I just realised that I kind of forgot to mention that a while ago we did indeed get around to making the big kitchen alteration in order to house the new dishwasher that I had bought for Chantelle – and I guess I don’t really have an excuse as to having not mentioned this yet, seeing as the dishwasher has been handling pretty much ALL of the dishes over the past couple of weeks! :)

Anyway, Chantelle and I decided to let her dad take a crack at the project, and together with Rob and Andre, a handyman Monty has entrusted with work around his place for years already, arrived with Cheryl in tow at our house on one fine Saturday morning.

And with Chantelle, Cheryl, Jessica and myself ejected out of the house (shopping, woohoo <- sarcastic) for the most part, the three set about first ripping out the old short counter top between the fridge and the washing machine, taking apart the existing grocery cupboard, building a tiny replacement cupboard from the old cupboard parts, cutting out channels and putting on fittings to enable split water intake and exhaust, putting in a new full length counter top that stretches from the fridge to the door, and finally sliding in and connecting the washing machine and dishwasher, now side by side next to our new tiny cupboard and fridge.

All in a morning’s work it turns out.

It’s not the greatest set of pictures I must admit, but the quality of the work done is fantastic, the speed at which it was done was jaw-dropping, and quite frankly I now owe my father-in-law and brother-in-law big time. This project really came together smartly!

And because it was much cheaper tackling it this way than getting a professional contractor in to do it for us, I managed to purchase a great big linen cupboard to replace the wonky, rickety metal shelves as the now permanent storage spot for all Chantelle’s backing ingredients – right next to the spotless new fridge in the braai room that we added to our collection as well!

Right. New storage spaces, a dishwasher and extended counter space, seriously, Chantelle should now be more than ready for business when Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes opens its full-time endeavour doors starting this December! :)