A bit of a wind­fall is com­ing Diane Cooke’s way and al­ready she’s spent it in her head... Cheshire Life: Jan­uary 2019

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New year and an un­ex­pected wind­fall is com­ing my way. It’s not en­tirely un­ex­pected. Mum did say she would be giv­ing me some money when she sold her house. But prop­erty buy­ing and sell­ing is so pre­car­i­ous that you never know if it’s def­i­nitely go­ing to hap­pen un­til the money lands in your ac­count and you hand over your keys.

So, I have been fan­ta­sis­ing about Chanel bags and hol­i­days to the Mal­dives. But af­ter years of squan­der­ing money on fu­tile fash­ion pur­chases and many oth­ers, I’m do­ing the sen­si­ble thing – pay­ing off credit card bills (groan) and in­vest­ing in a new kitchen. Of course, I don’t have to spend it all in one go, but a Cookie never changes her spots.

I in­her­ited my kitchen. It’s cream gloss with sil­ver han­dles, in­of­fen­sive enough, but the doors are fall­ing off, the freezer draw­ers are bro­ken, the dish­washer packed up two years ago and I never know whether I’m grilling or bak­ing ever since I cleaned the chrome with Mr Mus­cle and wiped away the set­tings. There’s also a dull slate floor which looks like a muddy Labrador has been lolling all over it and that’s af­ter I’ve scrubbed it.

Now some peo­ple are amaz­ing at home dé­cor, they just know what colours and styles to put to­gether. I’m a vis­ual learner which means that some­one has to build an ex­act replica, to-scale model of my kitchen to con­vince me that it’s what I want. So then I was in­tro­duced to a bouncy brunette called Paula who, for ev­ery idea I came up with, had a photo on her phone of the very thing I was look­ing for. Within an hour we’d sorted the build­ing work, the style of kitchen, ap­pli­ances, floor­ing, light­ing, splash­backs and the es­sen­tial in­te­grated wine cooler. And, joy of joys, she was go­ing to lead a small army of builders, tilers and elec­tri­cians into bat­tle like a mini Boudicca. When she left I felt like I’d starred in 60 Minute Makeover. What a woman. I can’t wait for her to get started be­cause some­how I know this isn’t go­ing to be kitchen wars, but a kitchen walkover.

Happy New Year!

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