I’m not very good at this blogging lark. I realised I’ve given you an ‘in progress’ post for the bedroom but not actually shown you what it was like to start with. Decidedly amateur move there jeopardising my hypothetical (as in entirely imaginary) book deal and prime time interior design TV show …
ANYWAY. This is what the bedroom looked like when I bought the penthouse.
We moved four days ago. Everything is in boxes, often somewhat abstractly labelled, so I don’t know where anything is. I’ve moved each pile of boxes at least a billion times (approximately). This will not be a post about that though, this is a post about how much I love my new light switches.
So all in all the penthouse stuff is going well. Lots to do and not really enough time to do it but also fun and interesting.
Then the ceilings nearly made me cry.
Apologies for the lack of blog updates this week but I’ve been busy destroying the penthouse.
Not in a bad way obviously but definitely in a ‘worse before it gets better’ sort of way. So far the victims are the kitchen’s wall units, a couple of bits of wooden boxed in areas, the wallpaper from 1.5 rooms and my knuckles.
I’ve stripped the walls in the bedroom and I’d worried that the walls would be in a poor condition as they are all covered in textured wallpaper. Luckily they seem to be ok so far with only the cracks I’d already spotted. I never thought I’d be proud of bricks and plaster but whenever someone says ‘your walls are great’ I feel very smug!
So I thought owning a flat in need of updating would be a blissful existence of Pinterest and mood boards. Gazing at paint samples and lusting after beautiful furniture. No real stress, just dreaming up beautiful colour schemes and nifty storage options.
Actually it is mostly just expensive.
When I first looked round the penthouse I saw that the fuse board would need updating and guessed that, like many other things, the wiring was probably quite old and probably original. I knew that I’d probably end up rewiring the flat at some point.
Well, ‘at some point’ has become ‘before I do anything else’.
If I named my blog posts like Friends episodes (and omg why have I not been?!) this one would be called The One With The Carpet…
So I’ve been a homeowner (hahahaha) for just over a week and so far it has been lots of cleaning, clearing out and calling people.
As the flat came with all the furniture and lots of knick-knacks I’ve got lots to sort through and get rid of.
I’ve also been cleaning up and arranging appointments for people to come to the flat and give me scary quotes for things I want/need for it.
Today was the start of the redecorating process and three different quotes.
The office is the rather grand title for the second bedroom that will act as a home office/craft room. It was previously used as a bedroom with a blue and yellow colour scheme. The wardrobe, drawers and dressing table are
So now I’m definitely moving and definitely almost a home-owner I need to start making actual decisions, not just dreamily putting stuff on Pinterest. Turns out the real stuff is a lot more complicated than doing things hypothetically, who knew?!
For instance, I know the sort of thing I’m after for the kitchen and have put together a first draft but actually planning how to do it in the time available without spending a fortune is quite complex.
I bloody love the internet and spend a lot of my time on it for work and cat video pleasure but one of my absolute favourite games on the internet is the IKEA 3D kitchen planner. Admittedly we have a love-hate relationship (but why can’t I just drag this unit where I want it?!) but I could happily spend hours playing with it.
I’ve been planning the new kitchen for the flat complete with awkward pipes to work round…