Friday, 28 March 2014

Final Pictures...

Poor DB was on his hands and knees (using knee pads) on and off, for the best part of a day, laying the carpet tiles. No matter how much I tried to get him to take his time, he was rather like a dog with a bone.

First few tiles, temporarily held down, with a little square of carpet tape in the middle of each tile:
Once started, he wanted to get it done. Here is the carpet and conservatory nearly finished:

We were just waiting for a new, made to measure, door mat to arrive, to complete the look - it took 27 hours from ordering to delivery - old ones still in use above:
Here is the new one. It is a heavy duty commercial grade carpet, with 1.3cm depth of fibres. You can buy it in made to measure sizes and is far superior to the ones you buy in shops. We got it from here

The quality is great, it is still uncurling from being posted and as you can see, a quick speed of delivery. We thought it would take 3 or 4 days!

Our conservatory use is similar to a cloakroom/utility room. Hats, gloves and shoe cleaning things, are stored in the thin upright cupboard. Shoes in the shoe-shrank (the pine coloured 4 drawer cabinet on the right of the top picture), coats on the coat rail DB manufactured from a pallet.

The long blue seat (with cover made by yours truly), houses all our fire-lighting things such as newspapers, kindling etc. The big plan/map chest of drawers (courtesy of our old school before it closed), contains art things, good paper and card, plus 2 drawers of 'man things' for when DB wants to make/mend/do stuff out there!

Another job done. As you age, well as we do, we both feel the need to get jobs done while we are still able to do them.

Living in a more simple manner, doing what you can in everyday life to save the pennies, helps enormously. Those pennies turn into pounds and before long, you have enough savings to buy what you need to complete jobs, such as the above and the dining room door.

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13 comments:

  1. It looks a lovely, bright and useful space. You have just given me an idea about using an old chest. I was going to put a cushion on it as an extra chair, but it can also get all the 'fire' stuff out the way. It drives me nuts have bags of kindling, old newspaper etc around the fire waiting to be used xxx

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    1. The map drawers will soon have plants on top, waiting to go outside during the day to harden off and in their at night. We too can't abide fire lighting things in view.

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  2. The room looks very nice and fresh and beautifully clutter-free. I'm sure we could never keep any room so tidy looking : )

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    1. It is the first thing visitors see as it has the front door in it, so we try to keep it tidy. The only time it really gets messy is after walks when wet clothing and shoes are drying out, when the grand-dogs come as that is where they sleep (plus all their things), or when DB is using the chest of drawers as a work bench.

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  3. It looks great, and I know what you mean about being pleased that you can still get a job done! It must be really nice to have somewhere to take off those boots and coats before you go into the house, and it keeps the main house so much cleaner and tidier. My Mum and Dad had a room off their kitchen that was similar, it housed the washing machine too but was a great place to take off coats and put umbrellas after walks in the lovely Devon rain. It didn't look much but when it was all painted up, had new lino and a couple of rugs you'd never have guessed it's former life was as a coal hole!

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    1. Thanks. It is amazing how much different both coal holes and outdoor toilet area's look once converted.

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  4. That room looks just great! I wish I had a room like that, now. Our council house is so small that we don`t even have an entrance vestibule. It would have been nice to have somewhere for storing dirty shoes when we come in from rain or snow.

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    1. I know what you mean Sarina. My sister had a 2 up 2 down house that you entered off the street and straight into the front room. An extra entrance is a bonus.

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  5. It looks fab- and doesn't your bench match in well!
    I've been Spring cleaning the conservatory this afternoon - and then painted the drawers that are in there. I now have ideas for some pictures for in there, and for a shade for the table lamp. Those will keep me occupied while I get used to not having the car!

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    1. I think it was the bench that made me want to change the colour. It does look so light and airy though. Good luck with your musings and doings. I am sure you will do a grand job. Do you have a bike as well as J?

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    2. No, I don't have a bike. I would be terrified to use one as the roads around here are so busy.

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