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85 / 365 – Work in progress

We got a great bargain on Ebay yesterday. We won an auction for a fire surround and the winning price was £22 😀
We’d been looking at fire surrounds at B&Q and the cheapest was £159. We were going to get that one but I said I’d check Ebay first. I’m so pleased I did!

We’ve put the TV on the wall and are in the process of fixing the fire place to the wall. We’re not sure if the TV is a bit too high (my fault because I told Ant where to put it!) and we may end up moving it down a bit.

You can’t see the fire and surround very well because it’s a bit dark but I’ll be taking some better photos of the entire wall once it’s all finished and I’ll do a before and after post 🙂
I can’t wait to get it all done; the bad things about making changes is the mess it creates while the work’s being done!
I’ve bought some new ornaments to go on the fireplace and some pictures to go on the wall in place of the family photos we had up; I’ll be spending ages tomorrow getting them put back on the wall up the stairs.

83 / 365 – Changes

We’ve decided to mount our new TV on the wall, above where it’s sitting at the moment and in its place, we’re going to have a decorative fire with surround, hearth and mantel.

I’m really excited about making the change because I’ve wanted a fireplace for ages 🙂
We’re now one step closer because today we got our new fire. I’m still shopping around for a fire surround and will be checking Ebay regularly over the next month!

The surround I’ve been looking at in B&Q will fit nicely in the place of the TV stand but we’re not sure where we’re going to put the DVD player and TiVo box.
I’m sure my wonderful hubby will come with a great solution to the problem soon!

We’re also going to lose our photo wall but there’s plenty of space on the stair wall to hang them so I’m not too worried about that.

I’ll be back with photos when it’s all done 🙂

Entryway Makeover

I keep seeing lovely entryways on Pinterest or when browsing Better Homes & Gardens. For a while now I’ve wanted somewhere more organised for the girls to store their coats/shoes/bags/helmets/hats/scarves etc

We had a set of drawers and a bookcase in the hall before I decorated the bedrooms and the girls had a small space at the side of the bookcase to hang their coats. It wasn’t big enough for school bags as well, in fact it was barely big enough for their school and play coats!

I put the set of drawers into the girls room when I decorated it and moved the bookcase to the space left by the drawers. This gave me a full wall to make a place for the girls to store all their outer wear.

I’d have loved to create something like this


Image Credit – Better Homes & Gardens

but this would cost significantly more (especially seeing as we’d have to start by buying a bigger house!) than I wanted to spend so I set my sights lower!

This is the hall before the makeover:

and here’s how it looks now:

I started by painting the original coat rack white then went to B&M and bought a couple of new coat racks for £2.99 each and a set of 3 baskets for £9.99.
I already had the shelf in the shed. It used to be in the girls room before we decorated and it was from the B&Q value range, a bargain at only £3.98.

When they come home from school, they put their school coats on the middle coat rack so that in the morning, the radiator warms them up!

The nice, neat shoe box belongs to KayCee and the messy one belongs to Ella. I was going to straighten Ella’s shoes in her basket to make it look good for the photo but I figure it shows their different personalities and needed to stay 🙂

The pictures of the girls would have had to be moved slightly higher to fit the basket on the shelf so I decided to move them to another wall and I plan on getting the kids to make a nice big piece of art to fill the space.
For the time being, we’ve got the photos they had taken with various characters from our Butlins holiday last year (hiding the holes until I get round to filling them and repainting the wall!) and I just used Blue Tac to put them up seeing as I still haven’t gotten around to framing them yet.

So (including the shelf) the total cost of the makeover was £19.95 and I’m really very pleased with it 🙂

Girl’s Room – Makeover

The girl’s room is finished, finally 🙂
I can’t believe how long it took and I’m absolutely shattered but it was all worth it. The girl’s love it.

Here are the before photos…


After 🙂







Day Zero Project – 365 day photo challenge – 15 / 365

Ella’s been wanting to put her new wall stickers up all day since we bought them this morning. It took a lot of patience for her to have to wait so long but we’ve been busy putting Aiden’s new wardrobe together then getting all their books/toys/dolls/other stuff! back into their room.
She got all her glow in the dark stickers up but we ran out of time though so she still has loads more glitter stickers to put up tomorrow!
I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m going to get all of the upstairs back in order tomorrow then work on the downstairs the day after.
After that, I’m going to rest…..for days!

Day Zero Project – 365 day photo challenge – 12 / 365

I’ve spent the day sanding wood then painting it all white; 1 large and 1 medium bookcase, 2 large shelves, 1 medium and 2 small shelves and all the brackets. I thought I’d finished but I forgot one item of furniture so I’ll have to get the gloss out again tomorrow. I don’t usually mind glossing but I have to admit I’ve had enough of it today and was looking forward to putting the gloss away and getting the emulsion out!

Day Zero Project – 365 day photo challenge – 9 / 365

I had such high hopes of getting both coats of paint done in the girl’s bedroom today but instead I spent the morning sleeping and the afternoon watching tv, taking ibuprofen and wishing this headache would go away.

It’s still lingering and we have to wait up for our Tesco delivery 🙁 It’s my own fault for not doing the order sooner so I could get an earlier slot but it’s still annoying when all you want to do is go to bed.

I got the kids to help clear the rest of the rest of the bedroom tonight before bed so hopefully I’ll be able to get lots done tomorrow.
As well as painting the walls, I have to empty Ant’s set of drawers that he keeps all his ‘bits and bobs’ in then paint the front of the drawers. They’re an orangy brown at the moment and the unit is white. I’m leaving the unit white but painting the drawer fronts the same pink as the walls.

I have a feeling the beds and wardrobe will be delivered while the house is turned upside down and I’ll have no room for them!


Time to get organised

New Year always brings with it a deep seated need in me to rearrange and reorganise the house.
I know Ant will now have a sinking feeling in his stomach after reading that because he dreads those words but it has to be done I’m afraid!
I’ve ordered Aiden a new wardrobe and I’ve also ordered two DVD shelf units from Very to accommodate our growing DVD collection. The bookcases we are using at the moment are most likely going to go into Aiden’s room as the white bookcase he has in there is broken. As you can see, the new DVDs the kids had for Christmas are piled on top of the shelves because we’ve run out of room.

I’m sending Aiden’s canvas Spongebob wardrobe to my sister’s for one of her boys. It was fine when Aiden was younger and all his clothes were small but now he’s getting bigger, it’s useless. His clothes won’t all fit in the hanging shelves and it’s been used as a place to store all his board games for the last couple of years. His clothes have been on the bottom two shelves of his bookcase, which isn’t a very good place for them either so I decided I’d had enough and he was having a proper wardrobe.
I want to give his room a new coat of paint to freshen it up and I’m looking at getting him a throw for his bed because he just can’t seem to keep duvet covers on the duvet! He asked if it could be painted because he said he’s too old for Spongebob now!

The girls are going to have new bunk beds and a wardrobe each and I also want to repaint their room. It’s been about 3 years since we last decorated it and it’s looking a bit grubby now. They currently each have their clothes in a 3 tier toy storage unit that we bought from Argos but they’re getting a bit small now.
I’m going to use these for their toys, along with the other unit they have that’s similar and hopefully that will provide enough toy storage for everything they got for Christmas.
I’m not doing a themed room when I decorate this time because it costs a fortune. We’re just having pink walls and maybe some butterfly stickers or something.
I’m going to get new tab top curtains and a curtain pole because I’m sick of the curtain hooks coming off and them looking messy all the time. I’ve also decided to get them pink canvas furniture for their room. They’ll love it more than a wooden wardrobe and as it’s cheaper I’ll be able to afford other units so they’ll have more storage.
I’ve just seen a half price offer in Argos for a pink canvas wardrobe set but obviously it’s out of stock everywhere! I hope it comes back in stock before the offer finishes but knowing my luck it won’t!
So the plan of action for today is to dismantle Aiden’s Spongebob wardrobe, empty his bookcase and sort all his stuff out.
I’m also going to take the princess tent down in the girl’s room and sort their clothes out. I need to get the toys put away so I might put the girl’s clothes in our room until we get the new furniture.
Granddad’s taking me to B&M so I can price up the curtains, pole and paint for each room and hopefully I’ll find out from Very when the new DVD shelves are going to be delivered. They arrived at the Lincoln depot on the 31st Dec so hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer.
I’m eager to get started so I’m off to have breakfast and a coffee (Yummmmm Tassimo coffee!!), get the kids off to school and Ant off to work so I can get cracking 🙂

Revamping a set of drawers

This set of drawers has been at the bottom of the stairs since before I moved in with Ant.
It’s full of his tools, screws, ‘things that will come in handy one day!’ etc.
Things also get dumped on top of it and left there for years (it may sound like an exaggeration but that printer has been there 2 years at least and last week there was another printer next to it and a box of computer software books on top of the big printer!) and now I’ve had enough of having to look at it every time I walk downstairs.Old set of drawers that have seen better days

I’m not sure how old it is but it’s seen better days! The wood veneer was chipped off on some of the drawers and it just looked old and tired.Chpped veneer on the drawers

I sanded it all and removed the veneer from one of the drawers due to more veneer coming off while I was sanding it.

I filled the other chips with wood filler then painted on the primer….with a little help from Ella!Ella helping to paint!

Ella painting

She really enjoyed helping, as she always does!
It took a few coats of paint but it’s finally done 🙂The drawers look like a new set

I bought the dandelion stickers from eBay for about £5 and the paint from my local B&M store. The white paint cost £4.99 for 1.25 litres and I used less than a quarter of a tin and the brown paint was by Crown and was on sale for 49p!!
I was very happy with my bargain tin of paint!

I wasn’t sure about the brown when I first did it and was getting ready to repaint the drawers white but I’d already ordered the stickers and Ant suggested I waited until the stickers were on to see if I liked it then.

I loved it! The stickers made all the difference.Drawers after painting - they look so much better

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