31 August 2014

Recently I've been...

(inwardly) at how silly I must've looked yesterday while queuing behind two six-year-olds*/sitting in the window at Claire's Accessories getting my right lobe pierced. You'll be pleased to hear I was super brave and didn't cry; I even turned down the offer of cuddling the tiara-wearing teddy bear at the piercing station! Of course, that might have been more to do with the fact I'm 26 and not 6 - not that you'd know it from the earrings I purchased afterwards. Prepare yourselves for a saucy flash of earlobe, people:

In the eight years since my first piercing (where on earth has that time gone?!) I'd forgotten how much they sting afterwards. It's almost like you've been shot with a tiny bullet... Handily, a post-piercing lunch date presented the perfect opportunity for a "medicinal" cider, to act as an anaesthetic. 

The Stars' Tennis Balls by His National Treasuryness Stephen Fry, borrowed from my local library as part of my genius plan to single-handedly prevent its closure by borrowing two books per week. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it turned out to be absolutely gripping. The character development is fantastic, with the occasional gory details written in such an off-hand way that they seem to sneak up on you. I'd highly recommend it.

I've also been reading loads of beautiful (fre)ezines via Issuu (which I recently discovered thanks to Louisa at Duck in a Dress) - a website which lets you read literally thousands of gorgeous online magazines, covering every subject you could possibly imagine, for absolutely nothing!


Fifteen English Pounds on the best top I've ever seen in the Sugarhill Boutique Outlet in Brighton. My visit went a little something like this:

During my shopping expedition I was also very excited to discover that my long-time online love (purely in the retail sense - I'm not having a cyber-affair!) Oliver Bonas now has a shop in Brighton! I had a gleeful rummage through the sale section and snapped up this bargainous necklace for £8 instead of £28 :)

What have you been up to this week? 

Katie xxx

P.S. I'm linking up once more to lovely Hannah's TWTWC, which is being hosted by Aby at You Baby Me Mummy this week because Hannah is currently on her Hen Do!

*I worked this out from the date tattooed on the back of one mother's neck; assuming it's her kid's birthday and not just a date she needed to remember in 2008, perhaps for a dentist's appointment. 

29 August 2014

Kitchen Makeover

Hey m'dears! 

As promised on Sunday, today I'm sharing the before/after shots from my kitchen makeover. Kitchen makeovers are one of my favourite things in the whole wide world, so I'm particularly excited about finally having one of my own to share :) 

I never actually intended to paint our kitchen, because we're planning to build a country style kitchen-diner extension at some point in the distant future when we can afford it. Then we decided to get floorboards laid on our ground floor, which meant I either had to paint the hideous pine cupboards or be OK with the kitchen looking like a sauna. 

I can hear you thinking "Enough already with setting the context- show me some photographs!", so let's get this party started with some photos of the "before":

Delightful, wasn't it? I don't know which bit I loved most - the peaches-and-mustard wallpaper, dated floral motifs, or fake-tan-orange and brown colour scheme. I started off by painting the walls white, then did the same with the tiles. I also changed the ugly blind for something a little less traditional, and gave our whiteboard a mini-makeover. That just left the cupboards, carcasses, skirting boards, door frames, trim and handles... Simple, eh? 

So that's what I did last week:

The new handles were a mini DIY project on their own, after I realised the handles I wanted would cost £250(!) due to having 22 doors/ drawers in our kitchen. I bought some plain wooden discs and a piece of dowel from ebay, Tom cut and screwed them together to make the handles, and I painted them all in different colours. 

I love that the handles have become the main feature of the kitchen due to everything else being white like a regular, grown-up kitchen. Well, almost everything... Remember this wallpaper?

I've lined the backs of all the top cupboards with it, and the inside panels of every door. Teehee. 

I also decided to treat us to a new kitchen bin, replacing the rather revolting swing-top office bin we've been using since moving in four years ago. I found this beauty at Dunelm Mill:

I reckon one final reminder of the before/after comparison is in order to finish this off:

What do you think?

Katie xxx

P.S. If you want a peep at some other rooms in our house you can find them in my House Tour posts.

24 August 2014

If I never see another paintbrush again, it will be too soon.

Hello lovelies!

How have you been?

I've been on holiday this week, which has been absolutely lovely- even if I did spend about 60 hours with a paint brush or scourer in my hand! I started the week by writing a list of the DIY projects I had to finish before we get new floorboards laid in September. I probably could finish some of them later but, after spending six arms and legs on the floorboards, there's no way I'm going to start sloshing around gloss paint afterwards. I'm not even sure if I'm going to let people walk on them- I might winch guests straight upstairs through the bedroom window with a bucket/pulley system instead.

My initial To Do List

The full list was rather scary, and I ended up adding even more things as the week went on too. I kept myself going with plenty of tea breaks (with biscuits too, obviously) and the satisfaction of being able to cross through another item on my list. This is what I've ended up with:

Progress on The List
I'm going to share the full kitchen makeover in a separate post (you might want to prepare yourselves for a million before and after shots), which has definitely been the biggest transformation, but I've also finished painting the stairs and hall cupboards, and added new, prettier handles:


I'm particularly excited about the new handles because I can now start announcing "Let's see what's behind door number four!" when I open the larder.

My evenings were mostly spent sprawled on the sofa (after getting Tom to inspect me for rogue smears of paint) watching Jennifer Falls (discovered after IMDB-ing the cast of My Name Is Earl, which I find hilarious) and doing a bit of cheeky online shopping. I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of some new fancy work clothes and this set of sunshine yellow trunks to store away my summery clothes on top of the wardrobe, because autumn is definitely in the air. Oh yes, I went there.

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I'm linking up with the gorgeous Hannah's #TWTWC again, and think you should definitely hop on over to her lovely blog to have a read and wish her Happy Birthday; she's one of the nicest people on the internet. 

Have you got nice plans for the Bank Holiday?

Katie xxx