Now, you may recall from my last
We cut the first part of the worktop last week because Wayne wanted to be sure our tools were up for the job. Thankfully, all the things he’s collected over the years doing so much DIY on the house paid off and we really only needed a few bits to prepare ourselves for the installation. The new router blade cut through the acrylic like butter and we were able to do this fairly easily. Hurrah! Of course, these were just simple straight cuts and we knew the challenging bits were yet to come.
Wayne’s friend, Gabriel (who’s pretty skilled at DIY himself) spent a good part of Saturday assisting Wayne which we were so grateful for. He was absolutely needed in terms of lifting the extremely heavy worktops on to workhorses and ultimately into the kitchen and it’s something I wouldn’t have been able to help with (I tried lifting them and failed miserably). So
During the previous week, Wayne had created a template for the sink cutouts using the measurements from the sinks themselves. This required a lot of math and apparent wizardry, testing and perfecting them so that when it came time to cut them, he knew the sinks would fit seamlessly. These kinds of cutouts are normally done in a factory so you are talking about computer-accurate precision which is just really difficult to do when you are cutting something by hand with a router!
First things first, they actually used the old worktops to test the templates to make sure they were right. Thankfully, Wayne had done a great job so they only needed to make some very minor adjustments (we’re talking millimetres here) to the final template.
I have to say, the cuts came out amazingly well. We were all
The acrylic material itself is incredibly easy to work
Next up was deciding where the tap hole would go…
The other pieces for each section of the worktop were also cut to size. By the time everything was cut, they’d been working flat out for something like 6 hours so Wayne called it a day around
The following day, Wayne started on installing the sinks and tap. Fitting the tap was relatively painless.
The plumbing for the sink, however, required three separate trips to B&Q for parts!! While we were hoping that we could reuse at least some of the existing plumbing pipes we already had to save money, because the sinks sat lower in the units and we had two overflow traps rather than just one, it was like creating a little puzzle out of the pipes.
Finally, Wayne decided to just replace all of the plumbing because I think by then (hours
By Sunday afternoon, however, I had a beautiful gleaming gold sink and tap that were like something straight out of my dreams. So, how about a little before and after action?
And what it looks like now… a marked improvement!
What you are seeing here, of course, isn’t the done deal. The worktops need to be totally levelled and secured to the cupboards (they are simply sat on top right now, although due to their weight, they aren’t going anywhere at the moment), the three joins need to be glued, filled and sanded and the windowsill piece needs to be cut as well and then joined to create a seamless inset into the window. At the moment, I’ve just laid a few tiles in the gap as a temporary measure so I didn’t have to look at the ugly sill ;)
I also need to get a
Oh, if you are wondering where the sinks and tap are from, you can find them here!
So next weekend shall be spent finishing off the worktops for this particular phase of the project. Next up will be painting the lower cupboard doors black and installing new hardware. Stay tuned, we’ve only just begun!
In the meantime, what do you think of the new look so far?