Friday, February 7, 2014

House update - we've still lot's to do! Master Bedroom

So, it's been a while since I've provided an update on our house. We've been slowly getting things done, which is why it's been quiet on here. I definitely need to speed up on my papering and painting skills!

I spent the start of January looking for builders and by chance found some fantastic local contractors who usually install bathrooms but are able to do lots of other work too. Once I found them it was full steam ahead as they had a cancellation and wanted to start immediately. 

They fitted our new bathroom and ripped out our old kitchen leaving the sink so we can clean our paint brushes without having to use the lovely sink in our new bathroom. They also knocked part of the wall between the kitchen and dining area. It is so exciting to see things starting to take shape like I had envisaged. They also changed the internal doors downstairs, removed the facias on all windows which were mahogany UPVC, we have switched them to MDF that we can paint as we wish. They also moved a number of our radiators to under windows so we have more space for furniture on other walls.

We also had our new stove fitted in our living room, pictures to follow in a future post. It isn't quite how I had pictured because there was less space in the fireplace than I had anticipated and so the stove has to step into the room slightly, but I love it!

We have also been busy in the front two bedrooms, stripping woodchip wall paper, preparing the walls, papering the walls - (which was all done by me) and then painting.

And after all that ...... we have one room that is almost complete and ready to have carpet fitted. I have never papered before and it is a really slow process for a newby!

Anyway, I thought I would share some update photos room by room, just to tease you a little. So first is a room that we have done very little to so far - the master bedroom. So far we have painted a small part of the wall so that the radiator could be moved there. Moved the radiator and changed the facias round the window.  We still have to paint the walls and woodwork, remove the floor and have carpeted, paint the wardrobe and drawer unit and change the handles, make curtains etc. I have lots ideas for the really fun bit, once the shell is done.

That's it for now, I shall share another room with you soon.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The fun begins with mood boards, crow bars and shopping

Images clockwise from top, Holly Marder, bolig pluss, panash uk, John Lewis, source unknown, Lola Donoghue on Etsy

Firstly I must apologise for not posting in almost 2 months. I did plan on returning sooner but life has been hectic to say the least with my dad spending the month of November in hospital. It is still crazy but I will try and post when I get the chance. Especially because work is finally starting to happen on our house.

We are doing the non skilled parts to try and save some money, we have started stripping wallpaper in the bedrooms and taken the fire place out in the living room using a crow bar which was great fun.! We are putting in a multi fuel stove and it should be fitted by the end of January, we have opted for the Lovenholm by Clearburn as shown above. I have been using my evenings to look through blogs, magazines and catalogues to start planning our rooms and will share these thoughts with you. I have long had a rough idea of how I would like my home to look so now I am starting to think about actual details.

The living room is an easy place to start as I have been lucky enough to receive two gifts that inspire the room. We got the beautiful and colourful Jelly Beans rug as a wedding present and my mum has just bought me a Lola Donoghue abstract art print for my birthday. These will be the basis of the bright accents in our white room.

I have long been a fan of nordic design, white walls and natural colours but I am also a fan of the odd burst of colour. In particular, recently I have loved the look of a lot of Dutch interiors. What do you think of my mood board? I love the images and just hope our room can look even half as good.

You can see more of the images that inspire me on my pinterest board

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