How a trip to Ikea gave us a new wall

Our hallway is a bit of a tip if I’m being quite honest. But we have an excuse. There is very little point in re-decorating until we have the entire upstairs finished – you’ve seen the mess that bedroom 3 has already started to create to the entire upstairs! So, it’s with a heavy heart that we’ve decided it will be the final room in the house to be decorated.

Saying that, having a wander around Ikea the other day, we decided to buy a mirror on a whim for the upstairs landing. I don’t have a full length mirror and chances are, there won’t be the wall space for one in my bedroom (& I’m sure all the ladies out there will know that it’s absolutely crucial to check that your shoes match your neon lipstick before you leave the house. Right?)

Seeing as it was a bargain at only £20 – and my sister has already got one in white so we know it’s keeping up well – I bought it. A Stave mirror in Black-Brown. Go me, living on the edge!

We decided it would go on our ‘new’ wall. Once upon a time it was the door to the separate toilet, but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that we made that toilet room a double shower and increased the bathroom size, meaning this toilet door is now the back of our shower wall. From the hallway point of view it looks a bit sad and unloved at the moment. Eventually it will need plastering so Joe thought he might as well put the boards up whilst the third bedroom was undergoing this same process.

After a quick test that it fit the space, Joe cracked on.


Ikea Mirror



Ikea Mirror

Ikea Mirror

Ikea Mirror

Ikea Mirror


Ikea Mirror

I suppose for most people buying a mirror and hanging it is a relatively simple achievement.

Not over here!

Luckily Joe moves fast. He created a wooden frame, attached the plasterboard and ensured there was space for the bathroom and landing light switch to be wired in at a later date.

You can see from the final pictures that:

1. Our hallway isn’t photogenic.
2. It’s still a work-in-progress.
3. At least for now I can look at my awesome flowery trousers in their full length glory to cheer myself up from the splinters I’ll no doubt be gaining from this floor.

When we get around to decorating this room properly, it will mean we have a kitchen and have proper flooring and I may cry with joy. But these things take time. For the time being, at least we have a new wall, and that’s good enough for me.

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  • Hi Karen. I am loving all your updates at the moment, keep it up!

    We bought our house a similar time to you and I have always enjoyed reading about your progress, in fact you inspired me to start my own blog about our house renovations!

    C x

    • Karen

      Thanks so much! This comment has made my day! 🙂
      Glad to hear we’re not on our own! Just had a sneaky look at your blog and it just takes me back to when we moved into our home. Can’t wait to see what you do with your house 🙂 Karen x

  • Awesome job! A little drywall really goes a long way! It’s amazing how much of a difference drywall makes in a home, lol! 🙂

    • Karen

      Thanks Lisha! And you’re so right, it really does make a difference! Love your blog. Just found it on Bloglovin and following 🙂 x

  • Angela

    You are funny x

    • Karen

      Hehe thanks mum x

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