My kitchen renovations – part 2

Here are a few pictures of the kitchen in the building work stage, the new cupboards have arrived and are waiting to be assembled but since they’re IKEA we’re going to attempt to put them up ourselves.

The Kitchen Before

The Kitchen Before

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Attempting to remove tiles was hard work but seemed like it was going well.

Attempting to remove tiles was hard work but seemed like it was going well.

Taking off tiles has pulled off most of the plasterboard too

Taking off tiles has pulled off most of the plasterboard too

We’ve had a few problems. The tiles were glued on with the strongest adhesive, and they’d used LOADS of it, so getting them off has severely damaged the walls. It seems like the wall between the bathroom and kitchen is only made of two pieces of plasterboard with an inch between for wiring.

We’ve had conflicting advice on how to fix the walls, two builders have said to put PVA glue over the crumbly bits and replaster, and another two have said just to outright remove the plasterboard. Since this wall is meant to hold our IKEA wall cabinets, I’m thinking that rebuilding the wall all our glassware and china is going to be hanging off of is something best left to the professionals…

Where our new sink will go

Where our new sink will go

The former sink in all its gross glory.

The former sink in all its gross glory.

Behind the oven, dodgy wiring job not visible

Behind the oven, dodgy wiring job not visible

Once wed removed the oven the dodgy wiring didnt look too bad.

Once we had removed the oven.

After realising we were doing more damage to the walls by removing tiles, were now going to cut around them to replace the plasterboard.

After realising we were doing more damage to the walls by removing tiles, were now going to cut around them to replace the plasterboard.

I’ve also found that underneath where the oven used to be are thermoplastic tiles (left). Now, the flat was built in 1988 so the blue and green types of asbestos were banned, but the white stuff was being used (although it was being phased out) in things like vinyl floor tiles.

These tiles are the same in all the hallways of the complex, but one carpet fitter outright refused to go near our hall until they’d been tested. We can’t afford asbestos sampling right now, let along complete abatement so since one of the best things to do with asbestos (if it even is that!) in good condition is to leave it in place, we’re going to tile over them to make sure they’re sealed, and just leave them there.

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The window end of the kitchen with most of the tiles removes

The window end of the kitchen with most of the tiles removes

The kitchen units are now in the living room.

The kitchen units are now in the living room of course.

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