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Tomorrow builder Ken is coming (all being well) to fix new cupboard doors in our kitchen. I am a little worried. I haven't seen these doors and they aren't quite the same size as the old ones. That can be fixed via the pelmet, says Ken. He promises the effect (with new handles) will be transformative - like a new kitchen. I trust Ken and he does do a good job. One mustn't micromanage. But I am on tenterhooks. They are matt cream, these doors. Fingers crossed. Breathe a little purple vibe or two across here. I will eventually post a pic. The dishwasher might even be boxed in.

Posted at 12th Jan 2014 - 07:48PM   Posted by Fennie   Kitchen Comments: 14

Ivy's Avatar sounds good to me, and if builder Ken promised it will fit he won't let you down for his own sake as he has a reputation to loose and doesn't want to blemish his (work)manly pride, by not delivering first class results. So just relax and have a cup of soothing tea. There is nothing you can do to it now anyway. (wish I was so sensible when it comes to my own worriesRolling Eyes )

purple vibes on the way for you and your kitchen xx

Posted by: Ivy on 12th Jan 2014 at 08:26PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Purple vibes from here too, Fennie. On the Antiques Road Show tonight, they had a 1950's kitchen! It was very dated but in very good condition and really rather nice!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 12th Jan 2014 at 08:48PM

Faith's Avatar I thought you had a new kitchen a while back Fennie?

Wish I'd seen that Withy, I like the 50s stuff.

Posted by: Faith on 12th Jan 2014 at 08:58PM

Pimsonthelawn's Avatar My mother in law had new doors on her kitchen cupboards recently and like you they were slightly different in size but it all looks lovely, and her kitchen has been transformed. The only thing that was an issue the kettle has had to be moved away from the doors overhead as the steam has warped the door because they are plastic coated.
Look forward to seeing your new improved kitchen.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 12th Jan 2014 at 09:18PM

Fennie's Avatar Thanks everyone for the reassurance! Not sure I'd want a 1950s kitchen unless it had an Aga (why do I want an Aga? I have never lived with one and apart from being a constant source of warmth they seem to offer little in the cooking department. There was an Aga in the house into which we moved c. 1953. My stepmother had it broken up. I remember the men's sledgehammers and quantities of a red ochre substance - like soot only red - coming out of it. She had a little two ring electric cooker in its place, on which she nevertheless managed to cook for quantities of people. `We had an early Fordson tractor, too, which was broken up with sledgehammers. Would be worth plenty today. For we children the fun was in discovering all the ball bearings inside it.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Jan 2014 at 09:55PM

Camilla's Avatar Best of luck with the kitchen cupboards Fennie, I am sure trusty Ken the builder will do a fine job, lots of purply vibes winging their way over to you anyway.Very Happy

I think the Aga that was broken up could have perhaps brought in some extra money, see these ovens go for a good price when sold.

Look forward to seeing some pics later Fennie.

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Jan 2014 at 12:30AM

Camilla's Avatar I was thinking of you when Antique Road Show was on Faith, it was filmed at UEA I believe. A lady brought in some wonderful antique dolls, one of them was valued at around 10, - 15,000 pounds.

I have a 1950's welsh dresser Withy originally from the Ideal Home Exhibition.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Jan 2014 at 12:34AM

Faith's Avatar I LOVE my aga! I don't know you can say it offers little in the cooking department, Fennie!!! There is nothing you can't cook on it....and its so easy, from roasts to meringues. No worrying about the temperature - you have hot or not so hot, and you cook til its done. My sister's farmhouse had one but I never cooked anything more than toast on it (great fun to a child!), but I watched my sister and my mother loved cooking on it too when we stayed there.

The warmth too is incredibly comforting and I dry the clothes on the rack above, and even 'aga iron' by smoothing things like napkins or tea-towels on the tops.

When Bill moved into the cottage and later so do I, and we started changing things, he wanted a reconditioned aga and I chose the colour - a dark red, which I had to pay 500 more for (something about the pigment, more expensive) but it was totally worth it! The only trouble is, it's oil fired and oil shot up in price after we had it put inCrying or Very sad

When my sisters came at Christmas - my two sisters who've never had an aga felt like you, but my sister from Devon who had the aga in her farmhouse and now has a Rayburn understands of course. In can be like a grumpy old pet, you need to live with it to love itVery Happy

Posted by: Faith on 13th Jan 2014 at 09:03AM

Withy Brook's Avatar You do have to live with an AGA for a bit to learn how to use it. Mary Berry is the God of AGAs! I was born into a house with a black, cast iron range. Then we got an Esse, which was similar to an AGA. When I marries, the first house had an Esse. The second had an old AGA, which we sold for scrap and I had a beautiful, state of the art gas stove, which I loved, but missed all the benefits of an AGA. In Singapore we had electric and a cook boy, so hardly used it. Came home to an electric cooker, with an ancient AGA in the old kitchen. Coke. We used to light it for Christmas and it ran red hot, whatever we did! Next I had an old cylinder gas cooker which was dreadful but then, that house is a story in itself and I was on my own. Here there is a 2 oven AGA which I use together with a combi microwave. It is early 60s or possibly 50s but has a new cylinder, burner, lids and thermometer. It was converted to oil long long ago.
Which would I choose now? A 4 oven AGA, probably electric.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 13th Jan 2014 at 10:37AM

Fennie's Avatar No Faith I can assure you I do have a perfectly respectable subdued hankering after an Aga. My sister has one in Suffolk and I crave it and covet it. It's blue but what the fuel is I don't no. It isn't coal or logs I think. It's just that apart from the warmth in winter (but in summer?) I can't see why anyone should want one - even though I do want one myself. My longer is irrational I tell myself.

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Jan 2014 at 11:09AM

Fennie's Avatar And after all that Ken rang this morning to say he wasn't coming as he has tendonitis in his shoulder. Tomorrow then!

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Jan 2014 at 11:10AM

Faith's Avatar Why do you want one then? We turn ours off in summer because of the fuel consumption and the heat - so from say May to October I don't have it, and cook in the outside kitchen on a grotty electric oven. I find an aga really easy to cook on - and its great that you don't have to heat it up. And the best thing ever, I hatched a baby dove on it last year!

Posted by: Faith on 13th Jan 2014 at 12:49PM

Camilla's Avatar Fingers crossed for kitchen tomorrow Fennie, although that Tendonitas sounds sore.

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Jan 2014 at 05:14PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I loved my little Rayburn and would dearly love to have one again, cooking on it was just a delight.
Not worth it where we are just now though as we have mains gas.
I look forward to seeing your new kitchen Fennie (once Ken is back on form).

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Jan 2014 at 11:12AM

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