Saying Goodbye to a Beach Cottage Wall
Mon 12th, Aug, 2013
Hello wall? Remember that from Shirley Valentine? Sometimes I feel like good old Shirls – you know, whatever happened to that 24yr old who had a Honeymoon Baby? She now talks to walls?
Not quite, but definitely talks to a dog, strokes furniture and pleads with English roses to grow (even blogs about a dog – btw my new blog design and Barley Blogging is coming…I’ve had to have the whole blog completely re-coded, a whole other story and not one I like very much, it will be ready, with Barley’s little blog of his own, in the next few weeks…plus the pics will be the size I requested in this new design, the front page will be in-line and not jumbled up, and the back-end will work again, I will be able to use plug-ins to help me blog again …or so I’m hoping)
Anyway, would you look at this little wall…white, pretty un-assuming and… a pain in the rear end…this wall makes the tiny kitchen, umm, tiny and means that this ‘breakfast room’ area adjacent to it, called as such because when we first moved in here we had a table in it (albeit a small one) for my much younger kiddos where we ate breakfast, well it is pretty much a waste of space…as time has gone on the table went and this is sort of an extension of the kitchen housing the vintage dresser I found in Vinnes and an armoire I rescued from a garage sale and while it’s all fine, this room is a walk through in the middle of the house and could be put to so much better use.
Sooooo, after rather a few tradies in to quote about knocking the wall down (Frank wasn’t up to it) and many who never bothered to get back to us, we finally found someone to rip this wall out and make it good…
After that happens we are doing either of two things: one, ripping out the kitchen and putting in a new one, or two, using some of this old kitchen and renovating some of this one for a mis-matched vintage-y look.
The main problem in this kitchen , indeed all of this old cottage, is storage…this kitchen has virtually none and one woman who likes to collect rather a lot of white china…the other problem is our fridge needs replacing, not because it doesn’t work, but because our family has grown and it’s too small nowadays…trying to get a cold drink from the fridge has turned into a mammoth expedition the day after grocery shopping.
Fridge shopping has not been particularly enjoyable for me, especially when it’s looking likely that the fridge I want doesn’t suit either our budget or the size of our family (because if we buy the one I want we’ll need to buy two) and that I am going to have to settle for one of those huge French door fridges with a computer in the door which you have to press to steal a piece of chocolate late at night. Not digging those at all. My fault for having 3 children who suddenly have gotten rather large I guess.
The other thing is the breakfast room and this whole house is crying out for an island…there will be one going in here…
I’ve been kitchen shopping for a while now, particularly kitchen lusting on Pinterest (you can join me on Pinterest over here if you like) and at first I wanted something quite fitted and while not sleek in terms of style, sleek in terms of how it fits in this space, all doors and drawers and gadgets behind closed things….the more I looked though and after a trip to IKEA, I decided that I wanted something a bit more eclectic, a bit more different, something a bit beach cottage coastal vintage and so I have been looking at using some of the units we already have here, adding other ones but building units onto the top and installing an island that matches but doesn’t match if you see what I mean. I have realised for sure, I don’t want those shiny acrylic doors and I don’t want matchy matchy.
This news has made my husband quite happy.
I haven’t told said husband the price of two of the fridges yet.
So that’s what’s happening in this old cottage today, wall knock-down and I’m off to meet a lovely Beach Cottage reader for a macaron or six – I first met Fleur a few years ago when I was holidaying in Noosa and she gave me heaps of help on what to do and see…love how the internet connects people…
Goodbye wall…it’s been nice knowing you.
p.s. A Beach Cottage Vintage Wares kicks off this week over on Facebook…if you love yourself a few coastal vintage things, you might want to stop-by, more deets coming soon xo