Home Renovations Update
Firstly, do you follow me on Instagram? If not, then you should! I’m fairly good on there, I think… I hope… I don’t know! Anyway, if you do follow me on there, you might notice that I have been posting marginally less frequently on there because I have been posting a few more stories (and tweets, see the unglamorous proof here). Mainly about my home renovations which have been cracking on at a steady pace lately! I know it sounds insane, but we ended up ripping down a ceiling, and not even a small ceiling, it was a ceiling in one of our biggest rooms. Basically, there was disgusting artex on the ceiling (I’m putting in a wiki-link here, just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about!) so to get rid of it, we had the choice of ripping it down or overboarding and skimming it with new plaster. We would have happily overboarded, however, we would have lost the coving around the edge of the room, since our house was built in the 1860’s, we are so lucky to have so many original features, but I wasn’t about to loose one of them to some stupid artex. So we decided to rip down the ceiling (minus the coving) so we could could create a new ceiling. Does that make sense?!
Like Being ‘Gunked’, But Not Fun
We bought matching boiler suits, goggles, masks and started on hours (actually days) of hard graft, ripping down years of old plasterboard, plaster, artex and dust. With every bit of ceiling we removed, there was layers of dust that came down with it. It honestly felt like I was in a Children’s TV show being ‘gunked’, but there was no cameras and no bright green slime, it was just decades of dust and debris. Let’s call it ‘character building’ shall we?! It’s definitely an experience I wont forget in a hurry, that’s for sure! Once the ceiling was down, we decided to rip some plaster off the walls and expose a brick wall behind the stairs. To neaten things up, we decided to chisel back the old mortar so it can be repointed. Top tip: Do not attempt to chisel a wall. I cannot tell you how hard it is, it takes hours and it makes you ache all over. However, we did it!
A Neon Sign
Along side all the mess, we have also begun accessorising our house and I can’t even begin to explain how much fun this is! In fact, just today we hung a brand new neon sign and I’m obsessed with it already!!! I have been thinking about neon signs for a while now, but it’s been hard to find one that’s perfect. I felt a little like Goldilocks; some were too small (and a little naff looking) others were huge and fabulous buy cost thousands… and then I spied this little gem on Notonthehighstreet which was £499 by Love Inc. and just the right size, with a cool cool slogan. I love it so much, I’m also super tempted for this amazing neon heart which is amazing at £195! As soon as I spotted it I knew it would look great mounted on our pink brick wall. (Just to be clear here, this is a different brick wall to the one mentioned earlier, we have a thing for bricks!) As I’m sure you all know, notonthehighstreet is an amazing online shop which features the creme de la creme of independent designers and makers. I find loads of great things on here and in the past I have bought jewellery, handbags and homewears, it’s often the place I first spot a really cool new independent designer. Finally, it’s also brilliant if you are big into personalised items and love all things monogramed as that is a service that many of the brands can offer!