9 September 2015

Our renovation story Part 6 - Near the finishing line

I'm so excited (and I just can't hide it!)

Our huge renovation project is nearing the finishing line. OK, let's be honest, it is an Edwardian house and as far as old houses go, there will be PLENTY more to do and plenty more to spend. But, as far as us moving in goes, it is looking more and more like we will be moving into our beautiful house soon. Although, not quite yet. We are supposed to be moving out next week. We still have no floors, no staircase, and no kitchen... Will update you next week on how that has been solved!


We have so far had all the rooms plastered and painted, the kitchen is part installed, and electricity is all re-wired. There are still a few minor things to do, like ceiling roses and coving, and some slightly bigger jobs too like the floor and the staircase. 



We have had a few heated discussions about design decisions. Me and my husband both like similar design but we have our differences too. And as we both consider we have superior tastes, you can imagine we have been at loggerheads a few times. One of my absolute musts was to have a blackboard painted wall in the kitchen, and a patchwork encaustic tiling in the hallway and the hearth. Well, the blackboard paint wall is now up and oh my, do I think it will look stunning. And my husband is coming around to it now too. What do you think? Yay or nay?




Then, another decision I sort of wish I hadn't made. My idea for the upstairs bedrooms was to have one yellow, one green and one blue, sort of sliding scale concept. Well, as hubby was dead-set against yellow I conceded and picked a grey-based pale purple for that yellow room. Based on a paper swatch it looked lovely and mellow. On the wall it is, mildly put, in your face. Learning point - do a swatch test on the wall! I think we will attempt to live with it for a while and we will see if we will re-paint it in a few years. Or a few months... And this time I will insist on yellow and will do my swatches. 

So here are a few pictures to update you all - you can start to see now what the finished article will be. There will be that modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and worktops. There will be that fireplace (eventually) with an original Victorian mantelpiece. There will be that open space and grey scale paintwork.  

And there will be that grand reveal, soon, I promise!

Can you already picture the finished article? I sure can! 

Check my renovation series here:
Part 1 - Our new home
Part 2 - Surprises
Part 3 - Project management


14 comments:

  1. Toi on just loistava toi liitutaulu-seinä! Mekin ollaan pohdittu sitä, mutta meidän keittiöstä ei oikein löydy luonnollista paikkaa sille! Toivottavasti pääsette muuttamaan pian!

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    1. Joo niin toivon minakin, taa on tosi stressaavaa. Liitutaulu on ollut pitkaaikainen haave joten tosi tyytyvainen olen :)

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  2. oo kitchen is coming along nicely I'd love to have a nice big space like look forward to seeing the finished results! #homeetc x

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    1. I think the end result will be really nice, I am really looking forward to it. The house is also much larger than what we have had before so will feel nice and roomy :)

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  3. WOW! Getting there for sure! Looking more like rooms now! Oh this is so exciting, and the best bits to come! Decorating and buying new things! Goodd luck :) Keep us posted. Thanks for linking up. Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

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    1. Ah yes, buying stuff... It is probably the most fun part but have to be honest, we will be in a very tight budget when it comes for decorating. We will try and use as much of our old stuff as possible! Thanks for hosting :)

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  4. The kitchen is going to be fabulous! I know what you mean about swatches but sometimes you don't get the full effect until it's all been painted, this has happened to me a couple of times. You never know when you have everything in there, you might like it better. Great progress, I bet you are getting excited now xx

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    1. Yeah that's true, it might look a bit less garish once we get some furniture and the coving in there... Maybe :D a tricky thing as sometimes the colour of the paint can look so different from what you imagined it to be!

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  5. Thank you for sharing the progress with us. I look forward to seeing the end result. I too have felt I've made a mistake. Most recently I painted butterflies on something and regretted it. #HomeEtc

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    1. Yeah it is a bugger isn't it when you do something and it doesn't half end up being as nice as what you had planned it to be. It is so annoying! All the time spent on it too... Oh well, live an learn I suppose :)

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  6. Aaah it's really coming along isn't it? SO, so excited for you!!! One tip I've learnt is to paint onto lining paper — or the back of wallpaper — and stick it onto the wall. It will give you a really good idea of how it will look. As the light changes throughout the day, colour looks different on the wall. It's always good to try it out first. Thanks so much for linking up with us #HomeEtc

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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    1. That's a really good idea and I wish we had done that. The other colours are fine and we chose them based on a paper swatch, but this one... Well, not quite what I thought it would be :D thanks for the tip, I'll do that next time! And thanks for hosting :)

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  7. Wow, you're making such amazing progress! Maybe the pink will grow on you?! #HomeEtc

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    1. Ha ha I hope so! I am not sure it will, it really is in your face. But at least it is just in the guest bedroom / office so we won't have to look at it all day long :)

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