Tuesday, 21 October 2014

vinyl wrapping a dressing table and our new stool

Our bedroom has been our main project for the last few months from stripping it back to bare walls to new plaster board and plastering, but the biggest challenge was the decorating. We couldn't decide on wall colours to match the wardrobe doors and from then in it was impossible to invisage how the room would come together.

But little step by little step the room has taken shape and grown in character and has now become a beautiful room even if the room is nothing at all what either of us had in mind when we started the project.

The next job on the list was to vinyl wrap the dressing table and buy a stool. This was proving just as impossible as choosing the paint colour for the walls. After sending off for several different vinyl samples we decided on a grey oak effect vinyl to match the recently purchased grey curtains and cushions with a grey material covered dressing table stool from Atlantic Shopping's online store.

The dressing table looks beautiful and again nothing at all what I had in mind for the bedroom but on completion it looks perfect. Maybe it's best to go into house renovations with absolutely no idea what you want or what theme will suit the room as when it all comes together you get a nice surprise.


Vinyl wrapped dressing tableVinyl wrapping the dressing table

Next to fit some handles to the dressing table drawers and that's enough job complete and ticked off the list.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

It never rains but it pours!

This week we saw the weather turn a bit colder, the winds pick up and the rain start pouring. Our house has been one massive project for the last two years and although we took the house on as a project as quick as we are getting some parts finished other parts are needing new attention. 
On Friday night we saw quite a lot of rain in Cornwall and when I got home from work was annoyed to see that the back door had water leaking through it and into the kitchen and the garage roof was leaking like a sieve.
leaking back door
With the water swept and and distributed to dry it quicker and some buckets in place we are temporarily in control of the situation until the next down pour. We now need to add fixing roofs and doors to the long list of DIY that the house needs.

Leaking garage roof





Friday, 17 October 2014

Look our bedroom is nearly finished!!!! Some amazing before and after pictures.

I'm too excited even as I type that our bedroom is very, very nearly finished! I know I've been saying that for weeks but we really are very close now, so close in fact that we have actually made up the bed ready to move in!

We have three drawer handles to fit on to the dressing table, as well as the main door furniture to fit on the bedroom door. We need to buy a dressing table stool which is proving incredible tricky to find one to fit in with the rest of our bedroom and lastly we need to choose some vinyl to cover the dressing table and then we are finished! 100% finished and ready to move in, although I think we will move in this weekend regardless of whether we have chosen the vinyl and the dressing table stool as several hours have been spent both in stores and online looking for the perfect products and we can't find any that jump out and complete the room, so we would prefer to wait until we find the perfect products and move in anyway.

Here's how the room is looking right now. I'd love to know your thoughts....

Grey Curtains Grey Curtains

Plaster boarded walls

Decorated cornish bedroomDecorated cornish bedroom

plaster boarded door frame

Bedroom MirrorRenovating our bedroom

Finished decorated bedroom
Hard to believe the room looked like this just 10 months ago! 
Bedroom renovationBedroom renovation



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

It's the finishing touches that make a room complete

When we bought our first ever house together just over two years ago a friend said to us it'll never be finished, as soon as you finish one job a previous will need redoing and as for the garden it'll be a full time job keeping it maintained.

Although the downstairs of the house looks finished, or at least finished enough to live in whilst we continue work upstairs their are many jobs that still need final finishes downstairs. The skirtings are only balanced in place waiting to build custom build cupboards in the alcoves to then fit the skirtings to. The plinths above the kitchen cupboards are again not fixed and require painting. Then there are edges of walls that have been chipped when moving materials and furniture up and down the stairs that need touching in.

However in the bedroom we are finishing this 100% before moving in. Filling minor holes and flaws in walls and the ceiling, window frames sanded back and painted even getting all new soft furnishings including duvet covers, curtains and cushions. Downstairs we've made do with our old lamp shade temporarily until we find one to suit the room, our cushions from our old rented house, as well as the old TV stand that has been with us for over 6 years and being a black and glass unit does not fit in with our country cottage feel for the room. These things will all be replaced and remade eventually but are temporary whilst we work elsewhere on the house. But the bedroom is different the master bedroom that we have waited over two years to complete is going to be 100% finished to a high standard before we move in.

This week we have worked hard on finishing touches, we've put a mirror up above the dressing table area.
Hanging the bedroom mirror
The window frame has been sanded and painted.

Painting the wooden window framePainting the wooden window frame
The new bedroom door has been hung, that's now three out of the four rooms upstairs with new doors and just the box room left needing it's new matching bedroom door.
Fitting a new bedroom door
There are a few jobs left to finish but we should be able to move in very soon. We need to find a vinyl to cover the top of the dressing table and also find a dressing table stool that matches the rest of the bedroom.
We also need to fit three new drawer handles on the dressing table draws and fit the door handles to the door and the room is ready to dress and move in. Now to get shopping for those last few bits and finally move into our gorgeous master bedroom. It's already looking beautiful and It will definitely be worth the two year wait and a lot of hard work!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Stripping wall paper in the landing

Although our main focus of attention has been to complete the master bedroom lately but jobs in the bedroom aren't always a two person job and my partner is fine on his own working in the bedroom. Whilst he works in the bedroom adding finishing and final touches I make a start on the landing striping off all the old wallpaper ready to have the landing and stairs plastered.

The wall the follows up alongside the stairs is particularly wonky from top to bottom and may need plaster boarding before it is plastered but due to the thickness of the available area we might not be able to use a timber frame to hold the plaster board and may need to use a dot and dab technique for the plaster board. Either way the wallpaper on this wall needs removing and that's my job for the day!

With a make shift plank of wood screwed over the stairs it gives my a rather scary plinth above the stairs to work on the higher parts of the wall.
Several hours later the wall is striped of all remnants of wallpaper and lining paper and ready for the next stage in the house. We aren't sure where to spend our money next. Getting the hallway complete would not only transform the upstairs landing but it would be the last remaining bit downstairs that still looks like a building site. But there's a part of me that thinks we should finish the bedrooms first and then move out to the landing. I don't want to be damaging the freshly plastered landing by moving furniture and materials into the other bedrooms. 

Until we are ready to make that decision it is back to working on the master bedroom to get that one finally finshed. 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Finishing touches in the master bedroom

We had the wall lights fitted last week and then had the task of looking for a lamp shade for the master bedroom. You wouldn't think that buying a lamp shade was a hard task but when you have two people with absolutely no idea what we both want it is quite a challenge. After a few hours at lighting show rooms, The Range, Homebase and Dunelm Mill we both found ourselves drawn to the dame lamp shade. 
Funky lamp shade
Again neither of us had in mind that we wanted a paper lamp shade that cost a small fortune due to it's Habitat price tag but we both stood in the store looking at this intricately folded piece of paper and both agreed that this was the one we wanted! 
Cool folded lamp shade
Next job is to start assembling the bed in the room and we start to see what our new bedroom is going to look like once finished and I'm really excited to say it's looking fabulous and I can't wait for it to be finished and move into our lovely new master bedroom.
Habitat lamp shade

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Final painting in the master bedroom

After 2 years of owning our first ever house and gutting every room it's really exciting to finally see the master bedroom coming together. The whole time we have owned this house we have moved from room to room. Temporarily in one room whilst we work on the other and vice versa. We've moved from room to room whilst the plumbing was being completed. We've moved from room to room when the rooms were actually structured  and even slept in the room with plastic sheeting between us and the room next door when the walls were removed.

We made the decision to remove the bedroom wall and make the second bedroom smaller to enable us to use the extra space in the master bedroom to build inbuilt wardrobes. At the time I did wonder if it would all be worth it, the dust, the mess, the noise and the massive lack of somewhere to really relax and sleep but now the room is coming together it was all definitely worth it.

Removing the walls in the bedroom

Last week we had the carpet fitted, and after two years my bare feet felt carpet under foot for the first time and it was definitely worth the wait. However soon after the carpet was laid it was quickly covered up with dust sheets to protect it whilst we complete a little more painting in the room,
Painted ceiling in the bedroom
 The ceiling that was once black and mouldy is finally now gorgeous crisp and white. The skirting boards that were also recently fitted are now also painted in an off white colour and the room is really starting to look finished and very professional and most of all very inviting and I can't wait to move in.
Painted ceiling in the bedroom

Painting the skirting boards

Monday, 6 October 2014

Carpet fitting in the bedroom

When we booked the carpet fitters this was going to be the final finishing touch for the bedroom however we never quite reached the deadline and still have the ceiling to paint and the skirting to paint.

Rather than cancel the carpet fitting and reschedule when we are ready, we decided to continue and get the carpet laid.
Carpet fitting in Cornwall

Carpets fitted in the vedroom

Bedroom Carpet

Brown bedroom carpet
It's hard to believe the room looked like this just a few months ago, I keep saying there's lots to do to get the bedroom done, but looking back at how much we have already done it's really close to being finished.
gutting and redecorating the bedroom

Now sadly we need to cover the carpet back over with dust sheets to complete a few last bits of painting before we can move into the bedroom.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Work continues renovating the bedroom

Work might have slowed down lately on the bedroom and yet again it's due to money, it might only be little jobs that need doing to complete the room but each little job costs a lot of money. The steps might be slow but our bedroom is really taking shape. 
The next job ticked of the list is the electrics and this needed an electrician to come in. Only a few hours help from the electrician and we now have wall lights with switches either side of the bed, wall sockets and wall lights
Fitting wall lights in the bedroom

Rewiring in the bedroom
We now have a deadline to reach as we have the carpet fitters booked for next week and there's still lots of painting and finishing jobs to do before the carpet goes down!

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.