Decor, Renovation

More haste less speed

So I’ve not been very good at keeping my blog up to date lately. There’s just been so much happening, I’ve struggled for time. It does mean I have a few things I can tell you about though. So I’ll pick up where I left off with the tiling. The upstairs bathroom has, of course, now been finished. I actually stood in the bathroom the other week without shoes on. It may not sound like a big deal, but to actually walk around in my socks is big news for us at Number 18!! I love the upstairs bathroom just as much as I love the downstairs shower room. Our tiler has done such a fantastic job.

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We’ve also put up the shower head in the downstairs shower room. We just need to get ordering the other things we need. Trying to find an oval shaped sink that doesn’t break the bank is driving me bonkers!!

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We’ve painted the kitchen an off-white colour. I didn’t want to stick with white and wanted merely a hint of colour to keep the kitchen looking fresh. I really love the colour, it’s not quite grey, perhaps more biscuity. The fact the paint is called coconut juice makes it even more fabulous in my eyes.

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We’ve also ordered the kitchen and it’s arriving tomorrow!!! Eeek! We did have a minor problem, but it’s worked out ok in the end. Turns out the kitchen I thought I wanted wasn’t lacquer gloss, when I want a high gloss kitchen. It’s a long story, but the crux of it is I only very narrowly escaped having a kitchen I would have hated all because I was trying to rush getting it ordered. I must learn to be more patient. So we had to go back to the drawing board and finally decided on a metrica gloss walnut kitchen by Mackintosh. It’s a slightly better spec than the Halvanto kitchen we were originally looking at, but we had it on offer so it actually came out a little cheaper. I cannot wait to see it arrive tomorrow!

Nadine x

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Decor, Renovation

Ready. Steady. Go!

And we’re off! The first week back to work at Number 18 has started with lightening speed! But first I’ll rewind a little as I’ve missed out some progress that was made before Christmas. All of which was intended for far more detailed individual posts, so please forgive me.

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The plumber returned to fit the boiler and hung the radiators upstairs. We are having a system boiler setup and the plumber will be returning again shortly to install the stand alone tank. We also chose the last lot of tiles which will be going on our kitchen and utility floor. We managed to get a bargain at £11 per square metre, so they didn’t break the bank!

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Even with Dan working so carefully trying to hack off around the corbels and arch, it all came crashing down around him – not a good day at Number 18. For a split second pushing him off the ladder crossed my mind, I won’t lie. So after the plastering was completed Kayvic, a local plaster work manufacturer, fitted new corbels. We also attached a moulding to the arch to try and recreate what was there before.

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At the same time, Kayvic repaired the cornicing in our lounge, dining room and a small section in the hall. Above is a picture of the cornicing before the repairs. It now requires a bead adding to it and once that’s been done I’ll share some more snaps. The cornicing isn’t the same in all of the rooms. The most ornate is in the lounge, and it’s this cornicing that we had a moulding taken of so that we could replicate it throughout the house.

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Ok. So now I’ve brought you up to speed (I hope there isn’t anything I’ve left out), I’ll share what progress has been made over the last week. We’ve had both the tiler start and Kayvic back to put cornicing up on the ceilings in our kitchen, utility and hall landing. We will eventually put the cornicing up in all of the bedrooms upstairs. However, it’s not the cheapest and currently the savings pot won’t allow for bedrooms as well.

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Now. On to the tiling, which is actually progressing really well. The tiler has been at the Casa for three days this week. So far he’s done a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to seeing the downstairs shower room finished. I know I say how exciting all of this is alot, but it really is. I love to see my home taking shape just how I’ve always dreamt it.

 

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Downing tools for Christmas

This is just a super quick post, last one for 2014 – where has the year gone? As usual I’m very unorganised and I need to start wrapping presents pronto, but I just had to share! Dan has been to collect the two lots of mosaics that will be adorning the walls of our shower room and bathroom. I am so flipping excited I could scream!! The wine coloured mosaics will be covering the back wall of the shower in the downstairs shower room. The stone and gold mosaics will be used in the wall boxes and as a border in the upstairs bathroom. Feast your eyes on these beauties….

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imageI am delighted with the tiles we’ve chosen, which won’t be in their boxes for much longer as the tiler is starting in the New Year! 2015 is going to be a very busy year for us in Number 18 and I’m raring to go! That’s after having a nice relaxing break over Christmas of course. I’m thoroughly looking forward to starting the day tomorrow with our family tradition of eggs royale, courtesy of my lovely sister, washed down with a glass of prosecco or two!

I hope all of my readers have a very merry Christmas.

Nadine x

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