Our Flat Renovations | Part 4


[dropcap]H[/dropcap]I, I haven’t forgotten to conclude this series, because guys…it’s still ongoing. I KNOW. We have hit the 7 month mark on this fiasco. It’s been really not cool. Only now do I feel like the end is in sight? I question that, because I’ve said that before and well, here we are! Here’s a quick update on the things that have taken place and why the renovation has taken so long.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”14460″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1498478510085{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;border-left-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”]

At the start of the project, one of our neighbours became Mister Petty and delayed us by 3 weeks. Stressful at the time, but we soon caught up once it was over.

And then.

Drainage works. As holes were dug, it became clear that some drainage work had to be made, which took up some time. Again, stressful at the time, but work ticked along regardless.

And then.

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The architect who drew up the building plans didn’t (or did, I forget which way round) include enough steel beams. So that was another setback until correct plans were made and sent.

And then.

Building work just started slowing down before becoming non existent! There were big gaps when no one came to the house. Did I mention that it was super stressfull? Because it really was (is) Which leads me…

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That’s why my snapchats and Instagram Stories are just of me, head to toe in paint. There has been alot alot of painting.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”PUTTING DOWN FLOOR TILES” tab_id=”1480509325629-36eff0f6-a222″][vc_single_image image=”14510″ img_size=”large”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”HERRINGBONE STYLE TILES” tab_id=”1480509540012-36850b20-bd9f”][vc_single_image image=”14511″ img_size=”600X800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”GROUTING THE FLOOR (MYSELF!)” tab_id=”1480509325630-3f186793-f92d”][vc_single_image image=”14518″ img_size=”600×800″][vc_single_image image=”14518″ img_size=”LARGE”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”HALLWAY TILES” tab_id=”1480509696013-eee31c74-6085″][vc_single_image image=”14513″ img_size=”800X600″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”NEW DOORS” tab_id=”1480509798825-270e61d2-c21b”][vc_single_image image=”14520″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”NOT A CRACK DEN” tab_id=”1480510337211-81554ad5-4510″][vc_single_image image=”14519″ img_size=”600X800″][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1498478393403{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;border-left-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”]Because we wanted herringbone style floor tiles, apparently this took longer to lay down than normal. But I love the effect, so I’m glad I stuck my heels in with that. Over the weekend, I went on a mission to get shit done and spent the entire day working on the flat. Two trips were made to DIY stores. By dinner time, I was mixing grout and slapping it on the remaining half of the room over Strictly Come Dancing.

I painted the new doors recently installed with Farrow and Ball’s Purbeck Stone, Robin sanded the hell out of everything, and I started the task of painting over anything glossy and magnolia with white, matte paint. You can see the difference in colour and it makes me shudder to see that horrible, grimy shade of magnolia. NO TO MAGNOLIA.

Our old kitchen is now the new spare room and it  looks like a crack den. There’s no sugar coating it. The walls need to be replastered and the floor repaired before we can even make it a useable room. At the moment it’s a dumping ground for tools (and tennis bags apparently)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”PEW BENCH” tab_id=”1480510920180-493a740e-e4f2″][vc_single_image image=”14514″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”DINING TABLE” tab_id=”1480511235624-35b9c007-0777″][vc_single_image image=”14533″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”DINING ROOM CHAIRS” tab_id=”1480511048431-3eab9a0b-cfbf”][vc_single_image image=”14516″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”NEW BED” tab_id=”1480510920181-b599d470-2700″][vc_single_image image=”14515″ img_size=”600×800″][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1498478582461{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;border-left-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f3f3f3 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”]

It hasn’t been completely all about building and DIY, but we’ve also been getting in bits of new furniture into the house.

Our new made to measure Pew bench arrives on Friday, that we got through a seller on Etsy. It comes with a handy bit of extra storage as the seat lifts up.

We bought a round dining table from IKEA- the Docksta model. For chairs, I found replica Tolix chairs in black, matte metal.

And finally, but probably most importantly- A NEW BED. I found ours from Next Home at a reasonable price and it is the Paris model. It has a beautiful tufted headboard and storage space underneath. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to wake up in a bed again after weeks of sleeping on a floor!

So, there you have it! That’s where we are currently!

Christmas is hurtling towards us, and I’m desperate to get the place visitor friendly. As soon as we get home from work, we’re working on the flat which is satisfying but I have a serious case of FOMO when I see everyone else putting up their Christmas decorations. It spurs me on to get more work done!

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Author: Angela Shek

just a clueless mama in East London

7 thoughts on “Our Flat Renovations | Part 4”

  1. Oh my! Those floors are flipping gorgeous! So sorry you’ve had a ‘mare with renovations – I think it is almost always the way. We’re doing ours rather more slowly, room by room as we can afford it, and apart from plastering we’re doing it all ourselves, so not even any slow builders to deal with – it’s just motivating ourselves to crack on every single evening and weekend. It gets damn tiring and you get fed up of living in the filth and dust. We’re on the bathroom at the moment and having lived 6 weeks with no functioning shower (whilst getting filthy doing demolition etc every day) was def trying! And that took so long because when we pulled up the floorboards the joists were knackered so we literally had to install new floor joists – major job! BUT – it is starting to come together and it makes my heart sing when I see my gorgeous rolltop bath against the lovely blue panelling and moroccan tiles (quite similar to yours actually but I have to admit, yours are much more gorgeous!). It is all worth it in the end and it will be for you too! Hang on in there! 🙂 xx


  2. Thank you! You’re right, renovations ARE a nightmare. I take my hat off to you for doing it yourselves, even with help it’s made me want to tear my hair out. I miss normalcy- a normal place to cook and eat and even watch TV- without blowing dust off things, or moving tools out of the way, or with half the room demolished even! We did the bathroom last year, and I completely sympathise with the no functioning shower and filth! I was so desperate to wash my hair, I filled the bath tub with some water and dunked my head in–even though it was still covered in plastic and the walls weren’t even plastered. It got muddy. It will be worth it in the end! Good luck with yours and cheers to all the chaos! x


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