Rats nests, cockroach murals and rooster dish pigs...my kitchen update

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When we first moved into the house, i spent a considerable amount of time cleaning the kitchen before I unpacked anything. I remember calling Jamie at working telling him that I was really creeped out as I found some bones in one of the bottom cupboards under the sink behind the pipes.  At the time, I was already super freaked out about the huge carpet snake that had been in the house and subsequently ate my pet guinea pigs so finding bones just added to the 'oh my god, what have i done?!' state of mind that I was in. Then my rational mind prevailed and I told myself that the previous occupants must have kept their bin under the sink and they probably missed the bin when they threw some chicken scraps into the bin. Then I just forgot about it.

 In case you missed the post about the snake who was here to welcome us when we moved in, here he is.

In case you missed the post about the snake who was here to welcome us when we moved in, here he is.

Fast forward a few months to when we decided to pull out the old kitchen so that all the walls could be painted.  The first stage was removing the top cabinets and splash back which revealed some impressive cockroach poo markings all over the wall.  

 Heres a recap of what the kitchen was like.  Who would've guessed that behind those unassuming top cabinets dwelled a cockroach named Picasso?

Heres a recap of what the kitchen was like.  Who would've guessed that behind those unassuming top cabinets dwelled a cockroach named Picasso?

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The more I looked at it, the more it started to look like art and, just like the clouds, I began to see all sorts of weird shapes and animals amongst the cocky poo.  

 But c'mon, tell me you don't see it?! There's most definitely some sort of antelope up in the right corner sitting on a deer right?

But c'mon, tell me you don't see it?! There's most definitely some sort of antelope up in the right corner sitting on a deer right?

 Anyhoo, then we removed the splash back and in case you spotted it, no I'm not an alcoholic but since moving here, I have learnt that wine helps me to find the good in any situation.  In this situation, it was that I had wine.

Anyhoo, then we removed the splash back and in case you spotted it, no I'm not an alcoholic but since moving here, I have learnt that wine helps me to find the good in any situation.  In this situation, it was that I had wine.

The second stage, a week later, was removing the sink and all the base cabinets. By now I was already expecting to find forty years worth of cockroach poo so when Jamie called out 'Come have a look at this' I thought I knew what I was walking into.  Not so!

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There, where my kitchen once stood was a MASSIVE ghost-rats nest complete with rat skeletons spanning the entire length of the wall. The mystery of the bones found in the cabinets was solved at last.

 I must admit, I was impressed by the rat family's commitment to the philosophy of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  Reduce, not so much, but there is definitely a lot of ingenuity to be admired here.

I must admit, I was impressed by the rat family's commitment to the philosophy of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  Reduce, not so much, but there is definitely a lot of ingenuity to be admired here.

I cant even put into words how I felt.  All this time, I had been preparing meals atop of a mass rat grave. I poured myself some wine and walked away until I could cope with the thought of coming back and cleaning it all up. 

 Virgil! How shall we ever know what happened to you?! Although my friends and I have speculated. Despite the plausible love triangle murder-suicide hypothesis, I can't help but wonder if me covering up the hole in the base cabinets when we first moved in contributed to your untimely death?

Virgil! How shall we ever know what happened to you?! Although my friends and I have speculated. Despite the plausible love triangle murder-suicide hypothesis, I can't help but wonder if me covering up the hole in the base cabinets when we first moved in contributed to your untimely death?

Moving on....After the kitchen was removed I had NO kitchen.  Which meant I had to prepare food on the dining table and do the dishes with a bucket of water.  

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At first I was like 'I've camped.  I can totally manage'. But as the days turned into weeks (as the painting took way longer than expected) the novelty of alfresco dish washing started to wear off.

At that time, the chooks still had free range of the property and also liked to get involved in the dishwashing process.

 So did the dog. (Don't panic, we've all since been wormed).

So did the dog. (Don't panic, we've all since been wormed).

I'm learning that everything around here takes us WAY longer than most people.  I was expecting a week, maybe two tops but this here was my reality for the better part of a month. In the meantime, the kitchen was painted and we tried to figure out what the heck we were going to put back in to use once the painting was complete.

The long term plan is actually to extend the house out from this room to make way for a new kitchen leaving this room as a seperate dining room. Currently it's just too small to be an eat-in kitchen for a family of our size. I'm not entirely sure how much it's going to cost nor where we are going to get the money for said extension but as I like to live most of my life in an imaginary bubble where unicorns exist and dreams do come true, I have decided that at some point, along with my boob job, it WILL happen.  Therefore, we purchased a second hand kitchen for $300 off gumtree that we have just plonked in the kitchen to use until such time that the extension is built.  

 A glorious Day! Jamie put our old sink back in so as not to have to much around with the plumbing too much as its all going to be moved in the future.

A glorious Day! Jamie put our old sink back in so as not to have to much around with the plumbing too much as its all going to be moved in the future.

So here it is.  Not yet my dream kitchen but there are no rat nests and there is running water. Winning! The $300 gumtree kitchen is super functional with all the drawers and there's still more of it in the shed that we may install at some point so I'm pretty happy.

 We painted the walls and ceiling in Dulux Natural White and the trims are white enamel 'Quarter Ash'.  I'm really happy with the colour as it's got enough warmth without throwing any pink or cream - which I've experienced with other whites in the past. Not too stark, but definitely still white.

We painted the walls and ceiling in Dulux Natural White and the trims are white enamel 'Quarter Ash'.  I'm really happy with the colour as it's got enough warmth without throwing any pink or cream - which I've experienced with other whites in the past. Not too stark, but definitely still white.

 The 'new' second hand kitchen is Tasmanian oak and is very solid.  I'm actually planning on using it when we do the extension but I'll replace the handles and bench tops and possibly even paint the cabinets. Not sure yet.

The 'new' second hand kitchen is Tasmanian oak and is very solid.  I'm actually planning on using it when we do the extension but I'll replace the handles and bench tops and possibly even paint the cabinets. Not sure yet.

 As you can see, we closed in one of the doorways on this wall to allow for a longer kitchen.

As you can see, we closed in one of the doorways on this wall to allow for a longer kitchen.

 I bought this chandelier off eBay for $19.  It did however cost four times that much in postage to get it up from Sydney but for $100 all up, I still consider it a bargain and much nicer than the old fluorescent wall light pictured below. As I said earlier, the plan is to make this the dining room eventually so the chandelier will hang over the dining table.

I bought this chandelier off eBay for $19.  It did however cost four times that much in postage to get it up from Sydney but for $100 all up, I still consider it a bargain and much nicer than the old fluorescent wall light pictured below. As I said earlier, the plan is to make this the dining room eventually so the chandelier will hang over the dining table.

 Old light in kitchen before.

Old light in kitchen before.

 Another eBay score is this old kitchen hutch which i bought for $275 for some extra free standing storage. Surprisingly, it holds more than you would think.

Another eBay score is this old kitchen hutch which i bought for $275 for some extra free standing storage. Surprisingly, it holds more than you would think.

 The cabinets are not actually installed, rather they are just sitting on the floor and the bench top is balanced on top.  Seems to work for now.

The cabinets are not actually installed, rather they are just sitting on the floor and the bench top is balanced on top.  Seems to work for now.

 So there it is.  It's only a temporary solution but it undoubtedly will stay like this for some time while we work on other projects and save for the extension which I am super excited about!

So there it is.  It's only a temporary solution but it undoubtedly will stay like this for some time while we work on other projects and save for the extension which I am super excited about!

 After discovering all the cockroach poo and rat remains, I can honestly say 'Good Riddance!' to this old 70's kitchen!

After discovering all the cockroach poo and rat remains, I can honestly say 'Good Riddance!' to this old 70's kitchen!