I sit here, in my living room (as that is where my computer is) and think about all the projects that Robert and I currently have on the go in the house. The kids are playing nicely, in fact Ned has just lined his trains up all along the handles on the drawers of my desk which I find very cute, and I’m trying to think about what I want to say before they stop playing nicely and I’m whisked away to referee.
I’m guilty of starting a new project in the house when work has stalled on the one I/we are currently working on. Say the weather has forced us inside so we can no longer do anything in the garden then I will whip out a tin of paint and decide to start on a wall or some dark wood that I don’t like, that kind of thing. This hopping about from job to job can leave a trail of unfinished jobs. So Robert and I are reigning in our haphazard way of doing up a house and instead finishing off the ones we have started. I hasten to add that the ones on show in the pictures today are a mere sample of the projects on the go as some of the other ones are crafty projects, furniture makeovers and decorative bits and pieces that I’ll have fun showing you anon.
We are going to re-tile the kitchen. It’s a relatively small space to re-tile so that wasn’t the fear, the fear was how easily they would come off the wall and how much damage they would do to the plaster.
The gods are on our side as they popped off the wall, dry and dusty and once you’d got one off you could almost pull every other one off with your bare hands.
Even Nye with her baby screwdriver could’ve done it. But she directed from the sidelines instead.
And there’s the front garden. When we moved in there was no fence. Robert and his brother have spent time getting the post and rail fence in as and when they have the time. They’ve done the side you can’t see in this photo and have almost reached the end. But this area of garden needed clearing. There were two straggly lilac trees and another half dead straggly monster that we felt needed to go in order to bring some calm and neatness to the front of the house.
So over Christmas Robert went out with a chainsaw and a strimmer and we started work on essentially landscaping the front by ourselves. As long as this area is neat and manageable and we can get the fence finished off we can then take a step back and decide what we want it to look like in the long term. But the trees we chopped down were stopping us from being able to see if there were any cars coming along the road so it was important we dealt with them
Eventually the dream is to have a laurel hedge along the front just behind the fence. Beautiful glossy laurel, neatly trimmed and evergreen. We started off trying to grow our own laurel hedge last autumn by taking cuttings. I’ll let you know how we get on but I can see some buds forming so hopefully they’ve taken.
Ah yes, the entrance hall. I started this one Friday afternoon when the kids were in bed. Silly really as I didn’t do any of the prep I needed to do to the wood, the floors and the walls first. I was just so desperate to see a staircase that wasn’t dark brown.
Mmmmmm, a bit half eaten as you can tell.
But we’re getting there. Yes, we’re getting there.
We’re begging, borrowing, reupholstering, making do, renovating, getting creative, managing, scraping, sanding, painting, sawing and everything else that you can think of.
Which is a poetic way of saying that we’re making a home for ourselves.
And when we’ve finished I’m sure we’ll pick a corner and start all over again.
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