Scrap Happy June – Courtesy of Matt

I have been spoilt for choice this month! Since lockdown began all the shops other than food ones have been shut. So I have been unable to buy new materials and have had to use scrap for almost everything. I have done quite a lot of knitting and sewing but the project that has brought me most joy has been my new utility room! The shell was built over a year ago when I had Dan here renovating the cabin. The concrete base is about 10 years old! One of those slow burn projects. I had thought of fitting it out myself but was rather daunted by the prospect of manouvering sheets of plasterboard especially on the ceiling!

When I saw the work Matt had done on the barn kitchen at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust I decided to ask him to come and fit it out. He is brilliant at using what is to hand rather than designing the space and going out to buy everything. I was on his list (which is long because lots of people rate his work highly!) but because the utility room is not in the house we agreed it was safe job for him to do during lockdown.

First he put insulation and plasterboard on the walls and boarded the floor. Most of that stuff had to be bought although he used some timber taken out of the cabin when a wall was taken down for some of the battening. Luckily he is on very good terms with his local builders merchant who allowed him to go and take what he needed from his yard. Once that part of the job was done he left for a few days whilst I oiled the floor and painted the walls.

Then the fun started.


The butler’s sink is one my son gave me. All the houses in his street are ‘town houses’ built with a garage on the ground floor and a utility room behind plus an entrance hall to the side with stairs to living space on the first floor and bedrooms on the second. The utility rooms had these deep sinks because in those days washing machines were not automatic or plumbed in and had to be filled from a tap and emptied into a sink. And lots of people still did some of their washing by hand. Over the years almost every garage has been converted into living space and the utility rooms have become kitchens. My lovely son has collected the old sinks as they have been thrown out and brought me three to choose from! Matt built a stand for it, and the bases for the worktops, from scrap wood lurking in my workshop. The tap is one my husband made up for the garden – it has the screw thread to take a hose fitting. It was installed high enough to get a brewing bucket underneath but being able to attach a short length of hose makes it more versatile.

The worktops and the pieces up the walls are off-cuts from my handmade kitchen surfaces whilst the shelves and brackets were taken out of the old utility room. Eveb the doors were ones taken out from other places!

Fitting everything into this smaller space was quite a challenge but it does mean that I can’t continue to collect clutter!

It is not quite finished yet. I am waiting for the electrician to come and put the fronts on the sockets and then will buy an upright freezer to replace the old chest one which I haven’t moved. The washing machine broke down just as lockdown began so my kind neighbour is doing my washing until I can get the repairman out to fix it.

The old utility room was originally the garage and Matt will be back in July to transform it into 2 guest rooms and a space which will one day be a shower room – watch this space!

Here are the links for everyone who joins Scrap Happy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Kate, Gun, Titty, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sunny and Kjerstin

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

16 thoughts on “Scrap Happy June – Courtesy of Matt

  1. nanacathy2 June 15, 2020 / 12:50 pm

    Goodness me, that is impressive- you have quite an array of kettles too.


    • Going Batty in Wales June 16, 2020 / 9:57 am

      One is there because to get hot water to the sink would have required plumbing too heroic for either of us. I use a stove top kettle in the kitchen so I don’t have to boil more than I need but when I have a workday and need to make 15 – 20 hot drinks all at the same time a couple of extra electric kettles are a godsend! The rest of the time they sit on a shelf out of the way.


  2. Laurie Graves June 15, 2020 / 1:17 pm

    Hats off! Actually, I think this project deserves a Maine “Wowsah!” Impressed.


    • Going Batty in Wales June 16, 2020 / 9:57 am

      Thank you Laurie. I am ridiculously thrilled with it!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Helen June 15, 2020 / 2:09 pm

    A very original scrap happy 😊

    I love the shelf full of preserves!


    • Going Batty in Wales June 16, 2020 / 9:58 am

      Thank you Helen. I have been so glad of all that bottled fruit and jars of jam whilst shopping has been difficult.


  4. Amanda June 15, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    Now that is a proper pantry/utility!


    • Going Batty in Wales June 16, 2020 / 9:58 am

      Thank you Amanda. I am so proud of it! How sad is that?


  5. tialys June 15, 2020 / 4:18 pm

    Definitely an excellent use of scraps. I love the butler’s sink, We have one here in a sort of utility space downstairs and, if I can manage to sneak it out, might move it with us when we leave – although I imagine the husband will have something to say about that.


    • Going Batty in Wales June 16, 2020 / 10:01 am

      When \I did my kitchen they were all the rage. I had always thought they were useful and I was able to buy one from a DIY store for quite a reasonable price. Now fashions have moved on and only high-end places seem to have them at huge cost. It was just lucky that my son was able to help.


  6. The Snail of Happiness June 15, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    I can’t wait to come and see it (and you) for real. I may have to visit the accountants in NE, so perhaps I can get away with travelling a bit further to see you in the next couple of weeks.


    • Going Batty in Wales June 16, 2020 / 10:03 am

      That would be lovely! I understand the 5 mile rule is advisory not mandatory since we are rural. To a supermarket I have to drive at least 19!


  7. katechiconi June 16, 2020 / 2:54 am

    Now this truly is extreme scrappiness! I’m quite content to use a few small bits of fabric, but you’ve basically constructed a whole new room from your scraps – very impressive!


    • Going Batty in Wales June 16, 2020 / 10:04 am

      Thank you Kate. I am really pleased with the result and Matt saved me a fortune!

      Liked by 1 person

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