House: diy foot stool

Sundays are for attempting diy aren’t they? Or have I got this all wrong and Sundays are usually reserved for relaxing? That sounds more like it! So anyway, a couple of weeks ago on a slightly hungover whim, I thought it would be a great idea to make some kind of a foot stool type of furniture. Obviously shops don’t sell anything like that and I know exactly what I’m doing. That doesn’t sound quite right either but that’s what thinking on a hangover does for you!

After dismantling all the wardrobes that we’re left in the house, I have a nice stock of spare/scrap wood waiting in the garage.

The most logical first step would have been to do a drawing with dimensions and joint plans. So that’s not what I did first. I went to B&Q and bought everything I might need, a saw, nails, wood glue and a staple gun. What could possibly go wrong?

Stage 1 – attempting to make a square.

Once I had my 4 pieces of (roughly) the same sized planks, the question was how to fix them together? I thought I’d try the glue first. That was a mistake. There’s some nice glue puddles dried into my living room floor now to memorialise that error. Next try was nails. They seem to have worked but they’ve definitely shown that I can’t cut a straight line and they are crazy noisy to put in so best not to try this too late at night if you don’t want your neighbors to hate you.

Stage 2 – finding a bottom

So even though there’s a massive amount of wood in the garage, I chose a piece that was slightly too small. Perfect logic again. My thinking was probably fuelled by laziness and a complete lack of faith in my abilities. To be fair to myself, all the bottom is covered, there’s just slightly less overlap on two of the edges, if that makes any sense at all?

Stage 3 – finding a top

Just like the bottom, the top is also a smidge too small. I think I’m going to try and turn it into a design feature, well fitting lids are so last year.

Stage 4 – polishing a poop (part 1)

I don’t have that much faith that this can be saved to be a beautiful piece of furniture, but I’m pretty sure any kind of improvement can be made. I had a quick look on the internet for proper upholstery supplies, and they are expensive! No amount of money could save this thing, so I thought I’d truly embrace the diy spirit and use anything I could find in the garage. A few Pinterest ‘tutorials’ said to wrap all the ugliness in with wadding. I’m not buying wadding but I do have old curtains. Do two uglies make something pretty? Most definitely not but it should help hide the couple of nails that are trying to poke through.

Stage 5 – polishing a poop (part 2)

Although I hate this red being back in the living room, it does do a pretty good job at hiding the dodgey edges and rogue nails. A bit of padding on the top seemed like a good idea too, for comfort at all that. So the next step was hiding the red. There were a couple of bits of knitting I’d done a while back and had no idea what to do with them. Perfect for a project with no direction. Unfortunately there was only enough knitting for the sides, which leaves the top still being an issue. What better way to hide any issues than with something else that doesn’t really fit?

So. My diy skills definitely need some work. A lot of work. I don’t think it’s completely horrendous for a first try but I’m not too sure how long it will be living in the house for. I’m torn between scrapping the whole thing and starting again or trying a ‘stage 6 – polishing a poop (part 3)’ we’ll see. Maybe I’ll see how well it works as a footstool before I make any decisions.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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House: garage clearing

The plan for the garage has always been for it to become my sewing/craft/office room.  The perfect space for designing and making new pj styles along with some way of making my craft supplies look less like I’m a crazy person with no social life.  After the first couple of days of being officially moved in, the garage quickly became a dumping ground for all the boxes and anything else that didn’t have a home just yet.


Not exactly the perfect space to grow a business or be productive in anyway.

A quick trip to the skip made a massive improvement.  We accidentally missed the first black bin day (first nightmare), then the recycling men wouldn’t take any of the cardboard from the boxes we had managed to unpack – so irritating when you’re trying not to be a hoarder with a thing for squashed boxes.

It’s not a massive help having basically two double flat packed wardrobes stacked up against most of the walls, but I can’t bring myself to skip all that usable wood (not to mention I don’t know how I’d physically move it all again).  The plan is to use them to try and make a bit of furniture, it seemed like a good idea to use free materials to practice some DIY skills and (hopefully) end up with some unique pieces for the house. 

I found some sturdy looking shelves on offer at B&Q, they seemed like a pretty good idea to try and do a bit of organising and finally get rid of all the cardboard boxes.  What a nightmare to put together.  So much faffing around and making a racket hammering bits of metal together.  After finally getting them together, they definitely seem worth the effort although I completely underestimated quite how much stuff I have.  I swear I’m not actually a hoarder. 


I have a feeling this room is going to be the most frustrating room to get as I want it but fingers crossed one of the most rewarding.  All I need to do now is find the perfect organisational system and storage boxes.  Piece of cake. 

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

House: proud peacock update

I have never been as excited to open a tin of paint as I was with this.  The living room has been screaming out for a colour pop ever since the tidy up white out and this ‘proud peacock’ has been on my mind since I first started planning my new life on Pinterest.

This tin has been sat on the table for about a week while my excitement for colour overtook my commitment issues for anything slightly permanent.  I had a rough idea of where I wanted to paint, but couldn’t quite decide if it was a genius idea or not.  I managed to get out of my own head, stop overthinking it, and get the paintbrush out.

Probably should have had more of a plan.

When Liz painted her room, she did the inside bits around the window frames with the accent colour.  It looks amazing.  I thought I’d be super original and copy her.  Definitely over estimated my painting skills and went in without any tape.  Worst decision ever.  I started with the patio door surround.  The edge was nowhere near crisp and just looked a little bit pants.  The only way to fix this line was to paint further.  With tape this time.  I measured an inch out from the corner and got tape happy.  Really wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out and thought I might be heading back to the shop for more white paint.



By this point, I had pretty much zero confidence in what I was doing but thought I might as well carry on anyway.  Why not?  The other idea I’d had was to paint part of the wall behind the sofa.  I measured the length of the spirit level from the door frame, marked and taped.  Frog tape might be my new best friend.  Still unsure about the colour, I carried on.  Clearly the most sensible choice when you’re unsure.


Next was the little triangle under the stairs and the window surround.  Triangle was no problem at all, and its pretty much behind all the furniture so the pressure was off there.  The window got the tape treatment first time round so seemed to be such an easier process.

I wasn’t in instant love.  But after a little break away from the room, I really do love it now.  It’s still a work in progress and I think the room definitely needs more colour.  I also think I prefer the extra bit of border around the patio doors.  Just need to figure out what colour curtains/window dressings and how to add any more colours anywhere in the room, cant wait.

 

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

House: wardrobe room part 1

One of the main things I’ve discovered in this new house is the fact that I pretty much hate all kinds of traditional furniture.  The previous owners very kindly left each bedroom with a wall sized wardrobe in.  I very quickly (fairly quickly) dismantled all of these and now have the majority of my clothes still in suitcases.  Great plan there. 

The eventual plan is for the little bedroom to be a fully functioning walk in wardrobe with all the clever storage I’ve been dreaming about for the past three years – I have big dreams I know.  These big plans are going to take a bit of time but that definitely doesn’t mean that room has to be ignored until that all comes together.  


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a room quite as dirty as the smallest room in this house.  I don’t think I’m being so over dramatic when I say it made me feel a little bit sick to think of someone living in that room.  The cream carpet was pretty much black and there were big dirt/grease marks at the head and foot of the built it bed. 

The first job was to get rid of the super well made built in bed.  I’m not expert but that wasn’t a well made bed.  Only judging slightly but I’m guessing that wasn’t the favourite sons room!  Once the bed was gone, it showed just how bad the carpet was.  I just can’t imagine getting showered then standing on that carpet to get ready for the day and still feeling clean at the end of the process.  I told a little lie earlier.  I didn’t dismantle the little room wardrobe just attempted to manoeuvre it around while figuring out what to do with that room, not the easiest thing but at least there is a temporary bit of boring furniture to house some of the many clothes hanging around here.  


Clearly step two was to rip that carpet up.  The room looked so much better but there were still the marks all over the walls.  I did also manage to get myself temporarily trapped inside the room after pushing the wardrobe out, pulling the carpet up and not quite having the strength to pull the wardrobe back in. After a quick rest and a few attention seeking snap chats, I put my brain to some kind of (good) use and got myself out of there.  I think all the walls took about three coats of bright white paint to get it all looking fresh.  Such an improvement.  A nice coat of gloss made the perfect finishing touch to the very basic white out.  

For a temporary walk in wardrobe, I think we’ve done a pretty good job.  The old wardrobe is very handy along with the shelf trays from the old wardrobe in my room.  There’s also the good old free standing rail and very flimsy shoe rack from the old house which are helping things look a bit more organised.  


Definitely many more improvements to be made hopefully very soon!

Stay tuned!

Much love! 

Hannah

Xxx

House: bedroom transformations part 1

In the long lead up to getting the keys for the new house, I’d got it into my head I was going to be super organised and have this amazing plan in place to make the whole moving process as simple as possible.  I was clearly in a dream world.  As soon as a few boxes were moved in any logic or ideas of a simple life went straight out the window.  I do usually like taking the more complicated road anyway.

The first night staying in the house was complete squat life.  I’d ordered bed frames and mattresses from Wayfair because that seemed a logical place to start.  The frames turned up no problem, the mattresses on the other hand, nowhere to be seen for over a week.  After quite a bit of time on the phone, being on hold and chatting to a lovely customer service rep, it turned out my delivery had been taken next door.  Luckily my neighbours are really nice and didn’t mind keeping massive parcels in their garage for a week.

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Here’s the part I didn’t quite think through.  The house was now slowly filling up with boxes of more and more stuff and flat pack furniture and nowhere to put any of it.  Both bedrooms still needed decorating, when I first looked round the house in January I thought the house was ready to move straight into.  The more I looked after all their furniture was gone, I was very wrong.

Ordinarily, I love anything the colour of red wine – usually because it is red wine.  When it’s covering the walls in a not so lovely patchy/dirty effect or with a (in my opinion) garish print, I’m just not a fan.  Both rooms also came with massive wardrobes.  At first I thought it was great the previous owners were leaving them but in reality life, for me would have been so much easier if they’d have taken them.  Before any cleaning of decorating could begin, they needed dismantling.  Silver lining – it was a pretty good work out!

I was far too impatient (and a little bit tired of lifting) to finish getting all of the wardrobes out before starting the decorating part.  I was striping wallpaper and painting walls around the left over bits of wardrobe that I’d managed to get into the middle of the room.  So sensible.  Taking the paper off the walls was a job and a half without a wallpaper stripper (I was definitely an over confident idiot with that decision) it also uncovered some interesting choices from the last people – some nice sized holes that need more than a bit of filler to fix.  No idea what to do with these so I made the master mind decision to paint around them and deal with them another day.

For my paint choices, I went super edgy.  Off white and grey, crazy I know.

I did think I’d try and be a little bit creative though and get the frog tape out.  I’d seen a few photos on Pinterest of accent walls extending round the corners of rooms, and I love that idea.  My off white was a matt ‘polished pebble’ and my grey a silk ‘warm pewter’.  I’m so happy with how the corner wrap turned out, and the tape gives such a crisp edge.  So proud of myself!

The floorboards were bare and a bit stained.  I made the quite sensible (in my opinion) decision to hold off on buying a carpet/laminate/any kind of floor covering until I’ve paid out for more important things first and decided completely what I want.  Until then, floor paint goes a long way, and seems much more special when it’s called ‘moondust’.

The other bedroom was super easy, for me anyway!  I pretty much left my new room mate to it, and she did such a good job.  She went for a similar crazy colour as me – off white and blue.  You can just imagine what a crazy house we have.

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I think we’ve both done such a good job, massive pats on the back for us! There’s still plenty more to do in each room (and the rest of the house) before we celebrate too much.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

 

The nightmare of buying a house update

After waiting 6 whole months, I have finally completed on buying my very first house!  When my offer was accepted in January I had no idea it would take so long and be such an emotional roller coaster of a journey.  Obviously a lot of people told me what a stressful process it is, but I think it’s one of those things you never really believe until you go through it.  Or maybe I was just being a bit cocky.

I always like to think I go for the easiest options whenever possible, but that clearly isn’t true.  While I was overjoyed and relieved to not have to deal with solicitors anymore, 4 days after completion it’s holiday time.  Great timing.

Mentally and physically I’m definitely ready for a break.  I currently have a million and one things I want to do all at the same time.  I’m hoping a bit of time away in the sun will put me in the right frame of mind to come back and be a boss at being a first time buyer!

Fingers crossed!

In the mean time, I’ve pretty much panic bought and packed for a lovely girly holiday so hopefully I’ll be able to pass for someone who has their life together while I work on my tan!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx