As some of you that have been following me for a while already know, a little over two years ago I moved into a fixer upper house which led me to be far less active as I used to be here on DA. I still adore baking, photography and making YouTube videos, it's just hard finding the time with so many things needing to be done.
Back along I wrote a couple journals entries, sharing photos of my garden and living room transformations. Since then I've decorated both my children's bedrooms, one of which twice due to using cheap white paint the first time around which discoulored to patchy yellow (we learn by our mistakes!) I have also stripped and painted the porch, passageway (several times!) and the bathroom. Now, with one wall left to finish painting in my bedroom and a tiny strip of wallpaper left behind my fridge in the kitchen to sort out, I thought now would be a good time to share my progress as work on the house is finally starting to slow down.
First off my kitchen, okay so it's not exactly the brand new kitchen I want but it's a good start. Those who watch my YouTube videos will know I don't have a very nice kitchen. It's very practical and the perfect size, it's just old and looks hideous. Now the walls have been stripped, prepped and neutrally painted leaving a nice blank canvas to work with and one less job to do when we do get around to it. Unfortunately that won't be any time soon due to having to replace the entire bathroom suite next due to leaks and breakages but at least it's a step in the right direction.
Next, one of my favourite transformations yet, my bedroom fireplace. Back in October, I was so excited to see what was hiding behind the wallpaper on my bedroom chimney wall when I started stripping it. I was so sad to discover a stripped hole filled with bricks and rubble. My dad said to just brick it up and leave it be but after the lovely job my dad made of the fireplace in my living room the previous year, I was not going to give up on it that easily!
One day, 12 buckets and lots of soot later (I had soot up my nose for 3 days after!) I manged to clear out the hole. To my relief, behind all that mess the inside wall was mostly fine. Then began a month of debating what to do with the space. Living in a victorian house, I've always wanted a cast iron fireplace but brand new ones cost a ton of money! My dad had previously spotted an old rusty cast iron fireplace at our local reclamation yard, the way he described it, sounded awful but I went along to see it anyway. I'm so glad I did, I fell in love with it straight away, just as I did this house. I have a very creative mind so saw it's potential instantly. I cleaned it up and painted it while my dad built a surround for it out of pieces of wood and some wooden shelf brackets. To finish I added a glass bowl with some Christmas lights in the grate.
Now all that is left to do is replacing all the kitchen units, stripping and painting the stairs, a new bathroom suite, getting the patio sorted out in the garden, new carpet/flooring everywhere and new windows and doors.