It’s safe to say that we’re getting very close to finishing our list……..although something else will probably come to light as soon as I post this!
Still to do:
- Paint garden fence/s
- Repair garden gate
- Repair box guttering (roof)
- Make minor plaster repairs and then re-paint ground floor (not living room)
- Replace shower screen, shower fitting & bathroom sink unit
- Replace bathroom light fittings
We plan to get the box guttering (old style guttering built into the roof) issues sorted in the next few weeks, and then the other stuff as and when the budget allows.
But we are finally, very nearly finished!
A simple ceiling re-plaster in the porch, turned into a ‘this wood is rotten and needs replacing’ moment!
Gotta keep going…it’s an old house and fixing it up is a labour of love….well that’s what I’m trying to convince myself (and our bank account!)
As you can see we’re back to basics, but the end result will be worth it!
Here’s the before: Back door porch area
There’s nothing as motivating as posting a to-do list online…….for me anyway!
The ivy is trimmed -
and a new light is installed above the side door -
This job has been on our house to-do list for 7+ years, and yet it was such a simple thing to do……..for an electrician! He checked to make sure the electricity supply worked (thankfully it did!), and then swapped over the light fittings in less than thirty minutes.
I went with a simple modern, energy saving bulkhead light – the electrician was concerned about it’s brightness, but I tried it out last night and it’s absolutely fine.
Still to do this week:
+ Add wallpaper above shelf in hallway
+ Buy house number
+ Do ironing (it’s a big pile!)
Yay for getting things done!
Apologies for all the home improvement posts…I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve rediscovered my love of doing up houses!
I still have the pantry cupboard to paint, but I’m waiting until the all the building work is finished at the back of the house before doing anything in there. What I have been doing is putting some primer onto our new back door before the weather starts attacking it!
Are you supposed to use grey primer/undercoat if you’re painting the door black? Probably! Anyway I bought this white one (£12.79) as they didn’t have any grey in stock…..it’ll have to do
We still need to add a door knocker, a house number and a new light as this one (see below) doesn’t work.
For some reason I’m also starting to notice other little things that need attending to – like the hanging wires! This area above the back door is a mess! If anyone knows a way of removing ivy residue easily please let me know!
It’s still very much work in progress – needs painting – but we went ahead and got shelves in our pantry cupboard.
There seems a whole lot more room…
I know, all the food is lined up……I can’t help myself
The quotes are all in for the carpentry and building work, and after a little debating, we’ve settled on what we hope are the right people to do the work!
We’re getting the ‘new’ back porch area finished off – walls, ceiling, door threshold & flooring. We use this area as the main entrance to our home, so once everything is completed we’ll be moving the coats and shoes to this wall (below).
The middle hallway (pictured below), will then get a tidy up and a new external door – the current one is in a very bad condition. I’m also going to add wallpaper above the shelf to brighten it up a little.
It feels good to get going on stuff again!
Further reading: House Tour
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