I know this post has been a very long time coming, but we’ve been unbeievably busy over the last couple of weeks!  We picked up the keys to our flat on Friday 19th of July, and haven’t stopped since then.  On Friday, we got up, picked up the hired van and flew straight to Ikea.  Yep, our flat is more than a little Swedish… A new bed, sofa and dining table later, we picked up the keys and let ourselves in.  You guys, it was so emotional.  We just stood there in the hall going “we OWN this.  this is OURS”.  Over the next few days we realised how much actual work there was to do.  There were holes in the walls.  Not like screw holes, but face-sized, taken out with a hacksaw holes.  There were non-functioning night storage heaters, which, when removed (eventually) revealed a lack of skirting board behind and flooring underneath.  There were dodgy electrical spurs added on to the ring main.  It was not, my friends, a case of slapping some paint on the walls.  The best room in the flat was the bathroom, so bizarrely, thats’s where we chose to start.  We took down the old towel rail, the medicine cabinet, the frightening-looking heater, the mouldy blind and all the odd screws and nails.  I filled in all the holes, I sanded all the filler.  I painted the ceiling. I scrubbed the window with limescale remover.  We bought a new shower and installed it.  We changed the shower curtain track.  AND THEN we painted.  A glossy, charcoal grey called ‘Bottlenose Dolphin’.  Apt for a bathroom, no?  Once we’d painted I had a crack at the skirting boards.  I used one coat gloss, but I don’t know what kind of stain the previous guys put on the wood because the gloss went yellow.  So Once became Twice.  Lesson learned: Never Trust Anything.  Once THAT was done I moved my attention to the frilly stuff.  The Hang It All pretending to be a towel rack, the Mirror Of A Throusand Transformations, and a clock.  We need to get a new light fitting, but for now, this is nice.  It’s been nice during all thework to have a moody, masculine, calm retreat to wind down in at the end of the day.  The last thing you want when you’re trying to relax is to have MORE WORK staring you in the face.  Yay!  New Flat!



The lounge is coming along in leaps and bounds too.  (I will do a proper introduction to the flat at some point, with pictures and floorplans, I promise.  I just wanted to throw you a frickin’ bone here.)  The lounge has taken a LOT of work.  Nearly £600 of brick tiles to replicate that bare wall look, nearly a tub of filler and SO MUCH SANDING.  Throw in a nice vintage light, and some buttoning on an otherwise plain IKEA sofa and y’know what, we’re seeing progress.  Still a long way to go, but we will get there!  Having internet troubles at the moment, but once that’s all sorted (grr) I’ll keep the updates coming thick ‘n’ fast!
FlatProgress4FlatProgress5That’s all for now folks!

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