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Posted on 09.02.2015
This Lovely House – moving into our dream project
Like Tom Hanks and Shelley Long in 80s classic movie, The Money Pit, we moved into our new wreck of a home earlier this year. Leaky roof, no heating or electrics . Draughty old windows. A hose over the bath. No kidding here.
Romantic is what we’re calling it – and luckily we’re still smiling (if shivering too). Paint stripper is our friend and we’ve become painfully used to stubbing our toes on loose nails in the floor boards.
Makeovers only happens on telly and, when it comes to real design, there are no quick fixes.
'Before' - Perry Rise sitting room when e first bought it
We wanted to share this early stage in the project with you as it’s something we’ll be working on for many months, keeping you updated on the progress. Right now it’s a bit of a ghost house and we still feel like we’re glamping. A tentative rummage in the loft revealed a box with the previous owners old wedding dress in it. From 1959! We’re half expecting to wake up in the middle of the night with the dress standing at the foot of our bed.
With other people’s homes to work on, time to do ours up is limited, so no holidays for us anytime soon. But that’s ok, because we’re home bodies and can’t wait to make a massive impact on this place.
Having sorted the leaky roof and had the place re plumbed and rewired, all the non fun stuff, it’s uphill from here on in.
As projects go, it’s a beast. And as we’re sure any of you into interiors will know, once you strip it back, it can be more scary than ever because you really see the size of it.
For now, we’re focussing our attention and what little funds we have, on…our downstairs toilet. Often forgotten, but not in this case, it’s going to be a tiny hidden gem for any guest. We’re working on a bespoke wallpaper design based on the old print we found under the layers of woodchip and giving it a graphic twist. Watch this space…