Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Lobby Renovation - Part 5

I've been up to loads of other stuff this month so we've not made much progress in the lobby, just tinkering round the edges.

I've put up hooks, loads of hooks, more hooks than you could shake a... yeah, OK, 12 hooks ... which is 12 more places to hang a coat than we had last month. Woot!

Hooks on a brick wall

We dug out an old picture frame which we bought 14 years ago, for our first flat.... awwww! We spray painted it matt black and I mounted an Ordnance Survey Explorer map in it.

Who doesn't love a good OS map?

Framed OS Explorer Map - Our Handmade Home

We like to walk lots and live in a good location for it, I thought this would be a cute addition to a hallway, though I can't tell you how wrong it felt taking scissors to an OS map.

I still need to decide where it is going and drill into a stone to mount it. I absolutely love how it has turned out, reminds me of a walkers pub somewhere in the highlands.

Then, in a moment of inspired madness I painted the front door yellow.*

yellow door hallway renovation

Its growing on me and certainly brightens up the room.

*Painting the INSIDE of our scabby front door led me to filling, sanding and painting the OUTSIDE of our scabby front door.
Which led me to filling, sanding and painting some tiny little cracks in the masonry around the outside of the front door... the old paint in the tin was not the same colour as the old paint on the wall after fading for 6 years...
Which led to a trip to Homebase, £50 on new paint and a weekend painting the front of the house.
Which explains why I haven't made much progress in the hall.

Sorry, no photos of the front of our house, less we get mobbed by unruly blog fans demanding autographs.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Lobby Renovation - Part 4

Our main problem in the lobby was storage for all those jackets, coats, bags, gloves, scarves, umbrellas. I'm guessing that is the same problem most people have... I don't think I know anyone who has enough storage in their hall...

Our lobby is long and narrow with a door at each end and no cupboard space.

Having dealt (in part) with making the old bookcase more useful and sturdy by modifying it to fit around the fuse box. I concentrated on the opposite wall. Those pipes were going to be a problem, but they could not be altered or moved.

Lobby before

Again we lightly plastered the brick wall (to create that Rushemian look) I set to work on a storage solution that would somehow encompass the pipes. We settled on storage boxes from IKEA. We have some of these in our utility room and they seriously help with the clutter. A whole wall of them ought to do the trick in our lobby.

They are plastic so withstand the mud and the wet, which are common factors in rural Scotland. The boxes are deep enough that they will hide the pipes and they also provide a handy shelf.

Hot water pipes in the lobby - Our Handmade Home

Our woodburner sits on the other side of this wall and heats all our hot water during winter. I removed the scabby insulation and began cutting a box to fit around the pipes. A drill (fitted with a hole saw) and a fine tooth saw was all I needed, the plastic was fairly easy to cut. I gave the pipes about 1cm clearance, you wouldn't want the plastic in contact with hot pipes. Once mounted on the wall I knew this was the right solution for us.

Cutting IKEA trones box - Our Handmade Home

I mounted them with substantial wall plugs and screws - so I know they will stand up to the kids swinging on them....
Kids, if you ever read this... DON'T SWING ON THEM!

Wall of Trones boxes in Lobby - Our Handmade Home

Looking pretty good, even if I do say so myself.

Oh and this was my first time drilling into brick, I nailed it... I mean... I.... never mind...

With 7 on the wall already I have 3 left to mount. They hold LOADS of crap (I'm not showing you inside, cause it's mess in there, but that is kinda the whole point)

The box where the pipes are, I'm thinking will be for wet gloves etc during winter? We will see. I will be putting some insulation back on the pipes before then... lest there be melted plastic.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Lobby Renovation - Part 3

Our lobby is well on the way to becoming an actual lobby - rather than being a storage solution for tools we were to lazy to take to the shed.

If you are at all interested you can click to read PART 1 and PART 2 - I know y'all will, cause it is such an intriguing tale.

One of the first things I did after treating the dry rot was start to get the walls plastered.

We are going for that rough painted stone look (maybe there is a name for it? I don't know) We have a wall like this in our livingroom and in Teeny's room too... it is a kind of rustic-bohemian-industrial look...
I shall call it 'Rushemian'

Rustic white wall - our handmade home
Our Rushemian rough plastered wall
Just for comparison, this is (a blurry photo of) how we started.

To get the look I 'paint' on a top coat lime plaster over a cleaned up stone, brick or rubble wall - standard construction of old Scottish cottages is 'rubble wall'. After it is painted it gives a really tactile surface.

So the walls are mostly finished *squee!!
only the trickiest bits left *boo


So there was this old billy bookcase (you know, the one from IKEA that EVERYBODY has)  You may remember it as the 'bookcase full of crap' from this earlier post.

Well despite it being a good and sturdy bookcase we didn't look after it and well... the back fell off a long time ago, I don't know what happened or where it ended up but it has been backless and used for crap dumping for about 5 years *embarrassed face.

Anyway, long story short and looking to find a quick 'do for now' solution. I took a saw to the old boy.

sawing - our handmade home

I grabbed a couple of brackets from a box of miscellany to screw it in place...

then a tin of white paint...

billy bookcase to box in fuse box - our handmade home

I mean, it's not brilliant but it serves as storage and boxing in all our fuse boxes and gubbins... and it is sooooo much better than before. We'll probably stick a couple of doors on it, the rest of the old plaster will be chipped away, conduit for those cables and the gaps at the sides will be filled so it will be much more fitted ... but I am chuffed it looks this good already.

More updates on the lobby coming soon (y'know, when I can remember to take the photos and get them up here)

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