Building your own kitchen – RUC style
Last year I moved an old house to the farm. It was once a Rugby Union Club, hence I aptly named it the RUC (because
I couldn’t think of another name I’m so creative). The RUC is over 100 years old and because it had been vacant for about 8 years (apart from squatters who must have played with guns because they left some lovely bullet holes around the place) it required a lot of work.
I’ve put a few pictures below of the kitchen in case any of you are thinking of building your own (yes – I know you want to, it’s so much
work fun!). It still needs a final coat of paint and the skirting boards but it’s very functional.
I bought the flat-pack draws, cupboards, bench tops, paint, sink, fixings, wood and flooring from Bunnings (they smile every time I walk into the place).
I put tongue and groove wood on the walls and ceiling and used an old hutch for my pantry.
I found the hutch at the buy-back shop at the local dump. I didn’t get a before picture of it (give myself a stiff uppercut) so you’ll have to use your imagination – it’s was just untreated pine. I removed the glass and replaced it with the same glass that is in my windows. I painted it antique white. In the back of the shed under a load of dust and mud I found some old blue tiles (I’ve always wanted to be an archaeologist) so I cleaned them and grouted them onto the top and back and put one each in the doors.
Because this place used to be an old club it still has the original bar. This bar is set above my work bench so I actually have two work benches together (space man!)
It was a lot of work – but well worth the blood, sweat and tears.
If you’re ever thinking of building your own kitchen I have a load of tips to make things a little easier.