Our Renovation Progress (Or Not)

Much has happened since I last blogged about our renovation, but you wouldn’t think it to look at the sorry mess we are still living in.  In my last post I wrote how hard it was to get the right people and that we were waiting on dates to start the work.  Well, now it is the end of April (we moved in November) and every room is a jumble with bits and bobs started but nothing finished.



My biggest nightmare – we have just had the new loo fitted (after almost four weeks with a bucket to flush with).  The problem arose from the fact that the bathroom was clad in a wood ceiling – rather nautical, with some sort of plastic panels on the walls.  When the plastic and wood came off, so did much of the plaster and the ceiling, so making good has taken some time.  We had the old airing cupboard removed to make more room for the shower and basin which as you can see in the picture above, were crammed together.


I should mention we have only one bathroom, so we have been showering at Steve’s sister’s home which has been a Godsend.  To add to this state of affairs, Steve and I have negligible DIY skills, so everything needs to be brought in. You would wonder why we didn’t buy a new build, but there you have it.  The bathroom should be finished by the weekend so we should be clean very soon!


Work is due to start in about ten days.  We took up the old flowery carpet to reveal this rather colourful yellow and orange vinyl floor.  The rods had been fitted over the felt and the door plate had helpfully been fitted under the door architrave.


I’ve chosen a shaker style kitchen in a colour called mussel, which should be easy on the eye.



We didn’t dare have new carpets as there is so much dust about, but we have wallpapered in this striking floral pattern and I have upcycled my old Queen Anne style side table as a dressing table.


Steve doesn’t mind a bit of wallpapering and painting thankfully!


Living Room

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Nothing to see here – still the old carpet but I did buy a pair of Laura Ashley sofas because I couldn’t resist them.  Too soon by far, but it made me happy at the time.


I upcycled the hall cupboard by painting it with grey chalk paint and we have had the floor tiled in a grey slate effect.




I’m pleased to see lots of bulbs popping up which work well with my existing pots from the old place.  I’ve made a start on the veg patch with some rhubarb, raspberry canes, broad beans and a couple of fruit trees. Most of this though will be next year’s project.

So, as you can see, not really that much to report.  However, I think in the next month, there will be significant changes and the place will start to feel like home.





The Down Side of Down Sizing

What seemed like such a good idea last summer isn’t feeling so great in dreary January.  At the moment our home is a mish mash of clashing colours, horrible carpets and a sticky back plastic bathroom…..and it still smells musty!


I have no patience you see.  I need those carpets up right now. I need that horrible plastic bathroom cladding ripped off today. I need a bedroom which is a sanctuary – not one with wonky second hand wardrobes and nowhere to put my stuff.


We have been in for two months now and I seriously underestimated how hard it is to get the work off the ground.  We are not DIYers so need tradesmen for the big jobs and everyone is busy, booked up and with a waiting list.


The good news is the central heating is booked in to be replaced in two weeks time.  This is the job on which everything else rests, as every room is affected.  The current system works, but bangs so badly you would think it was going to explode so we have to turn it right down and rely on a fan heater for the most part to keep us warm.


The bathroom suite has been purchased and should be fitted next.  I am desperate to be rid of the ‘comfort’ toilet and the plastic walls.  We have chosen some beautiful tiles and just need to find the right person to fit them for us.

We also have fitted wardrobes on order for March so I will have some space to hang my clothes, most of which are in suitcases.

New sofas are coming next month – way too soon, but I spotted them in the Laura Ashley sale and as they were perfect, they just had to be ordered.

The kitchen/dining room should be started in April when the hacienda style arch will hopefully be no more!  I’ve dithered over kitchen colours – should I have trendy grey, or maybe a classic cream.  Still undecided.


The garden is still looking pretty ugly, although some snowdrops are peeking through.


There have been many times when I’ve thought why the hell have we done this…but here we are and I know it will be beautiful a year from now.

I’ll keep you posted!



Moving On

I have some news!  After thirty three years in our home, we are moving on.  Our house will be on the market next week which is very exciting.


I’m really going to miss my garden, but I’m aiming to have a new garden project in the pipeline soon!

We’ve been extremely busy with the paint brush this week, making sure everything is spick and span.

I’ll leave the home pics to the experts for now…..we’ve instructed our estate agent and it’s all systems go!

In between painting and gardening, I’m Mari Kondoing the place, so anything that isn’t nailed down is heading for the tip or the charity shop.

We’ve also been scouring the area for our new home.  We are looking for a smaller property and currently torn between getting something ready to walk into, or buying something that needs work and taking our time over doing it up.

In other news I’ve lost two and a half pounds last week making at total of 11 so far.  I’m really enjoying Slimming World and with putting so much effort into the house, I’m not really thinking about food which is great news.

Check out the safety specs – mud splattered was not the word for it once I got going with that Karcher!