It feels like there is a chill in the air these days. The days may still be long and sunny (ish) but there is a definite sense of autumn round the corner. My thoughts have turned to restocking our wood store and wondering if the latest batch of new windows will keep out the cold. Annndddd the next phase of living room renovations is complete!
Honestly, I think NO-ONE moves as slowly as us but I know it will all be worth it in the end. So what’s the latest? Well after replacing the windows, shutters and installing a log burner, things had come to a bit of a standstill. Now though it’s full steam ahead. This year we’ve decided we really want to focus on the living room especially as it’s one of the rooms we spend most time in.
We’re now finished with the electrics in this room. The central pendant light has been replaced by four downlighters – we’re not really ones for ceiling lights of any description but the downlighters give off far greater light and also aren’t too obtrusive. We’ve also had three new plug sockets added, one in the alcove behind the TV and two down in a corner by the sofa where the wi-fi is connected up.
Next, the dreaded gas tap is no longer! When we moved in, a hideous gas fireplace was alive and well. One of those ones where you turn a tap next to the fireplace, light a match and hope for the best. Super safe wouldn’t you say? We always knew it needed to come out before we replaced the floor but I kept putting it off. And then every so often we’d get the faintest smell of gas and I kept thinking it had to be sorted out. And you know what? It cost just £80. I’ll forever wonder why I took so long.
Last but by no means least, the whole room has been replastered. It wasn’t in bad condition but the entire room was covered in lining paper. Lining paper that I knew was a ticking time bomb before it would eventually start bubbling as the structural cracks underneath gave way. Plus, we had artex-effect wallpaper on the ceiling. Because why not? #eyeroll
Now the radiator has gone (we took it off, left it on the drive and within 24 hours someone had taken it off our hands), the old cracked skirting board has gone to the tip and we have beautifully smooth walls, all ready for the next phase. We’ve since had a quote for the painter to come round AND we’re looking at new flooring so who knows, by Christmas we may *almost* have a finished room…
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