Lying in bed

This is my view.

It’s a bit like being in an insane asylum especially the patch of “insanity green” I haven’t managed to get off yet.

The worst thing is, it’s become normal and I don’t notice it any more.

Better get things moving or we’ll be living like this forever!

Trying to continue the momentum

After all the progress yesterday with the gasman finally leaving at 8:30pm but now with a working gas fire, I was keen to try and keep the momentum going.

I was up with the sodding lark, off to the laundrette, back with two bags of wet washing to hang dry, walked the dog, washed the dog, collected the dry cleaning and dropped off some more and then it was time to start sanding.

I spent a good hour sanding and chipping old paint off the front door so we can paint it before we get new locks. Frankly it looked just the same as it when I started.

I then spent another three hours chipping off the remains of the wallpaper in the front room. And here’s a surprise, it looks just the same.

How can a room have twenty layers of wallpaper that are all brown?

I cleaned everything up, chipped a bit more wallpaper off in the hall and I can’t see I’ve done anything.

One positive thing though, having cleared out all the rubble yesterday, we now have the brown room back complete with Christmas plant, broken window and flowering camellia.

To celebrate, Agnes did a wee on the carpet.

All fired up

After ripping out the fireplace, the logical thing was to put one back in, so that’s just what happened today.

I took the day off work to get some stuff done and by lunchtime had cleared out all the rubble with a waste collector. I hadn’t planned on helping but as he showed up single handed, it was the only way. That was fun.

So with that done, the fireplace was moving along nicely.

And finally by 8pm as the gasman was running late, we were all fired up and ready for a sit down.

So here it is and what a massive improvement! I love the clean Edwardian design, perfect with our simple coving and sympathetic to the building.

Just a bit of plastering and painting to do!

Another day, another fireplace

I came home from work and ripped out the fireplace in the living room… as you do!

The plaster is buggered and literally fell off the wall and the original Edwardian tiles were lurking somewhere under soot and glue but not worth trying to salvage.

From here:

To here…

To here:

I have a busy day on Friday as a fly tipper is coming to clear the latest pile of rubbish, the chimney sweep is coming to hopefully install the new fireplace and the glass man should be coming to replace the broken window.

It’s all go!

The Good Room

I’m not sure if I’ve actually posted any photos of the good room.  It’s a lovely room with a view of large magnolia tree in full blossom. We’re delighted with the colour, a brand new Farrow & Ball colour and while it’s our future bedroom, it makes a really nice temporary sitting room.


We’ve now hung the curtains and replaced the door. It is an oasis and once you go in, the temptation is never to come out again.


This was where the carpet of cremation was.


We moved the radiator from half way up the wrong wall and got rid of several metres of copper pipe.



I do love a good before and after picture and this room shows the potential of the rest of the flat. Only six more rooms to go!

The last wardrobe

It was Sunday afternoon and after a nice treat of Sunday lunch before Big T departed for France, we thought we’d bash down our final wardrobe. It was a very big, melamine monstrosity blocking the window in the small bedroom so it was time to do something about it.


It was really quite easy and before we knew it, the small bedroom felt much bigger and here’s a surprise, another fireplace lurking behind. When I say fireplace however, I really mean hole in the wall. Best not to remove the panel holding it all inside!


We now have no storage and so I had ordered a large clothing rack on wheels to provide a temporary solution. For a mere two pounds more I could have a six foot rack instead of a four foot, and so with a bargain in mind, I had ordered it without really thinking about how big a six foot rack would be. Assembling it on Sunday, it turned out to be MASSIVE!


The wardrobe relocated to the fourth bedroom unfortunately breaking a window pane which means there’s a project for this week.

And the final image, an original Edwardian hearth with an opportunity for a decorative cast iron fireplace.


So that’s our spare bedroom progressing nicely!


This week we replaced four interior doors and what a difference they’ve made so far.

The old doors were stained with years of nicotine, opened the wrong way and had to be held open with cork-stops as they kept swinging closed. Luckily I had a good collection of corks from drinking wine to cope with our living conditions. Numbing the pain.


The doors still need painting and we’re thinking of a rather striking teal as we break away from grey. Perhaps a job for my list of things to do over the next few weeks.


Check out our lovely knobs, we’ve gone over to brass and a beautiful wooden Victorian beehive knob.


The view from the hall. There’s a nice bit of plaster missing from the wall but important to have a room diffuser to create ambiance!

The floors are pretty rough with holes and loose boards and slippers are essential to avoid nails and splinters.

Next up… another wardrobe bites the dust!