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Bedroom blitz

Bedroom blitz

                  Update: the results are in! Finally, husband and I are getting around to renoVoting our bedroom. When we first moved in to No 9, we were thrilled just to have electricity and a blind in the master, but after six months...
Lounging around

Lounging around

  Update: this project is underway! Our house is on the verge of turning from a halfway house into a real house. To keep the momentum going, we’re tackling the lounge room next – hoping to go from derelicte chic to one of the themes below. Choose wisely!    ...
The outdoor space race

The outdoor space race

Winter is fast approaching in the South West. Every second day brings gallons of rain, which is inspiring me to curl up with a good book, finish our house faster than ever. Particularly the parts of it that may be underwater soon. So, with that in mind, it’s time to...
Dreaming up a study scheme

Dreaming up a study scheme

  It may have been awhile between renoVotes, but we’re finally ready to go again after six weeks escaping reality in America. Next up for the renoVotion treatment is our study, a space measuring a grand total of 6ft by 8ft. Husband and I have chosen our top three ideas for...
A-door-able

A-door-able

Now that the front of No 9 is finally painted (thank you, weather gods), we can get going on our door makeover. I’d love a bright, welcoming door – something that, as Sheldon would say, is a bit zazzy. But maybe it’s safer to go with a more traditional hue – what...
Designs to dine for

Designs to dine for

Now that most of the building work is completed at No 9, husband and I can start turning our thoughts to decor. The pic I’ve posted below is of our dining room as it stands (exciting? not so much). As you can see, it’s a basic box, with four white...
One step at a time

One step at a time

  Update: this project is underway! The walls are painted, the floors are sanded. Most of No 9 is slowly turning from building site to love at first sight (OK, for us – maybe no one else), but the one part of it that stays stubbornly un-done is the stairs....
Tap star

Tap star

Update: the results are in! No 9′s kitchen is going great guns, despite a slight hiccup with half of our worktops still not having been delivered (we’ve gone for laminate, I think we’ve earned a rest from wood).  Now it’s time for renoVoters to choose a tap that’s in sync with...
Nothing but the kitchen sink

Nothing but the kitchen sink

Thanks to a couple of cracking Bank Holiday sales, husband and I already have two kitchen sinks gathering building dust. Option A may be more practical but then Option B is definitely prettier. Whichever one you choose will be installed on top of a 1m sink cabinet, so there is...
Which doors? You decide!

Which doors? You decide!

The renovation of our kitchen is gaining speed at a rate of knots. (Or so we like to tell ourselves when knee deep in dust/rubble/random bits of pipe.) Now that the floor is almost down, we can start to build the cabinets that will create the layout voted on by...
The choices that floor us

The choices that floor us

Now that the walls are wet washed and our stud wall is completed, husband and I have started to talk floors. I love them sanded and cool to the touch, he’s a bigger fan of carpet (especially upstairs). When he brings up the possibility of noise and footsteps echoing around...
Shower power

Shower power

Update: the results are in! I have to admit, this is a tough one for me to give up control over. I’m a big believer in the power of a shower and think it’s the only thing that gets me on site some days (that and husband’s promise of a...
Colour us happy

Colour us happy

  Update: the results are in! Due to some tiny damp patches in our newly plastered dining room (to be fair, it has been raining horizontally for the past week in Plymouth), husband and I are putting the painting of the outside of No 9 at the top of the...
Cooking up a kitchen

Cooking up a kitchen

Update: the results are in! After spending hours on a terrifyingly addictive online room-design program, we present our biggest poll to date: the one which decides No 9′s kitchen. We’re torn between different types of fridges, ovens, wall cabinets… you get the idea. The door styles, tiles and paint are...
Which walls should we splash out on?

Which walls should we splash out on?

  Update: the results are in! It’s already time to start thinking about our bathroom walls. At 109 and 93, we went for tiles – white metro tiles at 93 and cappucino grey ones at 109. But we want to try something different at No 9, so have narrowed it...
To bare or not to bare

To bare or not to bare

Update: the results are in! When we started stripping No 9, we weren’t just getting hit in the head by mouldy lengths of wallpaper – damp chunks of plaster were flying our way, too. Hence, most of the house’s plaster has had to come off altogether, the more stubborn pieces being...
Ensuite vs family

Ensuite vs family

                        Update: The votes have been counted! There’s nothing I hate more than an downstairs bathroom. (OK, apart from pebbledash, lino and tile paint.) But when you only have a two-up, two-down to start with, sacrifices have to be...
What's the plan, stan?

What’s the plan, stan?

  Update: The results are in!   Are you a fan of the open plan? No 9 has your traditional mock Victorian layout: front door to a hall, small lounge room at the front of the house, stairs going down the middle, larger dining room at the back, which leads...
Rendered speechless

Rendered speechless

Update: the results are in! So I was lying when I said there’s nothing I hate more than a downstairs bathroom; turns out I also hate pebbledash. Maybe it’s because you don’t see houses covered with stones and glue in Australia, but I get a sinking feeling whenever a house...
Extension intentions

Extension intentions

  Update: the results are in! No 9 has the world’s smallest garden. Think 3m x 1m. But it does have a lovely big kitchen (well, it’s not lovely yet) and an extra room at the back of the house that used to be a downstairs shower room. The shower...
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Beautiful botanicals on a budget

Beautiful botanicals on a budget

Well, the budget was tight for this room, but we got there. By using our imagination (and reusing plenty of bits and bobs lying around the place), we turned our tiny study into a botanical bolt hole. Tell me what you think! (And scroll to the end for a breakdown of our costs.)    ...
Hack attack!

Hack attack!

I finally got around to emailing Jules at Ikea Hackers the other day with a picture of our Edland bedside table turned chic bathroom cabinet. I heart Ikea Hackers, and regularly raid it for ideas. To check it out (and see our guest post!), click here.
It's only natural

It’s only natural

While Obama and Mitt were arguing up a storm last night, I called time on our own furious debate here on renoVoter. I got busy counting the votes (well, my computer did) and there was one clear winner: forget those space and safari schemes, our study is going to be a botanic bolthole. I’ve already cracked...
A super market

A super market

In between sanding and painting and plastering and scraping, husband and I recently found the time for a trip to French market Les Puces. On the outskirts of Paris, this massive market stretches across seven hectares and has literally thousands of stalls, with goods ranging from fine art to secondhand DVDs.   We were there...
Got some front

Got some front

Despite husband’s hankering to use his yellow paint again, our front door is now dark grey, thanks to the latest renoVote. And it looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. Saying that, I might just be feeling ecstatic that the horrible red-wood door is a thing of the past. In a rare example...
Just peachy

Just peachy

Well, our swift and simple makeover at No 1 has almost come to an end. Having finished the four main rooms (kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom and lounge), we only had to overhaul the second bedroom and utility room to get one step closer to a much-needed rental income.       Luckily for us, neither...
Sofa so good

Sofa so good

    When it came to overhauling the living room at No 1, there was no time to lounge around (I’m here all week). Due to “running out of money” constraints, we left the fireplace surround where it was, opting to paint the tiles rather than rip them out. This time I learnt from my...
Pie oh pie

Pie oh pie

  Pretty Things isn’t really the place for a food review, but I’m popping Pie Sisters in Georgetown, Washington, on Renovoter as much for its design as for its deliciousness. With its industrial chic interior (husband and I love us some bare bricks), blackboards, use of typography and reclaimed wooden bars, it’s a great place...
Kitchen nightmare

Kitchen nightmare

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, No 1 needed a bypass. The kitchen/diner was a big room, but its cabinets were old and broken, and the boiler impeded the only real preparation space.     Our first task was to rip everything out, including the carpet (I’m going to start one of...
Scrub a dub dub

Scrub a dub dub

The bathroom at No 1 hadn’t been upgraded in decades, and it showed. Despite having been lived in only a year before, it featured a cracked old tub, bakerlite toilet and grimy sink. But it was already upstairs at least, meaning half the battle had already been won, or so we told ourselves. Only catch...
A faster master

A faster master

The master bedroom was our first stop at No 1. The previous owner must have been a lover of big dogs, as there were claw marks that reached almost two-thirds up the walls (at least, I hope they were a lover of big dogs). To really set the animal theme off, there was also a...
The quick and the dead tired

The quick and the dead tired

Apparently renovating No 9 was just not keeping us busy enough, because a few months ago husband and I headed to another auction and came away with a two-up two-down. Located in a good area of Plymouth, No 1 was prime renting-out material (or so we hoped!). But before we could ask anyone to move...