After all of this demolition, it finally came time to start to put things back together. When I say finally, I mean FINALLY! When we embarked upon this journey we were told that the build would be finished by end of June, early July at the latest. By the time we started putting the plaster on the walls we were already at the end of July and I was at the end of my wits.
Going through this process is not for the faint of heart and you have to be ready for all manner of delays and excuses. There are going to be times when you wish you’d never bothered and then you’ll see the hard work start to come together. For me, I had a moment of pure happiness when I came home from work and saw fresh, pink plaster all over the house… But unfortunately, that moment was short-lived and this isn’t a happy post.
One of the biggest elements of our build was refurbishing our teeny-tiny bog into something, well, not as tiny. It’s never going to win a bathroom of the year award or be featured in Architectural Digest, but we wanted it to at least be comfortable. And have a room that wasn’t covered in mould. Cause yeah, mouldy ceilings aren’t on most interior designers “top trends” lists. Unless I’m reading the wrong publications?
As a result of all that stripping (oh la la!) we noticed that there were VERY large portions of original plaster “missing”. In fact, the plaster had broken down over time and it was only the chipboard wallpaper that was holding our walls together. Let this be a warning to those who stick their noses where they shouldn’t! So in addition to stripping wallpaper, my partner in crime also had to lug an inordinate amount of rubble to the skip, sat permanently in our front yard. You can see by looking at the photos, that we took everything back to the original brick work. It was a job indeed! Continue reading “What secrets lay beneath”→
In my quest to design my new home (and life) to rival those images I see in magazines, I’ve been spending a lot of time looking through other design blogs and trying to learn from the pros. I recently read a post by Sophie Robinson about the process she goes through when designing a room/house/football stadium. I found it helpful how she started by building a colour palette and moving on from there so I’ve tried to emulate her approach below (almost to a Tee).
I’ve been thinking a lot about our living rooms and so starting with the easiest one first. The room with the blue velvet sofa (that’s sat in storage while we wait for the lazy builder to show up again).
I’ve been told recently that I run the risk of my new kitchen being “boring”. Nice huh? It’s a large space and yes it could be run-of-the-mill. But honestly, what’s so bad about run-of-the-mill? Sometimes, it’s okay for things to look normal and not be overdone, right? I mean, I have a LOT of weird stuff already and my house will definitely be “unique”. So do I need more chaos in the kitchen? Apparently, yes.
As a knee-jerk reaction, we’ve been thinking about a bit of a feature wall. My brother in law suggested a sort of “tropical leaf” theme and I’ve been looking around for something I like (see below).
But my question to you is… will this look dated in 6 months? How will these prints stand the test of time? I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve seen tropical leaf prints in Ikea now which means we’ve hit peak market saturation. What to do? And which one do you like? I definitely have a preference but curious for other opinions.
While the builders were getting to work, we also decided to get down to business. Obviously we’d worked on or own bedroom prior to the major structural work being completed and so we knew what we were getting into. In this instance it was more wallpaper stripping and plaster chipping. Such an exciting way to spend every weekend in the summer, right? First we started with the entryway and hallway. I can tell you now that stripping wallpaper is a sticky, sweaty, nasty business. I’d done it before so I’m not sure why I volunteered to do it again! That said, it feels good to finish a wall, stand back, and admire a job well done. Continue reading “This kind of stripping doesn’t require a pole…”→
While the structural elements were being nailed (see what I did there?!) there was also some serious plumbing taking place, including the installation of a brand new boiler! Note in North America we would call it a “hot water heater”. Oh yeah… have I mentioned I’m not actually British? Sometimes I use American words to describe things to my British builder and he looks at me like I’m nuts. Most recently I asked him to provide “flood lights” and it was like I had spoken to him in Swahili. And I’m digressing…