After seven months of what can only be described as property renovation hell, on 18th February 2017 we finally moved into the White Cottage.
To be honest, it was all a bit of an anti-climax. We were exhausted, missing quite a few essential bits of furniture (including a mattress which hadn’t been sat in plaster dust for 7 months), and without TV/internet which meant it was quite hard to distract ourselves from all the things that still needed to be done.
The first couple of weeks were a bit of a blur of unpacking, finishing up bits of painting and moving/putting together furniture. It was slow and frustrating progress, and at that point I was still very much hating the place rather than loving being there as I should. But, things started to fall into place, and seeing the reaction of friends and family as we started to be able to host again really helped to make me take a step back and realise how far we’d come and how good the place looked!
Now, I can safely say that we’re on the home straight and it’s only tweaks and finishing touches that need to be done. This is the bit that I’ve most been looking forward to and I can finally get back onto the Pinterest boards and get stuck into the fun things like gallery walls, lamps and plants.
The only things remaining at this stage are:
- Doing something with the stair banister, which in my opinion looks like a prison and which I absolutely hate. I want to take the whole section that runs along the actual stairs out (as a cheaper option to replacing the whole thing with spindles)
- Creating a big gallery wall over the stairs
- Painting the front door and tidying up the entrance
- Having shelves fitted in the living room alcove
- Putting up various other shelves/mirrors/cabinets
- Getting a new, larger dining table
- Putting up blinds in the guest room and dressing room, and then further down the line getting shutters in some of the living areas
Oh, and the little problem of having a burnt out hell hole for a garden, but I think that’s going to have to be a more gradual project.
And then we’ll be DONE – and won’t know what to do with ourselves (I’m still struggling to watch a TV programme without feeling guilty that I’m not painting/sanding/researching.
Below are the before/during/after pics to show progress to date…