hello, old friend

Hello world. Hello blog! Wow it’s been a while. I didn’t mean to stop writing on my little blog. It kind of just happened. It was very close to expiring and disappearing forever until my credit card came to the rescue to sort me out.

 
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We’re still living in our small-but-perfectly-formed flat and I continue to ask myself ‘how can I make my home really super amazing just like on Apartment Therapy?’ Daily.

Some days I feel like I’m in a constant battle with myself over wanting to make some amazing (yet, temporary) changes to our home yet not to spend a fortune in the process. There’s still that little niggle in the back of my brain shouting out ‘but you don’t own this place. Stop spending money on it!’ Finding a compromise between the two is usually what I end up trying to do.

I was talking to my Mum on the telephone the other day and filling her in on my latest DIY’s and ideas. One of them is to spruce up the bathroom by giving it a fresh coat of paint. And one major part in particular which needs a bit of tlc is the bathroom door. The paint has begun to peel off to reveal its original colour, a glorious electric blue. Not a good look for our white on white bathroom.

My mum told me that I should strip off all of the paint and start afresh with painting it. My idea was just to add another layer over the top, like the tenant before and the tenant before that. So I could either do a prim and proper job or I could join the long list of past tenants who prefer to just add another coat. When I own that bathroom door…I will invest in a paint stripper. But for now, another coat it is.

I  will move on from the bathroom door saga to the bedroom and a project I have been meaning to do for ages. With £6.00 spent on M&S wrapping paper and a chunk of Blue-Tack borrowed from work, I have begun to wallpaper. Adding colour to our little flat has been one of my main focuses since moving in nearly two years ago. Colour can turn a rented flat from being just that, and transform it into a homely place to live. Our built-in wardrobes are great for storage and perfectly pleasant to look at. But I saw the perfect opportunity to transform them into something a bit more special.

 

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Before

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After

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I haven’t gone out of my way to turn this into a technical or difficult project at all. I simply cut the wrapping paper to size and then stuck it up with Blu-Tack. I’m not sure how long it will last as we’re always opening and closing the doors. But if it rips at all, I plan to carefully save as much of the paper as possible and then reuse it for wrapping up presents a little later on in the year.

 
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It’s such an easy way to bring a bit more colour to a rental.  And I’m very pleased with how it has turned out.

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