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Pet Bedroom Idea!!

Hey my fellow bloggers, it has been a while! #MyApologies….. So, anyways, a lot has gone on since my last blog post – the cats have calmed down and come around to the idea of the puppy dog (who aint so much of a puppy anymore!), we’ve decorated out the old pet play room (which used to be the office room if you remember?), and – guess what – we’ve purchased a brand new bed frame!

Firstly, I dunno what got into the cats causing a nuisance that time – I mean they are very well looked after!! I guess it was Angel’s fault – she likes to think she is the leader of the pack (so I’ll just blame her, lol!) …………. Anyhow, the wallpaper in the spare bedroom has stayed up and looks as amazing as ever – thanks to my DIY genius #BlowingMyOwnTrumpet! ………

Wallpaper

Oh, and the once pet play room/ old office room – OMG, you’ll never believe what it looks like now….. We’ve only gone and decorated the whole room out, fitted carpets and had a purpose built bed frame! What do you think? (see below pic)

Pet Bedroom Ideas UK

The 3 tier pet bed was custom built by a young guy from our local area – he did a fantastic job! The bed was Kelly’s idea, and it looks awesome (or as the pets say, ‘pawesome’). The pet bed is the style of a bunk bed. We needed a 3 tier bunk bed, for obvious reasons – ie: two cats and a dog!…… Each bed base is the size of a UK standard pillow, which acts as a mattress for our beloved animals. We bought x3 kids fleece throws off Amazon in kids themes such as Minnie Mouse, Toy Story and Sponge Bob…… The fleece throws make an awesome cover over their soft mattress, and make cleanliness a piece of cake (we just whip those throws off each week and give em a wash via the washing machine, and jobs a good en!)….. The three fur children LOVE their beds!

The wallpaper was a bargain, and was purchased from Wilkinson’s. We needed something that was going to fit in with two boys and a girl, and we loved the fun design. Wallpapering took no time at all, and in our opinion – it looks fantastic!

The carpet was purchased from a local store in town, Darlington Carpet Centre, located on Bondgate. We opted for an off-cut (due to the size of the room, and the fact we would have little waste (if any). It was extremely cheap and fit’s the purpose what it was meant for. The cats love the fact they have soft luxury carpet (of their own) to leap on to on a morning, and Hugo (the Chihuahua) – well – he doesn’t know any different!

 

 

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Cats causing a nuisance: DIY again!

Right guys, I am officially back from a stressful time of ‘puppy training’ and ‘cats misbehaving!’ During my absence, Kelly and I have been doing all sorts of DIY!  Remember that guest room which we decorated with teal striped wallpaper? Well, the cats went a tad bit crazy when the puppy dog came along – they ripped the wallpaper off the wall! Kelly and I had no alternative but to strip the remaining paper and then re hang wallpaper in our spare bedroom.

It was the first time we had ever hung wallpaper horizontally. Thankfully, the wall was not too wide, and we had plenty of room to manoeuvre.

How to hang wallpaper horizontally

The first piece went on far easier than we expected.  And before we knew it, the whole wall was finished.

Guide to hanging wallpaper horizontally

So what do you guys think? Don’t forget to leave your comments!

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Unexpected Bedroom Revamp!

Hey my fellow bloggers. Sincere apologies for why I have not been blogging much lately (my life has been flipped around with the arrival of our new addition to the family – Hugo! So anyways, you’ll meet him a little later on – you can even add him to FaceBook if you really want to!) we recently re-wallpapered our bedroom feature wall.

Basically, Kelly and I were out browsing wallpaper for our living room. Unfortunately, we weren’t too struck on any feature wallpapers – other than a desirable cream/ beige wallpaper, which I insisted we ‘needed’ for our bedroom! Anyways, we purchased a few rolls, and made tracks home.

Angel decided to get in on the action – as per usual. God love her, she is soooo cute!

Angel ready to re-decorate again

First of all, the paper was stripped off and the curtains were taken down and put through the wash for a well deserved freshen up. Secondly, the curtain pole was given a polish – as you do! Then ultimately, the wallpaper was hung. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?

Cream and Beige Bedroom Feature Wallpaper

And here’s a pic of our new puppy dog, Hugo – isn’t he just gorgeous!?

Hugo the Chihuahua Puppy Dog

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What we learned 2012!

Well guys, seen as its the beginning of a new year, we thought what better time to reflect on what we learned from 2012. So here it goes!

Firstly, we learned that we shouldn’t get our bathroom flooring laid by Franks the Flooring Store. Initially they did a diabolical job, and then sent the same guy out to assess/ rectify his own mistakes. Needless to say, when the guy attempted to fix his own mistakes – it became apparent he was in the wrong industry.

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Frank’s the Flooring Store soon sharp sent two people to relay our black bathroom flooring. They did a fantastic job.

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Secondly, we learned not to purchase a headboard via eBay. Our experience of purchasing a faux suede headboard via eBay was very disappointing. Not only was the headboard description wrong in regards to the upholstered material which covered it, but also the colour was not as described. On a positive note though, the diamanté crystal detailing to the headboard was very chic. In this instance, we learned that cheaper is not always better!

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Thirdly, we learned that we love striped wallpaper. Just look how gorgeous our white furniture looks in our teal bedroom. The teal striped wallpaper is awesome!

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Fourthly, we learned that the cats love to be in on the action, especially when it comes to DIY. Take Angel for instance, she couldn’t resist taking down the wallpaper that time when we redecorated the main bedroom. Diesel is more of the gaffa type, he observes the task in hand.

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Finally, other than learning why you should NEVER leave kitchen appliances unattended, we learned that Kelly needed a new door mat for indoor use.

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Headboard Dilemma: Officially sorted!

Remember that ivory faux suede headboard we bought? Well, as I mentioned previously, when it arrived it was not ivory in colour and it certainly wasn’t faux suede. Basically, it just had to go!

We have purchased many products from Bed SOS in the past, so we thought we would search for a 5ft cream headboard from Bed SOS. We were not disappointed! We opted for the 5ft king size Cambridge headboard, in cream faux leather finish. This headboard came with free next day delivery, or alternatively we could of opted for a specific delivery date if we wished. Bed SOS also deliver on a Saturday at an additional cost of £20.00, but that wasn’t necessary.

Anyways, when the headboard arrived, we were very impressed! The Cambridge 5ft cream headboard is manufactured to a very high standard and comes from the Sleepy Valley Beds Collection. Doesn’t it look beautiful!?

Sleepy Valley Beds 5ft Cambridge Headboard Cream Faux Leather

When we unboxed the headboard, it was covered in a white fibre protection bag, which acted like a dust sheet and also offered slight protection against any damage whilst in transit – even Angel from itsapussycatslife was impressed!

Sleepy Valley Cambridge headboard review

The headboard was packaged securely, and came complete with easy to attach wooden headboard fixing struts.

Sleepy Valley 5ft King Size Headboard Assembly

The struts are of far better quality than the ones included with our previous headboard. They are thicker, better finish/ quality and far more sturdy.  The struts were also extremely easy to attach.

Sleepy Valley 5ft Cream Leather Headboard Review

The pack included x6 bolts and x6 washer rings, three for each strut, as well as the appropriate allen key.

Sleepy Valley Headboards Review

The headboard took around ten minutes to assemble, and fixed to our 5ft divan king size bed without any problem. Over all, we are extremely happy with the colour, style, quality and over all finish of our new headboard.

What do you think?  Is anyone else as impressed as us with the Sleepy Valley Cambridge headboard?  Don’t forget to like, comment and share!

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Frank’s the Flooring Store: customer review part two!

Morning guys! How are you all? (feel free to comment on this one). With regards to the Frank’s Factory Flooring, or Franks the Flooring Store – whatever you want to call them, issue well it still has yet to be resolved!

After contacting Frank’s the Flooring Store and advising them that I was still awaiting for the floor fitter to call around and assess the situation, I was advised that the floor fitter would be out within 30 mins.

Over an hour later he arrived. It was the same guy who messed up the flooring in the first place, so I wasn’t very impressed! Anyways, I thought I’ll see what he’s planning on doing. Next thing, he pulls out a silicone gun and tells me that he’s going to silicone the edges. I thought, “You what? Is that going to cover the scratches too like!?”. Anyways, I thought I’d watch him silicon around the flooring, with white silicon, seen as he’s the EXPERT. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I witnessed him siliconing the entire room in one continual line of silicon!

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but when using silicon you ALWAYS slide your index finger over the silicone to leave a flat curved edge, right? Not with Frank’s floor fitters you don’t! This floor fitter left a continual bead of thick white silicone around the entire bathroom flooring, except for one part of the flooring – I could not believe my eyes!

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(Remember that major muck up he did along the skirting board? Well this is the only part he flattened with his finger – to fill the gap!)

Kelly arrived home from work and ripped through him. I mean, considering we both work hard and enjoy nice things in our home – she had every right to be annoyed with the guy. He had came in to our home and bodged his own mistakes, making the entire job look like amateurs had fitted our flooring. Check out this picture below for instance…

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And this one!…

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I was extremely shocked and disappointed with the ‘so called rectifying’ of the problem.

The guy even had the cheek to tell Kelly and I that he’d be happy to pay someone to lay his flooring in this manner and leave silicon around the edges in this way. Kelly just wasn’t getting through to him, and he blatantly was not going to admit that the work he had done was ‘completely rubbish!’. She then told him to P off out of our home – and she had every right to considering the way he had ‘messed the flooring up even further!’

I on the other hand let everything go over my head and told Kelly that the floor fitter for Frank’s the Flooring Store in Darlington is most certainly in the wrong profession – he should be piping cakes with the way he’s left the silicone! Just look at the state of it!

I will personally be taking a trip down to Frank’s The Flooring Store tomorrow to explain that this just simply is not good enough, and to show the manager these photos and ask for their opinion on the matter… As I am an extremely unhappy customer – and so I should be!

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Frank’s The Flooring Store Review: 0 out of 10 so far!

Hey guys, just a bit of an update regarding our bathroom. Where do I start?! Well, the bold bath towels washed extremely well and look fantastic in our newly decorated bathroom.

Bold Bathroom Designs

However, the flooring which was supposed to be ‘professionally’ fitted is diabolical! I mean, check out the ‘straight edge’ along our skirting board (pictured below)

Franks Factory Flooring Problems

We purchased the flooring from Franks The Flooring Store in Darlington. We were told by the staff that the flooring would be fitted by their recommended self employed floor fitters – who fit carpets and vinyl flooring on a daily basis. At this, we thought ‘great, the flooring will look perfect!’ We couldn’t wait for our bathroom to be completed, and looked forward to Saturday – the day our flooring was due to be fitted.

Saturday came and the floor fitter finally arrived. He came in to our home with a young male and wasted no time in un-rolling the flooring – and scratching a huge scratch down our newly glossed bathroom door (see image below) in the process. Kelly and I just sat and observed.

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At first the guy seemed quite chatty and Kelly and I just left him to get on with the job, without any distractions. Minutes passed until all of a sudden the guy huffed and puffed and stated that the mistake he made whilst cutting the edge of the flooring along the skirting board was due to silicone being there. This was nonsense, as who in gods name puts silicone along the bottom of a skirting board?! Exactly!! I mean, do you guys see any silicone along our skirting board in the picture below? I thought not.

The guy became miserable, moody, unprofessional and his finished service proved blatantly that he was inadequate at finishing the job to the standard we had expected. He spent a total of around fifteen minutes laying the flooring, he didn’t bond the flooring with the spray glue along every edge, he scratched the flooring with his blade at least three times in two separate directions (see picture below)

Frank's The Flooring Store Darlington Scratched my Flooring

and he complained repeatedly about silicon which wasn’t even there (which is funny because the edging around the toilet, which is siliconed, looks absolutely fine – as shown in the picture below!).

Franks Factory Flooring North East

He also cut the vinyl along the side of the bath and left it flapping over the raised screw head caps which hold the floor trim on along the outer part of our bath (the plastic caps are raised by at least 2mm!). And also, to top it off, they left the plastic wrapping the flooring came in at the bottom of our communal hallway stairs – luckily no residents slipped or tripped over it, as Kelly and I would not of been held responsible.

He finished the job and just left without speaking to us, leaving the young male to collect the floor fitting charge from us. Kelly and I looked at the flooring which over lapped the bath trim plastic, and I said, “What is that!? I am not happy with that over lapping raised screw caps, it looks a complete state!”. The young male replied, “Oh, he wasn’t sure if you wanted it over the plastic or cut around it. I can get him to come back in if you like and sort it?”. I replied, “Your going to have to!”. Whilst the young male went out, I had told Kelly that I planned on ringing Franks The Flooring Store, as there was numerous faults which I was extremely annoyed about.

The guy came back in to our home, charged passed us with a face like thunder and spent not even a full minute cutting our flooring around the plastic trim. As a result there was three more untidy jagged edges, one of which is shown below. (And also, when he actually did use the glue – he got it EVERYWHERE!)

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The guy then just left again! I was fuming at the level of appalling customer service we had been given. I asked the young male how much he wanted. The young lad replied £35.00. Kelly paid him the money, to avoid any confrontation.

The fitters had left and I contacted Franks The Flooring Store to address my issues with the service and finished result. The guy from Franks was extremely helpful and advised me that somebody would be out to assess the flooring on Monday.

Monday came and I had a missed call at 16.35ish (baring in mind the floor fitter was due at 16.45 onwards, and Kelly had arranged to leave work earlier to be home in time). I rang back only to find that the floor fitter was not coming, as his jobs had been cancelled. Apparently the floor fitter will be attending to assess the situation this evening, so I will keep you all posted in the very near future.

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Bathroom decorating: done and dusted!

So over the weekend Kelly and I managed to decorate our bathroom. Decorating a bathroom can be quite tricky at times due to all the edging, which takes time.

I always feel when decorating a room (any room) it’s a good idea to strip the room of everything – if possible! In our bathroom I wasted no time removing all the bathroom fixtures, such as the glass shelf, towel rail, toilet roll holder, and so on. Once all the stainless steel bathroom fittings were removed I removed all the wall plugs and Kelly filled in every hole with Pollyfiller – as we have brand new fixtures. I always like to Decorators Chaulk all edges before we paint any room, as it gives a neat edge and the finish looks far better. With this in mind I went a little OCD with the Decorators Chaulk – oh well! There was one problem area of the bathroom which needed slight attention. The area had a gaping hole where the pipes came out from the wooden ledge we have under the sink. I had no alternative but to pack the hole with paper before filling it with Pollyfiller. Once this was done, it was then time to apply the paint.

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Seen as we have a narrow bathroom, Kelly took on the roll of painting the walls, as well as edging. I observed and helped where needed – mainly holding the paint tray or passing up the roller!

With the walls painted and everywhere glossed it was time to shop for flooring.

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Turps at the ready!

Hi guys, today is just a quick post to let you all catch a glimpse of what i’ve been up to!

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That’s right guys, I have been on my hands and knees taking up those cheap black vinyl self adhesive floor tiles! It has been a demanding task, but luckily for me we had some turps substitute under the kitchen sink. Remember to take care when using substances like turps, they can be leathel (according to the pics on the bottle!).

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Basically, Kelly and I are planning to redecorate the bathroom – hence me taking up all the floor tiles (Kelly is working overtime, so I’m on my own carrying out the task). This is how far I have got so far – bearing in mind I am using turps and the fumes are crazy (ALWAYS wear a face mask!).

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The task itself has been quite entertaining. I mean, I have OCD and I like to be fully prepped and checked before I start such a task – unfortunately I could not find a ‘paper scraper’, which would of made life easier with regards to removing the floor tiles. Instead I have been managing with a butter knife – which actually does the job very effectively!

To remove the sticky adhesive from the floor I have been using a small dab of turps and a cloth. Once I have finished a reasonably sized area, I have cleaned off all turps from the floor using boiling hot water and a clean cloth (Please Note: wear marigold gloves when using hot water!). I have then used fresh hot water, and neat Cif cleaner (or Jif, whatever you wanna call it!) and another fresh cloth to make double sure that all turps and adhesive is removed.

It’s a long ended task but I’d rather the job be done properly, than be left with sticky horrid adhesive all over our floor – like the picture below!

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Top tip: lining walls before you paint

Tired of shabby finish walls, and haven’t got the funds available to have your walls plastered! Ever thought of having your walls lined with lining paper?

I love lining paper! It leaves your walls looking smooth as anything. If applied correctly, you can’t even see the joins. Lining a wall creates an awesome blank canvas, and it is the perfect preparation step to take before painting them unsightly looking walls.

I have actually seen a professional decorator use lining paper in one of my childhood family homes (emphasis on ‘one of’, as we moved house at least twice a year!). As a child I asked the guy, “why on earth do you apply it vertically across the wall, instead of horizontally like normal wallpaper?”. He replied, “Because it’s lining paper”, and that was the end of that chat.

Needless to say, the walls, once lined, looked amazing. The paint went on a treat, and the finished result to the periodic built room was sensational! I would highly recommend the use of lining paper, which is available in various grades. Ask in your local DIY store if your unsure of which grade to use. In our old family home we used grade 1400, and it gave perfect results.

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