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Seen something you love but it’s out of your price bracket? Ever wondered how to replicate it? Or perhaps you want to make a cushion? Or curtains? Want to gild a mirror? Make a piece of art? I’m bringing my inside knowledge to the fore. If you have a need to know then find it here in my  ‘How To’s’.

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Restoring A Block Paved Driveway

Restore Block Pavers

Part of my 2020 wishlist is to improve the kerb appeal of my home. It looks dated. So after spending time repointing all our old Devon stone walls. Which by the way has taken nearly two years to complete factoring in the weather! I am now turning my attention to the front of the house with the aim of improving my homes kerb appeal. To be honest it needs it too. I’ve left all those little tasks far too long. Having painted the front door I’m onto cleaning our driveway. At 23 years old it’s lost its colour. And has weeds a plenty between the pavers as well as numerous stains. So I thought I’d share restoring a block paved driveway with you. An easy how to that doesn’t cost the earth or take that much effort to do either.

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How to Paint a Panelled Front Door For A Perfect Finish

How To Paint A front Door in the Right Order

Post contains gifted items. Built in 1894 our home needs some outdoor attention every five years or so. Last summer though it quickly became apparent that after living here nearly 23 years some big DIY’s need adding to the ever growing to do list. The front bay windows are looking sad and the paint has bubbled in places, the roof above them is leaking into the dining room, the Devon stone boundary wall (I made a start on repointing this last year) is falling down in places  and the front door is cracked and looking rather less than glamorous. So this spring and summer is operation improve the kerb appeal! Though what at first seemed to be a flick over with a paint brush is quickly escalating to a full 2nd exterior renovation. Today I’m sharing with you my how to paint a panelled front door for a perfect finish. Continue Reading…

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How To Repair A Rotten Window

Repairing Rotten Windows

As part of operation improve the kerb appeal of my home, I thought let’s strip the paint off the window sill, because that’s a good idea! Why of why did I say that?? It turns out that in places the only thing keeping my rotted windows held together is in fact the paint! Removing over 120 years of built up paint was the least of my worries. Beneath what looks like in tact paint was rot! And lots of it too. So after my initial WTF expletives of which there were many. I dug deep telling myself that this is ok. I’ve got this. And do know what? I have. I thought how hard can it be to repair a rotten window. And apart from taking time  it turns out that it’s quite simple and affordable too.

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Restoring A Cast Iron Fireplace After Winter

restoring a cast iron fireplace after winter

Well Spring is the air and winter is finally behind us. The days are getting warmer and the daffs are sprouting as though there’s no tomorrow. The sun filters in through our windows and we look around aghast at the many cobwebs adorning our ceilings that we hadn’t even realised were there. I mean how exactly do they get there undetected? And so the mammoth Spring clean begins. And with that my thoughts always turn to our sitting room fireplace. The workhorse that keeps us warm through winter now looks forlorn and uncared for. So let me walk you through restoring a cast iron fireplace (my own sitting room fireplace is for today our model) after winter has departed and spring has finally sprung. The way my granny taught me. Continue Reading…