The last few weeks around here have been tough. We’ve learned the hard way that as well as being amazingly rewarding, renovating a house comes with drawbacks and with constant DIYing we’re both feeling bit burned out.
We’ve both not been feeling particularly well and have been struggling with a rather miserable cold and cough, but it’s not all bad we’re finally starting to feel a bit better and are motivated to finally get more done!
Our recent trip to Hamburg definitely helped us gain new momentum and with some spring sunshine on the horizon we’re excited to get a lot of our outdoor projects underway.
Jan has made some more progress on taking up our driveway which admittedly still doesn’t look that different – especially considering that we’ve already removed 2 full large skips of rubble and soil. Hopefully we’ll be able to share a proper progress update on actually installing the new driveway soon.
We’ve also started to plan some of our veg for this year. In the last few years we have already grown some of our own fruit and veg and this year we’d like to improve our non-existent gardening skills and grow some again. So far we’ve chosen tomatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, carrots and a range of herbs. Let us know if you have any suggestions for more plants or any (much needed) gardening tips for us!
Last week you may have seen that we’ve decided to finally tackle our hallway! It’s going to be completely replastered and will have lovely smooth and Artex free walls! Inevitably I dragged Jan into Manchester to visit the Farrow & Ball showroom to buy some colour testers.
I may have got carried away though and in my slightly overexcited state we actually ended up buying 10 liters of paint and also came away with some wallpaper samples for our small bedroom at the back of the house! We can’t decide if to wallpaper or not (and which one to use if we do) so we’re running a poll over on Facebook. Why not head on over and let us know what you think we should do!
One of the projects I’m most excited about for this year is replacing the horrible kitchen. To go with the new kitchen we’ll also need a new floor. At the moment we have the original floorboards in the kitchen, but they’ve seen better days and will need replacing in the long run.
We’ve still not completely decided on a floor, but have been checking out reclamation yards to see if it’s possible to buy some reclaimed parquet flooring.
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen that we’re working on a little Manchester guide. We love living here, so it only seemed right that we share a few of our favourite spots with you, too.
As we’re also including a few of our favourite places to eat, it only seemed right that we double checked them all to see if they’re still as good as usual! 😉 I think we’d better squeeze in a few more hours at the gym considering the amount of french toast and cocktails we’ve been eating and drinking. All in the name of research of course! Hopefully we’ll finish the guide soon!
Oh, and if you follow us over on Facebook you may have seen this.
Yep, we were in the newspaper. It’s definitely a weird feeling to see yourself in the paper!
There’s always so much going on around here and for once we actually feel like we’re keeping on top of our projects without the whole house having decended into complete chaos.
Do you have any exciting projects that you’re working on? Do you have any tips and attractions that you think we should include in our Manchester guide? If you have time why not pop over to Facebook and let us know what design choice you think we should make for our small guest bedroom!