When redecorating, it's those little details that can really tie a room together and help you achieve a unified look with very little outlay.
These coasters take only minutes to make and use inexpensive materials: cardboard and leftover fabric from cushions or furnishings.
Bottle gardens - first popular in the 1960s and 1970s - are ripe for a comeback. Especially for those habitual houseplant killers, such as myself. The sealed or semi-sealed nature of a bottle garden makes it an excellent low-maintenance way to bring a little greenery into your home.
In the last week I have completed removal of the old kitchen, so I now have a large empty room, and it is time to start putting things back together.
Last weekend I levelled up my DIY ability.
I've done a fair number of DIY tasks over the years, from the relatively mundane painting walls up to things a little more interesting such as building decking, and even once I built a raised pond, which involved digging foundations, pouring concrete and brick laying. However, last weekend was the first time I have removed a wall in my home.
Having turned one of our rooms into a study for my wife, the box room is mine. You might suggest that it is a little extravagant to have a study each, but my wife's study is a very personal space for her, and whilst she lets me use it to work from home, she does so grudgingly ;-)
The truth is that a study is incomplete until a copious amount of books can be unpacked onto shelves. In our rented house we had a few standalone bookshelves, but what is the point of owning a house if you don't put up wall hung shelves?
Having recently moved, I'm back to the wonderful world of having lots of DIY to be getting on with. So much that is is hard to chose where to start!
My toilet had started to have a perpetual leak of water from the cistern into the bowl. The valve on the water inlet was no longer sealing off properly.
I've not spent a great deal of time in the garage in the last couple of months. Mostly because the work shop is not so appealing when it's really cold.
A little while ago I was browsing the web, and I found an interesting site, that contained a number of wood working projects.
Some time ago I started a project..., OK quite a long time ago..., alright - I'm slightly embarrassed to admit it was over 2 years ago. My bedroom is pretty big so I decided it could stand to lose a couple of feet to have a decent size built-in wardrobe.
Last night Kat got around to cutting together the time lapse stuff of us building the decking, and we've uploaded it to YouTube:
Decking project is now complete (well ish). Three days of labouring in the sunshine, which was very hot work but actually really nice in many ways. It's great to be out of the office, doing something constructive.
I've lived in my house for a couple of years now and I've always meant to get around to doing something with the garden.