Sunday, 28 July 2013

Fireplace Fun - a Transformation!

Thanks for the lovely comments on the Lumberjack's paintwork - he was very chuffed with your kind words!  He says there are more Ikea transformations to come...!

In living room news... pictures below of our fireplace transformation!!

And the finished fire.........:

We love it!!  Although trust us to get a fancy fire fitted in the middle of the hottest weather we've had for a long time!  But, as it was cooler this weekend - we thought we'd grab the opportunity...:

A little kindling fire!

We just need to find a picture to go up on the chimney breast - and maybe a floating shelf too we think.

We love it!!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Furniture Transformation - Lumberjack Style!

Well hello!  Thanks for the comments on my last post.  Also, the comments on the pillowcase too - that was my feeble attempt at a bit of styling!  We had different bedding on at the time, but I whacked that pillowcase over it, as I thought it would go so nicely.  We were also still sleeping on a mattress on the floor, so the pillow was actually way down out of sight of the top of the bedside table - so I propped it up sideways to get a sneaky peak of it into the shot!  (It's all fake - mwuhahahahaha!)  Maybe I should have just left the illusion of a glimpse at perfection!  ;o)

Ok... onto a bit of furniture transformation!  The Lumberjack had this Ikea Leksvik chest of drawers, from his bachelor pad (in those dark days before he met me!)

Not my picture - stolen from the internet, as I didn't take a before shot (sorry!)

Well, inspired by the blogging world I've subjected him to, the Lumberjack became determined to "upcycle" and paint it!

I'll admit to you now, I wasn't convinced (mean girlfriend that I am)... but I let the boy get on with it.  This is part way through:

He chose a blue/grey eggshell paint (Dulux Steel Symphony 4).  When he tried it on a test piece, he decided he wanted it a bit darker, so added a tester pot of black paint to it.  Here is the end result:

Excuse the carpet - a new one is on the (giant) list!

He would have preferred it to be darker still but I'm very happy with it!  It turns out I was harsh to doubt the poor fella!!

Didn't he do well?!  He's quite excited about his work featuring in a blog post!

In other news we've just had a weekend away from DIY - we went down to Perranporth in Cornwall, with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew, to visit my Grandad who lives there.  It was a lovely weekend!  Here's a little beach pic for you...

I'll be back soon with more house pictures!

Monday, 1 July 2013


Hello!  Well - after the bathroom transformation there has been slow progress around here.  But things started to come together this weekend - and it might not be too long until we can start using the living room - we've been using the conservatory as our living room so far!

But in the meantime I have treated myself to a little extravagant purchase for the bedroom...

A Greengate alarm clock!  (I found in the sale!)

And in the background you can see the colour we've painted the master bedroom.  It's Wickes Duck Egg.  It's actually not what I would call duck egg - as it's a bit more aqua in real life than the blue it looks in the photos.  We love the colour though!

The bedroom isn't finished yet, and we're still waiting for our bed to be delivered - we've been sleeping on a mattress on the floor.  Will show you more when I can!

The clock is actually rather useless as an alarm clock - there is no snooze, and the off button is a tiny little on/off switch on the back.  When you've just been woken up, the last thing you want to do is scrabble around for a tiny little switch on the back of an alarm clock!  Oh well... it looks good!

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