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Kitchen update – not quite done yet!

We tried really hard to get the kitchen finished for today before my best friend came to visit. I was mopping the floors at 1am! I’m shattered today but it was worth it to see it looking nice and clean, even if it’s not all finished.
Ant’s worked till way past his bedtime most nights (he’s not a night owl like me!) on the tiling and it’s looking really lovely 🙂

I’m so pleased with how it’s coming along and I think I should have the before and after post by Thursday at the latest.

Before Jo arrived, Kaycee and Ella helped me put together our new table and chairs.


It’s the perfect size for the kitchen and it was a bargain as we received £100 love to shop vouchers from the housing association we used to rent from for leaving the house in good condition so it only cost us £25 🙂
It was from Argos and after worrying I wasn’t going to like it, I now love it after seeing it in place.

The kids are back at school tomorrow after the bank holiday today so I should be able to get everything in place while Ant does the last few jobs he has on his list 🙂

*EDIT* May 6th 2014.
Had to share because this is so annoying and I need to rant! I know it’s no one’s fault but still, it helps to have a moan!!
I received an email asking me to review my Argos purchase. I did the review and went to check the other reviews only to notice the table is now only £99.99
It was seriously annoying, especially when we wanted to buy it from Homebase to begin with because we had a 15% off voucher; they couldn’t order it for me for some reason so we checked online and found the same table in Argos.
We were like, oh well, Argos will get our money instead, even if we have to pay a bit more. It felt a bit like we were sticking our tongues out and saying to Homebase, nah nah na nah nah, you’re not getting our money ‘cos you wouldn’t help us! Then we find out Argos and Homebase are the same company!
Just to end my rant, it was even more annoying that the 2 shops are quite near each other here in Lincoln and Homebase couldn’t order the table for delivery and didn’t carry it in stock whereas Argos had it available for collection the same day but at a higher price because they weren’t doing the 15% off promotion.

Actually, saying it’s no one’s fault is not quite true because if I hadn’t been so eager to buy the table, only to have it sit in the box in the living room for a couple of weeks while we worked on getting the kitchen done, we’d have been fetching it round about now and would have got it for £99.99

I’ll remember this in the future when I’m too eager to go shopping!!

Nearly there….new kitchen!

My super wonderful husband has worked non stop for days on our kitchen and it’s nearly done 😀

The units are in, the counters are in and the shelves are up. Tomorrow he’s going to be making a start on the tiling and he has a couple of cupboard doors to make.
I started unpacking and putting stuff away yesterday then today I got to do the fun part….dressing the shelves and deciding where my new pictures and things were going to go 🙂

I found some gorgeous tea cups and saucers when we were sorting through all Ant’s boxes that have been in the loft for the last 10 years and I couldn’t believe we’d had them all that time and I hadn’t seen them!
I absolutely love them and they were the first items I put on the new shelves.

The shelves need re-painting but I’m waiting until the summer holidays when the kids are away with family before I do all the painting that needs doing. I’ve got loads of shelves and the new bookcases either side of the fireplace to paint and it’s easier to do that when there are no kids about.

I can’t wait to share my before and after photos. It feels like we’ve been without a kitchen for ever and that light at the end of the tunnel is quickly getting brighter.

Here’s a little peek at one of my new purchases 🙂


Kitchen chronicles – We have a floor!

You may recall we’ve been without a proper kitchen for just about the whole time we’ve had the house and at times it has really got us down.

The last few days, however, has seen Ant slaving away, getting it emptied, a radiator removed, the floor down and today we started papering the walls 🙂


The paste is still wet which is why it looks patchy!

It finally feels like we’re on the way to getting a proper kitchen and I have to say I’m beyond excited!
Argos are delivering our kitchen units on Tuesday and Ant will be fetching the worktops from B&Q ready for the kitchen to be installed (by him) at the weekend. After that his last job will be to buy and fit the tiles 🙂

I really cant wait to get unpacked properly and make it all pretty!

In another couple of weeks we should have a normal house, one where rooms aren’t used as storage for items from other rooms and where I’ll be able to hoover the carpets and mop the floors without having to shift boxes/books/white goods to be able to get to the floors!

I do have the sheds and greenhouse to sort out as we’ve been using them to store more boxes but the majority of that will be garden stuff that needs to stay in the sheds and a few more bits for the loft.


Maybe a kitchen hurrah instead of a woe!

If you saw my post yesterday you’ll know all about our kitchen!

After some comments about shopping around I checked out Ikea and other places.

Our dream would be to have a brand new kitchen, fully fitted by professionals but the budget won’t stretch to that just yet so we were looking at the cheapest options we could find when I remembered Argos had fitted kitchen packages.

After lots of measuring and working out, we reckon we could have a new kitchen, fitted by us for around £700.
If we can save that before July 24th this year it’ll only be £600 because Argos have a special offer on where you can save £105 off the Athina 5 piece package when you buy another Athina item 🙂

Here’s what we’ll get for our money…


The sink is included in the package 🙂

Considering that at the moment all we have is a small wall cupboard, a corner wall cupboard, a single base cupboard under the sink and a corner base cupboard, oh and a small base cupboard that only has one door because it was part of the fitted hob unit which we had to remove, the storage we’ll get from the above will be wonderful!

Our plan at the moment is to install open shelving on all available space but if we can plan on getting this before July to take advantage of the offer then I’ll only put shelves up that I know are going to be in place long term because I don’t want to ruin the wallpaper we’ll be putting up soon!

I’m started to feel excited about the kitchen again!

Even if it’s not brilliant quality it’ll be fine until we can save enough to have a kitchen installed professionally 🙂

My kitchen woes!

Im sharing my kitchen woes with you! As you probably know, we’ve not had the best of times with this new kitchen. When Ant started to get it ready to connect our electric range cooker he noticed the wiring looked a bit dodgy. He got an electrician out who informed us that the whole kitchen needed re-wiring. It wasn’t even earthed for goodness sake!

Kitchen Woes

We then had to get the lino and plywood up from the floor and remove cabinets so the electrician could do his thing.
Before the electrician could actually do his thing, though, we had to phone British Gas to get something upgraded (don’t ask me what, I have no clue, I just know it cost a lot). This meant we were going to be without a kitchen for longer than we had anticipated because we had to wait for the company British Gas put us in touch with to do their thing. We then waited for the electrician to be able to fit us in to his very busy schedule.

Kitchen woes - our kitchen at the moment - cupboards removed, no flooring and basically very messy!
We’ve moved that cupboard to a different wall; you couldn’t use the door because of the boiler!

Still No Kitchen!

It turns out, we’ve been without a proper kitchen for the whole time we’ve had the house and it’s got to get done now because we just can’t live like this for much longer.
When we moved in, the plan was to take out the breakfast bar, hob and oven, put our range cooker in, wallpaper, paint and unpack.
As I’ve found out, things don’t always go to plan!

Ant got the corner unit put back in and the counter which gave us a bit more space to move and he also got the washer and dryer in and a counter over the top so I was able to unpack a few boxes which gave us breathing room in the living room.

Removing Tiles

I started taking the tiles off yesterday and panicked a bit when the wall underneath started coming off in big chunks with the tiles.
I Instagrammed a photo of the door frame where I’d been working and said I should have Googled, ‘how to remove wall tiles’ before starting but when I did go and Google how to remove tiles, it seems there’s no other way to do it and it’s common to have to re-plaster after removing tiles 🙁

Kitchen woes - took the tiles off and the plaster came off with them

So I carried on doing what I was doing and I’ve now got a kitchen that looks like this…

Kitchen woes - the cupboard is back but the walls need plastering


Kitchen woes - big chunks of plaster have come off the wall


Kitchen woes - I made a right mess of the window sill when I took the tiles off!
Yes, I do live next door to a builder and no, our budget won’t stretch to hiring him, even though I’m sure his prices are very reasonable!

I don’t think a tub of Polyfiller is going to be enough to fix it this time!

Not Panicking!

You’d think after seeing those photos I’d be panicking a little, or a lot, wouldn’t you? Surprisingly, I’m quite calm and the reason for this is because I’m totally refusing to think about it anymore!

It’s got to be fixed and re-tiled now before I can do any wallpapering so tonight I’ll crack on with glossing the woodwork and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that we have enough in the budget to actually go and buy the tiles!

New Kitchen Design

We’ve decided to go to B&Q and get them to design a new kitchen for us so we can get an idea of the amount we’ll need to save to get rid of these old units.
I was going to paint them but the cupboard paint and cabinet paint sprayers are not in the budget so we’ve decided to live with them like this until we get the new kitchen.
We’re most probably going to fit it ourselves because it’ll save a lot of money and Ant can turn his hand to anything so hopefully, we’ll have a new kitchen sometime next year 🙂

Shower room – Before and After

This is our new, girly pink, downstairs shower room and we love it 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂


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 🙂

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 🙂 I love his carpet, we got an off cut from Carpet Right for £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 a photo when the 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!

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