Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Bathroom Extras

Just a quick post to update you on our bathroom. We FINALLY have a shower! Yay! and Yay! again. Initially the poles that came down from the ceiling were too long - and the shower rail only came up to our waists - this was because the ceilings are so low - it did little to stop water getting everywhere, or protect our dignity. So it was back to the drawing board for a while. I found this shower curtain in Wilkinsons (I know!!!) and allowed myself a few roses. The light fitting matched the colours of the bathroom so well - I had to have it - carboot.....£2!!!!

So bathroom is finished - yes a room is finished - and I love it!!!!


My Bedroom

We have pretty much finished our bedroom - one or two more touches and it will be everything I could dream of from a cottage bedroom.

So lets start at the beginning.......The walls were originally cream, which I decided to freshen with white (of course). New carpets were a must - I mean a must! The ceiling's wallpaper was hanging off and so I tore it all down - and for the next YEAR I woke up to brown, torn, ragged, lining paper. Whilst I was away with the children, Karl got to work and re-papered the ceiling, apparently it was not easy - but he did a fine job!

Then I gave it a lick of paint and now we have a new morning view! Then one last touch - time to get out that one roll of Cath Kidston wallpaper I bought in the sales many, many moons ago. The crowning glory!

The Kidston wall, as it is now to be called, leads to my little dressing room, which isn't quite ready to show you yet. As you can probably see there is very little storage and so my lovely old suitcases keep all my truly sentimentals in -you know; kids drawings, wedding photos, love letters - - if there was a fire in my home - I wouldn't leave the house unless these cases had been flung out of the window first!I have got one or two things to do, I want to paint the door white, the cupboard green (yes believe it) and fit my lovely French chandelier, get some cafe rods up and hang some vintage, French lace. I will post with those titbits as and when! Hope you approve - could your hubby or partner live with the roses? Am I a lucky lady or what!?
Thank you for your lovely comments, stay with me!


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Dressed up Dresser

Just a quick add! When we moved in we had to strip the kitchen of everything - this included a not so nice orange pine dresser, but we held onto it - and its been in our garage graveyard since. However, I dusted it off, gave it a lick of paint - white of course - and added a few non essentials - and VOILA!The little girl figure is tape measure!

Fleur xx

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Kitschin Corner

The latest before and afters from Appletree Cottage. I wanted more surface space and something to disguise an ugly washing machine and tumble dryer. So, propped up by one of our old beams (recycling galore!) - Karl put in a sturdy work-top. Then I made some curtains out of remnants - and hey presto - a country cottage corner that hides a myraid of sins! Still waiting for a dishwasher though - - oh hang on - that's me.




Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Bathroom Happiness!

So, finally we are almost there with our bathroom!!!! Only the shower rail and light fitting to go. It's been a very looooong road getting here - but so worth the wait. Everything we did ourselves, I say we, the plumbing, wiring and carpentry was Karl - but I did paint!

This was before the double sink unit was taken out and before the vinyl flooring went in.
We think it had been used as a utility space.It was extremely dirty and very unpleasant.
So we cleaned and cleaned - and painted the walls with a first coat. Then the flooring came in - just an extension of the flooring we used in the kitchen next door.

The tools came in and Karl began work on the plumbing and carpentry. He was amazing. This is not his profession - but he has done a 100% professional job!After........

What the before pics don't show is how all the plumbing was boxed in with the wooden cladding, mostly behind the bath - which was painted with an eggshell white.

The cast iron bath was off Ebay. The sink was from the en-suite ripped out from upstairs - unfortunately the pedestal had an accident - so we replaced it with one from a salvage yard. The bath needed repainting, the feet were pure rust, but fortunately the inside enamel was great!
All the paintwork was redone in white - it is so fresh and bright!
An old mirror from a local charity shop - it fits just perfectly!
Painted the door!
The shower!!! Not had one yet! Long story short - the shower rail hung too low from the ceiling - and we now have to figure out a way of shortening the poles. Oh the frustration!!!!!
I finally got to decorate my new bathroom with all my carboot finds!!!
I use this Victorian watercress dish to keep flannels and soap in.
And I brought in the old wash stand (which needs a good polish) and used this old bowl inside, I think it goes quite well?
My old bottles - finally somewhere to display them!
This old loo roll holder has been hanging around for years waiting to be used!
And there it is - I will post again to show you the beautiful shower curtains I have bought. From beginning to end it took about a year -but it wasn't so much the amount of work - it was the lack of time - and you know, we were busy enjoying life too. But it's here - and I LOVE IT!!!!
Fleur xxx