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


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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  1. Maureen says:

    It all looks lovely Katherine. We look forward to checking it out when we next travel north. Well done, both of you.

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