Our initial thought was to just get the cupboard doors recoated with a gloss white. A man called to give us a quote. 'The shelves above the 'fridge will be difficult. May I suggest you have them closed in like a normal cupboard?' "The inside of your cupboard doors will still be brown, or if you choose, a dull white. It will be cheaper to replace the doors and get rid of the old fashioned rounded corners'. 'Do you want new handles?' Yes, yes and yes, we answered.
Chosen handle, bottom left, one that won't hook sleeves.
Then it was our turn for questions. 'Can we have some cupboards built to go in front of the bar, which is not used?' 'Can you also give us two quotes, the second being for including new modern stone benchtops'. This was no problem. The quote with new benchtops was double but I convinced R that we should have them, not because I particularly wanted them but I knew he would never be happy with the black granite.
A new sink was not essential but we felt a new tap was. I am increasingly impressed by the company The Good Guys in Brighton. We attended and were well served. There was some sticker shock for me when I saw the prices of a decent sink and a smart new mixer tap. There was much botheration about a new sink but eventually we chose one, a superseded double bowl model without a draining board at about half price. We chose a tap, but that seemed a bit rushed. It is safe to say, we weren't well mentally prepared. We also bought a new Ilve electric oven and gas hotplates at a bargain price.
That was last Friday and over the long (public holiday) weekend we sweated about our choices and discussed them endlessly. Three different 'absolute' decisions were made about the the sink. We realised the tap was too tall and would stick up over the top of the higher bench.
We returned yesterday and hoped that we could change our order, given we had already paid. We chose a lower tap and a quite large single bowl sink. We thought our former choice looked too industrial for us. Changing our minds was no problem and and even ended up being a little cheaper. We are now happy with our choices.
Today our cupboard doors will be removed, along with drawer fronts and the oven surround panel, along with a few other bits. The kitchen will still be functional, with the bar propped up at the end.
Next week someone will attend to measure up the bench tops and about two weeks after that, all will be installed.
It looks like an overseas holiday is not on the horizon this year.