to worry about all the other things that are due to arrive next week (plus Monday is a public holiday!). I think tomorrow I'll be calling around checking! And calling a courier to see about getting the taps delivered directly from the factory (more money but worth it if it will speed things up)!!
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Then I had to go out and see Matteo do an end of year thing at school (one of the many that I have to attend in the next few days) and when I got back I had this to see -
Finally we have a shower door!! Yeah!! We can't use it until tomorrow morning as the silicone has to dry! Here's another (very similar) pic of the new doors!
Tomorrow morning the demolition begins! Not looking forward to all the dust and not having my washing machine, but am looking forward to getting rid of the old bathroom. Alex and Matteo (and I) have graffitied all over the tiles with those permanent pens! Alex got carried away yesterday and even wrote his name on the window frame. Luckily I got to it before it dried and managed to get it off. The windows are staying!!!
Looking forward to using the new shower tomorrow morning! ;)
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
I don't know whether I feel relieved that I have finally chosen them or panic stricken thinking that I've chosen the wrong ones!! So, after all this here are the tiles that we're having... Comfort Living from Marca Corona .
Floor tiles - 45x45cm Olive. Wall tiles - 60x30cm Ivory. They are much nicer in the "flesh" (I hope). Here are the two colours shown separately
As for the kitchen he couldn't get me similar white tiles for such a low price so tomorrow I'm going back to IperCeramica and ordering them there.
I also ordered a new radiator for the bathroom.
Monday, 26 May 2008
This white tile (without the roses!) costs €16.95 a metre IVA included but it isn't matt like i was originally looking for.
Here's my sample of it propped up in my kitchen next to a smaller matt tile.
Then I went to IdeaCeramica where there was a huuuge selection to choose from. But much more expensive! A similar tile to the one above, Esprit from Viva costs €40.50 plus IVA (20%).
So I'll most likely go for the cheaper one for the kitchen and splurge a bit on the bathroom! IdeaCeramica have this collection, Work from Sant'Agostino, big 60x30 tiles cost €37.00 + IVA. Another collection that I liked is Natural Trend, depending on the size of the tiles prizes go from €36 to €45 + IVA. Couldn't find them on the site but took a quick pic in the shop.
Last but not least from the "cheaper" shop there was this one for €17.95 including IVA. Not a great pic but you can see it has lines on it and is a bit darker in the "flesh". Have to talk to hubby and see how we're going with the budget!!
Here it is again in to see it in a different light.
So I'm a little bit closer to deciding. Any suggestions and opinions are more than welcome!!!
Sunday, 25 May 2008
He just called to let me know they can start this week!!! Aaaahh!! Panic!! I thought he was calling to postpone once again. So instead of coming on Tuesday 3rd June (giving me the long weekend to empty the bathroom and organise everything) they are coming on Thursday 29th May! That's only 4 sleeps away!! Oh yes and there's that other small problem - I STILL HAVEN'T GOT MY TILES!!!
Miracle!! They close AND open!!
Lesson learnt by me - next time allow a few more millimetres!!
Still missing the door for this little hole in the wall. You can see how crooked and uneven it was before. I only "fixed" the edges where the door will go. The electrical company have been meaning to come for months now to change the meter. Apart from storing the meter this little hole in the wall also holds our keys. Well, it will once I put the door up, which will have lots of hooks on the inside.
This is what I put in the small bathroom, nice and simple (and cheap), Sagan from Ikea.
And I'd like somthing like this for the new bathroom. This is Duo from Blomus but I think I need to find something a little bit less expensive!!
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Whilst taking them I realised that my hair is practically the same colour as the horrendous tiles !!??? What this says about my hair, I'm not quite sure!!! Not a good photo - it's blurry and I had to crop it as I had one eye closed!!! Camouflage or not I will be so glad to see the tiles go!
And here's a mix of all the new yummy things! What a difference!! Still no final tile decisions have been made! Must decide asap!!
Thursday, 22 May 2008
I've been painting the cupboard doors and the shelves as promised and yesterday I went looking for a light to put over the bathroom cabinet but didn't find anything that I liked. Under the cabinet I'll put some waterproof led lights. I found these on ebay ! The 40cm one with 15 led lights is perfect for my cabinet which is 45cms wide!
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
1 This morning I sanded the doors on the built-in cupboards ready for painting, got out the paint tin, only to find it almost empty! Paint shop tomorrow!
2 Alessandro (the workman) called and confirmed that he and Stefano are definitely coming on the 3rd of June to start work. He's already changed the date twice in the past!
3 I still haven't decided which tiles to get!!
4 Kitchen lighting needs looking into. We are having 3 lights under the overhead cupboards. The ceiling will be dropped about 20cms (currently 3.05 m) to cover up some beams and will allow us to put in some downlights or whatever!
5 I need to go and look at some integrated fridges as the one that Raimondo (from the kitchen shop) suggested was way tooooo expensive. I think it'll be cheaper if we get it elsewhere.
6 Waiting anxiously for Sandro (from bathroom shop) to call and tell me that my orders have arrived.
Monday, 19 May 2008
The taps for the sink and bidet are okay (from Zazzeri) and the bath tap panel thingy is okay too (from Fantini), it's the shower tap that I had to change. Seems that Fantini only do the square / rectangular panel one with the thermostatic tap. The normal tap is on a circular panel! Which to me seems rather stupid! So I now have ordered the shower tap from Zazzeri too, which after all this fussing around, I like the best!
You can also get 2 towel rails to attach at either side or a glass shelf. Thought the towels rails might be nice until i heard the price!! Each one cost €135, that's €270 just to hang your towels up!! The shelf was about €450, that's more than the sink!!!! This below is the 140cm version with the mega expensive shelf!
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008
3. Built in cupboards in entrance/dining room and new door frame. I ripped out the old ones in November! I put the new frame and shelves up in December! It's all painted and in use but... it's missing the doors! Okay, I am working on this currently. I picked the mdf that I had cut to size on Wednesday! These are photos from December. It's not that unfinished!!
Shame on me! Promise to myself - will finish all 3 by next weekend!! Must find the charger for the digital camera.... and take some photos!
Here's some pics of the making of the cabinet and the final result (well, not quite final as it's still missing the lights!)
I was inspired to make it after seeing these other DIY cupboards - Thanks Mr G and TL for the ideas and advice!!
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Update - Raimondo called back and he'll give me the super range hood for "only" €150 more instead of €305. Yet once again the overall cost is growing!!
Anyway, here's the general layout of the kitchen.
And here it is showing where the windows and walls are. The top two shelves won't be as high as they are in the picture. LST is the dish washer (lavastoviglie).
So this morning I went first to Sandro at the bathroom shop and ordered the sink and different taps from Zazzeri for the sink and bidet. They are very similar to the Fantini ones but they DO have a nice big lever on them!! Then from another showroom I ordered the Fantini taps (the ones I'd fallen in love with) for the bath and the shower. Then I went to the kitchen showroom and chose the final touches - the sink, tap, the shelves, under cupboard lighting, the handles etc... All that's left now is to go and order the bathroom and kitchen tiles. Oh, and pay for it all!!!
So, here's the DaDa Mono sink tap from Zazzeri which I think goes well with the Nostromo ones from Fantini .