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The Log Burner Installation Reveal!

Log Burner Installation

Five years we've lived without heating. Five years with one single electric radiator moving from room to room with us as we move around the house. I kid you not. Central heating is something that's completely alien to us. Throughout the two houses we've owned - we've never had it. Why, you ask? Because we simply don't have enough money to have it installed as well as being able to renovate the rest of the house. It sounds so silly to decorate and do-up a house when some of more practical elements, like central heating aren't there. But that my friends, is something I'm willing to sacrifice for the sake of a nice looking cosy homely home. Okay - who am I kidding, it's obviously not going to be cosy unless I'm walking around wearing my duvet, but you get my drift, right? Feeling relaxed in a well put together, but colder home matters more to me than having a heated horrible dank smelly house waiting years to be able to change it.

Painting the Hearth | Victorian Fireplace Reveal


victorian fireplace with painted hearth

Some months ago I purchased a Victorian Fireplace for the smallest bedroom off eBay. It needed some restoring which I finished a while back, but since then it's just been sat in the bedroom against the wall, unattached, collecting dust. The reason I hadn't gotten around to fitting the fireplace was because I couldn't decide what to do with the hearth. The original tiles were long gone and instead we were left with a concrete slab that really needed some interior style attention.

Kitchen Update: Cracked Walls & Plasterboard

kitchen renovation update: cracked walls and plasterboard

So you might have been wondering what's happened with our kitchen renovation. My last proper post on the renovation was some months back now, talking about removing the load bearing wall. We waited for what felt like an eternity for that to happen - so you'd have thought I would have updated you with heaps of progress and already have a kitchen by now. Truth is, whilst we have done heaps. we're still far far from a finished room. After spending days on end - no, make that weeks on end working on the job - the last thing I wanted to do was go and write about it. My motivation and inspiration for home renovating really does come and go - it's hard work keeping at it, spending all our free time on it and often feeling like we're not really getting anywhere. It's always good to take a break and I've done so by distracting myself with a few smaller DIYs which I've been sharing lately on here. But, now it's time to get back into the game - get these posts written and push the renovation through to the end!

{DIY} Table with a Feature Tiled Base & Concrete Top

DIY Feature Tiled Table with Concrete Top

Tiles. We use them in bathrooms and we use them on floors. But have you ever used them as part of a piece of furniture? Nope, me neither. But when you think about it, it's perfect! They're so hardwearing, they can make a real feature or statement in a room and many are even waterproof too. They're the perfect material for building a table base with! You'll never have to worry about kids kicking the table again and those mud marks will wipe straight off. You'll have a real bespoke and unique piece of furniture that's not quite like anything in a catalogue, and what's even better - the investment on tiles can be transferred with you when you move!

What's New in the Garden?

garden purchases 2016

The garden was the first space we began renovating in this house just over two years ago. Originally it was one giant flower bed that had been unkept for some time and had become completely wild. It resembled something of a jungle with weeds taller than me. The dogs would get well and truly lost within it and I was desperate to turn it into a haven of peacefulness. I knew I wanted grass, a proper garden for the dogs, but still with plenty of plants and greenery. Within a couple of months the garden looked completely different, there was plenty of grass starting to grow, but many the flowers we had removed and relocated didn't survive in their new homes.

Getting the Chimney Log Burner Ready!


How to get a fireplace ready for a wood stove

If you've been following the blog for a while, you'll know we've been making progress in the dining room towards fitting a log burner! I'm beyond excited, not just because log burners are damn cool, but because this will be the first time we'll have a proper way of making heat in this house. So far we've already removed the old back boiler, installed a lintel and we're finally down to the finishes with the next job on the to do list being all the internal works. This means boarding the opening to make it fireproof and fitting a hearth.

Insulating Walls With... Cake?

how to insulate walls internally

OK, so it's not quite cake - but it certainly looks like it, right? When we were planning the walls to be knocked through into the kitchen, a number of tradespeople suggested to us that we spent a little extra cash insulating some of our walls. Houses are typically built with two-brick thick walls and nowadays new houses also have a cavity between these bricks filled with insulation. This keeps you nice and toasty in winter. But in our house, some of our walls are just one brick thick which means they transfer the cold from the outside into the house very very easily. Our solution? Cake.