1st attempt at Shabby Chic

Once begun, half done – one of my favourite inspirations. And, we have begun our mammoth reno, but it’s a long way from being ‘half done’.

I’ve completed two out of six chairs, giving them a shabby chic look. The table is almost complete as well. I’m happy with the result so far, and I should have the remaining four chairs completed over the coming week.

An Annie Sloan paint job takes dark to white.

An Annie Sloan paint job takes dark to white.

Paul’s started filling the knot holes in the wood panelling, and he’s taken the chain saw to some of the garden, removing a few unwanted trees and giving one tree that we hope to keep a massive trim up. Hopefully, we haven’t pruned it into the never, never, but if we have, it’s better gone than in the terrible state of neglect it was in.

A lot of dark wood panelling to paint.

A lot of dark wood panelling to paint.

And more painting needed in the bedroom.

And more painting needed in the bedroom.

We’ve arranged a plumber to re-do our bathroom, and will arrange all the fittings early next week. We’ve arranged a handyman to fix our carport – Paul will help him. We’ve designed a remodelled kitchen, but haven’t as yet decided on the style of cupboards etc. We’ve arranged a builder to come and quote on the removal of an internal wall, a new ceiling in the living area and a few other things. And we’ve arranged a glazing company to come and quote on replacing the rotting wooden window frames with double glazed aluminium windows. So, a lot of the ground work is under way. Now it’s just a matter of time and elbow grease to get it all happening.

The existing bathroom, comes complete with shower over a 1970s mission brown bath - picture perfect - so not!

The existing bathroom, comes complete with shower over a 1970s mission brown bath – picture perfect – so not!

Tomorrow though is going to be a caravan day. We’ve almost emptied our van, but it needs a really thorough clean and a wipe over with a solution of oil of cloves in water to prevent any mould building up over the winter months. We miss living in our rig, and are almost certain we’ll be back on the road again by the end of summer. We’re feeling the cold and damp, and we received an email from our Road trip friends Lucy and Wally today. They’re up at Cape York for the winter – living the dream. And we’re so envious…..

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  1. Hi Chris and Paul, Enjoying the commencement of your blog. Wow, you have certainly made a start on renovating your new home. You have done so much in so short a time, what with planning certain rooms, etc. Knowing you two, I realise you will have a home to be proud of when finished. Will keep watching ………
    Lots of love, as always.
    JGP xxxxx

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