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

Some (almost) finishing touches

I’ve just had a lovely shower in my wetroom. It’s not totally finished (no sink yet and some trim to go up) but it was such a nice shower… After putting up with this for 4 months…

upstairs bathroom, my only plumbed in shower until last night

This is luxury…

wetroom shower


just sink left to plumb in

The sink in the picture isn’t the sink we’re using. I got it free, but we had a change of heart. I got another sink for £1.20 on eBay but it didn’t work with the pedestal I had, so I’m waiting to track down another bargain basin and pedestal.

My period fire place is in! It’s not in place properly and the surround isn’t screwed in but man it looks awesome. The chimney has also been covered with lining paper, ready for papering with pretty paper at a later date.

fire and chandelier

awesome period fire place!! need to finish refurbing the surround

chandelier (need to buy one more bulb)

wallpaper for chimney

I’ve started off the tile skirting in the kitchen. It just needs cleaning up. And I’ve actually managed to bring my dining table into the kitchen!!

tile skirting in the kitchen

dining table

The worktop is properly secured now and the tap is where it’s supposed to be and not under the sink in the cupboard! Now the worktop is secure I can move the washing machine to finish off the floor tiles.

worktop secure

Lounge floor & skirting… Job Done.

The final coat on the lounge floor has been done and the skirting is done too. I’m mega pleased with it.

I can move the sofa back in tomorrow night. Then the Kitchen will be empty again and I’ll swap back to working in there and do the tile skirting.

lounge floor fully varnished

skirting done (Wilkinson ‘signal red’)

Can’t wait to get my period fire place in. It’s being repainted as we speak (thanks Mum). Hopefully there’ll be time to fit it next weekend.

What a Transformation in the Hall

The hall didn’t take long to sand. 4 hours this afternoon. It had no evil bitumen to scrub and scrape away.

After putting on the first coat of varnish all I could say was “WOW“. What a transformation.

hall floor sanded & 1 coat of varnish

This gave an even bigger immediate “wow” than the lounge floor. Maybe because one day the underlay was down, the next day it was sanded and varnished, whereas the lounge floor was a very gradual transformation.

It could have also been because the hall and lounge floors now flow as one.

hall before

I wasn’t expecting to finish the sanding of the hall until tomorrow. But by the end of tomorrow the hall and lounge will both have had their 3 coats of varnish and be complete.

First coat of varnish is done

The first coat of varnish has gone on. It’s going on well and when all the coats are done it’s going to look good! All those hours scrubbing, scraping and sanding seem to have paid off.

first coat of varnish

second coat of varnish

bit different before

It’ll go darker as I put more coats on too (it’s actually Dark Oak and it’s not so orange as it looks in the pic). Sweet! 🙂

Saturday Sanding

Now that the kitchen floor is done, I had somewhere to put the sofa.

So back to scrubbing and sanding the lounge floor. Back breaking work, but I’ve got rid of all the bitumen and got it to a decent standard, all done to 60 grit.

some proper progress

I’ll have it fully sanded tomorrow and if I have any body mobility after that and then Sun eve band practice, I’ll put on the first coat of varnish/stain.

Still not decided if I’ll have to stick cat’s in the cat carrier. Cats & fresh varnish don’t go together well..