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Shower room – Before and After

This is our new, girly pink, downstairs shower room and we love it πŸ™‚ Aiden, not so much!










There are two things I would have done differently if I were decorating this room again…..I would have bought the silvery lino and gorgeous pink flowery towels I saw in B&M when we first started shopping for the new house.

We decided to use the blue and white lino in the kitchen, upstairs toilet and bathroom and decided that it made sense to take it from the kitchen and into the hall and shower room.
I do like the lino and there is a bit of blue in the flower pattern on the tiles so it’s not completely out of place but I think the silvery lino would have made it perfect for me.

I can’t see the towels I liked on the website so I’m not sure if they still have them but I’ll have another look next time I go, just in case!

We’re going to be decorating the kitchen over the weekend so hopefully by this time next week I’ll have a kitchen again and it might start feeling like we’re actually getting somewhere!


Kaycee and Ella’s Room – Before and After Photos

This was going to be our room but after talking it over with Ant we decided it made more sense for the girls to have the biggest room because they had the most stuff!







After all their complaining about not wanting a pink bedroom, they did a u-turn and loved the bedding and curtains that their Nanny gave them!
Since these photos were taken they’ve added some stickers to the walls that they chose from B&M and we still have their new pictures to put up so I’ll take more photos when we get them up πŸ™‚

Update – Aiden’s room – Before and After Photos

A quick photo update before bed as I’m shattered, as usual!

Aiden’s room before



After –

Apologies for the rubbish photo, I forgot to check it before moving on to the next one. It was unlike me, I usually take 2 or three to make sure I get a good one!



The ottoman was going to stay there under his desk so I was going to paint it dark blue but I’ve moved onto the landing now so I think I’m going to paint it cream and put a new green cover on the top to match the carpet.

I’ll be back, tomorrow hoepfully, with before and after photos from the girl’s room πŸ™‚

New bathroom and toilet (Before and after photos)

The keys to the old house have been handed in today finally and thankfully! so I can now start to get this house organised into a proper home πŸ™‚

We cut it very fine with the old house; Ant and I finally finished the cleaning close to 10pm last night and we were exhausted.
It was thanks to my family that we managed to get everything done and words cannot express how grateful we are to them all.

So on to the decorating!

We’ve decorated the whole house except for the kitchen, which had a bit of a disaster when we found out it needed completely re-wiring. The kitchen is the next priority now we’re finished at the old house and after having a rest day today, I’ll be making a start in there πŸ™‚

I finally got the upstairs bathroom done after Ant got rid of the rest of that wallpaper and it looks so much brighter now it’s painted white.
I still have to get all the red grout out and re-grout it with white but that’s a job for another day, when the kitchen’s been sorted!







The toilet is tiny and it was painted a dark lilac colour. We painted it magnolia and it looks much better.

I’ll be back, soon hopefully, with the bedroom and shower room photos πŸ™‚


New house – decorating update

We’ve had the keys for a week now and even though we’ve been busy all day, every day for that week it doesn’t feel like we’re making much progress.

The plan was to work on one room at a time, get it decorated then unpack, starting with the bathroom. That turned out not to be very practical because I had to keep waiting for different jobs to be done by Ant that I couldn’t do; he still has to go to work so he’s fitting in as much as he possibly can after work and on the weekends.

So as it stands now, the bathroom is stripped but we’ve not actually got any more done in there. We need to paint the walls and fit new lino. We also need to clean that light fitting.
I’m going to be working on the bathroom tomorrow and hope to get it all finished apart from the lino πŸ™‚

The toilet is just about done, I still need to gloss the door and we need to pick new lino because I don’t like the brown lino that’s down. At some point, Ant’s going to build a storage cupboard on the back wall above the toilet.

Aiden’s room is done, I just need to get his furniture in now and unpack πŸ™‚ I love his carpet, we got an off cut from Carpet Right for Β£50.

Kaycee and Ella’s room just needs the carpet fitting which Ant is probably doing as we speak so we’ll just need to get the furniture in there and unpack (note to self, take aΒ photo when theΒ room has been cleared, not when it’s full of junk!).

Our room (currently being used as a storage room!) just needs the walls washing and the carpet cleaning so once the bathroom is painted and lino fitted, that’ll be all the rooms upstairs done.

Actually, after writing all that down, it does finally feel like we’re making progress and I reckon it’s going to come together all at once and we’ll be taken by surprise when it’s ready to move in!

Bathroom wallpaper – Gone

I was so glad to see the back of that bathroom wallpaper!

The S.W.H. (super wonderful husband) spent time last night getting rid of the last of the wallpaper that I couldn’t reach and I felt so much better when it was done.

I spent most of the afternoon finishing off the stripping in Aiden’s room then last night I painted all the woodwork in there. Well, I say all the woodwork, after I packed away I noticed that I’d forgotten to do the strip of wood above the window that the curtain track is attached too so I have to do that today. I may also have to give some of the woodwork another coat because it’s hard to make sure it’s done properly without natural light.
The woodwork look loads better now; the paint that was on had gone a horrible yellow colour and you could really see the difference between the radiator and skirting boards when it was done. The radiator was on so I couldn’t paint it last night. I’ll be doing that first thing this morning!


We were just going to paint the walls but as you can see from the photo above, there’s a fine covering of some sort on the wall and it’s a nightmare to get off so we’ve bought some textured wallpaper that we can paint instead of painting straight onto the wall.

We got a great bargain on the carpets we bought yesterday. Because the rooms aren’t too big we were able to get remnants. We got a lovely stripey carpet for Aiden’s room for around Β£50 and a cream one for Kaycee and Ella’s room for Β£60. We also got lino for the kitchen for Β£70. We both love the new lino and I can’t wait to see it down πŸ™‚

Making progress

The bathroom wallpaper is still only half off of the wall and it’s starting to do my head in now! It’s the worst paper to strip that I’ve ever encountered and I really will be glad to see the back of it.
We ended up going to B&Q and buying a wallpaper stripper; it sped the job along and hopefully today we’ll be rid of that wallpaper!



The tile grout is red so we have to scrape it out and re-grout it.


It’s a slow job!

The girls are having the biggest room because they have the most stuff! They’re going to be choosing the colours they want to paint it, today. They want to help paint so I’ve promised to get the woodwork done before the weekend so they can help paint the walls on Saturday πŸ™‚
They’re having new carpet so Ant and I off to CarpetRight soon to see what they’ve got.


Aiden’s got the smallest room but even though it’s only a few centimetres bigger than what he has now, it’s square rather than oblong and it feels much bigger. His furniture will fit with a bit of space to spare!
We’re leaving the black desk for him to do his homework on and will probably put some shelves up above it.
He’s also having new carpet so we’ll choose that today as well.



The toilet just needs a lick of paint. We’re going to paint it magnolia to brighten it up a bit.

Our bedroom has lovely wallpaper that just needs painting. We’ve been very lucky, we’ve not got to strip many walls because they’re mostly decorated with textured wallpaper that’s paintable πŸ™‚
The carpet in our room is fine so we’re just going to give it a clean to spruce it up a bit.



I got loads done yesterday.
Aiden’s room is nearly stripped; Ant just has to get the bits round the top of the wall that I can’t reach! I removed all the desks and just have to sand the woodwork today so I can it painted.
When Ant and I went downstairs last night we walked into the kitchen and straight away both said that we could smell gas. Ant went and switched the gas off at the meter and I called British Gas who sent someone with about 20 minutes of the call. I was very impressed!

It turned out the hob was leaking so he had to cap it off. It’s a good job we weren’t planning on using the hob and oven that came with the house because it now needs removing.
I’m very pleased I’ve got my range cooker and we don’t have an unexpected expense of buying a new hob!

Well I’d best get ready to go shopping for new carpet πŸ™‚



Now the hard work begins!

I LOVE our new house

I LOVE our new garden.

I’m so excited to be making a start today on turning our new house into our home πŸ™‚
Today I’m going to be stripping the wallpaper off the upstairs bathroom walls, sanding down the woodwork and hopefully getting the woodwork painted πŸ™‚

I forgot to take photos of the upstairs yesterday but here are the downstairs photos πŸ™‚

We’re going to be painting the cabinets a nice cream which will do until we can afford to buy either new doors or a new kitchen.


We’re going to be having a new boiler fitted and I’m hoping we can get a smaller one and have it moved so we can use the cupboard!


The breakfast bar is being removed so we can fit the tall fridge, washer and dryer along that wall.


Ant’s going to box the sliding door in so I can have my shelf unit in that space.
This is looking from the kitchen door into the hall. To the right is the downstairs shower room and straight ahead is the under stairs cupboard



I can’t wait to have all the coats and shoes shut away instead of in full messy view like we have them now!
Living room. The fire doesn’t work and is too dated anyway so we’re taking it out.


This is the other side of the living room. Ant’s building me an entertainment unit along the back wall πŸ™‚


My wonderful garden!


I’ll be back with proper garden photos on Thursday when I’ll be linking up with the lovely Mammasaurus πŸ™‚
Right, I have to get to work.
Now, where’s that sandpaper?!


Moving House….Soooo Excited!

We’ll be finding out our completion date very soon so I no longer have to keep this bubble of excitement contained within!
We’re moving house in the next few weeks and I don’t think I’ve been this excited in my life before, ever! It’s the first time I’ve been house hunting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sitting for hours online and finding houses to view wasn’t a chore at all! If you’re currently looking for your forever home, check out these new homes and start planning your move too!

When we started looking at houses, this one was the first one we both really liked and the one we seemed to end up comparing every other house on the market to.
The things we loved most about it were the garage for Ant and the garden for me. It also has a downstairs shower room and having two toilets in our house is going to be heaven! We have quite a strict morning routine to make sure everyone gets to the bathroom on time to get to school and work, so having the shower room downstairs means the kids can get ready for school and Ant won’t have to wait for them all to finish when he needs to get ready for work πŸ™‚

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The kitchen needs modernising and it was one of the things that weighed heavily on the decision because a lot of the other properties had gorgeous new kitchens but then either didn’t have much of a garden and/or a garage and/or a second toilet.

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We could have picked another one with a small garden and no garage but with a lovely conservatory and en suite to the master bedroom and we wouldn’t have had to spend any more money on it but the way we see it is, this is going to be our forever home; we don’t have to get everything done right away. I can live with the kitchen for a few years until we’ve saved enough for a new one and getting the house the way we want it is going to be a great project for me to work on πŸ™‚

I love the large living room and can’t wait to install bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. I’ve always wanted a chimney breast wall with bookcases on either side! The gas fire in the picture is being removed and we’re putting our fire surround and electric fire in its place.
We’re going to use this side of the room as the dining area.

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This side is going to be the sitting area.

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We’re planning on building some shelves in a similar style to this at the far end and mounting our tv on the wall.


I have to admit, I did fall in love with the garden as soon as I saw it and it was, for me, the main reason I really wanted this house. I can make all my gardening dreams come true in this garden. I’m going to grow ornamental pumpkins to use as decorations in the autumn and the kids want to grow peas so they can pick them when they’re ripe and eat them raw straight from the pod!

It has an apple tree in the middle of the lawn and I can not wait to pick apples and make a pie!

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I’m so excited about this house, I’m not even bothered about all the stress and hassle it takes to pack everything and move! In fact, we’ve made a start already and it’s now making it all feel even more real, seeing our bathroom empty of all but the very few necessities like toothpaste and body wash!

The Christmas decorations are nearly all down and packed away for another year. I’ve never ever taken them down so early but far from being sad that Christmas is over, I’m too excited about the move to think about Christmas anymore!

Ant took the photos off the wall on the stairs yesterday and filled the holes in with polyfiller and I started packing up the girl’s room while they’re away in Derbyshire with family πŸ™‚

We have a lot of work ahead but it’s going to be fun, happy work rather than a chore and I seriously can’t wait!

Yay, the kitchen is done!

Finally, nearly 3 weeks later, the kitchen is done.

Well, the site manager still has to come and check it all and there maybe one little job that needs doing because we think the leg on the counter has been put in the wrong place but apart from that, it’s done πŸ™‚

I’m not sure I picked the right colour floor though because it looks like it’s going to show up every mark and I’m not a fan of the mop but we’ll see!

Even so, I love it πŸ˜€




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