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Welcome to my outside spaces. Packed full of DIY’s and How To’s, I’m helping you to make your outdoor spaces as stunning and inviting as your indoor ones.

Our homes should be an extension of our own personalities and that goes for outside too. Let’s make every our homes beautiful, one budget friendly step at a time. And get a healthy dose of vitamin D whilst we are at it.

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How To Pot A Faux Tree

HOW TO POT A FAUX TREE

Post contains gifted items. As part of ‘Operation Improve The Kerb Appeal’, and my recent front door makeover I knew that I needed greenery as the final finishing flourish. Greenery softens the edges of a front door making it so much more inviting doesn’t it. My dilemma though was do I go real, or do I go faux?  Anyone that knows me well knows I’m rubbish with anything green. The thought of going down the alive route scares the pants off me!  So you can only imagine my relief at no longer having to procrastinate when Blooming Artificial came to my rescue. They very kindly gifted a pair of Boxwood Single Ball Trees along with two Loft Urban Square High Planters which by the way are absolutely stunning. But having never had such a large faux tree to pot up before I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. Continue Reading…

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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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how to bring old limestone or marble back to life

marble and limestone steps after polishing

Anyone who has renovated an old house previously will know that even when you think you’ve finished you haven’t really. Sorry to those of you currently renovating. The truth is old buildings require constant care, for me that’s why I love them. Taking care of a period property to me is similar to doing your best to look after the environment. Just as I want the planet to be there for future generations I would like the heritage that comes from our homes to be there also. During the Summer months I always turn to the outside jobs (maintaining the kerb appeal amongst other things) and one of those this year is resurfacing the front steps. Here’s a step my step guide on how to bring old limestone or marble back to life Continue Reading…