Having painted nearly every square inch of wall in this house, and having had to carry out some fairly serious remedial work to a number of rooms, all that’s left to do is the kitchen. It’s really rather grim (despite being re-fitted about six years ago) and needs ripping out and starting over entirely. If you are in any doubt about the grim-ness, check out the picture – these tiles adorn the wall behind the hob and pretty much sum up the tone of the kitchen (if anyone does have some tiles like this in their kitchen, I’m sorry, I’m not being rude, they’re just not to our taste).

Lovely tilesSo, starting tomorrow, we face a number of weeks of washing dishes in the bathroom and cooking with a camping stove in the dining room. The fridge-freezer, which didn’t look so big in the kitchen, looks huge in it’s temporary location (in the hallway). Why six weeks? Well, there’s a bit of a gap between the building work (including a new door to the garden) and the kitchen re-fit, basically because of the availability of the parties concerned. Then there’s a week in-between the kitchen fitters and the granite worktop fitters completing their work, and then finally the floor people finish once everything else is done.

But I look at it this way… six weeks of microwave meals and the wife fussing about the building dust will be worth it to get rid of the bloody grim kitchen.

One last thing – I’m removing those tiles carefully and they’ll be on eBay by the end of the week, and if anyone wants a bigger version of that picture to have as their Windows / Mac / Linux desktop wallpaper just let me know.