Big Changes – Last Big Job

Some big changes have been happening.

I’ve had my double glazing fitted. I used Safeguard, who were very competitive cost wise, the sales guy was lovely and no hard sell whatsoever, and the surveyor and fitter were both great too.

double glazing

double glazing

real windows!

real windows!

need to find some blinds

need to find some blinds – note old windows in front garden are now gone

The windows were the last major job.

I need a carpenter in to patch up some skirting and make a door frame and need my dad to fit the basin and towel radiator in the bathroom (and I can then finish the last few tiles), but other than that it’s really just bits and pieces.

I have just put up my scaffolding board radiator shelf. After sanding it down and applying a few coats of Danish Oil, I think it looks great.

scaffolding board radiator shelf

scaffolding board radiator shelf

I put my tyre planter outside, it has soil but just needs a plant. Something that will survive if I forget to water it and something that won’t die in the frost that we’ll be getting in a few months…

tyre planter

tyre planter

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Making Pallet Furniture

The week before last I was down at my parents and borrowed my dad’s car to collect some pallets. I’ve just finished making a pallet table and headboard. Plus, I’ve turned a scaffold board into a radiator shelf.

Pallet Table

Taking the pallets apart was tough, but luckily my dad did that for me (I just had to get all the nails out). Then it was 1 hour of sanding with my belt sander last night and  2 coats of danish oil.

pallet table

pallet table not sanded

table sanded and oiled

table sanded and oiled

danish oil

danish oil

Pallet Headboard

It took about an hour or so sanding. I sanded the planks individually and sponged on two coats of varnish. When they were dry, the fun started and I lined the planks up in various orders until I found a design I was happy with.

I layed the planks onto two horizontal pieces of wood and screwed the headboard together. I drilled holes in the planks big enough for the screws to fit through and also drilled pilot holes into the frame.

And here we have the headboard (which only fitted up the stairs by a few mm)

headboard  before sanding

headboard before sanding

headboard sanded and varnished

headboard sanded and varnished

headboard

headboard

It’s resting against the wall at the moment as I don’t have any wood long enough to make the legs, but that’s just a couple more screws.

Cost of both, approx 40p (screws). I used three pallets in total, free from Jewsons.
The only other wood I needed, was for the frame.

Adding curb appeal – welcome to my humble abode

The rain held off over the weekend and so the exterior out the front is nearly complete. Parts of the porch supports were particularly difficult to reach, with me balancing off ladders on uneven ground, upright paving slabs and the bay window wall. Job done.

freshly painted woodwork, awaiting new windows

freshly painted woodwork, awaiting new windows

The porch and door woodwork have had two coats of white and look so much brighter – they were the same colour as the window frames. I’m awaiting my third double glazing window quote, so the windows will soon match.

I’ve also landscaped the garden.

newly landscaped front garden

newly landscaped front garden

I fixed the gate, pruned the massively overgrown bush, weeded the path and cleared out the clogged gutter. I also bought some plants and flowers and made some unusual brick planters, with bricks salvaged from previous building works.

front-garden2

colorful pallet of textures

The white gravel makes the reds pop.

funky brick planters I made

funky brick planters I made

The two bigger plants are perennial and are hardy and the three evergreen succulents are drought resistant and will look just as interesting in the winter. £50 well spent.

will paint the rocks white and red

I’m going to paint the rocks white and red

I just need to get a couple of old tyres to make a large tyre planter!

I saw two tyres on the industrial estate at work as I was leaving… hopefully they’re still there tomorrow and I can find the unit owner to ask about taking them. Painted red/white they’ll fit right in, and will give me some more gravel for the empty spots.

New Drill Bits & Bedroom Mirror

I bought my bedroom mirror last night and put it up tonight

I had to buy some bigger wall plugs and a bigger drill bit. Since it was only slightly more to buy a whole set, I treated myself and now I have a lovely shiney set of drill bits to get dirty! 🙂

New Drill Bits

New Drill Bits

Post Drilling

Post Drilling

The mirror was on sale at under £30 at The Range.

Mirror up!

Mirror up!

I’m undecided whether to leave it cream or paint it white or purple to match the rest of the room. The light (yet to be fitted) is cream so I’ll leave it until that’s up to decide.

Study…. is now a study.

So, I finally got around to sorting all the junk that was stored in this room whilst I was renovating my bathroom and bedroom.

Bringing the desk upstairs on my own was a very near huge failure. I got stuck mid way, literally pinned to the stairs under the desk… it isn’t too heavy but it was such a tight fit.

I also massively scraped the banister and wall and the drawer fell out from mid way up the incredibly steep stairs, bouncing three times…. very loudly. I’m sure I gave the neighbours an almighty shock. I need to fix up the walls and banister, but the drawer was more or less unscathed.

study

study

desk

desk

I was going to sand the desk and paint parts of it, but it’ll do as it is for now.
It still looks pretty good. Besides, I can buy my A3 laser printer now and get trading.

Stairs & Landing Brightened Up

Long time, no update. Kinda been busy soaking up the sun, running, climbing and fitting in a few sporadic hours on the house.

My bedroom is more or less done.
It’s been plastered, painted and I put up the new architrave. Just got a few bits and pieces left to do. Photos will follow when I’ve got it in order (tidied).

The stairs and landing are now finished.
The emulsion was finished weeks ago and I’ve just finished the woodwork. Painting the ugly brown with white makes such a difference.

walls pre plastering

walls pre plastering

stairs pre plastering

stairs pre plastering

plastered wall

smooth plaster

stairs painted

fresh white satin paint and magnolia emulsion

landing painted

landing painted

DIY Vintage Sign

My DIY vintage sign is complete. It just needs to go on the wall with a plant hanging from it.

Making a vintage sign is pretty easy

  • Step 1 – find an old board
  • Step 2 – sand it down and paint it in a bright colour
  • Step 3 – give it a light sand and paint in a less invasive colour
  • Step 3 – sand to show some base colour and some wood
  • Step 4 – paint on your chosen word
  • Step 5 – sand/distress some more

I’ve added an old hanging basket hanger too.

base coat

base coat

DIY vintage sign

DIY vintage sign

authentic old nail

authentic old nail

sanded down

sanded down

base colour showing through

base colour showing through