Kitchen Re-Furb Reveal!

As most of you know, a new kitchen has been on my to-do list forever!  It’s small, but extending it would cost a fortune I don’t have.

Over the years I painted it, got rid of the faux Oak and that’s looked ok for a good few years, we got rid of some cupboards and got a dishwasher in.  But paint only lasts so long and it was looking really tired and we’ve decided that we’d like to move. I saw from the Estate Agents faces when they were valuing the house, that they saw the kitchen and the state of it was a problem. The rest of the house is fine, but there was lots of muttering about well the kitchen will need ‘some work’.

Thankfully a new franchise opened in town that does doors and worktops and general refurbs for kitchens. The cabinets of mine are fine, need a clean inside like everyone else but are solid and good. The tiles are an inoffensive country cream and the sink and tap are about three years old so I thought I’d keep those.  So we thought about it, got a quote for new doors, worktops, drawer fronts and drawers (mine were ancient and falling apart), kick boards, pelmets and infills with fitting and we went for it…and I am so so so pleased we did. It looks wonderful!

Here is the before:  (floral tablecloth is there to stop me using the disconnected sink!)

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After three days of very hard work by the lovely kitchen fitter who was an amazing craftsman, it now looks like a new room. The only real disaster, was when the ancient induction hob was being lifted out it cracked an broke! So a new one had to be ordered, which is much better than the old one. Thankfully none of the tiles popped off when the worktops were coming in and out which was a worry.  But here is my brand new shiny kitchen!

After:

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The floor was skimmed to make it flat and then filled in where we’d taken a cabinet out for the dishwasher. Then we had Rhino Floor laid over the tiles.  It looks amazing and I’m glad I went with it rather than tile as it makes it a bit warmer in there as there isn’t any heating.

I’ve moved the microwave and popped in on top of the fridge freezer as we hardly ever use it. It’s made a massive difference to the corner where the bread bin is, the room weirdly seems a lot more spacious now there more counter space.

I am one happy girl!

Review: Flamingo Gifts

I’m still slaving over making the office back into a bedroom. In the middle of the book sorting madness (SEVEN bin bags went to charity!) I had an email from Flamingo Gifts asking if I’d like to try any of the items on their website. Yes I would! I really needed a nice little present to cheer me up..this job is never ending.

Miss L has been having some horrible (hormone related) nightmares of late so I picked a Gummy Bear nightlight hoping that it’d be of help and it was super cute.

I chose for me a horses head squirrel feeder. We’ve only recently started getting squirrels in the garden so I thought it’d be nice to encourage them. Also because I am basically a small child, I thought it was hilarious!. But I’m sure they’ll enjoy the nuts I’ve put in there once they figure it out.  I gave the last choice to Miss L and she choose a hand held old school mirror. I swear she’s been watching way too many Disney movies of late. It’s now living on her desk, so it’s getting lots of use, I suspect trying to sneak on makeup is coming soon.

They turned up the next day and we’ve been enjoying them ever since. The Gummy Bear nightlight has been a god send, it’s the right level of light and not on all night as there is a little switch at the bottom you can flick to give it a timer,  so it’s not eating the batteries by being on all the time.  Also you squeeze it’s tummy to turn it on which just makes it way too much fun too use! 

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Thanks so much Flamingo Gifts! You brightened my week!  Go check them out some interesting gifts :)

**Full disclosure I relieved the above goods for this review**

 

 

No Sew Roman Blind

I’m in the middle of converting the office from hell, back into a lovely sunny little bedroom.  Half the room is now painted but the new coat of paint made the window dressing look really tired and dated. So what to do?

It’s a small room so I wanted to keep a roman blind (no small children sleep in there, I wouldn’t use it in a child’s room) and this is mostly for show to sell the house. I popped on the internet and looked for new ones and they are really expensive for a large window £60 upwards and eBay had similar prices and I didn’t have that much in the budget.

So I took down the old one (ancient Ikea), had a look at it and apart from being dusty and sun bleached it wasn’t too bad as it still worked. I had a look on Pinterest and saw some posts about recovering roman blinds so I figured why not?  Here are the posts which helped me if you want a read : Chic Little House  Susie Harris Blog  Home Stories A to Z they’re all really useful and use different methods to the one I used.

Now I can’t sew, buttons, hems…yeah that’s about my limit!  So I measured the blind, bought some fabric from our local fabric shop and some wonder web iron on. Total £33.

What you’ll need:

Fabric – a bit too big to cover so you can make hems

Wonder web

An Iron.

Important note! **Make sure you have some thing under the fabric if you are ironing on something like a rug, I used a towel as I didn’t want to damage the rug. Some rugs would just have melted!**

How to:

This is a big blind 120cm wide and almost 2m long so this had to be done on the lounge floor.  So layout your old blind.

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Take a while and lay the fabric on top and get the pattern straight – this will take a while and drive you a bit nuts. If you have any sense, pin it in so it stays in the right place (I didn’t do that and as a result it took twice as long to do!) trim it a little too big so you can make a nice hem.

Then get your first edge, cut some wonderweb and iron it in. This is the scary part!  I started at the top (cut a couple of holes for the hanging loops) and the worked my way down the sides and then bottom last.

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I faffed about and followed the edges of the folds in the blind and wonder webbed them in too. I probably didn’t need to do that but I thought it might give a nicer finish.

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As you can see here I should have left more of an edge on the fabric and I *just* managed to pull it off! phew!  But edge it all the way round with a nice hot iron.

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Once you’ve edged it all the way round pop it back up and you have a lovely new blind! I’m really pleased with how it’s worked, if it’s still hanging at the weekend, I’ll be impressed!.

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Painted Dresser

I first posted about getting this dresser from eBay back in Jan 2011. I can’t believe I’ve had it this long!  And finally I’ve gotten round to painting it. Better late than never!

You can’t see it from this picture, but there was some water damage down the left handside and tons of Betty scratches from when she was a large puppy.  Also it sucked the light in the room, so painting it seemed like a good idea.  I used Annie Sloan, only one coat just in case I decided that I wanted to change the colour, I wasn’t too sure about more white in the room.

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I used a lot of frog tape to keep the edges sharp and I left the top wooden, and I did back of it in white as well as I haven’t chosen an accent colour for the room yet.  Here’s the finished article!

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Christmas with John Lewis and Tree Hilarity

John Lewis asked me if I’d like a new Christmas Tree and £50 of baubles to decorate it with…of COURSE I WOULD!!

Our old artificial tree was bought our first Christmas together as I’m allergic to read trees and after 14 years was looking a bit ropey. Also I had to weigh it down with the Argos catalogue, to stop it falling over every year because it never stood right – so classy!. We were thinking of getting a new tree for this year, when John Lewis’s generous offer came along.

I had the choice of a 6ft, 7ft or a whopping 8ft tree. Now I am bit of a small child when it comes to Christmas and I firmly believe that a tree should be much bigger than me or anyone else in the house. I have childhood memories of 30ft Disney Christmas trees at Disney World and I think I’m always trying to replicate that feeling of being small while the tree is massive!   I measured our ceiling and it’s about 9.5ft high, so I thought that the 8ft tree would be a bit too big, therefore I went for the 7ft tree.

Tree came in no time, and we put it up at the weekend. It’s much, much easier to put up than the old one. That had colours and you had to match the colours with the right bit of the tree – a right old faff. This one you just pull out, slot together and pull out the branches to fluff. So simple, and tree was up in under 10 minutes!

Except, I hadn’t measured right! I hadn’t taken the base into consideration! So it was a wee bit too tall!

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After much laughter and my family, giggling at my inability to measure anything (I do have a track record for buying things way too big!). We took the bottom layer our and the tree was the perfect height! But when I get my imaginary next house with Victorian height ceilings it’s going to look amazing full size!

The baubles are lovely, I ordered mostly gold and red, as that’s pretty much tradition in our house. But I spoilt myself as this year as there are no toddlers or puppies in the house, I chose some glass baubles as well as non-shatterproof ones.   For £50 I managed to get about 60 baubles, 50 non-shatter and then about 10 more expensive glass ornaments and the tree topper.

I think this is my favourite, it makes me smile every time I see it

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Here are a few of my other favourites, a beautiful mercury glass topper

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Shatterproof sparklies!

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Gold glass, just lovely!

 

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Here’s the tree with the decorations on and our lights, it looks very realistic and so pretty!  Thanks so much John Lewis!

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**Full disclosure I received a Christmas Tree and £50 of baubles from John Lewis**