kitchen party

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moving chaos is over…
truth to be told: we still have heaps of stuff at my brothers (thank you George for your patience) and four boxes in our bedroom waiting to be unpacked… but at some point you don’t even see the moving boxes anymore… its like a cardboard furniture you just walk by. sad but true.
Anyway there are also fun parts with the moving part like unwrapping your beautiful ikea kitchen!

I think I’ve waited for this moment foreeeeever
or at least since we planned and assembled the kitchen. Removing the blue protection cover seemed like a party to me!
To put it with Cindy’s words: Girls just wanna have fun!

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Somehow I was really used to the blue and it took me a few days to get used to our new white kitchen!
Now, after using it for the last 2 month (these photos where shot during our moving chaos) I wouldn’t change a thing!
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Also our new kitchen explorer loves the drawers and I’m afraid the dishwasher is her favorit… let’s see if this fascination is still strong when she’s able to load and unload it.

 

storage room with salvaged wood & our former kitchen backsplash

Do you remember? Back in summer 2013 when we got rid of our floor and all the sand underneath…

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I made my weight for the old kitchen floor. We rescued it in one piece and although Martin was not a big fan of keeping the huge piece of wooden planks he agreed.
Fast forward to 2015. Early this year Martin, my cousin Robert and his girlfriend Claudia helped us to use those beautiful wooden planks to cover our storage room in the attic with all the wood.
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After my dad took the floor apart we had 11 planks. Martin brushed and sanded them and I oiled them roughly with a slightly white tinted wood oil.
I used some cloth to do that and immediately whiped off the oil as soon as I brought it onto the wood (I just wanted the wood to be slightly white washed). Please be careful and read the instructions on the tin! If your oil is not 100% natural (olive or linseed) those cloth have to be stored in a bucket of water after use because they are flammable and combustible!
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Can you spot the difference? One of the planks had been installed without the oil treatment! The white-wash gives it a lighter look and preserve it from getting dark or yellowish.
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As we did tiles as a kitchen backsplash (just because we had so many spare tiles left from the bathroom) we thought of reuse one of the beautiful old salvaged windows as a balustrade next our new staircase.
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We built a frame again with the construction timber to fit one of the windows in… after a few adaptions (which my dad used to buoy up the spirits!) it fitted perfectly.
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The next day I painted the green side of the window white also to give it a lighter touch (the green paint was in a really bad state from all the sun and harsh weather conditions over the last 40 years!)
I love it when all the pieces come together. The house is completed more and more and all the salvaged pieces finally find their way into our project!

 

wallpaper – part 1

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Our hall was still just rendered (a little) and left like this. But we wanted to paint the wood and we thought working with a lining paper – a thick and broad wallpaper which covers the edges of the wood and gives a smooth wall-like look.
The lining wallpaper made already a huge difference but we decided to go with a decor wallpaper as well (in the toilet and the hall).
I choose a nautic themed wallpaper for the toilet (for obvious reasons) and a more graphic one for the hall.
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The next step is to cover the electrical stuff under some nice refurbished wood… speaking of recycling wood: you’ll love what we did with some old wooden planks from our kitchen floor…