DIY Project: Upcycling a Cabinet

I’ve never ‘upcycled’ anything before, until now! Upcycling a cabinet was fun and challenging, and here’s how we managed it. Nearly a year and a half ago, we bought this pine corner cabinet for just £40 from a lady who was clearing out her mum’s house. It was such a great bargain, and fits in that corner so perfectly (thank goodness, we didn’t measure it).…

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Tools to Make DIY Easier

For a lot of people, DIY isn’t a job which fills them with joy and satisfaction, but you can make DIY easier. I’m not the biggest fan of DIY, but I do enjoy it more when I’m prepared. Is there anything worse than starting a job, and realising you don’t have the right paintbrush/screws/drill bits or you run out of sandpaper halfway through up-cycling a…

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A House Update: Fitting our washing machine

We moved into our renovated house last week, but we still don’t have a washing machine. One of the huge selling points of our house was the double garage in the back garden, which is where our washing machine is being fitted. Luckily, our mums live nearby, and they have let us their theirs for now!  For those that have read the news this week, there…

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How we got our free fireplace (really)

There aren’t many things that come free, so when they do you have to snap up the offer, like we did with our free fireplace. It happened by accident: we didn’t mean to get a free fireplace, and we weren’t trying to barter the price down. It was made out of leftover and unwanted materials, paid for by other people. Our original fireplace was in…

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Jay demolishes things: I remove wallpaper

I was really excited to get the wallpaper off the walls, partly because it was all patterned and pink. The wallpaper in this room wasn’t too bad, and I could have lived with it, but that carpet! You can’t tell from the photo but it was all worn through in several places, especially around the sofas where people would sit down. Exhibit B manages to…

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