Hall Wall Art – Modern Victorian

My hall gallery art wall is very nearly complete. Well it was, but 2 frames have been broken. So it’s missing two frames and I need to make another bit of art for another frame.

hall wall art nearly complete

hall wall art nearly complete

It sympathises with the Victorian style, as Victorians would have covered every inch of the walls with frames.

hall wall art

hall wall art

How to Create the Shabby Chic Effect

  • I sanded the frames and then painted them with a grey egg shell.
  • I then gave them a light sand and applied candle wax to certain areas
  • I then painted the final coat (red/black/caramel – which flows through the house)
  • I finally gave them a light sanding
shabby chic frame

shabby chic frame

The mirrors bounce light around the hall and create a more spacious feeling.

hall wall art

hall wall art

The light fits with the shabby chic style of the art and a similar style of chandelier type lighting is used throughout the house.

hall light

hall light

Didn’t do much this weekend as it was my birthday. Dad finished fitting the kitchen plinths. We got the TV and mirror up on the lounge wall and the toilet roll holder and towel rail onto the shower room wall. We also ate a lot of Chinese!

love my wallpaper

love my wallpaper

Mum’s lent me her antique clock, unfortunately it’s not working, but I think its the suspension wire. Will get it looked at by a repair person sometime. I happen to live near to the world famous Jewellery Quarter which is handy. Until then, it can just look good and always tell me its 6.53.

victorian anniversary clock

victorian anniversary clock

Putting the TV on the wall opened up the floor space and putting the mirror up on the wall added to the room size immediately.

lounge mirror

lounge mirror

towel ral

shower room towel rail

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Bathroom Floorplan

Time to start thinking about the upstairs bathroom.

  • The walls are lovely and artexed, so need to get them flat.
  • Then finally get rid of the old cylinder and pipes, which are no longer in use.
  • And make up some framework for the recessed shelves.
  • Tiling all the walls won’t be so fun but will look ace
  • Putting lino on the floor. Not as swish as tiles, but my feet will be warm.
  • Replacing the toilet with a brand new designer style one which I got for free
  • Weirdly there’s never been a basin installed.. so installing a wall hung designer style basin which cost me £15.

Old Layout

old bathroom

old bathroom

New layout

new layout

new layout

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Just a little tarting up of the kitchen…

Load bearing wall knocked down, moved a wall back, rising damp rectified.
New roof, new plaster, new windows, new floor & tiles, new boiler and pipework

kitchen transformation

kitchen transformation

The lounge has been given lots of TLC…

Gas fire out & period fire in, restored original wooden floors, walls filled, ceiling tiles down.
New lease of life.

lounge transformation

lounge transformation

January Update

Last weekend was a busy one. Parents came up for 3 days to help me get the lounge, kitchen and shower room more or less finished.

A second layer of lining paper was put on the chimney, followed by the pretty paper. The fireplace has been concreted in, ran out of concrete, so need to finish up in front of the fire.

This weekend I put up the curtain pole. Just need to buy curtains now.

The coving needs to be finished, but I had a leak so this got set back. The leak that the plumbers couldn’t find after 2 hours of searching… well dad found it in 10 mins. Muppets.

lounge wallpaper done

lounge wallpaper done

I need to paint the bricks black behind the fire opening.

fireplace concreted in

fireplace concreted in

Dad connected up the radiator in the shower room and fitted and plumbed in the sink.
Sunday evening, I found out that as the pipes run under the floor there’s a warm tile to stand on. Bonus!

fully plumbed shower room

fully plumbed shower room

I boxed in the pipes in the kitchen, using lengths of timber and plasterboard. Far cheaper than alternatives and it looks good.

1. Cut timber to length.
2. Screw batons into wall.
3. Screw timber to batons.
4. Cut plasterboard to length, file & paint
5. Nail plasterboard to timbers
6. Tap nails in with nail punch
7. Fill nail holes & touch up paint

boxed in pipes

boxed in pipes

Dad fitted the light. It suits the room and creates more ambient light near the dining table.

close up of light

close up of light

kitchen looking from lounge

kitchen looking from lounge

kitchen looking from shower room

kitchen looking from shower room

DIY Cymbal Clock = kitchen wall art (part 1)

Parents came up last weekend and loads of work was done.
I’ve been crazy busy at work, and working on the house in the evenings so haven’t had time to update. Photos will follow soon.

But I’ve just made and hung my cymbal clock. (And it only cost £6.50)
So excited about this, couldn’t wait to show it off!

new light & my cymbal clock

new light & my cymbal clock

hehe

diy cymbal clock. made in minutes.

I used an old 20″ ride cymbal that I no longer use.
Bought a super large plate hanger £6.50
Took the clock movement and hands off an old clock.
Drilled a hole in the wall, added wall plug and screw.
Hey presto.

close up of cymbal clock

old 20″ ride cymbal, old clock movement & hands, super large plate hanger

Love my new light shade too.

close up of light

close up of light