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3 years

Blog Hop & House Tour

I’ve never done a house tour before. I’ve certainly posted my fair share of progress pictures over the years but it’s never been what I considered “picture-ready”. Actually, who am I kidding? It still isn’t. But I was recently tagged by the lovely Jude over at Making A House A Home to join in a [Read On]

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Joe’s Beginner’s Guide to DIY Tools & Products

Fed up of hearing from me all the time? It’s okay. I won’t be offended. There’s another person around here who wants to have a say too, and he’s the one I talk about so often on this blog – my husband and the official DIY’er in this house – Joe. He drags me around [Read On]

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What I’d Change About Our Kitchen Diner

Now that the kitchen is finished – structurally at least – I’ve been looking ahead to the finishing touches. I’ve got a long buying list which includes curtains, blinds, dining chairs and lighting. We’ll get around to these items in time, I’m sure. After all, add those up and they’re not the cheapest shopping list [Read On]

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Hallway Progress: Finally Plastered!

Thanks for everyone who had kind words to say about my last post on the hallway. For those who missed it, here it is! , and for my biggest fans out there (hi mum) you’ll remember that the hallway marked the final room in our house that needed re-plastering, and since we moved in the house 3 [Read On]

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Garden Borders in 20 minutes: An EcoBorders Review

How beautiful was the weather today? I absolutely love Autumn. It’s sunny enough to put a smile on everyone’s face, but crisp and cold enough to crack out the winter wardrobe – and as someone with a huge collection of scarves and hats, I’ve been excited for this moment. So today we felt it was [Read On]

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When a DIY plan goes up in smoke…

Last Christmas, I felt really down in the dumps about our house. We were smack bang in the middle of renovating the kitchen. There was a hole in the back of the building. It wasn’t really what you’d call secure, and it was bloody freezing! On top of that, because the building work wasn’t yet [Read On]

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60 minute makeover: Spray Painting our Nursery Wicker Chair

Something I really wanted for our nursery is a chair. Nothing fancy really. Just a nice, comfortable chair where I could feed and soothe the baby at bedtime. Turns out this was a bit more difficult than I anticipated. You see, nursing chairs are big, and we were working to a restricted space. I didn’t [Read On]

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What We’ve Learned From 3 Years Of Plastering Work: FAQs

Plastering on the hallway started today. As of next week, when the job is expected to be complete, we will have re-plastered every single wall in this house since moving in 3 years ago. It’s taken a lot of patience. A lot of moving furniture around. And a lot of money. To be honest, that’s why it’s [Read On]

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DIY Nursery Art with Dr Seuss and Cricut Mini

When it comes to decorating a nursery, it really is easy to go a little bit nuts. I’ve found at least 25 pieces of art I’d proudly display on our baby’s bedroom wall. I’ve found quirky ways to display ultrasound scan pictures. I’ve seen wall art, stencilled letter, fabric names, shaped bunting and fairy lights. [Read On]

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The Long Awaited Kitchen Reveal: Before & After

If there is one blog post that is long overdue, this is it. And let me warn you in advance, there will be a lot of pictures. *Takes a deep breathe* Here we go… For a very long time, I didn’t have much to talk about on this blog except our kitchen. These days we’re [Read On]

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Pregnancy Update: Trimester 2

There has been a real shift in the past few weeks, and I’m not just talking about the shuffle I now have to do to try and get my pants off at the end of the day! When I first learned I was pregnant and excitedly downloaded the apps and signed up for the newsletters, [Read On]

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Our 3 Year Home Makeover & Best DIY Blog Award!

The end of August marked a whopping 3 years since Joe and I bought our little semi-detached with “character” – how we prefer to label it rather than “that house that needed a facelift.” It’s also when I started this blog as a way to document the work we’ve done on it. And I can’t [Read On]

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DIY Chevron Lampshade for the Nursery

Whilst I’m not the craftiest of people naturally, I do like to put a bit of a personal touch around the house here and there. After all, being on a strict budget over the years has meant we’ve more often than not opted for generic furniture choices and items of necessity over style, so any [Read On]

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Guest Bedroom Update: Part 2

You know when you end a post saying “come back tomorrow” and then you’re too pregnant & forgetful to actually put the post live the next day? I think you know where I’m going with this… So here we are – albeit later than planned – with part 2 for our guest bedroom update. You [Read On]

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Guest Bedroom Update: Part 1

Over the past month or so, we’ve been putting  a lot of effort into Bedroom 2. As the label would suggest, it’s the second biggest bedroom out of our three, and whilst we could have made it a larger nursery instead of picking the box room, we made the decision that we can actually get [Read On]