We recently received vouchers from The Orchard at Tesco for money off flowers, we decided to try a bunch from their Finest range of flowers, we did pay a little extra to get a nicer bunch. Each bunch of flowers at Tesco came with one pack of free flower foods.
February has been a busy month full of festivals and celebrations as well as continuing to decorate our home. We are still halfway through renovating the bathroom, our friend fitted a new bathroom suite for us (which looks amazing) Gavin has finished the tiling of the walls, we also finished painting the one wall and glossing the skirting boards and cupboards. Only a few more bits to do such as putting in the new towel radiator and laying the flooring.
Start of the month we celebrated our first Valentines Day in our own home, instead of going out to a fancy restaurant we thought we’d make the most of owning our own home and decided to stay in and cook. We decided the lazy way and bought an M&S meal deal for £20 which was a bargain. The meal deal included a starter, a main course, dessert, chocolates and wine.Gavin bought me some lovely flowers and a HUUUGE box of milk tray. In return I gave Gavin a handmade chocolate box bouquet full of Galaxy and Haribo.
We also celebrated pancake day, we bought the ready made pancake mix where you just add milk. It was my first ever go at making pancakes, my first one ended up in a big mess but in the end they turned out well and I was happy with my pancakes. We had several toppings to choose from including golden syrup, strawberry sauce and classic sugar and lemon.
Gavin missed out on Chinese New Year as I ended up going to watch Psychic Sally: On the Road with my mum at Southampton Guildhall, going out for dinner beforehand to a Chinese Restaurant in Southampton City Centre. We chose to have the self- service buffet which we really enjoyed. When we paid we both received a fortune cookie. My fortune read: To retain friendship is to be tolerant, therefore it is time for you to forgive one of your friends mistakes.
What sort of things did you get up to for Valentines Day, Pancake Day and Chinese New Year?
Another year comes and goes but for Alex and I it’s project refurb with our house. 2015 will be our first whole year together in our new home. We hope to be achieving a lot to help make our home more comfortable. This year we hope to have the hallway/landing, bathroom, dining room and lounge completely finished. Anything else (namely the garden will be a bonus!).
Our hallways is 99.99% done!
Our first area we focused on was the hallway/landing. We thought this would be a good place to start considering you enter and leave the house and get access to the other rooms within the house. So if we made this more suitable to our taste (basically freshen it up) it would make it feel more ‘homely’. It’s made such a difference and we’re please with the results considering we did a touchup. Thanks to Alex’s Sister (Jo) for helping us with the painting. We used paint from B&Q in their Colours range called Soft Almond. – I appreciate photos are hard to see the true colour, but it’s slightly warmer than magnolia. We then went for the refresh of using white gloss on the banisters and skirting board. This was the most messy and tedious job of all. Especially having to bring the banisters back to wood after 4-5 coats of gloss.
We still have a couple of jobs left and that is to install carpets up the stairs and top of the landing area. (for the mean time we have an off cut of carpet for the landing). Also I want to get round to building my own bespoke coat hanger rail along the wall. – a job for the warmer months.
Here’s the before photos – November 2014
and here’s the after photos
hallway with laminate flooring, mirrors came from the range and the light fitting came from B&Q.
As you can see the stairs is what is left for us to carpet. We’ll do this early this year.
View from the stairs.
As you can see here that you’ll agree it looks a lot more brighter throughout. We also need sand down the banister hand rail and apply top coat to varnish it again.
upstairs, you can see we installed a new radiator to the left, and also grabbed a free offcut of carpet to use a runner for the time being until we get it carpeted.
Stay tuned for updated to this page for when we get it carpeted. We’re also looking into getting the doors replaced so we haven’t spent the time to gloss these.
Hopefully in the next week we can show you the transformation of the bathroom that I’ve been working on.