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.

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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

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

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

Dining Area Fully Tiled

Was away last weekend and ill in the week, so back to the tiling Fri and today.

Bought a wet saw and it is genius. I got pretty soaked the first night because I didn’t use the wheel guard as I wanted to see what I was doing. When I used the wheel guard I got far less wet!

messy face…

The saw is brilliant for cutting accurate straight cuts and L cuts. The regular straight cuts take longer using this than the regular dry cutter, but the dry cutter wouldn’t work with my tough tiles and the wet saw cut through the tiles with ease. It’s pretty fun too!

3rd day of tiling

The dining area is complete and ready for grouting. I’m very pleased with my first tiling efforts 🙂

ready for grouting

Anyone would think my cats have moved in…

cats…

Kitchen Colours

Seeing as the kitchen should be finished in the next week or so I need to decide on my paint colours.

I decided on green a long time ago, but now it’s time to sort the colour scheme and see what works well together etc.

The cabinets are cream, the worktop is beech and the cooker hood & splashback will be stainless steel.

Green Colour Scheme

I’ve got two options so far:

Option A
Window wall plus most of opposite wall light green
Between base and wall units brighter accent green
Two end walls neutral
Ceiling white

Option B
Window wall mid light green
Opposite wall and two end walls neutral
Between base and wall units brighter accent green
Ceiling white

Just need to narrow the colours down a little and get some testers.
Whether I go with Dulux, Crown or Leyland is undecided. I can get any of the brands to colour match.