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prepping kitchen for sanitary cooking

I would never use our “before” toilet and the same goes or the kitchen. It was time to rip everything off and give it some fresh walls, floor and ceiling.

“The Before” reminder:

I’ve already mentioned the stove removal, some plumbing work and windows replacement. Some of my posts give you the whole renovation process like in case of the entrance door or the toilet. The kitchen needs to be split into several posts though.

Our contractor had to put a lot of new plaster and gypsum cardboard layers in order to traghten and smooth thing up. Almost nothing was smooth and perpendicular there.

The tiles are (as everywhere else) white Grespania Finlandia Bianco wall tiles in glossy finish the floor tiles are NowaGala Signum in SG13 color. Those grey floor tiles are perfect for the kitchen tendency of getting dirty.

The wall backsplash works well in everyday use. Tiles are pure white and glossy, heavy scrubbing leaves no scratches. Also, big tiles means less joints. And they are hard to clean. Even my mom agreed with me on this idea and her new kitchen got 60x60cm tiles. Next step, one full glass plate :]

Those tiles in the corner turned out unnecessary. I’m not sure what was I thinking, it is the place for high fridge and nor would those tiles be seen nor cleaned very often.

I like my kitchens bright and clean so I had it painted white. The only place with color on the wall is the niche. You may remember from the archive post, that this part of our kitchen is the former servant room. The niche was probably for bed; it was 189cm long. I wanted it to have vivid color and be good background for white shelves. I found white IKEA LACK shelf that was190cm long so I asked our contractor to take off some old thick plaster and apply thin layer of new one so that the shelves would it in. There were supposed to be two of them but he did crappy job and the niche isn’t wide enough on its lower part. That’s why there’s only one shelf and it is a bit too high for me.

Well, renovation process never gives you perfect results. Sometimes you have to live with some bad decisions or contractor’s fails…

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windows 2.0

The renovation budget wasn’t very high. We’ve decided to put all new sanitary installations and electricity network and then renovate kitchen, bathroom, toilet and one room (southern bedroom) so that we could move in.

For a brief moment I was considering renovating old windows from the north, street side, but they were in terrible shape, totally untight.

So first comes first, we replaced windows form the south side, facing the big, communal yard.

It was the first time when I had to awake a bad cop in me, because in my windows order I stated “white windowsills” but they brought me fake white marble. I hate when plastic looks like stone. It is untrue. So I made a few angry calls and crisp white windowsill came home the next day.

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