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Installing Downlights & Feature Lighting!

diy installing downlights

After we'd finished over-boarding the kitchen ceiling, we could then begin to think about lighting. I'd always imagined having two single pendants in this room - the same as it had been before (one where the old kitchen had been and one where it'd been the old shower room) but after we'd boarded the ceiling, I really liked the streamlined, unobstructed view of the new roof window. It was actually a feature of its own and I didn't want anything to get in the way of that. Suddenly pendants in the middle of the room just didn't seem right for the space.

DIY: Venting a Cooker Hood

DIY venting a cooker hood

Older kitchens and bathrooms never have extractor fans. I don't know why this is - I presume they just didn't exist back in the day? But you'll never find them. For modern day living; lengthy showers and multiple pans steaming away - not having one is pretty bad. You'll end up with all kinds of condensation/damp problems and for the small cost of putting one in, it's really very much worth it.

Valentines Chalkboard Art with Chalkola

Chalkola review

Whilst we don't really celebrate Valentines, I can't help but lust over beautiful themed interiors, especially those on Instagram - where I spend most of my free time scrolling through squares and squares of homes I only wished I owned. If you're not on Instagram yet, where have you been?! It's quickly becoming the new Pinterest for home & DIY inspiration and I absolutely love the community on there.

One day we'll go all out on the decorating-front for a celebration; (any celebration - Easter, Christmas, Valentines - I'm not fussed!) there'll be bunting, flowers, food, music, it'll be so pinterest-worthy, all my dreams will have come true. But until then, I'll make-do with small corners of my home having a touch of festivity instead.

DIY Electric Underfloor Heating

Pro Warm underfloor heating kit

Electric underfloor heating, oh the wonders! I've always dreamed of being able to have heated floors, such a luxury(!) and one that I thought would cost hundreds of pounds. But with some clever bargain hunting and doing-it-yourself, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

Chasing Cables the Easy Way

how to chase cables easily

Chasing cables - what a feaking nightmare. Have you ever had to do this by hand yourself? The drilling, the chiselling, the dust, the arm ache, oh it's a real pain in the butt. All for the sake of hidden cables in a wall. Don't get me wrong - it's totally worth it.. Surface trunking is gloriously dated, but it's still a damn hassle that takes way longer than it should and creates no end of chaotic mess.

BUT, there is an easier way. A way that creates almost no dust, a way that saves you all the arm ache and a way that takes absolutely no time at all. Let me introduce you to.... The wall chaser!

Home Reno: What We Have Planned For 2017

renovation plans for 2017

Oh.My.Goodness I cannot believe we have reached the end of the year. It doesn't feel like that long ago since I was writing this post for the last year! Needless to say, it's been one hell of a year (erm, Brexit, Trump, WTF?). We've spent 9+ months without a kitchen AND STILL COUNTING and yes, we somehow had Christmas here without one too. It's been tougher than I can explain, we've spent a heck more than we had ever planned for, and quite frankly I'm quite glad to see the back of this year and look towards a new one, which will hopefully include a freaking kitchen at some point SOON!!

2016 Renovation Cost Round-Up

2016 renovation cost round up

Ahh it's that time of year again, when I look back on our yearly renovation spending and cringe. Renovating a home is not a cheap process and despite trying to do everything "on the cheap" things still manage to add up to horrific numbers. And I know we've spent A LOT of money this year because we took out a home improvements loan and that money is now pretty much all gone! YIKES.