Tuesday, 8 April 2014

DIY: Kitchen Notice Board

Today I thought I’d share the story of our metal kitchen notice board.

You may have seen this post on Instagram a good few weeks ago (ok months)… so today I thought I’d share the story behind it.
When James and I were designing our Kitchen we decided we’d love to have an exposed brick wall. Our house is a red-brick Victorian Town House and I adore the red brick on the outside and I really wanted to be able to bring the look and feel inside as well.

Turns out we needed to get some work done to our preferred wall anyway, which involved taking the plaster off and I was absolutely over the moon when we saw the bricks underneath. They were 100 times better than I expected.

Yey! 

Unfortunately there was a strip down the far right hand side of the wall, floor to ceiling, where the bricks were crumbled and really damaged. Our builder thought that way back when the house was built there was probably a copper cooker there, and you could actually see a few black marks on the brick from the old soot.

Unfortunately the bricks were a little too wrecked to keep on show, and were probably more ‘building site chic’ than the ‘industrial chic’ I was going for. (Yeah, there’s a difference).

Bummer.

So we decided we’d have to somehow repair or cover the bricks.

We decided to try and cover them to avoid one patch looking noticeably different to the other. 

After lots of discussion with plasterers and builders (all who I've found can actually love a bit of crafting when given the opportunity), we settled on the idea of a metal panel to cover it to tie in our stainless steel Kitchen appliances.

My goddess of a Mum (yes, I have to give her credit for this one) then threw into the mix that we could make it magnetic and have it as a notice board.

Genius. I LOVED that idea.

Only problem now was finding the metal. Now, you may think that sounds easy, but the search went on for about 6 months. We considered a few options but I had in my mind a smooth sheet metal, to match our stainless steel fridge. I had a trip to a metal yard, and got slightly strange looks when we started poking and taking pictures of their metal workshop doors…

But still no joy.

After getting truly fed up with the whole thing dragging on and on, I decided to look on eBay as a last resort.

I was toying with the idea of buying a roll on film that you could cover your fridge with – at least it would look the part even though it wasn’t magnetic. But also not as cool.

And THEN, I fell upon a little shop that sold pre-cut stainless steel notice boards. That were MAGNETIC. 

I held my breath and dropped them an email seeing if they did bespoke sizes, and hallelujah they did!

Cue notice board party. 
Those holes at the bottom of the wall are where the joists for the floor used to be years ago - I love them!  They always make me think of whoever lived in our house almost 100 years and seriously, how high was that floor?!
It really was easy to attach (I say easy because I didn't do it... but Gripfill is the answer!) and it completely transforms our wall. 

I am so pleased with how it has turned out, and it’s brilliant to see an idea we floated while BBQing late on a warm summer evening when we didn’t even have a kitchen, is now a reality and one of the finishing touches in our kitchen!

I think it adds to the overall look of our kitchen, and it meant we got to keep our original exposed brickwork.

I've now covered it in Sticky9s (naturally) and I love stopping by to look at it. 
I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and see that solutions to problems always exist, it’s just a case of talking it through, sticking to your guns and a whole load of eBay magic.

What do you guys think?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Move In.

Hi everyone!

Sorry it's been a bit quiet around here, we're currently in full blown move-in mode. There's boxes everywhere, and what seems like a million things to find homes for!

Thank you for all your sweet messages and checking up on how it's all going!

We currently don't have any 1 room finished (except maybe the kitchen... which currently has a desk in, so I won't show you pictures just yet!) and we're partially living out of our Guest Room as we don't have our bed set up and ready to go in the Master Bedroom.

Our state of furniture is somewhere between minimal and critical...

So lots of ordering, organising, visualising and abusing the bank account going on.

Here are a few snaps so far!

This might just be my favourite chair ever.... James persuaded me to get it as I wasn't sure our house was brave enough. Turns out it is :) nice one house. (Also, I KNOW. Persuaded by a boy?! go figure.) 

Having collected stuff for a year and putting it straight into storage (read: the upstairs of my Grandad's house...), I didn't realise how bad my bowl obsession had got until I started unwrapping... 30 in this cupboard alone. It's serious. 

Pizza on the floor. Standard. 
Can't get enough of the floors around here :)

More pictures soon I promise! You can also see waaaay more fun stuff over on my Instagram (@iamjessw).

House love. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Guest Bedroom: Before & After

Hi guys! Today I'm sooooo excited to share with you the transformation of our Guest Bedroom! 

This has been a long time coming, but after 11 months of pain  I'm finally at a place where I can share with you the progress we've made. 

I'd also like to make the BIG announcement that this weekend we moved into our house!! Hallelujah. 

Yep after approx 48 weeks of DIY and renovation, we're finally in. Absolutely loads to sort out and organise, and I'll absolutely share our progress, but for now this was our Guest bedroom 11 months ago...

Before:


It seems like this room has had everything done to it. We knocked out the existing storage, stripped the woodchip and wallpaper from the walls (these pictures don't reflect how many layers of wallpaper and stubborn woodchip there were to get through - I literally couldn't lift my arms I had to do so much scraping), got the electrics re-wired and all the fixtures replaced, ripped up the carpet, stripped the paint off of the woodwork (thanks Mum), re-built the window sill, changed the way the door opened, moved and replaced the radiator and re-configured the wardrobe.

We then got the walls and ceiling plastered, lined and painted the wardrobe and cupboard with panels, painted the woodwork a fresh white (x3) painted the walls a gorgeous 'Almond White' colour (x3), wallpapered the statement wall and replaced the carpet.

And here's what we've ended up with...

After:


I can't believe how far we've come with this room - I thought it was a bit of a nothingy room when we bought the house, and now I can't get enough of the beautiful light that comes through the windows, and the soft colours and retro feel.

We obviously still have furniture to go, and I'll give you updates of the styling and decorating which is BY FAR the best bit (so totally psyched), but I couldn't resist sharing where we are now as I'm so over the moon with the new shell we've created.

Thank you for being so patient waiting to see our progress! There's more to come I promise, and I hope it was worth even a little bit of the wait :) 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Liebster Award

Well, something a little different today!

The beautiful Kenresa has nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! It's the first time I've been nominated so I'm pretty psyched (cue happy dance).

As part of a Liebster nomination, you also get to ask a bunch of questions - so here's goes a little bit of JW insight!

1. What is your favourite home-cooked meal?
My Mum's Salmon Roulade with caper potato salad. It ROCKS.

2. What is your perfect Saturday night?
Tapas, wine and film night with my love.

3. If you could appear in a reality show, which one?
Does the Great British Interior Design show count as reality? I'm saying it does.

4. If you could do any job in the world, what would do?
Designer. Or professional crafter. 

5. Ketchup or Mayo?
Is this even a question?? Ketchup. Always. Duurrrrr. 

6. If you could have a superpower, what would you do with it?
Spy on ex-boyfriends and set humiliating traps for people on my shit list
Do good. And make friends with Batman.

7. What has been your best live concert experience?
Muse. 2010.
*also sweatiest ever experience.

8. If you could go to any city in the world, where would you go?
Naica in Chihuahua, Mexico to see the Crystal Cave. (I have a thing for caves).

9. What is your favourite beauty product?
Clinque Everyday Moisturiser

10. What’s your favourite wardrobe staple?
Skinny black jeans. They go with everything. FACT.

11. Favourite childhood film/TV programme?
Fern Gully. Don't judge.


As part of the Liebster Award, the nominee has to nominate other bloggers, and ask them another set of questions.  

So I'd like to nominate 3 of my favourite ladies:

And my questions are....

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What's been good about your week?
3. How do you think you'd do in a zombie apocalypse?
4. Name 4 things within your reach. 
5. What is your favourite nail varnish?
6. How do you like your eggs in the morning?
7. Lipstick or lipgloss?
8. What is your favourite cocktail?
9. What is your most embarrassing experience?
10. Who is your most inspiring role model?

Lovely readers I'd love to hear your answers too! I might even post a few! 

Friday, 14 March 2014

Crafting With: Lisette Henry

Hi everyone!

Today I'm super excited to welcome the gorgeous Lisette Henry to my blog to share a little craft project with us! I'm just saying, I think there might be triangles involved so... listen up!

'Hello my lovelies, Lisette from lisette loves here! As a huge stalker fan of the rather lovely Jess and the way she has lovingly documented the progress of her little nest. After seeing this nail art post and influenced by my love of coppery tones and geometric patterns I thought this super simple DIY might appeal to people in the nesting mode who were looking for little finishing touches. 

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I picked up the white pots from homebase (you have no idea how hard I found it to track down some simple white pots!).
- use your spray paint in a well ventilated (heavily newspapered!) area
- mask out your pattern make sure the edges are really smooth
- get spraying!

DIY
It is so so simple and you can get sprays in pretty much every single colour you can imagine!

such a sucker for a succulent, hope you enjoyed!
love lisette x'
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Thanks so much for sharing LH! Can my triangle obsession get much more serious?? I mean really. And I'm loving the gorgeous copper colour!

If you have a decorating project or make-over mission you'd love to share but not sure where, I'd love to have you! Just drop me an email at iamjessw@gmail.com and let's talk! 

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