March Bathroom Update

I must admit, when we received the keys for the house in August, I never thought that re-modelling the bathroom would result in a March bathroom update. I honestly thought this room would be the easiest thing ever (completely delusional). And I suppose for me it has been – although my general girly showering/pampering routine has gone to pot. Joe and his dad have done the bulk of the hard work.

Note to self: buy them beer.

But regardless of how long it is taking, it is coming along nicely. When I look back at old pictures I do realise how much progress has been made.

Take a look at this video for example. We (again, I did next to nothing to help but I’m going to take credit anywho) had ripped down the wall between the bathroom and the toilet, ripped out the immersion heater and started chipping away at the broken tiles to expose the brick.

As you can see, it looked pretty atrocious – just like my camera skills on my old phone! I can’t apologise enough for the shoddiness of this video. I must add ‘learn photography’ to my to-do list.

But ho hum! As long as we have a fully functioning bathroom at some point in 2012, I’m a happy bunny. I’m so excited for it, I may very well blog about my first shower in the house. Well, the first one that wasn’t in the garden…

Here’s a few snapshots of how the bathroom looks at the minute:

Fully grouted around the bath

Tiles are starting to go on around the window.

Tiles starting to go on around the door.

What will be the double shower

That white pipe is our waste pipe from the bath. We need to connect it to the outside drainpipes. And yes, that's a hole straight into our bathroom so it's normally pretty breezy in there!

The water pipe spurts out onto the side of our house. Luckily we are going to build a driveway here eventually. Looks messy though!

Karen x

Bathtime = time to get dirty

After the bathroom wall came down at the weekend, the next fun job was destroying the bath. It was pretty much a holding point for rubble at this point from when we knocked down the bathroom/toilet wall (and don’t worry, we weren’t just destroying a perfectly good bath. We’re not made of money! It was fully corroding and rotting so it was doomed from the start anyway. So there!)

After carrying the rubble in buckets down the stairs to the skip (feeling a bit like Mickey Mouse in Fantasia)  Joe, his dad (Peter) and his cousin (Gary) detached the bath from the wall – which was easier said than done – and then we all got a go on the bath with a sledgehammer.

I’m gutted there’s no video of me having a go because I did a really good job (I swear!) – much better than me trying to kick the fence in anyway. Oh well, it was fun and now we are shopping for a new bathroom suite. Dead grown up!

Peter digging out some bits of bath. Where are your gloves daddio?! Safety first!

Joe all dirty after taking a sledgehammer to the bathroom.


-Karen x

Demolition caught on film

The weekend at the house included a fair bit of demolition in the garden. And I wish I could take credit for this, but to be honest, I’m a bit pants at the whole DIY thing and have the upper body strength of a flannel (not sure that even makes sense! Either way, I’m a weakling.)

Joe was an absolute trooper and bashed out the concrete posts on the front which will eventully give room for us to build a driveway. He had the most enormous blister on his hand that I have ever seen by the end of the day. But he was in his element. D’awww.

I was given the challenge of kicking down the weedy little fence at the front which was already half falling off. As you can see, I wasn’t very good, and Amy just watched and laughed (which is typical because she is as strong as Hercules.Sisterly love eh?)

Following this “success”, I was then given a task in the back garden; to trim some trees/bushes. Sounds simple enough. But I couldn’t even get the chainsaw running…

The petrol was run out I promise! (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it…)
Anywho, we eventually got it going, and I managed to break about 2 twigs after some help from Andy (Joe’s Sister’s hubby-to-be) before going off on a strop because I’m just bloody useless.

This blog should be re-named “Karen fails at DIY“. I will get some videos of Joe up soon to show you how to really do up a house.

-Karen x


Arriving at the house on Saturday morning, all ready to get cracking, at the ready with heavy-duty gloves and a trillion bin bags, we were greeted with a cute furry creature on the doorstep: a cat.
She has been following us around the house, pretending to help out (in other words, rolling around wallpaper that has been ripped off walls) and rubbing up our legs. She practically lives with us already and I think she’s just adorable.
The neighbours told us they’re not sure where she lives, but the previous owner used to feed the cat before she died. All I know is, the kitty is welcome round whenever she wants. 🙂

Here’s a few pictures of her popping up around the house over the bank holiday weekend.

"Please let me in!"

Can I keep her please!?

Who needs a guard dog when you can have a guard cat?

Bum to the face! Charming!

She blummin' loves wallpaper


Spoiled already

Here’s the cat getting a good tickling from my sister Amy. Practically part of the family.

-Karen x

The ‘before’ video

As soon as I got the keys to the house, I decided to make a video tour of what it originally looked like.

This was mostly for my mums sake because she won’t end up seeing it for another week (when we would hopefully have done plenty of improvements by then). Also, this way, in a week’s time, I can do another video to see our progress.

Sorry in advance for my annoying voice 🙂

I will update this post at a later date with the ‘after‘ video.

-Karen x