101 / 365 – Kitchen makeover, end of day two

Home / Home Improvement / 101 / 365 – Kitchen makeover, end of day two

Why is it, when decorating a room, the first few days feel like you’re never going to get anywhere. I’ve been on the go since just before ten this morning and it feels like I haven’t even made a dent in the amount of work that needs doing.
I’ve washed, sanded and undercoated 2 shelves, 4 brackets, 4 large pieces of Contiboard, some skirting and part of the door frame. I painted the cupboards and 3 doors, giving them two coats each and I washed the fridge, freezer, washer and dryer.
I painted some of the walls, giving them two coats of emulsion and I’m now doing this post and waiting ’til 9pm so I can varnish the cupboards and doors. They needed four hours for the emulsion to cure before another coat can be done.

It feels like there’s a mountain left to climb and I need to get to the top before the kids come back on Sunday.
Wish me luck!


Today’s 365 photo….loving my cupboard doors; all nice
and clean again 🙂



100 / 365 – Kitchen Makeover – End of day one

Home / Home Improvement / 100 / 365 – Kitchen Makeover – End of day one

We’ve had a busy day and I’m shattered but unfortunately, it’s just the start of what promises to be a very busy week. We went to B&M, The Range and B&Q this morning to stock up on everything we need for the kitchen makeover as well the bathroom and bedroom makeovers we’re going to be doing over the coming weeks.

We couldn’t bring the new counter for the kitchen today because the saw in B&Q wasn’t working. Ant’s going to go back for it on Thursday…fingers crossed it will be mended by then!

We started emptying the kitchen after lunch, well as much as we could fit into the living room! It’s a good job we’ve got the TV on the wall now because if it was still on the TV cabinet, we wouldn’t be able to see it.
Ant took the cupboards down then I cleaned them and put a coat of undercoat on. Cleaning the top of those cupboards was an awful job. I don’t think they’ve ever been cleaned since they were put up in February 1992 (there was a sticker on the top signed by the person who did the quality control check when they were installed!) and the layer of grease was horrible, even though I’m ashamed to admit that!

Anyway. enough of my embarrassing admissions. I need to get some sleep ready for the full day of work ahead tomorrow.






Today’s 365 photo ‘cos I’m excited that I’m finally going to make these cupboards look nice!




89 / 365 New fire place – Before and After photos

Home / Home Improvement / 89 / 365 New fire place – Before and After photos

Last week our living room looked like this:

then Ant phones from work and says, what do you think about putting the TV on the wall and getting a fire surround.

Now our room looks like this:

Today’s 365 photo

and I. LOVE. IT. 🙂

We spent the morning shopping for new ornaments; probably the best way to spend a morning, if you’re me! (not so much if you’re Ant!!) and I have to say, The Range just may be my new favourite shop.
It was hard to choose because there’s so much to choose from!

I can’t wait to start on our kitchen once the kids have gone away for the week on Easter Sunday.
It’s going to be a lot of work but I know it’s going to be totally worth it. I’ve been wanting to do something drastic with the kitchen for ages and I can now finally get it done 🙂

85 / 365 – Work in progress

Home / Home Improvement / 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

Home / Home Improvement / 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

Home / Home Improvement / 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 🙂

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

Home / Home Improvement / 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

Home / Home Improvement / 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!