When I bought this house in 2009, it was overwhelmingly beige. Beige walls, beige carpet, beige, beige, beige. I’m not a massive fan of beige and neither is the cat. She made her displeasure known by liberally urinating on the carpet when she arrived, which any cat owner knows is a nightmare to get out. Add to that an attack by silverfish and the beige carpet downstairs had to go. As part of its removal plan I switched from free-standing bookcases to shelves last year, and this month I finally got around to having someone come around to fit a nice new wooden floor.
It only took a couple of days (though they are coming back for a couple of hours to fix a couple of things on Wednesday) and it was a lot less dust than sanding the floorboards will have been. It also gave me the opportunity to get a couple of new rugs, and have a bit of a sort out.
So my living room went from
The dining room went from
and the hallway from
Lots more photos of before, during and after here:
This week the garden has been getting a makeover. The gravel has been removed, a path excavated, the lawn area cultivated – raked – trodden down – raked again, and grass seed put down.
Stage 2 will be cultivating what will become the veg borders, with sieving.
It has gone from this:
Stage 1 complete
The inside of the house is pretty much done now (bar re-painting) so I turned my attention to the outside today. The back garden has been covered in a weed-protecting membrane with an inch of gravel on top. Hardly inviting. A trip to B&Q furnished me with a shovel, a bucket, some rubble bags, a cultivator, a lopper (which I broken within 20 minutes attacking the rosemary bushes) and some gardening gloves. 3 hours of work has cleared probably half of the gravel and unearthed (pun intended) a path that will do nicely to separate the lawn (to be laid/grown) from some beds for veggies and flowers.
Hard work and the ground where the beds will be needs some serious clearing since it is mostly full of rubble, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.