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Miss Maura: tip number 1

Don’t you just hate it when you can’t fit your bucket (or container) in to the sink!? When we came across this idea, courtesy of Miss Maura, we thought what an awesome idea to something which is so annoying!

Basically, all you need to do is take a ‘clean’ dustpan and place it as shown above under the sink basin taps. We recommend that you ensure your bucket is placed on the floor before turning on the tap!

Any of our fellow bloggers got any cool tips and tricks like this one? Feel free to share comments below!

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Frank’s the Flooring Store: bathroom flooring done and dusted!

Hey guys, just another quick update regarding our bathroom flooring. It has finally been sorted. Two professional floor fitters, from Frank’s the Flooring Store, arrived and cracked on with the job – doesn’t it look awesome?!

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I had already removed the messed up flooring, along with all the silicon the first guy had used during an attempt to rectify his own mistakes.

We had a good bit of banter with the floor fitters, one of who was the same guy who laid our kitchen vinyl flooring three years ago. The guys used some kind of special bonding adhesive strips to bond our bathroom flooring (kinda like double sided tape). They stuck the adhesive strips around every edge, and then began laying the brand new vinyl.

They did a fantastic job and the straight edges they achieved illustrate just how professional these guys are! After they had left, Kelly and I decided to contact Frank’s the Flooring Store to thank Chris for all his help in resolving the issues we had prior.

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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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Shopping: towels and bath mats!

With the bathroom flooring already chosen, it was time to shop for some bath mats, towels and flannels. Kelly picked up a red bath mat with matching red towels from Primark.

As soon as I finished work I went straight to meet Kelly. We headed to TK Maxx in search of some luxurious bathroom towels and bath mats but unfortunately there wasn’t much selection in the colours we so desperately desired. What use is a bold bath mat without the matching towels right?

Anyways, whilst doing our shopping in Asda we browsed the Asda home department only to find an aqua green shabby bath mat with matching bath towel, hand towels and flannels available. We also picked up a full set of bold pink bathroom towels, again with the matching flannels and a pink shabby bath mat. Totalling just over £50 we thought we did well considering we purchased x4 bath towels, x2 hand towels, x2 medium sized towels, x2 pair of flannels and x2 shabby bath mats! I couldn’t wait to get home and put a set through the wash to see how well they washed – I shall update you guys on the quality of Asda towels once they have dried!

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Cooker has seen better days!

Did I tell you guys about the cooker incident we encountered recently? – I didn’t think so! Well, remember that day the washer caught fire (almost)? All that got sorted however, around four days after the washer incident, Kelly was cooking and she attempted to open the cooker door via the handle – and the handle just fell off! We were both very annoyed about this, as it seemed EVERYTHING electrical that week was breaking (ie: the hair dryer two days prior, which also (almost) caught fire as Kelly was using it – sparks everywhere!).

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Anyways, with regards to the cooker, we Araldite glued the handle back on – as funds were not available for a brand new cooker at the time. The glue was great, and it held well!

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Around a week, or two, later Kelly and I were sat chilling in our front room waiting for our BBQ chicken drumsticks to cook. ‘Do you smell that?’ Kelly said, around 30mins after actually putting them in to cook. ‘No, I can’t smell anything darl!’, I replied – confused as to what she was getting at. ‘Exactly, why can I not smell the chicken drummers cooking?!’ Kelly asked. ‘I’ll go and check. (slight pause) ‘OMG, the cooker has flipping broke!!’ I shouted. There was a slight sigh of relief when we realised the hob still worked, but the main oven was well and truly dead! It was three years old anyways, and considering it wasn’t Hotpoint, Indesit or Zanussi it had served us well.

Kelly had bought the Beko 50cm single oven when she first moved in to the flat, it was the cheapest best oven she could find for her budget at the time. It was time to shop for a new oven, a trip to Currys was a must!

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The Super Sweet Blogging Award!

Well today has started off with a surprise! I checked my mail and was soon shocked to see that I had been nominated, by itsapussycatslife, for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!

The rules are:  The nominee has to thank the person that nominated them, answer the 5 Super Sweet Questions, and nominate a bakers dozen of other Super Sweet Bloggers.

Thank you very much itsapussycatslife! What a lovely honour, and total surprise!

And The Questions Are:

1. Cookies or Cake?
Tough one, but I’d say a huge slab of cake takes the biscuit on this one!

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate – Dairy Milk is my fave!

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?
Chocolate gateau with ice cream, nommy nommy!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?
Erm, all the time!

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?
Grande Choco Fudge Muncher!

My Nominees:

Frosting & Filigree

Morceau de Gateau

Candour One

Petticoats & Peep Toes

Hana & George

Middle of the Terrace

From Sheet 2 Form

Lykkeglimt

Its Two AM

Jazlin

The Blend

Random Nam

Dancing on a Blade of Grass

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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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DIY: Its a Pussy Cats Life!

Recently Angel, from itsapussycatslife, once again involved herself with the decorating – only this time, she brought along her older brother Diesel.  Not only did Angel help with the decorating, she checked out our carpet underlay and had the final say of what goes where whilst Diesel just assumed his usual pose – muttering on to himself in ‘kitty language’.  Check out the pictures below of Diesel and Angel and their lovable antics!

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