Our House Renovation Update

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I thought I would do a little update on our house renovation. We’ve been waiting for an absolute age to finish off our dining room/ second reception room. We stripped it out and took the furniture out in November! We had it re-plastered including the ceiling – which had polystyrene tiles, coving added and painted including the woodwork. We painted it all ourselves, which although hard work it was very satisfying once done. We went for a restful and calming green that we had mixed up by Dulux, it was called celtic forest 3 I think. I wonder whose job it is to think up all the names for the colours?! Once all the painting was done it was time to take a trip to IKEA. We were lucky enough that my children went away for a week over half term to France with my parents, so we could really crack on with the works. We spent five hours in there, choosing and ordering furniture, plus the obligatory meatballs and buying small items in the marketplace. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The aftermath of IKEA was that we then had flat pack to build…. which was again a slow process. I’ve only just got rid of all the cardboard that was left, much to the kids’ disappointment, they’d made it into a den in the garden. We are so pleased with the results though, it’s a restful haven designed and made by us in our forever home. We need some art work for the walls which I’m still mulling over, and we will eventually replace the brown carpet with wooden flooring once that budget becomes available. I have incorporated lots of leaves, and my colour scheme of green, grey and blush. We are still filling the large unit, William is beyond thrilled with his Xbox back in a separate space. We have somewhere else to go at breakfast time or when we don’t want to watch Blaze and the monster machines for the nth time. Here’s a few pictures, I think the double curtains are my favourite so far.

Coasters and bowl from Dunelm Mill

Next up is the bathroom, finally. I’ve written about our rather sad bathroom before. Whenever visitors come they enthuse about the original tiles we have which are lovely, but they are also cracked, missing and rather grubby no matter how hard you scrub. So they’re going unfortunately. We currently have a separate toilet which we are knocking through to make one large room. I went for consultations with B&Q and Wickes, but in the end we went with Wickes. B&Q did not offer a complete installation service, they wouldn’t knock the wall through, but Wickes can offer a complete project management all under the same guarantee. I also preferred the sales guy from Wickes, he came round and measured up for me, took me through the design and was very helpful. The next stage is for the fitter to come round and clarify all the works and set a date. We’re looking at the end of August realistically. Our boiler is being changed next week which although quite dull is actually quite exciting, because we will gain space from losing a large boiler, the water tank in the airing cupboard and the water tanks in the loft, which takes us one step closer to a loft extension. Here’s a photo of our plans, ignore the tiles on the image:

We are going for a somewhat boring sand colour tiles full height to the walls, with a feature copper mosaic section between the sink and the mirrored cabinet and a strip of them where the shower will go. The floor will be luxury vinyl click flooring in a warm brown oak colour (it is like laminate in the way it goes together, totally waterproof and hard wearing). The small amount of worktop showing around the basin will be in white sparkle. We are having another tall unit next to the bath. I am hoping for a minimal look, with not much on display. Do the kids really need bathroom toys? They’re usually happy with a couple of cups. I’ve always been a fan of  heated towel rail radiators so we’ve made sure one is included for that touch of luxury and which will hopefully stop those wet towels being dumped (I live in hope). I looked at so many bathrooms on Pinterest and there were some lovely eclectic and different bathrooms, but I have to also take into account my husband’s wishes. He’s been desperate for what he calls a hotel style bathroom for so long. The colours may be a bit beige, but I think the copper mosaic will add a touch of bling and make for a relaxing space. What do you think?

I’ll be covering everything over on Instagram stories, so head on over there and give me a follow, turn on notifications to see how we progress.


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  • Reply Lex Reyes

    wonderful especially the bathroom it looks so perfect!

    July 10, 2018 at 6:13 am
  • Reply John

    I love what you can do with a bit of Ikea. I love the ikea hacks website and have put together a few custom desks from there, I think what you’ve created is amazing and certainly something I’ll be looking to do in my home 🙂

    September 18, 2018 at 6:11 pm
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