What a difference a month makes

It took us one whole month from getting the keys to the house, to making it decent enough to live in. Joe took some pictures of the house just before we had the keys, and here are some updated images now that we have got our stuff in, so you can see how much it has come along (and how much we still have to do!) in such a short space of time. Really proud of ourselves, and grateful to the family who have been superstars.

The Lounge

Before

Since then we have…
Stripped and skimmed the walls and then painted them white.
The fire has been removed completely and the floors have been stripped back to the floorboards.

After

The dining table has also been shoved into the lounge for now. As soon as we build a dining room, that's where it will go!

The Kitchen

Before

To be honest, not much has been done in the kitchen. Eventually, we plan to knock through the back wall to extend the size of the room and then build a kitchen. So far, this room has had the boiler installed, and that’s about it! It is mostly being used for storage.

After

Bedroom 1 (the “master” bedroom)

Before

In our bedroom, the horrendous moss green carpet has been removed. The bright pink wallpaper has been stripped off. The gas fire has also been removed. We have skimmed the walls and given it a white coat of paint.

After

Even managed to fit my dresser in there! Plenty of my junk yet to unpack though...

Bedroom 2

Before

This room has been stripped of the horrible wallpaper. Because we couldn’t afford to have another room skimmed just yet, we decided to just paint behind where our wardrobes were going to go, and leave the rest until later. You may have heard me talking about the wardrobes before. They are massive and once they are assembled, we are NEVER moving them.

Poor Peter (Joe's dad) having to assemble them. You're a legend Peter!

The rest of the room is currently being used for "storage"

 Bedroom 3 (The boxroom)

Before

I would have loved to show you what this looks like now, but it is currently home to a computer desk, a spare single bed, and an entire bathroom suite, so it’s pretty stuffed!
We have however, removed the lovely carpets, and all wallpaper.

The bathroom

Before

What used to be this awfully dated pink bathroom suite (rotting, may I add) and a separate WC, we have now ripped out all fittings and tiles, as well as the adjoining wall. We have taken everything back to the brick, added plasterboard to the walls and ceiling (to make a lowered ceiling) and added a toilet. As soon as we can afford taps and tiles, we will fit the rest of the bathroom. Hoorah!

After

We will probably take things a little slower now. We got so much done in the first month simply because we had to. I can’t wait to get all the dirty stuff out of the way and get some flooring in the next few months. It’s going to be a blast.

Karen x

Mum’s the word

I was lucky enough to get 2 days off work this week (Thursday & Friday) to get some more done on the house. My mum (Angela) came to see the house for the first time and to lend a hand. It was so nice to see her and even better to put her to work! I remember when I was young and my mum would make me and my sister (Amy) strip wallpaper and tidy up when our houses were being decorated. Revenge is sweet!

Thursday

Mum starting on the bedroom walls with the electric sander

Mum's phone after about 10 minutes of sanding the walls (pardon my nails). It got so dusty in there that we kept setting the fire alarm off. Oops!

Taking a break from the dustcloud upstairs, we head to the lounge to find....the cat! Making herself at home 🙂

Mum again. "I knew I shouldn't have worn my good jeans" haha she's a numpty

Joe joins us after work 🙂

Time for a break in the garden. Sunshine!

Friday
My mum unfortunately had to leave the previous night as she doesn’t live locally anymore (insert sad face here). So Friday it was just me. I spent a lot of time singing wildly to cheesy music, and dancing on a ladder, which I now know is dangerous. Who knew?

Safety first!

Turns out I wasn't alone after all! Hello Lily

I sit down for a 5 minute breather...there she is again! Straight onto my lap. D'awww

Stripping the ceiling in the back bedroom, I thought she had left. But no, she's just exploring the garden.

-Karen x

What bank holidays are made of…

I’ve always been aware that bank holidays are big for DIY and getting good deals (HURRY, SALE ENDS MONDAY. GET IT NOW OR DIE A MISERABLE DEATH FROM REGRET).

But I’ve never really been a part of that because I’ve always lived with my parents in a finished house, in student accomodation or in a rented apartment. So the past few years, whenever I hear ‘bank holiday weekend’ I think, “Fab, an extra hangover day at the weekend. Huzzah!”

But not anymore. Welcome to adulthood Karen.
This weekend, my new best friend has become the local B&Q warehouse and I now know that you can never own too many bin bags.

Over Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday me & Joe had lots of helpers around, who we now owe big time, and we got plenty done around the house. I imagine this is what all future bank holidays are likely to consist of. And d’ya know what? I don’t even mind *insert cheesy smile*

Here’s a few snippets of progress.

Chipboard wallpaper. It's everywhere! It HAS to go.

Kitchen tiles came off with a simply kicking...

My sister Amy stripping the lounge wall

Here she is again!

My Aunty Hel (& Uncle Ste, and Cousins Callum & Rhiannon) popped round to help. They were camera shy.

Out comes the gas fire and carpet in the main bedroom

That's better!

Joe's sister Sam and mum Carol giving the box room a good gutting!

Me and my sis clearing up mounds of chipboard wallpaper in the lounge.

Chipboard for the tip, from ONE wall!

My Aunty Maggie giving a helping hand with the steamer.

Amy relaxing after a long hard day.

More of the same next weekend I hope!

-Karen x