If you’ve read my previous two posts, Part 1 and Part 2, you’ll know that my grandparents have given me their old 50s kitchen larder. It was in a pretty tattered state but it definitely had potential. After hours and hours of rebuilding, fixing, sanding, filling, replacing, priming and painting the larder was finally finished and could take pride of place in my house. If you hover your mouse over the rather fancy image below you will see it…

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  Kicking off from where I got to in part one, I had got the whole unit stripped down and sanded to bear wood. The process had unveiled, as well as created, a few scuff and scratches. There were also lots of holes from fixing the different shelves. Some serious application of wood filler was definitely needed!     The original chrome handles were in quite a state. They had several coats of paint splatters and some serious pitting. I…

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  Normally, I write about adventures in the outdoors. Today though, I’m going to write about something completely different – furniture restoration! Don’t worry if you only come here for stories about sea, adventure sports, gear and mountains – it’s not a permanent change. Normal service will resume shortly. Anywho enjoy reading about something different or just scroll down past it to read about some cool, snowy mountains: For absolutely ages, I’ve always loved and pined for an old 50s…

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    As you may have seen in some of my other garden posts (here and here) my back garden was in a totally, unkempt, baron state. Obviously, my first concern was sorting the house out. However, once I was happy with that, I moved onto sorting out the garden and putting in a second off road parking space out the front of the house. These things not only make life nicer but also add value to the house –…

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    On one side of my garden was a long, dirty, scruffy looking, grey wall (I think it was originally white?). It made that whole part of the garden look nasty and I’ve been keen to sort it out for a while. With a wire brush and a tub of white masonry paint I quickly sorted the wall out. I then added a nice Japanese style border in front of the wall, which I’ll go into in greater depth…

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  When last April I bought my house, the garden really wasn’t a Chelsea Flower Show winner. It was a good size for the house but it was very unloved. This was super cool though as it was a totally blank canvas and had loads of scope to pop my green fingered print on the place and add some extra value to the property. If you read this site regularly, you’ll have noticed I have a love of outdoor and…

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  As you might expect when we moved in and renovated and then decorated the house, we concentrated on the most important rooms. The kitchen, lounge and master bedroom were the obvious priorities, where as the spare room ended up a bit of a ‘nothing room’. It has a built in wardrobe, sofa bed, some Edward Gorey prints on the wall and tends to hold lots of outdoor gear, which will eventually go into my shed (when I get round…

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    As I’d had so much success tiling my kitchen’s floor, I decided to get my tiles from Tile Mountain again. They were great quality, well priced and delivery was fast and all of the tiles arrived in A1 condition. After much research and contemplation, I decided to go for their Metro White Wall Tiles on my walls. These tiles look modern, yet classic in a brick bond formation. I was sure I wanted something that looked cool and…

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    After the floor had been tiled, the next job was to fit the units. This wasn’t a job I was particularly looking forward to as it’s quite tricky and not something you do often. Further to this, to get a really well fitting kitchen, exact precision is needed and some of the different stages are pretty stressful. The first thing to do was collect the two 3 metre lengths of worktop that I needed. Luckily, I have a…

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  Way back earlier in the year, after a couple months of intensive renovations, I came home to find my house had been transformed from an empty looking to a shell, to an actual home. It was still pretty darn empty but now, with a carpet fitted, it looked like somewhere you could live. The phrase ‘blank canvas’ totally summed up my house and with big open spaces and totally white, gallery style walls the place was ready to be…

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