Kitchen design diary: Rebuild and restore

One piece of advice that I’ve previously imparted to those about to do a large home renovation project is try not to do it in winter. There’s a couple of reasons for this. Tradespeople coming and going is chilly. The other is that outside areas are much less available for dining, storage etc than they are in summer. I’d like to add a third reason – plaster is reluctant to dry.

I’ve found this out the hard way. My newly plastered walls have so far taken five days for the moisture to evaporate, even with a dehumidifier whirring away and open windows. I like to think of this as my own version of Dryanuary.

plastered kitchen walls

However, as you can see from above, even while wet, they’re a great improvement on what was there before. The hatch is now blocked up and covered over and the walls are fantastically smooth. It’s starting to look like a room again.

In the meantime, the builders have been doing a few other jobs – cutting the floorboards to shape around the new ducting for the downdraft extractor, laying plywood sheet as a base for the LVT floor and filling a hole in my hallway, as a chunk of wall had fallen out when the light socket was removed on the other side.

extractor ducting

drying plaster walls

Once the walls are dry, the next job will be to give them a priming coat of emulsion before proper painting begins. Another update soon!

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