Decor

In search of my dream green

During the week I spent one of my lunch breaks in my local B&Q perusing paint in search of the perfect green for my study. I don’t know how long it’s been there, as this has been my first trip to B&Q in many years, but we now have a rather snazzy Valspar counter. With around two thousand colours to choose from, there were rather a lot of greens on offer. I whittled down the seventeen tester cards I had in my hands. Yes that’s right – seventeen. I eventually settled on four colours that I purchased tester pots of to take home and slap on the walls… And then went back for a further three.

imageThe  colours (in the pots) from left to right – back row first

1. Pressed Olive  2. Aloe Vera  3. Rainforest Retreat  4. Emerald Enchantment

5.  Cotswold Hills. 6.  Crocodile Style  7. Garden Glory

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As you’ll know from my last post, I was rather taken with a certain pic I’d seen on Pinterest of an emerald green room with leopard print stools. Yet, having put the testers on the walls, I’m really surprised to be feeling rather underwhelmed with the emerald green. The olivey tones however, have exceeded my expectations! I’ll keep you posted on which hue I eventually decide on.

 

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When the rain went away

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So I’m yet to tell you that the plasterers have finally made it back to render the outside of the casa. As you’ll know from an earlier post, much work has been carried out at Number 18 to alter openings and lift windows to accommodate kitchen and bathroom units. All of the alterations have left rather ugly gaps in the render. The plasterers finished the inside of the house, and then the rain set in before the outside could be tackled. As soon as we had a dry spell, we got the plasters back to get the outside finished. I know you can tell where the old render ends and the new begins, but we’ll be getting our paint on come the spring to hide all the join lines. We’ll be painting the render an off-white colour and saying tatty-bye to the miserable grey. I’m hoping the outside will look a lot fresher.

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It’s a toss up

Things are getting really exciting at Number 18. We’re finally getting to the fun part of decorating!!! This is what I’ve been looking forward to all this time.

I’ve had so many ideas of what I wanted to do with Number 18. Viewing other fellow renovators blogs, home magazines and Google searches have all given me lots of ideas. Pinterest however, is my new best friend for decor inspiration. I just love how I can organise all of my pins on separate boards – I’ve found my inner Monica Gellar!

After being an avid reader of Abigail Ahern’s blog and having fallen in love with her new paint range, I knew olive green had to make an appearance somewhere in the house. I decided the perfect room for the olive green would be the study. That was until I started looking at other greens, mainly emerald green, and there’s one image (courtesy of Pinterest of course) that keeps catching my eye. A firm fave of mine is leopard print, which paired with emerald green makes me go all smushy.

I want the study to be as luxurious as it is practical. I don’t want to be reminded of my desk at work in any shape or form! So it’s time for me to get some colour on the wall and I’ll be making a trip for some tester pots this week!

Nadine x

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Pass me the roller

The white washing has finally commenced and I am so excited I could burst!! We’ve painted for six days on the trot, apart from a small gander round tile shops one morning – also very exciting.

After having gone through 140 litres of paint so far, and getting roughly three quarters of the way through, we’re now back in work and having a small break. The cornicing needs to be repaired in some rooms and once this has been done we’ll finish the job. See, I knew I’d love painting!!

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Spruced up front of house

The eagerly awaited, loverly-jubbly front door is finally here! You’ll know from previous posts that I got very excited and overwhelmed when our new windows were fitted. So a no brainer that I would be rather excitable when it came to the door arriving.

On the day the door was fitted, I passed the house on my way to work. The old door was already out and on the floor – Cue major car shrieking! I spent all day imagining what it was going to look like when I got home from work. Productive day you’re thinking right!? 5pm couldn’t come quick enough, and as the clock struck, I was out of the office and whizzing out of the car park. I wasn’t disappointed. So, here it is. Isn’t it a beauty…

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It’s black, of course. What other colour would it be!? Complete with gold accessories – obviously. I am completely head over heels for the number 18 in the fanlight. It’s so nice to see the back of the white PVC door and have something more fitting with the property. I cannot believe the difference the new front door has made to the overall appearance to our front of house.

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Dot & Dab

The plastering has started and is now well underway! Hooray I hear you say! I cannot express just how badly I am itching to get a paint brush in my hand. Yet friends tell me this will quickly change as soon as the painting actually commences. Hmmm.

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The plastering is happening in three different stages and this is due to the construction of Number 18. We’ve been advised that because of the wood, brick and stone that make up the internal walls of the house, it is not wise to rough and skim on top as we could end up with some serious cracking. So first of all the walls are roughed with waterproofed cement. Completely irrelevant, but the cement smells like wet dog! Yuck! The second stage is to board over the cement. The roughed walls are dotted with a plasterboard adhesive and the boards applied on top. I’m told the adhesive completely sets within an hour and the plasterers have to work quite quickly with the boards.

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The change at this point has been unbelievable. The house has been so dark after being taken back to bare brick and with the ceilings pulled down. It seemed a little lighter when the ceilings were boarded, but got darker again when the walls were roughed. However, this drastically changed when the boards were put up. It felt so light and airy. It’s also made the house feel more like an actual house and less like a building site. It’s nice to feel that we’ve almost made a turning point – almost.

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And finally, the third stage is the pink! The skimming is nearly all complete. The rooms that were started first are now almost dry and will soon be ready to paint.

I don’t care what anyone says, I’m going to feel like a champion with a paint brush in my hand!!! Bring it on!!

 

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Plaster Prep

So I promised I wouldn’t let wedding planning completely take over, and I guess it kind of has. Two months have passed and I’ve not written a thing about Number 18. Perhaps I’m not cut out for blogging. Or perhaps I’ve bitten off more than I can chew!? I guess we don’t do things by halves – renovating and planning a wedding. However, the dress has now been purchased and that’s a big tick off the wedding to do list. Maybe it’ll mean more time for blogging, we shall see. So to bring you up to date with the goings on at Number 18, I’ve got some pics together and managed to put fingers to keyboard.

 

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I’ve already posted about the electrics, that’s all done. Well, except for the minor incident where I changed my mind on the location of the bed in the master bedroom. As there were no power points on this wall for bedside lamps, Dan had to sort this very quickly – days before the plasters were due to start. I mentioned it a few weeks ago that I thought we’d made a mistake, or at least were silly to have not given ourselves the option of where to put the bed. Dan reminded me of how I had told him that I definitely did not want to put the bed on any other wall. I sensed his frustration and thought I’d better shut up. I put it to the back of my mind, and then got increasingly panicky as the plastering drew closer and closer. My worry regarding our lack of options quickly changed to a realisation I no longer wanted the bed where we originally decided it should go. With boards still to go up and the house needing tidying from top to bottom to allow the plasterers room to work (we had all sorts of crap everywhere!), you can imagine the reaction when two days before plastering I told Dan he had to sort the socket situation. Perhaps I shouldn’t talk about this – Dan will read this and be reminded. I’m in enough trouble over it as it is… moving swiftly on.

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The first fix plumbing has been completed now too, with a lot of the work already having been completed for the showers as the pipe work is going to be hidden in the wall. The above photo on the left is of our downstairs shower room where the shower head will be fixed to ceiling. We also have wall boxes which I think make for great storage solutions – so there’ll be no shampoo bottles on the floor of the shower.

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Dan has stuffed the ceilings with insulation. I’m hoping the house is going to be warm as I’m such a freezer!! After hiring a plasterboard lift, Dan has also finished boarding the ceilings and the next job is plastering – stay tuned!

 

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