Flooring – Day 1

After much deliberation we eventually chose our flooring a tile effect laminate quick step. After weeks of looking at a variety of options we ordered the very first floor we saw.   We were hopeful it could be fitted before we went to St. Andrews on holiday but today was the first date they had.  

It has been frustrating not being able to organise everything in the house while we waited but I am glad we took the time to make the right choice. 

We haven’t been doing nothing while we waited but lots of little jobs that weren’t worthy of a blog post on their own.  

When we were in St. Andrews Mark found a date block in the hardware shop. I have been looking for one for a while, I remember Colin and I changing one our Auntie Nancy used to have.   

He also saw a great sign ‘you have the right to remain silent use it’ he didn’t buy it so he has got Emma to pick it up for him when she was there last week. 

We had some great walks along the Fife coast. We collected some stones and shells. I have plans to put the shells in a frame and I have cleaned a rock I carried 2 miles home and is the perfect grey for our new shower room. 

Last week I decided to paint the inside of the hall cupboard and old airing cupboard. What I thought would be a quick job took two afternoons but great they are all fresh.  The airing cupboard is all sorted and managed to recycle some storage we had in the space where the hot water tank used to be.   

I used gumtree to sell our old pans.  I put them on for £20 and got an email offering £10 which I was about to accept until Lynda suggested haggling. I am not normally good at this but managed to get £15.  Our old dyson finally gave up the ghost so I listed it as well for spares and got £10 today from a lovely lady who had the same model and her husband was going to use the parts to fix her one. 

Lastly here is a picture of the floor, I am really please with how it looks and was definitely the correct choice

They have still to finish the kitchen and hall tomorrow.  When the fitters moved the freezer they found a lot of water underneath. It looks like lots of droplets under the  insulation.  The concern is putting it back on the laminate. I am off to phone currys in the morning and hopefully the newspaper under the freeze will absorb all moisture so the floor can be fitted and we will put polythene down in the interim to protect the new floor. 



It has been great having time over the last two weeks to spend time in our new home and I have spent lots of time sorting.  All kitchen things have come back from Colin’s garage and mums spare room. (However still lots there from other rooms!)

I was getting annoyed with all my baking trays and they kept falling or getting trapped. So after some online research into baking tray stands I found this from IKEA.  
The kids and I payed a visit today  To get two and ended up coming away with some extra storage for the freezer and kitchen cupboards.   

The pot lid organiser is great as it extends to the exact size of my drawer so now all my trays that were abandoned in this drawer are neat and easy to access.   

Not sure if I can use the second one as was going to put in the cupboard above the ovens but the oven baking trays are too tall but will keep thinking where else I could use. 

Our new chest freezer only came with one basket so it was a bit of a mess.  Found an idea on Pinterest with baskets with handles and ideas black recycling bins are perfect so everything organised one for meat an other for fruit and vegetables and the last for bread.    

Even though we have 9 drawers there wasn’t one that I could use for tea towels etc so used another IKEA range to sort out the cupboard under the sink and now have space for clean cloths and my new tea towels that match the kitchen. Hooks and clips have the microfibre cloths easily accessible for the glass, stainless steel and cupboard doors.   

Lastly some more of these white boxes organising a drawer which was full and difficult to find things. 


Now need to keep everything tidy and see if we need any more storage for other drawers. 


While I was not expecting to come home to a lime green wall last week I have grown to like it and while I think the grey would also have looked good it is going to stay. Thanks to Katie for our lime green soap and to the gregsons for our lime worktop protector.  It is great now to be on holiday and enjoy our new space. With the sun this week the sliding door has been great so e and b can get in and out easily. 

We went on a family cycle round the reservoirs and rigg in the sun. 

We then came back to painting the banister it was mahogany with cream spindles. It is now all white.  However, it needs a second coat that will hopefully happen today or tomorrow. 

Robbie has been back and all emulsioning is done. The hall is willow green which is what it was before and looks great  freshened up. 

However now that I have painted the banister white all the other woodwork needs done so I am now on a mission. 

I have just given the hall mirror s coat of primer ready to go white before it goes back up.  
Just nipping down to Colin’s garage to pick up some more kitchen boxes and to pick two bar stools that I will prime later. The new attic space is going to be a great place to do projects like this.  

Just need to sort flooring now. 

Day 87

Howdy campers, how is everyone?  Mark is back today to give you an update, mainly to give you news of a miscommunication between Karen and I.  I would just like to state for the record that on this occasion I am 100% correct and it was Karen not paying attention!!  

When choosing a splash back for the kitchen I fancied the lime green but was over ruled by the girls but was then offered that wall to be painted that colour instead.  Sounded good to me.  So when it came to choosing the paints for the walls we selected various colours one morning before Karen left for work and I went to pick them up from the paint shed. This morning when Karen phoned for a progress report I was delighted to tell her that the lime green was on the wall.  Ha ha she says, very funny, we did not decide on lime green.  Oh yes we did, you said yes when I pointed to it on the paint chart.  This conversation went on for a minute before Karen realised I was being serious!  Oops.  Anyhoo, it is on now and I have to say is looking fab, an inspired choice by me. There is lots of it left too, so where shall I paint the rest??????

I managed to cut the grass this morning so the gardens look a little better although the front is in need of some major tlc. 

Robbie back tomorrow to do more painting and maybe, just maybe, Currys will deliver the freezer!  Delivery time between 0715 and 1115.  Not holding my breath………..

Day 86

Kevin and Jamie were back today taking away the last of their stuff. The garden is back to normal we just need to tidy it up.   

They did lots of tidying up jobs. The last kitchen cupboard has been put on  

Sealant has been put on at the side of the front door. What a difference it has made.  

  The replacement frame came for the back window so that is all finished too. They have also put in on the drain pipes at the back.   

Day 85

E,B and I all left the house this morning and didn’t notice the skip had gone. (Although our neighbour heard it being picked up at 6.30am). Mark has now swept the driveway and the car is back in. Just need to get the wheels bins back round  them side of the house.   

Our painter is doing a great job and is using  lots of white paint on the plaster. The utility room is completely finished  with all coats on.   

He will be back next Tuesday,Wednesday & Thursday to hopefully paint the living room and add the colour to the other rooms. 

Mark has been busy varnishing the new doors. Three down three more to go tomorrow.  

Day 84

It was a strange day yesterday coming home to an empty house. While our builders have been super clean and tidy it was fab not having to wipe down dust in the kitchen before making tea.  However, back to cleaning today.

The plasterer came and finished some bits in the hall and has plastered the living room.  

The painter arrived at 8.30 this morning and has started putting the first coat on the plastered walls. What a difference it makes. So glad we decided not to tackle this ourselves as I came home to no mess and the shower room, new hall and back room all painted with the first coat.   

Mark has been to the paint shed and got all the emulsion and acrylic paint for the kitchen and shower room.  Ben and I nipped back down at 4.30 to get more paint for the plaster as the painter has already used 15 litres  as he is needing more than he thought because the plaster soaking it up.   He is going to finish all the undercoat this week and will come back next week to do colours. 
Some amtico spacia floor samples came today. Just waiting for our quote to come back.  I chose these from the web site so may need to go to a shop to see others as some I think are too dark.