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This is me today

In Kitchen, Walls on August 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm

This is me by the way. See that smile, that’s because despite the fact that the kitchen is now delayed by four weeks, I’m beginning to rather enjoy this renovating lark. Ask me again in a week or so….



This is my favourite roller

In Kitchen, Walls on August 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

This is my favourite roller. I have “borrowed” it from Dad. He’ll have to fight me to get it back. I’ve tried posh new Dulux ones and shiny new Wickes ones, none compare for cover or rolling action to this old, war worn, excellent roller.


Bathroom [Part1]

In Bathroom, Floors, Uncategorized, Walls, Workmen and Trade on July 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

The “Basin of Joy” was the starting point for our bathroom refit and one of the first items we bought for The Drey. it was a prime example of the fact that whilst Mr B and I often differ in opinion on the plainer items (eg the curve of a white bowl or the texture of a material) we tend to have exactly the same taste when it come to more statement items, such as bright yellow bathroom basins.

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The bathroom has progressed as follows

  • Mr B channeled his inner builder and gleefully removed the wallpaper, tiles, flooring (all three layers of it) and bath.
  • We discovered that the plaster was blown just above the tiles which meant that it would need re-rendering and skimming
  • The ceiling under the eaves was looked dodgy, so we decided to pull the rubbish chipboard off and get it plasterboarded
  • Long discussions about types of floor tiles. We nearly went for slate but were warned off it due to difficulties in making it flat and the slate splintering off over time.
  • Stacie-the-bathroom-lady started grinding out the channels for the shower. Lots of orange dust as a result, but she was brilliant and kept it all sealed in the one room (not like our re-wire crew)
  • Walls rendered, plasterboard up, flooring goes in
  • Tiling begins…and carries on…for ages..
  • Three weeks in, toilet is back and The Basin of Joy is  installed

Here’s a really bad photo of what the bathroom use to look like:

Old Bathroom


UPDATE: I was hoping to post this when the bathroom was completely painted and finished, but as you can see, it’s been a while. There’s only a little bit of finishing to do now, but I didn’t want to hold off any longer

Flat, light grey Metro tiles

In Bathroom, Walls on May 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

The ideal grey tile

Thanks to the excellent House To Home I’ve found them. These are the light grey, non-bevelled, rectangular tiles that I’ve been looking for. With one snag: they are by Fired Earth, which I imagine means that they will be excellent quality, but also makes them rather out of this squirrel’s price range (at 79p / £69.70 per sqm). So, it’s now the mission to find something similar.

Any ideas?

Partition wall gone

In Building, Ceilings, Kitchen, Walls, Workmen and Trade on May 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Well, it’s gone from this:

Dining room with half-wall

Dining room with half-wall

To this:

Dining room minus partition

Which means some of this:

Plastering  and 

but less of these:

The wooden beams from the kitchen ceiling

Knocking down walls

In Building, Walls, Workmen and Trade on May 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Today the mayhem begins in earnest. Today they are knocking down a wall, well a bit of a wall, and putting a steel beam in. I left The Drey at 7am this morning and tonight when I return at 10pm I’ll find out whether they’ve broken out home or not. All limbs are crossed

Next week the re-wire and boiler replacement happens and after that it’s the bathroom. Yikes.

Pictures, Posters and Paintings

In Walls on April 30, 2012 at 1:50 am

Before I start on the inevitable route of workmen / rewire / quotes, let me show you a few of the wallhangings-in-waiting that are currently sat around The Drey in various places until they can fulfil their potential.

The Cooling Towers, Sheffield

The Cooling Towers, Sheffield by Jonathan Wilkinson (£20 at welivehere)

Cake Print

360 Degrees of Cake by Linus Kraemer (£10 at Smug)

Red Cylinder Letterpress print

Cylinders (red letterpress edition) by Linus Kraemer (£15 at Smug)

Bella Union 10th Birthday Poster, Chris Hopewell

Bella Union 10th Anniversary Print by Chris Hopewell (limited edition, not available to buy)

There’s also a lovely lino-print by a London-based artist and  there are plans  for a vintage map featuring somewhere.