Would you sell your kitchen?

Or indeed, would you buy a second-hand or ex-display kitchen?  We sold our kitchen back in 2013, and well, it felt odd. I mean, how do you put a price on something that's been in place for years, has had plenty of use and usually you'd throw into a skip?

We didn't realise selling kitchens was even a thing, for all of the reasons I've just given.  But when our kitchen planner suggested it the idea appealed, not only to offset some some of the cost of our new kitchen, but also because there wasn't too much wrong with most of the units., and so if someone else could make use of them, then that was a good result for us.

If the units weren't that bad you might be wondering why we were replacing our kitchen at all.  A couple were starting to show wear and tear, and the inbuilt dishwasher needed replacing and we knew that as the years went on it'd only get worse.  We didn't want to be in the position of having to put in a new kitchen when the time came to move, that felt a waste, and well, we'd rather enjoy the new kitchen ourselves. 

That said we didn't have a clue about how to price this. As you can see there were a few units, as well as two tall larder cupboards that aren't shown. We quickly learnt that we'd priced it too low, when it was snapped up almost immediately on eBay. But it was a price we were happy with and we had time constraints on when it could be collected. Our kitchen fitters removed the old kitchen and our buyer collected it the same day. 

A look at our old kitchen

Looking back at these photos I'm struck by a couple of things. Firstly how tidy our kitchen was, but I think this is an illusion and we'd cleared the worktops to make it look super smart in the pictures, like you do and secondly how dated it looks compared to our new kitchen. We loved this kitchen though. I loved how it didn't match, and that's something we've replicated, but with lighter colours. 

The dark green gloss base units, wooden worktop and chrome sink

From this kitchen we also knew that we didn't want tiled splashbacks and you'll know instead of the laminate board used here we've gone for a glass splashback instead. And one of my absolute musts was to have the boiler enclosed. It used to be, but then the boiler was replaced for a new model and the existing cupboard didn't work, that left us with a sparkling white appliance amongst a row of bottle green base units, and really jarred with me, e-v-e-r-y-t-i-m-e I saw it. 

Cherry wood wall units and the chrome cooker hood

I do wonder what became of our kitchen though. I know the person who bought it was hoping to use as much of it as he could, but that it was going into a smaller space. It's unlikely that it would end up in the same horseshoe formation, but I imagine there's so many combinations that would have worked, that it would be like a life-sized jigsaw puzzle. 

I've recently become aware of a company that could not only help people sell their kitchens, but also help people buy used and ex-display kitchens, which if you want to get value for money sounds ideal.  The Used Kitchen Exchange are a family business who specialise in just that and was founded after they purchased a pre-owned kitchen themselves. So they have first-hand experience of buying a kitchen online and also managed to bag themselves a bargain at the same time, and the realisation that enabling people to source quality kitchens at a cheap price from a sustainable source was possible.

The Used Kitchen Exchange also offers a free kitchen valuation for your kitchen, and as part of their service they help with the photographing and measuring, the selling part (obviously) and ensuring your kitchen is professionally removed, packed and delivered to its new owners. 

And they've saved thousands of tons of carcinogenic MDF from going to landfill. You can't say fairer than that, can you? 

Oh, and if you see anyone with a bottle green gloss and cherry wood kitchen, let me know as it could be my old kitchen, and I'd love to see it settled into its new home!

* This is a collaborative post, but all views are my own.

Storing logs in our gabion baskets

I'm on a roll with these gabion basket posts aren't I? Last week I shared our first pizza and today it's somewhere to store the wood.  And always one to go with an idea and see it through, our log store is also slightly unconventional and made from gabion baskets. When I ordered them I wasn't sure if we'd have a three in a row or a cube of four, that depended on how things worked out. 

As it turned out we could fit in all of the gabion baskets as per my hand drawn plan, with a few refinements along the way, so that left a row of three baskets for the log store.  Instead of clipping the lids off, we've simply folded them back on themselves so there's a double layer of wire on the top. 

Usually wood stores have a small roof to help keep the logs dry - ours don't yet - but they're also under the laurel tree, so they don't get too wet. My plan is to cover the top if we need to, most likely with a paving slab over winter, but we'll see how it goes.

An alternative use for gabion baskets

This was one job that I left to MOH. I had an important date at the hairdressers!  I mean, priorities...

our log store is under a tree and relatively dry so the gabion baskets work pretty well

This no doubt left him in a quandary about getting them in the right place. But he needn't have worried as before I left I cleared a space and levelled it with a flip-flop clad foot. He was umming and ahhing and telling me it'd never be level, but later admitted he wasn't quite sure how I'd done it but it was pretty level after all. 

I'd hoped it was as I'd mostly done it by eye and by shuffling along the area compressing the soil.  Phew.

Stepping back and admiring MOH's work

He'd placed the baskets on the last few broken paving slabs we had, so they logs are off the ground to avoid them getting waterlogged. And when I got back they were all in place, and the logs were ready to be added. That was definitely something he was keen to leave to me, and I didn't mind - it was quite therapeutic to fill and I soon got into a system to make the best use of the space. 

I think they turned out pretty well, and continue the gabion theme in our garden. I've one more use of gabion baskets to share with you, and that's not quite done yet, but I hope it will be soon!

What do you think?

Post Comment Love 21 - 23 July 2017

Hello there and welcome to another #PoCoLo - if you were here last week it was good to see you, and I'm looking forward to catching up on all your posts. If you're new here this week, welcome, I'm pretty sure you're going to find some great posts and meet some friendly bloggers. Whenever you link up don't forget to tag Morgan and I in your tweets, and we'll happily retweet them, and if Friday's don't work for you then the linky is open until 11pm on Sunday evening.

It was another relaxing weekend here last weekend after a bit of a shocking week and it was nice to kick back and wander around Greenwich, even though I now go there every day for work. In fact I don't think I've ever been to Greenwich quite so much. I already know that it's a great place to people watch and on Saturday we sat and watched hundreds of WRNS being corralled for a photo to celebrate a hundred years at the Old Royal Naval College. 

We went for brunch, ate too much then walked and walked. MOH led us in the direction of a bike shop - and yesterday he collected a new bike, while my ulterior motive was to head towards the Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park. We were lucky, it was open and you can see more of what's behind the ornate gate as that's the post I've linked up this week.

My photo though is from our visit to Gravetye Manor at the start of May. This week I was drawn to this picture of succulents with a view. Couldn't you just sit there and drink it all in, clearly a glass of fizz would help, but when doesn't it?

SUCCULENTS WITH A VIEW

SUCCULENTS WITH A VIEW

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