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Brass to Black

BRASS TO BLACK The door to my little house is paneled wood; quite unloved it’s surface was largely weathered and looked fairly out of place in my monochrome interior, though I did love the dignity of it; a little bit of contrast to my mostly flat surfaces. It got a coat of Black Semi-Gloss paint soon after I moved in though I hadn’t gotten around to changing the hardware; brass and also fairly weathered they needed an upgrade.
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Stairway to Heaven

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Well maybe not heaven but its looking a whole lot better than it did pre-lockdown. These stairs were stripped of their carpet in a renovation that never got finished. Perhaps they were to be re-carpeted, perhaps they were going to be finished with a wood overlay, who knows, but here in lockdown my #bubblepartner and I are looking to finish off this mid-century reno the cheapest way possible using what we have, perhaps to prove
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PANTRY MAKEOVER

PANTRY MAKEOVER Is it just me or are the Lockdown days going super fast? I don’t mean the days in numbers, more that the days seem to speed by with very little achieved. I wonder how, I squeezed in an 8-9 hour work day as well as maintaining a social life and managing my home all by myself. I also feel quite exhausted these days even though I seem to be sleeping 9-10 hours per night. Maybe its
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Time to Paint

TIME TO PAINT I’m not in my house during this Lockdown period, its unnerving, unsettling, I’m not the best at being a guest this I know so I’m making myself useful. Its not only time to paint but there is actually time to paint. Today is painting the exterior of this 1960’s bungalow. The colour choice was limited to what was here… the grey was bought at Christmas time and has been awaiting an opportunity to be opened,
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Nooks and Crannies

NOOKS AND CRANNIES nook (no͝ok) n. 1. A small corner, alcove, or recess, especially one in a large room. 2. A hidden or secluded spot. Okay, tell me you don’t want to sometimes disappear; curl up somewhere safe and not be noticed if only for a while, just like you could do when you were little. I have a couple of spots like this at my little house, one is where I sit with my morning Nespresso, it
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How to Spring Clean your home

HOW TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR HOME Its getting close, you can smell it in the air, warmer weather is just around the corner!  I can tell its close at my little house due to the layer of yellow pollen I just dusted off my dining table. It got me thinking, that layer of yellow dust, its time for a Spring Clean.   Spring-Clean, why just Spring, what about Autumn, Winter and Summer?  Well its like coming out of
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How to paint over varnished wood

HOW TO PAINT OVER VARNISHED WOOD When the painter left our little house a few weeks ago it was looking whiter, brighter and beautiful; with the dated wood balustrade gone I had high hopes of a builder following with lovely new skirtings and doors.  My hopes faded as I realised that the builders were all too busy with the big jobs and so I set about with a little DIY.  I am no stranger to DIY, back in
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