Kitchens, worktop, beds, bikes, birthdays and doggie grooming!

Busy week!Of course, the Bank Holiday weekend meant that the week was already destined to be busier than usual, and the week was packed with “stuff” apart from work!

I had (clearly without realising it was a post-bank-holiday Tuesday) booked Zac in to be groomed on Tuesday afternoon so it was super-hectic what with work and orders and then having to fit in two additional trips to town to drop off and fetch back Zac from the groomers.

It was the first time he’d ever been done (apart from the odd times we trim around his docked tail and feathery back end!) so we had no idea how he’d look, but we took recommendation and got booked in to Tybellas and we are thrilled with the result.

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He looks even teenie tinier now (he’s actually nearly 2!) but he’s completely adorable and we found lots of yummy spots under all those feathers and fluff.

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We did also manage to find a bit of time to celebrate my birthday this week. I feel I ought to mention that because it was a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed my free meal out at Damon’s in Lincoln (Steak, please!)

Apart from work, of course, the rest of the time has been spent on, you guessed it, van!

We’ve been super busy though. We sneaked an hour or so earlier in the week to have a wee play with overhead locker doors. The overhead lockers, as I’ve mentioned before, have been one of those things (along with the upcoming “bathroom build”) that have been a dread, and even once the lockers were up and looking good, we still have the doors to decide on.

I ordered a variety of hinges from Magnum Motorhomes and we headed down the back to work out what we could use where and what worked best.

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We settled on 2 mini 90 degree snap hinges and a strut to hold it open. It works rather well.

We also had no real clue about what to actually use AS doors. We’d like black conti board but nowhere sells it locally (and buying it online means extortionate postage because, well, it’s BIG!) so we decided we’d use white and cover it with black vinyl.

Before covering
Before covering
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After rough covering. Red pencil for effect as we’d having red handles.

Obviously, the edges will be trimmed off and we have a couple of types of knock on edging to experiment with to finish off the look. It’s still a work in progress, of course. There’s so much else to do!

We also fitted another silver end panel and experimented with the silver bead trim which will also go along the front bottom edge of the overheads.

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Worktop is neither fitted or trimmed in this pic, obviously.

The bead edging works quite well so it’ll be handy stuff.

Also, randomly, we now have one mattress for the bunks. They’re an odd size and have corners cut off where the van back corners are, so I wasn’t sure what size to get. The top bunk is 2ft x 5ft9 and the bottom is 2ft x 6ft. I ordered one 5’9 mattress to see if we could either squash it into the top bunk (despite the corners) or, if not, use it on the bottom and pad out the narrower ends.

As it was, it fitted perfectly into the 5’9 top so I’ve ordered a 2×6 for the bottom now.

Eliot approved
Eliot approved.

Today, we’ve been super-busy doing a ton of stuff to mark off the to-do list.

Around watching the MotoGP practises and qualifying, the kitchen unit was fitted with a shelf in the far end and all the water pipes we routed where the sink will be.

Then ALL the gas pipework was measured and routed behind the kitchen unit and up for the 3-way fridge, the cooker and the hob.

3 gas lines for appliances.
3 gas lines for appliances.
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One full gas rail! (they’re only loosely run, not fitted yet)

We also fitted the heat shield barrier, behind where the cooker sits, to protect the van and wiring in the cavities.

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After this was fitted, it became apparent that we really needed to look at the drawer, which sits above the fridge, and the kitchen worktop itself.  We’d been saving drawer runners from the lots of furniture we’ve dismantled over the past 6 months or so, but when it came to it, we still didn’t have a full usable set! Quite how that happened, I’ve no idea. We had loads, but not a full useful set!

Anyway, a trip to B&Q later and we decided we’d probably have to buy a drawer pack which has runners, sides, bottom and base, and trim or extend to fit our oddly-sized cavity (which we couldn’t buy until we’d come home and actually measured said oddly-sized hole!)

As it happened, in conversation with our neighbour, it turned out he has several of these drawer packs just in his shed, unused and unneeded, so we didn’t even have to buy them, and it came out really well (pic will follow after I’ve waffled about the worktop!)

So, worktop: nightmare!

As we have second-hand appliances and fittings (hob and sink/drainer) we have no templates to cut anything out so we had to measure everything quite meticulously to avoid making an expensive mistake.

The sink itself is just a large oblong so no real challenge beyond ensuring the inner batons that make up the unit’s frame don’t interfere with the fit of the drainer, but the hob presented a whole other challenge. In the end, for the hob, we made an estimated template and worked with a piece of scrap 3mm ply as a demo/practice sheet (so we could then use THAT piece as a template)

The initial cut was OK and after a few tweaks to it, we laid it on the worktop and pencilled out the cut shape we needed.

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Scary. SCARY! And an expensive mistake if it went wrong!

It didn’t go wrong though, and despite the, quite honestly, horrific jigsaw blades we had (bought new and supposedly “for the job”!), the holes were cut.

Can we have a sigh of relief, please?
Can we have a sigh of relief, please?
Can we have an even bigger sigh of relief, please?!
Can we have an even bigger sigh of relief, please?!

Awesome!!

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And with the drawer in (front to be added when doors are done), it’s even MORE awesome!

It’s a huge step in the right direction and quite a weight off my mind. There’s still so much to do.

Wardrobe, bathroom (*shudder*), cupboard doors aplenty and the seat boxes to trim (and measure for seating/bed cushions!) as well as curtain rails to make, curtains to sort, the list goes on and on and on.

Here’s to another busy day tomorrow… around the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP races!

Meanwhile, I’ll just leave this here and a poignant reminder to the hazards that motorbike racers deal with on a daily basis. Such a tragic loss of someone so young and with so much to live for.

Ride free, Luis.

Luis Salom Moto2

 

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