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Painted Fireplace Makeover – Part Two or all’s well that ends well

Welcome to the second part of the painted fireplace fiasco lovely readers. If however you are new, again welcome, although you may wish to catch up with the story so far in last weeks post. When I woke early on day two, I promise my little heart was pounding its way out of my chest. “You go” I said to Mr M as I waited in the kitchen. I wasn’t too sure I could cope, if the slow drying stain block hadn’t served its purpose. Of course by sending Mr M in first, I had set the stage for childish games at my expense beginning with what I was sure would be, fake terror etched upon his face. Next I figured there would be much tutting and shaking of the head and words and phrases like “I’m not sure there’s anything we can do about this darling…” and “it’s going to be very difficult to get around this one you know…” He returned to the kitchen however with a warm smile on his face announcing how lucky I was that he’d saved the day and declaring he had no idea what we would have done if he hadn’t had any stain block. And do you know…I may just let him have this win. Let’s check out day two shall we?

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Fireplace Makeover – Part One or the key really is in preparation

of the color of milk or fresh snow, due to the reflection of most wavelengths of visible light; the opposite of black...an interesting summary found when one Google’s the definition of ‘white’. And since our west-facing sitting room is rarely bright enough to see in certain corners, I decided a fireplace makeover would be in order. A ‘white’ fireplace makeover to be exact.  And in a nod towards total transparency and honesty, I feel it only fair to say this simple little project was neither and it did not get off to the very best start. Warning, the following post contains graphic content which may offend some readers…

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The Utility Room – a wonderful before and after room makeover

Mudroom, Scullery or Utility Room…what do you call yours? If like me you are lucky enough to have a room to clean the dirty dog, keep the essential white goods and house your coats and brollies, what should it be known as? Well whatever the name, I thought it was about time you saw another room transformation in our home. Since this incredibly useful room will change only slightly in the forthcoming renovations, it has been treated to a wonderful makeover. From an empty shell to a place to hang your hat, our utility room cum mudroom cum scullery deserves its own mention. So let’s head on over to the blog for the story…because as you know, there is always a story …

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A Kitchen Makeover in time for Christmas

I remember viewing our potential new home with Mr M and the estate agent in a state of fuzz.  Rather like an old-fashioned sepia photograph, the visit was all a bit blurry and I was a little over excited. We had previously seen the dated bungalow and put in an offer but like so many others we’d viewed, we were outbid.  We were in our second rental property and we were desperate to find ‘The Right One’.

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An Easy Vintage Upcycle – Finding a new use for an old drawer

Do you know what I mean when I say “I see my friends and family rolling their eyes and thinking what on earth is she going to do with that?!” Well it happens here often and it happened again recently on a mini break Mr M and I enjoyed together. I picked it up, he rolled his eyes and the assistant wrapped it quickly before I came to my senses. I’m not even sure the car had come to a halt at home, before the paint tins were out and I began the transformation. This week I’m talking about an easy DIY project anyone can do… if they have an old drawer hanging around. I’m going to show you how to turn this dreary vintage drawer into a centrepiece you will just love. And this week we have a lot of ideas and a lot of photos, so shall we get started?

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