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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

2014 has been a huge year for home improvements and decorating for us.

We have stripped, sanded, painted, glossed and wallpapered like you wouldn't believe. 

My Husband has fitted thermostats to all our radiators, we have added reflective insulating paper behind the radiators and the loft has been insulated too.

Our hall, stairs and landing have all been completely stripped, stained, lined and papered. Some pretty huge holes have been filled and I even refurbished our light shades from black to champagne to match the new wallpaper. I just sprayed the frames and recovered in a champagne covered ribbon, very easy.

Here is light shade hanging after the landing was decorated.

I was also quite dubious about trying to save our end table. We were on the verge of throwing it out, but it worked out perfectly and is actually better now as it is wipeable! 

We are currently finishing decorating our bedroom and turning the old walk in cupboard into something more functional. A lot of blood sweat and tears have been shed I can tell you! 

We have learnt a lot of tips and tricks along the way though and I have even submitted one to this really helpful home improvement guide from Legal & General

We are number 51 with the tip - "When wallpapering, pop half a matchstick into wall plugs so you can see where to replace screws.”

Here is an example of what we mean, when decorating our hall we removed the brackets for the bannister but put the screws back in. This meant when we put the wallpaper over them, we cut a small hole over the screw head and pushed the paper down. We then unscrewed them and reattached the bracket easily.

If you want a neater hole, my tip is to place a match in the hole you want to reuse before papering over the top, you can then just push the wallpaper over the matchstick to make a hole and allow you to easily remove the matchstick and replace with a screw. You only need your matchstick to be a few millimetres out of the hole so cut/break it off to the right length before papering over.

Do you have any tips to add?