It has taken us the last four weeks to move in, unpack and start to settle in.  We’ve got a growing to-do list but haven’t actually started any DIY…until this weekend.  We’ve been really keen to get started and so opted for a Friday night in and headed up to the top floor to rip the wallpaper off the wall.  The room will one day be a guest room but this weekend’s challenge was to take off the attractive wood-chip style wallpaper.  The Boyfriend has done far more than me and has managed to strip nearly all of it off (I think he liked the excuse to have the sport on the radio turned up nice and loud). 

House 1 005

We’re a bit nervous that one of the reason the wallpaper has come off so quickly is because the walls are damp but hopefully it is just because they are so cold (there is no heating up there at the moment).  One of the corners is really wet from the chimney but that was a problem we were already aware of.  There were also some tiles on the floor indicating that there had been a fireplace in one of the walls and it was fun to discover the true scale of it. 

The steamer is set to be our friend for a few more months but it is definitely a good start…

About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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