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Summer’s over and we are back on track with full steam ahead

I haven’t posted anything for a while but that is because my family and I decided to have a bit summer fun to rest and also to reward ourselves after all the craziness and hard work that involves in buying a house and doing it up. And it was very much needed to tank up enough energy again to tackle the next stages of doing up our home.

And as the summer days are over it is back to work….

Now just a little recap, remember how we started prepping the hallway and ripping off those horrid blue wallpapers!? Well, we finally managed to have the storage, the sealing and the door we blocked up plastered! Woaho! Thanks to the hard work of Chris and his brother-in-law, Dave, the sealing and walls are now as smooth as a baby’s bum! And NO MORE HORRID blue sealings and walls:

Although it still looks rough and ready I am super glad that the dirty work is almost over. Chris and I decided not to finish the hallway and landing yet as the finished works are just likely to get ruined if we need to go through the hallway/landing whilst doing up the upstairs rooms. And so we decided to do up Joseph’s bedroom first. The little man got so excited when we told him that we will make his room look nice and new. Bless him, he actually keeps on asking his daddy when his room is finally going to get done. I seriously can’t wait to see the finish product just to see the reaction of my precious boy! I hope it to be like this: (sorry just had to seek in these photos, he’s so cute! 😄)

Joseph’s bedroom BEFORE (and yes it was covered in this orange wallpaper):

There’s no escaping it. Yet again we had to strip the wallpaper off, the sealing plastered, prep and decorate:

Here are some photos while prepping the room:

1. After the wallpapers have been stripped…

2. Plastered sealings (done by magnificent Dave and Chris helped out too)

4. Sanding down and white washing

As for theme of the room, think of a reading corner, blue skies, hot air balloons and airplanes and the rest I will leave to your imagination until the reveal.

Until next time my lovelies 😘

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Hallway · Home · House remodel

It’s time to tackle the hallway…yes work never stops

As mentioned in my previous post the living areas and kitchen are pretty much done so Christopher and I have been gradually prepping the hallway to ready  the sealing for re-plaster and eventually for decorating.

One afternoon when I was brainstorming for ideas of how we can maximise/utilise the spaces in our house in a very practical manner without sacrificing style, I came up with the idea of keeping the under stairs area open and convert it into Christopher’s work station (similar to the pictures below) . In that way the hallway will be airier and will seem bigger too (providing Chris keeps it all clean and tidy 😲). The area where it becomes  narrow at the bottom of the stairs I suggested that we build an “under stairs pull out shoe rack”. With that idea we will not have use the third bedroom as an office but instead use it as a spare bedroom (…and nursery in the future).

Chris was happy to implement the idea however, we had to call in the electrician again to install another double socket and lighting (yup, another additional expense!). We had the electrical wirings run into the wall and Chris had to plaster the wall to cover up the bare wirings.

There is a loooooot to do and part of me is not looking forward to peeling the wallpaper off the walls (the whole hallway is currently painted in this horrid blue colour with 2 LAYERS of wallpaper underneath! 😲) …..and then there’s the dirty job of plastering and sanding it down before the fun part of painting, YIKES! But hey it needs to be done.

These past few weeks has been Mediterranean weather here in England which is absolutely delightful but Christopher and I had to roll our sleeves up and get on with the work. Chris installed plasterboards in the cupboard opposite the under stairs area and also did a bit of plastering  while I removed the wallpaper off the walls. It was awfully tedious and it took ages to free the walls from those horrid paint and wallpaper! (And there’s still the landing to go! 😒)

I know some people love the feeling when the wallpaper is getting steamed and peeled off the walls but unfortunately it’s not been a fun experience for me…..and I have super valid reasons:

1. My hands and nails cracked and dried up again! I couldn’t wear gloves as I had to peel off the first layer of wallpaper before I could steam off the second layer.

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2. Working when it’s 30 degrees Celsius outside with the wallpaper stripper inside was like being in a sauna minus the part of feeling refreshed afterwards…..no, for me it felt like my skin was melting off my face.😲

3. Wallpaper stripper + super hot steam + 3 year old boy = lethal combo. I had to make sure my son was safe at all times. And yet the more I warned him the more curious he got!

Before:

 

Hallway – prepping stage:

 

Now we just need to get the ceiling plastered and the whole hallway decorated but before we can start with that circus my family and I are off to Munich and Vienna this Friday and I can’t wait for a nice break with my family.

I also plan to gather lots of inspirations and ideas from the beautiful cities of my childhood.

Wish me luck!😘