Wow, lots has been going on recently and the house is starting to change.  Firstly, the wood work outside has now all been painted and the windows are done.  The scaffolding is still up so it is hard to see the full impact but they look great.  The two decorators we found (The Boyfriend seemed to meet 100s before he was happy to use anyone) have been fantastic and so we’ll definitely use them again.

I’m quickly forgetting just how scruffy it all was so I’m glad I’m documenting it all with the photos.   This is what the barge boards and wood work looked like:

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Due to the condition of some of the wood we had to get the carpenter to replace some of the barge boards:

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It was exciting coming home and turning the corner as it was being prepared:



and this is what it looks like now:

IMG_2090It’s very shiny and I’m really pleased to see that we’ve brought it back to life.

The outside of all of the windows have also been finished and so we have gone from this:

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and finally to this:

IMG_2049The bad news is that we need to clean them all today before the scaffolding comes down.

All in all we’re really pleased – it may have taken us nearly a year but we’re getting there.  We now just need to get another skip for all the rubbish that the clean-up operation has left us:


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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