Thursday, 12 September 2013

My New Home: Halfway There...

I can't believe it's only been two weeks since I got the keys to my new home!

There's been one major change.  Remember the two larders from the kitchen? Well here's how they look now:


Previously if you looked in this corner you would see two built-in cupboards, but now you see the hallway! My family took far too much pleasure taking turns to smash the wall down!

The kitchen units were also ripped out, walls plastered and the laminate floor partially lifted with a plan to sand the floorboards and varnish them.


Let me tell you about floor sanding. You can hire these floor sanding machines for about £30-50 a day. They are heavy to carry, but easy to set up, and nowhere near as loud/wild/scary as I expected!

But it is a boring, mundane, life-sucking, soul-destroying task. Ok, maybe I exaggerated a little, but not really that much. It took me 3-4 hours to get this far. My dream of doing three rooms in a day or two was totally dashed :( Quick calculation *taps on calculator* this would take me at least 5-7 days to do the lot! I decided to cut my losses and I've ordered flooring instead. In future, I'll just get a professional in to do it!

On the plus side, the kitchen units have been built, my washer dryer, hob and oven have been delivered and the wall is being re-built in a better fashion over the next few days.

Moving onto the bedroom, I was painting! I love painting, it means that sufficient progress has been made and it's the quickest and easiest way to transform the look of a room!


This was just before the final coat, but it's all painted now even inside the wardrobes:


I'm so glad to have one room really taking shape!

The living room is also mostly painted, so I'll finish that this weekend, and maybe get the wallpaper up on the feature wall. I also have more deliveries over the next few days and my Sky is being installed this weekend too.  Cue me, sat on a foldout chair, in an uncarpetted room, watching telly!

My family have been so brilliant throughout the whole thing. My brother is a plasterer to trade, which is very handy, and Dad knows a bit about everything so he's done all sorts of electrical, plumbing, building and DIY work. Mum is the Chief Gardener and remembers all the essential things like toilet paper and tea and sarnies for the troops, whilst my sister tirelessly stripped wallpaper and my brother's girlfriend constructed the kitchen cabinets in no time! I love these people, my family always rally around to help and, to me, that's what family is, it's the people you can count on most when you need it.


4 comments

  1. What an exciting process...you must be so proud of things as they come together:)

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  2. Eeep! Exciting stuff! I can't wait to see it all finished x

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  3. It's great to be able to make your home your own, although it's tiring it'll be worth it in the end! :) Hopefully I'll be moving in this weekend! *squee*

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  4. I loved your green door in the last post. Good luck on all your success with the remodel! You've done SO much!

    xo Ashley

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