Firstly I don’t think I have ever learnt so much in one year! Now I can build worktops, fit skirting boards, change bannisters and have a better grasp on electric and plumbing. Since the builders left Edd and I have undertaken every single project at the house with lots of help from my Dad, my Mum and friends too.
We are one year in and with the first photo shoot going on at the house at the beginning of March it finally feels like its more our house than not. That being said not one room is finished yet (and most still are not started).
The kitchen and dining room so far have had the most amount of attention mainly as it was the most amount of work. We knocked the wall down between the kitchen and dining room and removed the door from the kitchen to the lean too. We pulled the ceiling down to expose the joists and the floor boards above. With huge amount of help from my Dad we have had built the whole kitchen and plumbed it all in. Admittedly there is lots to go. I will do a separate post on the parquet work surfaces which I made myself and almost lost a finger doing. I have one section left to go so will do a bit of a step by step guide.
BEFORE AND HALF WAY THROUGH!
We really wanted to have a kitchen that had a very lived in feel and although we would have loved to have had old cabinets to make our surfaces and storage it just wasn’t practical as the space is so small. So we made the frames to the space. One of my main things I was very excited about was making curtains to front the storage instead of doors. I found an amazing pair of vintage thick woven curtains for £10 for the pair! They were very holey but I have darned and patched them and am so chuffed with them. I really didn’t want them to be floral or too “country kitchen” and these had a great pattern and colour. I still have three left of these to make.
We wanted to take the kitchen dining room out of our “dark” comfort zone and opted for Farrow and Ball “Winbourne White”. We wanted the wood, the textiles and the accessories to be the star of this room. Also we really enjoy how bright it is in the morning and the gradual pops of green from the plants that draw your eye outside. We have though decided to leave the wall behind the cooker in just its white miss coat. We had to do some extreme filling of this wall but also where the cupboards came down there were some amazing colours and textures to this wall so we wanted to try and keep a bit of it.
The Curtains and the not yet finished work surface. A few of the pieces I am most proud of.
With one section of the cabinets to finish, the floors, the coving, some shelves and the doors to the living room. The to do list for the kitchen and dining room has gotten a lot smaller. I would hope in the coming weeks I really can photograph it all finished and can really get back into the cooking!
The hallway we have a bit of a deadline on with an impending photo shoot. It wouldn’t have been one of our first places to do otherwise I also didn’t realise how much of a big job it would be. Firstly we have to replace all the bannisters and spindles. We looked at getting lovely old spindles but as we intended for the stairs to be black we decided against it. We found many beautiful spindles but they were not cheap and we have to priorotise where to spend the extra money. So B&Q £2.50 a spindle it was. With help from our friends Rae and James a weekend was spent building the bannister. It was a lot of head scratching, tea, biscuits and swearing but we got there. With dinner at 11pm followed by drinking until about 4 we really made the most of our weekend together (Thank you guys).
You can see below from the photos when we first moved in the textured wallpaper that plagued this house, even on the ceiling too. I still would love to change the patterned glass on the porch door. Its just one to many things at the minute but its on the list! The door into the lounge has gone as well as the one to the dining room. More wall space is always a necessity for us. The sliding door into the kitchen has gone too.
With so much deliberating we finally chose the olive green for the hallway, mostly because I had the perfect fabric to match! I love that the entrance is dark and cosy. We have added loads of shelves for books and magazine storage. We also have decide that we will loose the distressed wall going up the stairs. As much as I love bare distressed walls, I just hate turquoise! So we will be sending this darker in the next week.
We have (possibly as a temporary measure) painted the laminate flooring with Johnstones Floortred. Im not sure yet if this is something I would recommend. Im sure it won’t last particularly well but is good on the budget. Also we plan to find an old threadbare runner for the hallway floor so this should help protect it a little. The runner for the stairs will be fitted at the beginning of March too.
Recently I found a light while I was supposed to be buying for the shop. We wanted something that hung quite far down and also that had a great old patina to give some life to the space. Although I would have never have bought this light for the shop as it was broken beyond repair in places and was totally bent I quite liked this idea for home. I like visual repairs and the imperfect. I came home with it on a whim and luckily Edd liked it too. Edd go on the rewiring and together we hard wired in our first chandelier light!
We are trucking on with loads of help (except Beecher he is useless) and expect some finished articles soon.
Cass and Edd x xx