Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I never thought I'd get to the end of making that parquet floor...cutting one tiny piece of wood after another...can't say I'm in a hurry to do that again, especially in such a big room.
I wanted tiles in the entrance hall.
But I was tired of making floors so I sat down and had a think about how I could make tiles with minimum effort.
I remembered I had a very old piece of checked wrapping paper.
Voilà! A quick and easy tiled floor!
The fireplace looked like this before.
(this isn't my fireplace because I forgot to take a before pic but it's similar)
I bought some electric flaming logs when I was in America with Kim and built a register for the fireplace with bits and pieces I had lying around.
I created a cloudy vintage mirror to finish it off.
I'm loving the light up flaming logs!
This room has required a lot of labour and
I really had to push myself to finish it but I'm thrilled with the result!
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Firstly I must say a huge thank you to all those who left such lovely comments on my last post, it really makes my day to read them!
I've left the kitchen...I was very tempted to start filling it up but realised it would have to be emptied again to do the lighting.
So I'm moving on with the room next to the kitchen.
This is a VERY big room! As you can see I've started wallpapering.
There's the door through to the kitchen.
And the other gaping whole there is where the front door will eventually go.
The fireplace was originally red mahogany.
It took many, many coats of paint before the evil red stain stopped seeping through.
I've made some wall panelling.
I can hear some of you thinking...'hang on, there's a hole there for stairs...where are the stairs?'
Well, I always thought the stairs took up too much space and it was hard to see anything underneath them.
And what's more if you were downstairs and needed to get to the bathroom you'd have to go through the bedroom - that really annoyed me!
So I've created an entrance hall.
There's a doorway there for the stairs which will go up to another hallway on the first floor.
Best part of that is I don't really have to make the stairs because they won't be seen!
May just make a couple of steps at the start.
There are French doors from the entrance hall into the room.
Now the room has a more interesting shape.
I haven't yet decided what this room will be.
There's still a lot more to do of course but I'm really happy with how the room is shaping up.
Next thing to tackle (apart from that wall that still needs papering!) is the parquet floor. I have to say it's a bit daunting at this stage as it's such a huge room.
However, I've learned from vast experience that nothing ever gets done by just staring at it!
Next week the holidays are over and the kids are back at school, so the floor will be started!
Friday, October 3, 2014
Things have been moving along with the little kitchen reno...
That pantry still needs filling...but that's going to take some time and patience.
There's a new sink - made from a little china trinket box.
I'm going for the industrial concrete benchtop look. There will be a tap there soon!
The curtain under the sink was made from an old handkerchief with a pretty edging.
I re-used or 'upcycled' some of the old kitchen cupboards (which were one of the first things I ever built myself). It would have probably been easier to make new cupboards altogether as the china box I used to make the sink from didn't quite fit so the cupboards required a total rebuild.
The fridge and oven are the ones I made for the old kitchen.
The fridge could do with a bit of a facelift.
There was originally a door where the window above the sink is. I boarded up the door a couple of renovations ago. This time I thought it would add a bit of interest to have an old window there...so I made an interesting old window!
I built the door from scratch - a laborious task...but cheaper than buying one!
I thought about putting cupboards and a bench beside the oven but this house is very deep and having cupboards there makes it hard to see things at the back of the room.
So instead I built an industrial style table - just another style I love!
Hope you like the direction the kitchen is taking...there's plenty more to be done!