We have been planing the kitchen for years now and it seems that we’re finally close to starting work of it.  I can not wait to get rid of what we have as it is too crowded and lots of it is broken.  This is what we currently have:


It is long and thin but unfortunately there is not enough storage for all the cooking bits and bobs that we have so everything ends up looking cluttered and it always seems to be a mess.

To make things worse, we also have:

  • An ugly hole where the freezer used to be that now reveals the old water tank and loads of pipes
  • A plumping system under the sink that is held together with tape that fails regularly
  • A kitchen floor covered in drawings where The Husband has tried to sketch out where the new table will go
  • A hole in the wall where we decided to check what was behind it…in case there were any surprises (we’re pretty confident it is just the chimney as planned)

The plan is to knock down the wall behind the oven to combine the ‘dining room’ with the kitchen and open up the space.  I’m really excited about walking into the kitchen from the hall and being able to see both windows but the dining room is currently nothing more than a room completely full of stuff that has nowhere else to go:


This archway and corridor between the two rooms will also be removed as we open up the whole space:


There is so much to do but fingers crossed there won’t be too many surprises.

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I wrote back in October that we thought we had a start date from the builder but I was a bit optimistic as we just had a rough time frame (the end of the year).  However, we now have a specific date of Monday 13th February so we have a busy few weekends ahead of us to get ready for that.

As I write this The Husband is sanding back all the panelling on the stairs and cornicing that he doesn’t think is good enough.  He’s definitely a perfectionist and there have been several bits bothering him since he installed it.  It took a bit longer than planned and so he felt we ended up rushing it as we tried to get it done before the carpets were fitted.  He is hoping to get it all finished before he rips out our existing kitchen.

We’re both fairly optimistic that 2017 will see us finish the majority of the house project but it’s been nice having a look back at the blog and reminding myself what we managed to tick off the list during the last 12 month.  Jobs included:

  1. Adding the bookcases to the basement
  2. Installing the bar down there
  3. Getting a rug and coffee table to finish off the basement (for now!)
  4. Buying a coffee table and console table for the living room
  5. Agreeing on and buying a picture to brighten up the living room wall
  6. Adding some further colour to the living room with the coral rug and blue lamp
  7. Buying a bathroom cupboard and adding some pictures to the room (although they are due to be changed shortly!)
  8. Adding pictures to the stairs.

Overall it seems that the majority of the jobs were ‘finishing touches’ as we near the end of this project but that said, we’re about to take on our biggest project yet with the kitchen and outside space being completely changed.  It’s exciting but also quite scary!




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We think we now have a date for the builder to start on the kitchen and so we are trying to finish off all the smaller jobs so that by the time the kitchen is done everything else will be too.

We have:

  • Repainted the bathroom to neaten up the woodwork and have put up some pictures (although the husband now wants to try some white frames)


  • Finally framed a picture I was given as a leaving present five years ago – we’ve put  it on the first floor landing and it has made such a difference to the space


  • Started to put pictures up on the staircase – we’ve chosen to put up black and white pictures of some of our favourite places.  We’ve had them in a pile in our bedroom for so long that it’s nice to have them framed and up at last


  • Finally put a lock on the back of the bathroom door as well as a hook


  • Bought a mirror for the living room – we’ve had a temporary one resting on the fire place for years so it looks really different having the gap underneath it now


  • Started to unpack some of our wedding gifts and have put pictures up in our bedroom in some of the frames we were given (lots of the frames used for the pictures on the stairs were wedding gifts too)


  • Bought a bright coral rug for the living room – it took us quite a long time to pluck up the courage to go for such a bright colour and we weren’t quite sure when it arrived either but think we are now happy to keep it.  We do however need to reupholster the wing back chair you can see in the picture.  We have a pair of them and they used to belong to my Nana so mean a lot to me


As well as getting the chairs done, one of the other jobs we have planned for the coming few weeks is to replace the glass by the front door.  We’re going to have one panel frosted and the other is going to have our house number on it


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As well as adding the finishing touches to the living room we have also been trying to finish off the basement and I think we are almost there.  Once again it is the lack of cushions that is holding us back from ticking it off the completed list!

The book cases are now full and have instantly added some much needed colour to the space:

We still need to sort the books out properly as they have just been thrown on for now but it was really nice to finally be able to unpack lots of the boxes that were in the back room.

We have also got a new coffee table for down there and our most recent addition is a new rug.  It’s so new that I’m still not 100% sure but it definitely fits the space so I’m coming around to it:IMG_7158

We also finally got around to choosing the blinds.  We have gone for black-out ones which definitely make it feel very cosy when watching a film:


As well as needing to make a decision on the cushions we also want to re-varnish the  nest of coffee tables and start to put up some pictures on the far wall but we feel like we are slowly getting there:


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It seemed to take us a ridiculously long time to decide on a bathroom cupboard.  We saw one that we liked from a design and functionality point of view but The Husband didn’t like what it was made of!  We were looking for two drawers and then two cupboards with shelves and in the end we decided to have it made.

Even then The Husband didn’t like any of the handles on offer and insisted on getting his own but we have finally been able to get rid of the clear plastic boxes from the bathroom:

We’re now looking to touch-up some of the paint work in there, hang some hooks on the door, add some paintings and get some nice storage jars to go on top of the cupboard but it feels like a step forward:


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Our living room has played a whole host of roles since we moved in.  It was a traditional living room right at the start (a freezing cold one!) but it’s also been a dining room, bedroom (during the flood) as well as a general store room (again during the flood when we moved everything we owned into there and tried frantically to fix some of the other rooms!)

It’s finally back to being a proper living room and we’ve spent lots of time in there during the recent light nights as it is such a sun trap.

This was what it looked like just after we bought the house (and had taken out the old gas fire as it scared us):

Just before Christmas, we painted it and put down a new wooden floor and then bought a sofa:IMG_6165

If I was in charge of decorating the room it would all be grey and cream but The Husband is keen to add some colour to the space.  We saw this painting and both really liked it so this was the start:IMG_7165

The one thing I was insistent on was changing the radiator in the room.  Initially it was just a plain white one and while it worked fine it just seemed a shame to have changed all the other ones in the house and not the one in this room.  The negotiations involved me agreeing to some sort of wood panel in the new kitchen but I think it was the right decision as it fits with all the others now:


As I said, I’d have happily kept things neutral but The Husband persuaded me to get this clashing lamp and shade from Pooky and I must admit I actually really like it:


The ceiling lamp is just a temporary one and we spent yesterday looking at ‘real’ options but I don’t really mind the current one…:


The other major addition has been the coffee table and console table that we got from Barker And Stonehouse:

We also got a couple of log baskets to replace the blue IKEA bags we had been using:


So, with the addition of the grey blind it is all coming together:

The two wing back chairs on the right are from my Nana and one of our next jobs is to decide on the fabric we want to reupholster them in.  While I’d go for a soft grey to match the sofa I think The Husband is thinking we could go with one of the other colours in the painting.  We have also been looking at rugs and The Husband may have persuaded me on a coral herringbone design but we’ve not bought it yet!  We then need some cushions and a table of some description on either side of the fire and I think the room will be close to finished.

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As with any project in this house, the bar seems to have taken a long time and although I am told it is still not 100% it looks nearly there to me.

The main delay seems to have come from the stone on the top.  The same piece of stone that ended up costing the same as a flight to somewhere very sunny but now it is in it does look good!

I’m pretty certain it would have been quicker and cheaper to get someone else in to do it but then it wouldn’t have been The Husband’s unique design.

The stone top has a hole for the ice bucket, he fitted mirrors to the back wall and then lights around the doorway:

This is the end result:


Apparently we now need to build a second shelf for the spirits to go on, stock up on all the spirits, snacks and beers that any decent bar should have and then buy some new handles for the cupboard door…

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