Monday, 19 September 2011

Our New Bedroom Floor

As promised, here are the pictures of our floor renovation project. A while ago, we pulled back our bedroom carpet to find the lovely (if very dirty) original floorboards that lay underneath. Now, thanks to the amazing kindness of my Grandmother and Aunt, we have been able to afford to have them spruced up to their former glory. I have relished tearing up the carpet with a Stanley knife to find the blackened, dusty boards and coming home from work to sneak a peak round the door at their beautifully smooth, newly-sanded glow. The Ginge found it very funny that I so adamantly wanted to pick the colour of the varnish (a very important business, I think) and that I sat on the floor for so long agonising over the decision between those on offer. We had to wait two days before we could go into the room to see the fully finished floor, but it was so beautiful when we finally saw it that I did a hoppy, skippy dance around the room in celebration. Now we just need to paint the skirting boards, before we can move in! Can't wait to show you more photos of our progress. How wonderful to make a home from scratch! 
Pulling up the carpet...
...the boards at the start...
...clean, smooth and ready to be sealed...
...the finished, most deliciously wonderful floor!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

After Months of Waiting... paper has finally been published! It is so exciting to see at least one of my endeavours coming into fruition! Hoping that this will spur me on to keep going with the others! 

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Hey Nonny, Nonny

Last weekend saw us taking another lovely trip to the capital; this time, to see Catherine Tate and David Tennant in their last performance of 'Much Ado about Nothing'. The play itself is a firmly held favourite of mine - I spent hours of my teenage-hood daydreaming of playing Beatrice and marrying Kenneth Branagh. The production was excellent and had us in raptured stitches throughout. We met up with my darling sister an spent a delightful afternoon perambulating about in the sunshine with regular pauses for refreshment; barbecued ribs and salad at Camden Lock, cool, complimentary elderflower by the boating lake in Regent's park. We even had a bit of a boogie to the disembodied songs from 'Crazy for You,' coming from the open-air theatre. It was a wonderful weekend, except that it was far too short. The Ginge has been on nights this week, so we have barely seen each other since we got back, but we have got some exciting things coming up. We are in the process of renovating our house, starting with our bedroom. We have painted the walls (with the help of my lovely family) and have torn up the carpet to find some gorgeous, original floorboards, which are going to be sanded and sealed on monday. Can't wait to show you the before and after photos!  

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Discarded, Found, Restored, Loved

It's about time I showed you my new finished project. You might remember that I bought this old chair for four measly pounds in a charity shop. It was in pretty good nick when I bought it, apart from a few scuffs and paint stains on its St. Tropez varnish. Well, after a lot of sanding, an undercoat and two coats of beautiful pavillion grey, it now looks simply wonderful (even if I do say so myself). Just need to do something about that carpet now.