Sunday, 7 September 2014

Bedroom redecorating, building a custom wardrobe

Earlier in the week I posted a list of what was left to do on the bedroom and had a few weeks to do these before our week off work to really crack on with the work. But with my partner super keen to get the bedroom completed he has booked the carpet fitter in for this week and not the week after!

We now have just 5 days to get the bedroom ready to be finished with carpet this Thursday! This weekend we have been working hard on the list to get things either done/

  • Paint the surround around the wardrobe 
  • Add handles
All the handles are now added to the drawers and doors and look amazing, and with the handles added we can actually add our clothes to the wardrobes and finally start clearing the box room and living room which has been stacked to the ceiling with the entire contents of our bedrooms. 
Handmade custom built wardrobe

in built wardrobe

Wallpaper lined wardrobe

  • Re-fit one wardrobe door
The wardrobe door to the far left was sitting a little proud and needed adjusting so that it was able to close properly. This is now done and so the wardrobes are complete and ready to be filled. 
  • Paint the ceiling - There are a few pit holes and bumps in the ceiling that need filling and preparing before this is painted and this is the plan for this evening to get the ceiling painted before the carpet goes in. 
  • paint the walls - Where we had painted sample colours on the wall  we were struggling to cover these with the new wall colour that we had chosen and even though we painted the test patches in white first these were still grinning through the paint. Both walls have now had second coats of paint and the walls are now well covered and complete.
  • Complete the electrics, adding wall lights, sockets, and light switches - Our electrician is booked to come around Tuesday night to tick this job off the list.
  • add skirting around the room - Now the walls are painted the skirting can be added and painted, we just need to squeeze this job in and get painted before Thursday.
  • fit the radiator back on the wall - This is a quick job and can be completed now that the walls are painted. 
  • paint the dressing table and fit - We originally had plans to wallpaper the dresser with the same paper that lines the inside of the wardrobes but as this area will be used it needs to be a bit stronger and have a protective coating so we need to research whether we can use glass or a vinyl wrap to seal the paper on the unit.
There's a fair amount of work to do before Thursday which means we both need to work hard each evening to get this all done but hopefully by the weekend we will be able to finally sleep in our wonderful new bedroom. 

Considering we have been in the house nearly 2 years it's been a long time coming having a bedroom fit for our needs and moving from one room to the next and back in between taking out walls and gutting rooms has been incredibly hard. I can't wait to see everything come together. Gutting the room has been a strain on us both as we've had clothes in the living room, chest of drawers on the landing and endless deliveries of doors, hinges and materials stock piled in the living room. Getting the room complete not only gives us the bedroom we dreamed of but once complete it gives us back a lot of space that's currently getting very very annoying. 

Kitchen Redecorating Ideas

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
Your kitchen is the hub of your home. It’s where your family comes together to talk about their day, eat delicious meals, and relax with a nice cup of coffee. But sometimes you can get bored with the same design of the area over time, and think about what you can do to brighten up the space, or give it a warmer feeling. Taking on a kitchen makeover is not for the faint of heart, and you should be prepared to exercise a great deal of patience while renovations are under way.
According to, “Think of a kitchen remodel the same way you would think about partaking in a weight loss program: no matter what anyone tells you, it's not happening overnight. Your patience will be tested; you'll consider cutting corners that aren't worth cutting.”

Investing in your Home
An updated kitchen is one of the best investments that you can make in your home, and many times it adds more than just the cost of the project to your home’s value. In fact, a kitchen remodel for homes everywhere will increase the value of your home. It’s a lot of work, but if you can hang in there, the results are well worth it.

If you are like me, you have great plans for how you would like your kitchen to look and function, but not necessarily the funds to make your dreams come true. But don’t worry; there are still plenty of things you can do to spruce up the place on a budget. For instance; start with a simple paint job.
“To paint cabinets, first prime them with a de-glossing primer to help the paint adhere and eliminate the need for messy sanding,” says “Painting cabinets is time-consuming -- you need to remove doors, drawers, and hardware to do a thorough job -- but the results give you a fresh look for minimal cost.”
When looking at how much you can afford to spend on renovations, consider what kinds of improvements are most important to you. If what you crave is new appliances, scour the internet in search of the best deal. New cabinets can be relatively cheap depending on what kind of material and style you want to go with. A fresh coat of paint can many times change the entire feel of a room, and paint is not very expensive at all.

At a Little Cornish Home we managed to completely overhaul the kitchen but kept to a tight budget with second hand units and painted walls. We shopped around and got many quotes for the new doors and shopped on e-bay for the handles by shopping in a variety of different stores we managed to get the best prices and even a free dishwasher from a house clearance meaning the kitchen looks amazing but didn’t cost us a fortune.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Renovating our dream bedroom little step by little step

We are now speeding through the renovation of our master bedroom, the wardrobe has now been completely lined needing just under four rolls of wallpaper to allow the pattern to line up. Considering this is going to be on the inside and only seen as a treat when getting clothes out it was an expensive and time consuming addition to the bedroom but something that we both really wanted and it is those personal touches that make our house our own. 
Wallpapered wardrobes
The ten drawers in the middle of the wardrobe and been made and fitted as well as the first two cupboard doors going into place.
Wallpaper inside wardrobes
At the end of the weekend we had added all the doors and two of the handles to the wardrobes and can get an idea of how the room will look once completed. There are a few minor adjustments to make the far left hand door doesn't quite shut as neatly as we would like and is a few millimetres off being perfect so that will need amending. 
We also painted the surround of the wardrobe in an antique white colour that we would hope to complement the doors but both feel that this clashes and is too bright next to the doors and we have decided to paint the surround in the same colours that the walls are painted in.  
Custom built wardrobe

Jobs to do on the bedroom. 

  • Paint the surround around the wardrobe 
  • Add handles
  • Re-fit one wardrobe door
  • Paint the ceiling
  • paint the walls
  • Complete the electrics, adding wall lights, sockets, and light switches
  • add skirting around the room
  • fit the radiator back on the wall
  • paint the dressing table and fit
Once all these jobs are done we can book in the carpet fitters and finally move into the bedroom and I can not wait.