Sunday, 7 September 2014

Bedroom redecorating, building a custom wardrobe

Earlier in the week I posted a list of what was left to do on the bedroom and had a few weeks to do these before our week off work to really crack on with the work. But with my partner super keen to get the bedroom completed he has booked the carpet fitter in for this week and not the week after!

We now have just 5 days to get the bedroom ready to be finished with carpet this Thursday! This weekend we have been working hard on the list to get things either done/

  • Paint the surround around the wardrobe 
  • Add handles
All the handles are now added to the drawers and doors and look amazing, and with the handles added we can actually add our clothes to the wardrobes and finally start clearing the box room and living room which has been stacked to the ceiling with the entire contents of our bedrooms. 
Handmade custom built wardrobe

in built wardrobe

Wallpaper lined wardrobe

  • Re-fit one wardrobe door
The wardrobe door to the far left was sitting a little proud and needed adjusting so that it was able to close properly. This is now done and so the wardrobes are complete and ready to be filled. 
  • Paint the ceiling - There are a few pit holes and bumps in the ceiling that need filling and preparing before this is painted and this is the plan for this evening to get the ceiling painted before the carpet goes in. 
  • paint the walls - Where we had painted sample colours on the wall  we were struggling to cover these with the new wall colour that we had chosen and even though we painted the test patches in white first these were still grinning through the paint. Both walls have now had second coats of paint and the walls are now well covered and complete.
  • Complete the electrics, adding wall lights, sockets, and light switches - Our electrician is booked to come around Tuesday night to tick this job off the list.
  • add skirting around the room - Now the walls are painted the skirting can be added and painted, we just need to squeeze this job in and get painted before Thursday.
  • fit the radiator back on the wall - This is a quick job and can be completed now that the walls are painted. 
  • paint the dressing table and fit - We originally had plans to wallpaper the dresser with the same paper that lines the inside of the wardrobes but as this area will be used it needs to be a bit stronger and have a protective coating so we need to research whether we can use glass or a vinyl wrap to seal the paper on the unit.
There's a fair amount of work to do before Thursday which means we both need to work hard each evening to get this all done but hopefully by the weekend we will be able to finally sleep in our wonderful new bedroom. 

Considering we have been in the house nearly 2 years it's been a long time coming having a bedroom fit for our needs and moving from one room to the next and back in between taking out walls and gutting rooms has been incredibly hard. I can't wait to see everything come together. Gutting the room has been a strain on us both as we've had clothes in the living room, chest of drawers on the landing and endless deliveries of doors, hinges and materials stock piled in the living room. Getting the room complete not only gives us the bedroom we dreamed of but once complete it gives us back a lot of space that's currently getting very very annoying. 

Kitchen Redecorating Ideas

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
Your kitchen is the hub of your home. It’s where your family comes together to talk about their day, eat delicious meals, and relax with a nice cup of coffee. But sometimes you can get bored with the same design of the area over time, and think about what you can do to brighten up the space, or give it a warmer feeling. Taking on a kitchen makeover is not for the faint of heart, and you should be prepared to exercise a great deal of patience while renovations are under way.
According to, “Think of a kitchen remodel the same way you would think about partaking in a weight loss program: no matter what anyone tells you, it's not happening overnight. Your patience will be tested; you'll consider cutting corners that aren't worth cutting.”

Investing in your Home
An updated kitchen is one of the best investments that you can make in your home, and many times it adds more than just the cost of the project to your home’s value. In fact, a kitchen remodel for homes everywhere will increase the value of your home. It’s a lot of work, but if you can hang in there, the results are well worth it.

If you are like me, you have great plans for how you would like your kitchen to look and function, but not necessarily the funds to make your dreams come true. But don’t worry; there are still plenty of things you can do to spruce up the place on a budget. For instance; start with a simple paint job.
“To paint cabinets, first prime them with a de-glossing primer to help the paint adhere and eliminate the need for messy sanding,” says “Painting cabinets is time-consuming -- you need to remove doors, drawers, and hardware to do a thorough job -- but the results give you a fresh look for minimal cost.”
When looking at how much you can afford to spend on renovations, consider what kinds of improvements are most important to you. If what you crave is new appliances, scour the internet in search of the best deal. New cabinets can be relatively cheap depending on what kind of material and style you want to go with. A fresh coat of paint can many times change the entire feel of a room, and paint is not very expensive at all.

At a Little Cornish Home we managed to completely overhaul the kitchen but kept to a tight budget with second hand units and painted walls. We shopped around and got many quotes for the new doors and shopped on e-bay for the handles by shopping in a variety of different stores we managed to get the best prices and even a free dishwasher from a house clearance meaning the kitchen looks amazing but didn’t cost us a fortune.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Renovating our dream bedroom little step by little step

We are now speeding through the renovation of our master bedroom, the wardrobe has now been completely lined needing just under four rolls of wallpaper to allow the pattern to line up. Considering this is going to be on the inside and only seen as a treat when getting clothes out it was an expensive and time consuming addition to the bedroom but something that we both really wanted and it is those personal touches that make our house our own. 
Wallpapered wardrobes
The ten drawers in the middle of the wardrobe and been made and fitted as well as the first two cupboard doors going into place.
Wallpaper inside wardrobes
At the end of the weekend we had added all the doors and two of the handles to the wardrobes and can get an idea of how the room will look once completed. There are a few minor adjustments to make the far left hand door doesn't quite shut as neatly as we would like and is a few millimetres off being perfect so that will need amending. 
We also painted the surround of the wardrobe in an antique white colour that we would hope to complement the doors but both feel that this clashes and is too bright next to the doors and we have decided to paint the surround in the same colours that the walls are painted in.  
Custom built wardrobe

Jobs to do on the bedroom. 

  • Paint the surround around the wardrobe 
  • Add handles
  • Re-fit one wardrobe door
  • Paint the ceiling
  • paint the walls
  • Complete the electrics, adding wall lights, sockets, and light switches
  • add skirting around the room
  • fit the radiator back on the wall
  • paint the dressing table and fit
Once all these jobs are done we can book in the carpet fitters and finally move into the bedroom and I can not wait.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Wallpapered Wardrobes

With the bank holiday weekend proving to be a wash out the hard work spent doing DIY didn't seem to bad. I think if the sun was shining outside then it would have been a different story. With our samples painted and our final colour choice chosen it was now time to crack on with getting the walls coated. 
Paint test pots
The ceiling still needs a little attention and a few holes filled before this can be painted and as you can see on the below image to the left our light switch is currently sitting on this wall as we are waiting for the electrician to safely move this to another wall. Once this is done and the hole filled the walls and ceiling can have their final coats of paint. 
Painted bedroom walls
Whilst the walls are now in a state of limbo our attention moves back onto working on the wardrobes and my grand idea of wallpapering the insides. Although when the doors are fitted on the wardrobes and they are filled with clothes you will barely see the print but I was addement that this was something that I really wanted. We aren't having a feature wall in this bedroom or a feature colour scheme as want to keep the colours in neutrals and browns so having a little pop of colour when you open the wardrobe seemed like a great idea. 
My partner doing the wallpapering and matching up the prints in the small sections might disagree that this is a good idea but as the sections start to come to life we both absolutely love it and can't wait to get them finished and get the clothes in and the doors on. 
Wallpapered wardrobes

Wallpapered wardrobe
With another section complete the rails can now go back into the wardrobe and another job is ticked off the list of the grand home renovation project. 
Wallpapered wardrobe interior

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Picking the wrong colour paint

After several hours at the weekend spent in Homebase and much deliberating, we had finally agreed on the colour of paint for a master bedroom. With the house renovations into their second year and only having temporary bedroom space up until now getting our master bedroom perfect is an exciting challenge and choosing the paint colour is very important. With colour guide books with the paint's in use and rows of tins in front of us we narrow down the choices and there was a clear winner for our paint. We chose to use Homebase Home Of Colour in a shade called 'Cosy Mocha' The colour in the guide book looked a nice neutral grey. The colour on the tin was a nice neutral grey, the colour on the website was also a nice neutral grey. 
Homebase Home OF Colour 'Cosy Mocha' Paint
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But after painting just one wall this pink tinged wall was staring back at me and i hated it. Calling in my other half to get his opinion he immediately hated it too and the decision to repaint it was easily decided. The problem is we have gloss cream wardrobe doors on order and a pink/grey wall is not the neutral natural colour we chose to go with them. 

Wrong colour paint on the walls

Homebase cosy mocha paint

I understand that different paints can look different colours in different shades of light so we tried looking at the wall with the light off in just natural light. We even changed the light bulb to a white light rather than a warm light but there was no getting away from the fact that this colour had to many tones of pink in the paint that we just didn't want.

Rather than agreeing on another colour in the shop we decided we would actually buy some test pots this time to sample the colours in the room to avoid making the same mistake again. Although we maybe should have done this in the first place we had managed to get the paint colours correct first time on the whole of the downstairs of the house and thought the luck might continue upstairs.

Now that we had seen how awful this colour was we even started to think out of the box slightly more and get some samples of colours that we hadn't even contemplated before and even opted for a green! The green looked lovely on the tin and were really tempted to just go for it and buy it there and then, but once bitten, twice as shy. We were glad we got the sample on the wall as it dried a lot darker than the sample on the tin suggested and very swiftly decided against it.
Homebase Camouflage paint
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Homebase paint samples

With samples all coming up differently to what was on the tins we ended up choosing the colour 'Barely Haze' which was actually our wildcard choice, this was the colour neither of us really liked in the shop but thought we would take a punt on and as an outside choice that we both knew wouldn't work. As the colours were coming up so differently to what was on the tins 'Barely Haze' turned out to be the neutral colour that we were looking for.

The colour looked like it would work well with the sample from the gloss doors as well as the wallpaper choice for the insides of the wardrobes. so the following day it was back to Homebase to take the pink paint back and exchange for our new colour choice before screaming back and cracking on with the painting to finally make the most of the long weekend working on the house.
Mood board for our bedroom

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The bedroom gets a first coat of paint, Let the decorating begin

With the plasterer paying us a visit last week the three exposed walls in the bedroom were now freshly plastered and drying beautifully and so we were able to give the room it's first lick of paint and finally start to see what the bedroom will look like moving forwards. Below is a shot of the built in wardrobe made from moving the wall back into the bedroom behind it. All the exposed panels have been given an undercoat, the backs and sides to the wardrobe will have wallpapered backs and sides to give a little bit of our personality to the custom built wardrobe. 
Custom built wardrobe

Painting the bedroom
Although the old wardrobe is still in the middle of the room with clothes in it until they can be moved into their new home we are managing to work around it and get the first coat of painting done in the room. 
Decorating the bedroom
Now just to let the paint dry and we'll be onto the next coat and will start to see the bedroom taking it's final shape. After nearly two years since we bought the dilapidated property we can not wait to have a beautiful bedroom to sleep in. 
I'll keep you posted on the progress over the bank holiday weekend but hoping that if the paint ever arrives from Homebase we will be able to crack on. Yes we made the mistake of ordering paint from Homebase which was supposedly delivered on the 12th of August but no sign of it yet! You live and learn eh!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Grand Designs continue on our bedroom

As the time ticks by progress has slowed down over the last few months of the house renovation and although the downstairs is 90% complete the upstairs is proving quite a challenge. The savings and the loans that we took out 18 months ago have since run out and the only way to continue with the build is to do a little bit each month. 

With the weather in Cornwall being amazing we have spent some time at the beach and in the sea and efforts haven't been 100% on the house but we've the two year anniversary approaching of being first time home owners we are putting the pressure on to have a finished bedroom for our 2 year houseaversary. 

Plaster Boarding the bedroom
Here you can see that the walls are being lined with new plasterboard, the old walls were very wonky and old and after a few wall repairs the old plasterboard was ripped away and the new installed. To see how the bedroom looked before the new walls went in you can see the pictures here.
Fitting a door lining in the bedroom
A new door lining is hand made by my partner and inserted ready for a new door to be fitted. 
Plasterboarded bedroom

Plaster boarded bedroom

Plaster boarded bedroom
The room was then fully plaster boarded, except the ceiling as this was in good condition so will just need repainting saving us a bit of cash. You can see behind the wardrobe in the above image that we have also built a full width in built wardrobe. This new wardrobe will replace all the wardrobes and chests of draws in the bedroom creating more space around the bed.
plastered bedroom

plastered bedroom
Then just two days ago we have had a visit from our plasterer who has plastered the remaining three walls in the bedroom and this has transformed the place. The next job is to get the paint brushes and rollers out and start working hard on decorating the bedroom. The new electrics for the wall lights and sockets are in place, the radiator position has been moved and we are ready for the final push. With bank holiday weekend approaching we have a plan for one person to work on painting the in built wardrobe and the other person to work on painting the walls and after that it will hopefully be a simply case of adding wardrobe doors, handles and getting our clothes into the bedroom. 

As we currently have our clothes spread between the other two bedrooms and the old bedroom furniture storing our clothes in the living room getting this room complete will be a massive step forward and hopefully after living here nearly two years we will finally have a lovely bedroom to sleep in. 

But before we move in.... we will be getting carpet fitted :@) Although we will have to wait until we have done all the decorating and wait for another packet of wages but the thought of having carpet for the first time in two years is very exciting indeed and will certainly make me paint a lot faster! 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Renovating the master bedroom

With a slow start to 2014 the renovating of our home has been halted by lack of money. After Christmas hitting us hard financially and the Christmas holiday feeling of not doing any work the months drifted by and before we knew it summer was approaching us and the whole of the upstairs still needs attention.

With pay day upon us we blow all our cash by the 1st day of the month on plaster board and timber ready to start the process of renovating the master bedroom. First on the list of things to do was expose the two walls that need attention and these just happened to be the walls with the fitted wardrobes against. Clearing out the bedroom and then moving the wardrobes we now have access to the walls to strip off the old plaster board and re line with thermally insulated plaster board on the two external walls. The old plaster boarded walls were perfectly fine and we could have simply redecorated the room but we are doing everything we can to be environmentally friendly and retain as much heat as possible plus the benefits of saving money on heating.

Removing wardrobes
With the wardrobes emptied and moved to the other side we now have access to the walls that need insulating.
Renovating the bedroom
First we get to work ripping down the old plaster board and the old timbers that were holding them up. When I say holding them up, they were barely holding onto the crumbly wall and were not attached to the plaster board on the ceiling.
Removing old plaster board
With all the old plaster board and old timbers removed we make a few repairs to the wall and check for any cracks and apart from looking a little old and moth eaten we are pleased that it is perfect to plaster board straight back over.
Bedroom renovation
Separated at 400mm apart the timber's were secured in place, with the correct depth screws to hold the timbers firmly in place this time.
Timbers for plaster boarding
With all the timbers in place it would have been time to fit the plaster board and our room would be ready for the plasterers... However like most aspects of renovating our house we decide to change the plans again. All along we decided to place the bed against the right hand side, we've had the whole house rewired and this included running sockets and electrics for wall lights on the right. However now the room was gutted we could see the room in a different way and decided to move the bed to the left hand side so now we need to get our electrician back to change things around once more!
Bedroom decorating
It's a minor set back but both agreed the bed would be better on the left and whilst we are renovating the whole house want to do our bedroom exactly how we want it. 

Next job is to get the wiring done and then get the plaster board up ready for the plasterer, then all we need to do is decide how we want to decorate our new master bedroom.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A slow start to 2014

When we bought our house in 2012 there was no stopping us whatsoever, we had picked up the keys on the Friday and by the Saturday morning the demolition had begun. Whilst the boys were ripping down walls the girls were busy moving boxes from our old house into the new one. When I say new, I guess I should really say old house/building site. It was a shock to the system moving from a new build home to something built nearly 90 years ago with prehistoric electrics and no heating. I was suddenly wondering what we had let ourselves in for but luckily my other half and his dad were working at the speed of light and it wasn't long before I was seeing progress on our little house and the worry began to subside.

However 18 months on and with the downstairs near completion the upstairs has come to a halt! Taking some time off for Christmas has really taken it's toll on us and the house, through the cold gloomy months of January and February we really struggled to get motivated to build any more of the house. However after a weeks holiday in the snow and an amazing time snowboarding we are now back and ready to start work on the house once again.

We have bits to finish off in the bathroom, all the bedrooms to plaster and decorate, carpets to eventually fit once all the other jobs are done and the loft to insulate not to mention the whole entire outside of the house needs landscaping. We have a lot of work still to do and have not worked very hard over the last few months so with the weather getting slightly warmer I think it's time to come out of hibernation and get lots more completed on our first ever little Cornish Home.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Decorating homes in Cornwall

We are very excited to be guesting on A Little Cornish Home. Home decor is a passion of ours at Decorate my Sett. Making a house a home is an instinct I think we all have deep down. We just love looking at good design, be that in architecture, furniture, home wares or soft furnishings. 
There are some great local businesses that have a gorgeous selection of designer brands. A favourite of ours is Just Fab Design in Launceston, right on the Cornwall, Devon border. They are actually the largest showroom of designer fabrics and wallpapers in the South West and they are like a treasure trove. So many options, so little space! 
The beauty of Just Fab Design is that they take as little or as much of the burden off your shoulders. Maybe you just need a little help choosing fabrics for upholstery, or paint colours to match your curtains. They offer expert advice,  or if you’re a little lost they can suggest colour schemes, measure up your windows and furniture and arrange for your curtains, blinds and upholstery to be made up and fitted in your home to your specification! Sounds great to me. 
Some of the more opulent fabrics available are swoon-worthy, the toiles are tempting, and anything by Manual Canovas would suit very nicely.