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Barbecue spray paint makeover

Barbecue spray paint makeover

A few years ago, my parents bought us a charcoal barbecue as a gift. When we got our house and had so much work to do to improve it, buying a barbecue just wasn’t a priority. It was such a nice surprise to receive one and we really enjoy having barbecues in the summer. We’ve debated swapping to a big gas barbecue many times, but I like having a charcoal one. When there are so many other things for the…

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Living room makeover progress

Living room makeover progress

Our living room has been on quite the journey over the years. A never-ending journey that still isn’t complete. We edge nearer all the time, but never seem to quite make it! Here is our living room makeover progress so far. Let’s start at the beginning. Back in 2011, when we first purchased our house, the living room looked like this. We began work right away, working long days and late into the evening, trying to make a dent in…

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Kitchen makeover: installing a brand new kitchen

Kitchen makeover

When we moved into our house, we urgently needed a kitchen makeover. As is pretty obvious from our before photos, the kitchen needed completely ripping out. I would have liked to have been able to save the units and just update them, but they were in such a bad state that they had to be ripped out and thrown away. Some of them didn’t fit properly and half of them were falling apart. There also weren’t any units on the…

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Garden progress: replacing the patio and building a wall

Garden progress

To begin our back garden transformation, we had laid down turf to create a lawn and put a border with plants at the rear of the garden. However, we still had a lot of work to do. Here is the garden progress we’ve made so far. We were fed up of looking at the ugly concrete slabs that made up our patio. As soon as we got rid of the weeds that grew in all of the gaps between them,…

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Transforming our back garden

Transforming our back garden

When we got the keys to our house, similarly to every room inside our home, the back garden needed a lot of work doing to it. It was basically just patio and weeds. A lot of patio and a lot of weeds. It all looked so grey and, well, lifeless. The garage was covered in a dark pebble-dash, which further added to the dullness. The garden is a good size and so we knew that with a lot of work,…

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Spare room makeover

Spare room makeover

A spare room makeover was desperately needed when we moved into our home. Just in case you need a reminder, here it is pre-makeover, in urgent need of some TLC. After a thorough clean, many coats of paint and some carpet later, the room basically became a dumping ground. Following a clear-out, it then became a home office for quite some time, a couple of years at least. Although if I’m honest it shared this title with dumping ground yet…

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Landing update

landing update

I wish I had some photos of how our landing looked when we moved into our home. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have any, although you can get a good idea of how it looked from our other before photos. As far as I can recall, the walls were bright orange, there wasn’t a proper floor covering, and all doors were dark wood and in a bad way. The landing space is very small and the orange walls and dark…

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Bathroom progress after getting the keys to our first home

I’m so excited to share my bathroom progress with you. When we got the keys to our first home a few years ago, the bathroom was in need of a total re-fit. Let me remind you of how grim it was! Similarly to every other room in our house at the time, there wasn’t a single thing in the bathroom that didn’t need replacing. From the tiles to the toilet, the bath to the flooring, it all needed to go.…

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