On to the Kitchen


We have now been living in this old house for a little more than 5 years. When we first moved in I was 5 months pregnant with Ronja, and our primary focus back then was to get the house in a nice shape without doing anything too drastic. This task alone was big enough at the time.

Later, when Ronja had been born, and we were getting used to our new life as a family, Mads spent some time fixing the roof, doing wood work on the outside of the house, and downstairs. I have just been tracking down old pictures of the house, but you get this one to the left to begin with – Ronja was about 2 months old, and Mads was putting up new barge boards on the house.

After that the 2nd floor in the house had first priority. The 2nd floor was a huge task, that involved demolishing everything and building it back up from scratch – installing roof windows, making new rooms for the children, and building a new bathroom among other stuff. That all took nearly a year, and Mads pretty much did all the work himself – we are SO happy with it.

Last year we moved on to work on the facade, and the house was sand blasted, plastered, and white washed yellow. It came to look just the way we had imagined, back when we bought the place.

The kitchen - when we first bought the house The kitchen - when we first bought the house

The pictures above show the kichen the way it looked 5½ years ago – when we had just bought the place and started fixing it up. The pictures below show the kitchen and the adjacent rooms the way they all looked a few days ago – these are to be regarded as pictures from the before-category as well.

The kitchen and adjacent areas - before demolition

Yesterday we packed the last stuff from the kitchen into moving boxes, and today Mads has been tearing everything apart. Our renovating process has reached the kitchen.  Mads spent the day at home today to get started, and when I came home from work the view was already quite different.

Tearing down the old kitchen

Phew – here we go. It’s going to be another big project – from Monday we’re all moving to a Bed&Breakfast 100 m from our house, because we’re going to have a big hole in the ground until the new floor has been established. The water will be shut off to establish new pipes, and the power is going to be shut down as well.


  1. Jeannine says:

    Well, I am sure it will look great. I am in the process of setting up my sons room. His bed will be delivered on September 8th. I finished cleaning carpets tonight, and will hopefully get the room painted by this weekend. Then I can breathe again, and get some much needed sewing time for myself. Cannot wait to see the end results.

  2. Emma says:

    You have done such a brilliant job on the rest of the house I am sure the kitchen will be a success as well. For the girls moving to a B&B must be like going on holiday but at least you are close to home if you need anything. I look forward to seeing it when its finished.

  3. Millie says:

    How exciting, I’m sure it will be beautiful when it’s finished. We have ripped apart and re-done loads of things in our house. Too many to count. Our 2nd floor still needs doing though. Maybe this winter will be the time. I hope the B&B goes well, I’m sure the girls will enjoy it.Looking foward to all the photos of the work in progress.

  4. Jakob Thusgaard says:

    Very, very well done!!!

    What will you do when the kitchen is done? An extra floor on top? Below??

    Hope you’re doing well at the B&B.

    Warm regards to all
    Jakob and Jolanda (from a sand road on the way to Khustai National Park, Mongolia)

  5. Rikke says:

    Så mangler der lige en væg! vildt så stor en forskel der allerede er. Det bliver bare så godt…. engang;-)

    Glæder mig til at se jer i weekenden.

    Måske vi skulle bage småkager med tøserne?


  6. Lis says:

    Er jeg den eneste i blogland, der har en mand med ti tommelfingre??!

    Jeg føler mig snydt på det område;)

    Men hold nu op, hvor har I dog lavet det til et lækkert hus, når man ser billederne. Køkkenet har intet at frygte – det er jo tydeligvis i gosde hænder:)

  7. Lis says:

    Hahaha, Jakob. Et hurtigt blik på din blog giver mig i hvert fald en indikation i den retning;)
    Men rart at vide, at man ikke er alene!

  8. Astrid says:

    Jeannine – I know what it’s like. The process is a bit tough, but so satisfactory it’s worth it. Have fun with it – I’m sure it’ll turn out great! 🙂

    Emma – thanks for your sweet comment – you are more right than you know! The first thing Ronja did when she got up this morning, was bring out her suitcase and start packing. She couldn’t wait to move over here! Frida though, didn’t really understand what was going on, so she was a bit more reserved in the situation. I can’t wait to see the end result either! 😉

    Millie – thanks, girl – photos are on their way, as soon as I remember the camera… 🙂

    Jakob – we haven’t done so much yet, but we’re getting there. That one may have been my first comment from Mongolia – hugs to you all as well! 🙂

    Rikke – nu spiste vi jeres havregrynskugler i stedet for! 😉

    Trudy – thank you so much – we really appreciate it! 🙂

    Amy – it took me a while to grasp too. I’m just a lucky girl to have a guy like that. Thank you!

    Lis – Tusinde tak! Som netop skrevet, så har jeg vist også bare været lidt heldig – det er jeg også ret bevidst om. 😉 Lige nu ser det ikke så godt ud, men vi håber, det kommer til det.

    Jakob & Lis – LOL 😀

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