New house: we’re in!

Moving day

After a rather exhausting couple of weeks, we’re in our new house. We’re still rather surrounded by unpacked boxes but we’ve got a little bit of renovation done already.

Works in progress

The first thing we did on getting the keys was start ripping out the bathroom ready for the builder to come in and give us a shiny new one. It’s pretty compact in there so we couldn’t do very much, just update the suite and tiles. It’s still not quite finished but I already love using it – taking my first relaxing baths in years and enjoying lovely hot powerful showers. I also love the teal blue wall colour and the bath mat and hand towel from H&M’s new home range. I’ll post better photos when it’s actually finished!

Works in progress

The most time-consuming task so far was getting the living room floor sanded and re-varnished. We kept getting the wrong tools, sanders and sandpaper grades and nothing seemed to shift the stubborn old varnish. Luckily I found a dark coloured stain that covered up the big mess we made (we probably didn’t even need to sand at all) and after a few coats of clear varnish on top it looks really lovely. We also painted the fire surround white and the walls a pretty pale grey. Still waiting for our sofa to be delivered and on the hunt for a big rug to insulate the rather draughty boards.

House in progress

The to-do list is still very long: wallpaper 2 rooms, hang pictures, re-upholster some vintage chairs, make curtains.. and replace the ugly and too-small kitchen.

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