Making a house a home

I love that Joe added to this blog yesterday.

I was visiting family at the weekend and was away with work on Monday and Tuesday so I’m really enjoying looking at the pictures Joe took whilst I couldn’t be at the house over those few days (although I did make one or two appearances – I’ve done my bit, I promise!). Although everything still looks a little bit like a building site, it’s really starting to come together quickly. Family is a wonderful thing.

Here’s a few of my favourite piccies from the last week.

Gary (Joe's cousin) attacking the wall between the toilet and bathroom. With a hammer?

Love this picture of Peter through the first hole in the bathroom wall.

Rubbish left at the side of the house. Pre-skip.

Joe putting his feet up in the garden

Joe playing with Lily

Hmmm hall is bit messy!

Luckily we have Carol (Joe's mum), the clean up Queen!

She's defo got the right idea. Using a shower cap to avoid getting dust in her hair. GENIUS!

The lounge looks so much better now that the walls are sanded, the fire has been removed, and the carpet remains have been removed.

Us in our gear ❤

– 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