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How We Fitted Our DIY-Kitchen

How to fit a DIY Kitchen

Back in January, after a year long wait, I finally ordered our new kitchen. I've mentioned previously that we decided to go with DIY-Kitchens (read about our showroom visit here) and having closely watched their website for many months, it was pretty apparent they fairly often offer 10% off. That was of course, until we were ready to order. Months went by, no offer. 10% isn't a huge saving, but every little really helps and I was determined to wait it out.

Christmas day they started their 10% sale, but to my horror only on selected colours and styles of certain kitchens. At that time we thought we would be buying a Lamp Room Grey kitchen, which guess what - wasn't in the offer. Heartbroken, I waited some more. A few weeks later they decided to include all the kitchens and styles in the 10% saving (huge thanks to Kayleigh from Yellow House Tales for the heads up!!) and of course, I had a total change of plan and went and ordered a different kitchen colour anyway. But the point was - it had been ordered! I scheduled it to arrive the end of March as we still had a little to do before kitchen fitting.

The 'Other' House: A New Boiler & Costs!

A New Boiler and Costs

Renovations are well under-way at Grants parents house and I'm pleased to say phase 1 and 2 are complete! If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out this post. But, in short the old floor standing boiler has now gone, the dodgy non-locking sliding door is also gone and in their place, a lovely new set of french doors have been fitted and a whole new modern combi-boiler system is in place. Winter is now being welcomed with open arms!

3D Dishwashing?! | Hotpoint Dishwasher Review

Hotpoint 3D Dishwasher Review

How amazing are dishwashers? I grew up at a time (hello 90s!) where dishwashers weren't an everyday household item. Everyone had washing machines but dishwashers were still a kind of luxury item. A non-essential. Fast-forward 20 odd years and to many households now, they're an essential. With both half of a couple working full-time, it's even more important to save time on the little boring every day tasks. And I can totally vouch for how much washing pots is a massive chore, having spent 5+ years living without one.

We've recently purchased our first ever dishwasher and it's been pretty much life-changing. No wet tea-towels draped about the place, no waiting for stuff to 'air dry', no piles of plates cluttering up the side. Needless to say, dishwashers are pretty amazing. BUT, there's so many out there, so many different features, it's confusing as hell.

The 'Other' House: A New French Door!

swapping a sliding door for french door

This is quick little post sharing some updates on Grants parent house, which I talked about in my last blog post (read here), how we're starting yet another (slow) kitchen renovation! This time, we've phased it into numbers and phase 1 was to replace the old dodgy sliding door. This door actually used to open up into a conservatory, which pretty much fell down one day, so it was never really intended as a proper secure back door. It doesn't even have a real lock, just a kind of bathroom-style lock which no longer works. Since that broke, it's been 'locked' with metal poles to wedge the door tightly shut and prevent intruders getting in. Surprisingly it's been this way for some few years now and so far it's actually worked pretty well.

Not Another Kitchen Renovation?

Old Sliding door in kitchen

So we've barely finished our own kitchen renovation (reveal and final details coming soon!) and we're already beginning another. I won't lie - I'm not exactly jumping for joy at the prospect of doing another kitchen. BUT, I do love the planning and designing aspect of a renovation, so it is getting me kinda excited. What am I even talking about? So, we're beginning another kitchen renovation - this time at Grants parents. Their house has featured on here before when we did their bathroom renovation and now we're doing it all again for them. In the kitchen.

Planning Our Galley Kitchen

Planning a Galley Kitchen with DIY-Kitchens

Our kitchen renovation has been one long ass journey, with many ups and downs, frustrations and really it's put a lot of our life on hold. But having a plan from the get-go was something that really helped us to focus on the job and keep going. It was also essential for knowing where to run electric cables, lights and plumbing too! I realised I never shared the plans for our kitchen, or how we came to design it - so this is going to be a very quick post before I share the actual kitchen installation and reveal. I think I'll do a full separate post on tips for designing your own kitchen as well as how to keep costs down. But, for now - he's the grand kitchen plan and design!

Pure Pet Food Review

Pure Pet Food Review

There are so many different brands of dog food on the market; dried food, wet food, tinned food, sachets food, mixers, don't worry I won't go on. But essentially, despite the many many choices, they're all pretty much the same. Some are more processed than others, some have more ingredients than others and some just have the luxury of being a well-known brand.

But what you don't see every day on a shelf is dehydrated dog food. Food made with 100% natural  pure ingredients, the kind of food you'd cook for yourselves. Human quality food. No sweeteners, food colouring, wheat or taste enhancers - just 100% pure ingredients but preserved by natural dehydration. Pure Pet Food is totally different to everything else out there on the market and is essentially the closest you can get to having a pure home cooked meal for your furry friends. Aside from of course, actually cooking a home cooked meal, but who has time for that really?