Saturday, March 20, 2021

Lockdown Project -- Cheap wall panelling

Well Woodies had a sale or special offer and we got these timber planks(?) for really cheap -- about EUR120 for hall and stairs.  Couldn't get Farrow and Ball paint due to lockdown so got a Fleetwood mix of the colour 'Hague Blue' in eggshell finish. It's to die for. Great result, paint actually makes the wood look passable. Otherwise wood was cheapest grade and would take a lot of sanding if you only wanted a natural finish. Anyway happy out with the result and all my wonky walls are now well hidden. Given a chance I would have done proper panelling but alas walls were too bad and price as too high to fix. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Internal Windows - Aye or Nay...

Couldn't decide whether to cut a large hole out of hall/kitchen wall and replace it with an internal window. ... The hope was that it would allow more light into a very dark kitchen.  So off I went and ordered a window --  1 mtr x 1.1mtr double glazed, black frame with black planter bars. EUR225.
We then cut a large hole in the wall using a saw and fit the window in place. A few screws and wooden surround later hey presto - it's done. Except... it didn't work. Nothing happened.
Still it looks nicer and surely there must be some chink of extra light coming in somewhere ... it's not obvs though 😅

Monday, July 8, 2019

Last 'Big' Job .... THE DECK - I Hope!!!

This was something I yearned for since we bought the house in 2017. The ground level of the house is dark and 9 months of the year that can be offset with warm lamp light, candles and the open fire. However in the summer I can't bear to be in the kitchen for too long and we all crave the light that's so strong and vibrant in the garden but two foot away in the kitchen is non-existent.
So off we went, purchased the materials (not cheap but best value around) and started the work. The space when cleared in the back yard was bigger than I perceived and to be honest it was a bit of a challenge to resurrect the timber foundation between rain showers and also with minimal noise to neighbours as we live in a terraced echo chamber.
Anyway more or less done .. minus a few steps and it's rained since. Not to worry there's years to be had on this deck yet and I can't wait to sit on it on a warm day with a cup of tea and a good book.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mix and Match Kitchen - as long as there is colour.

I spend a fair amount of time in my little kitchen space so I really want to like what I'm looking at. Colour is so essential to my peace of mind and I surround myself with colourful crockery and cutlery. It's the best way to counteract a lack of workspace - a consolation prize as such. It's all mix and match from Pip Studio, Avoca, Dunnes home etc.   The more the merrier. Wine glasses next : )

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Winter Evenings Cosy and Warm

Old houses can be so cold ⛄⛈🔥 over the winter period and despite central heating and modernisation of pipes / boiler etc it's still quite cold – the walls in some places are 2 foot thick and can't be insulated in the modern sense. I try and offset the temperature with the ambience and warmth of candles. Now I love my candles but I use the ALDI range for everytime burning. They are not too scented and burn well - especially at 4 or 5euro a pop. I reserve my special candles for spa nights and special occasions. Molton Brown are a big favourite but others brands like La Bougie and Max Benjamin are just right... Here are a few little recent pics, nothing special.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

FInal Final Re-do's – Craft Room / Bedroom Suite

You have to live in a house to really know what is needed and what doesn't work – well my craft room has always been a problem. Not enough storage, too small, wrong light etc etc. Well my ground floor re-hashed room is just perfect. A cheap fitted kitchen from Ikea and some small old pieces from my shop days. It's clean, functional and still pretty. Delighted and look forward my Christmas orders.
Also now that my craft room has moved downstairs I had a lovely 'ante' room which is just what I always wanted. More a bedroom suite than anything with discreet wardrobes and storage but a lovely luxury (but cheap) finish.  LOVE it and a great hideaway from kids and dogs... although they will always find you!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Guest Bathroom Makeover

Finally got around to this final bathroom - badly placed on ground floor behind dining room. No light, air or ventilation really. Still if you are stuck it's handy!  I love the tropical trend, so colourful and modern but still retaining colonial undertones. Again I'm on a cheap and nasty budget. Mirror EUR47, Shelf EUR18, Plants EUR40 - all The Range. The Wallpaper is a favourite from Woodies. Paint is Egg Shell frinish from Dulux colour range. All in about EUR160. (Sanitary ware withstanding). Molton Brown is the perfect match for this interior -- so it's off to Kildare Village for the 'Buy one get lots of free things' range!!