Easter Weekend DIY

With John being home over the Easter weekend I thought it would be a really good time to try to get a couple of things done around the house. Easter weekends seems to be a time when a lot of households dust of their paintbrushes and tools and get to work.

DIY

Our living room/ dining room is pretty big and it goes off into an ‘L’ shape at the back. This used to be our library but with Erin pulling and climbing everything, the bookcases had to go. That small space has been an awful orange colour since we moved in 3 years ago so I was determined to make it white like the rest of the room. We went in with a MASSIVE tub of white paint. The walls took 4-5 coats to completely cover the orange. While I’m so much happier now it does make me realise the rest of the room needs painting too now!

The living room is the next room on our list to get decorated properly but so far we’re having trouble finding the right paint. I love the Farrow and Ball colour we tried but I can’t justify the price tag especially when the walls aren’t in the best condition. They need skimming really and I don’t want to use expensive paint only to re-do it again in a couple of years.

The garden also needed a bit of attention! Jackson dug holes all over the place and Erin fell in one a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been meaning to fill them in for a while now. Luckily, they weren’t too deep and didn’t take much soil to fill. I’ve now added in some grass seed and I’ll hope that it starts to grow soon.

While we didn’t go mad with the DIY, I am really happy with what did get done. I feel like now that these couple of jobs have been done I can concentrate of figuring out what to do with my newly painted area. At the minute it has no purpose whatsoever! 

Kids’ Prints Tree & Owl Wall Sticker

Something John and I have been working on this month is finally getting Erin’s bedroom completely finished. We’re not there yet but furniture has been ordered and a handyman has been booked to do a few bits. The walls not taken up by furniture were looking quite bare though and seeing as the room is already very neutral, I felt like it needed something that stood out. Luckily, Kids’ Prints were there to help us out!

Erin’s bedroom has a woodland theme so I had to pick the Abstract Tree with 3 Owls.

This wall sticker comes in three different sizes; small, medium and large. Each size has a different design and is priced accordingly. I chose the medium design which cost £78. The wall sticker measures approximately 150cm by 170cm. I measured up the space where I wanted the sticker to go and it seemed like it would be perfect.

The sticker arrived in a well packaged box with the sticker rolled up inside. The sticker actually comes on a large sheet with separate pieces. There are no set instructions apart from how to apply the sticker. The design can be done however you want although there is an example picture that you can sort of follow if you want to.

kids' prints

kids' prints

Before applying the sticker you need to make sure the area is clean and dry. Then, you’re ready! The different sticker pieces should be carefully peeled from the sheet and slowly applied to the wall. The sticker should be smoothed down from one end to make sure there are no air bubbles then rubbed over with a dry cloth.

The whole process was extremely simple. I managed to get the whole sticker on how I wanted it in 20 minutes. Each sticker came off the sheet easily and applied to the wall easily as well. After putting some on I changed my mind about where I wanted them but they were really simple to move and reapply.

kids' prints

kids' printsI love that this sticker is so customisable. I was able to put the branches where ever I wanted and in any direction. I could put the owls where I wanted too although I chose to put them in the same sort of place as on the sample picture as they looked so good there.

kids' prints

kids' prints

kids' prints

The wall sticker looks absolutely amazing and I think it really makes Erin’s room now. The size is perfect for where I wanted it and it looks so good. I’m glad I didn’t go for the large size though as it really would have been massive, however, extremely good value for money. Initially, I did think £78 was quite a lot for a wall sticker but now seeing how good this one looks, I would happily get another from Kids’ Prints. I cannot recommend them enough!

Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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The Best Office Furniture

When we bought our house we picked a doer upper.  I had always planned on one part of our living room/ dining room being a library seeing as we have so many books. However, Erin pulls at things now so we’ve had to change this. All of the books are in the loft and I have a bit of an open space to consider. My little space is now going to be turned into my very own office!This means that I have to figure out what furniture to put in there and I’ve spent some time looking for the best office furniture and Furniture@Work have some great options.

Office desk

 

This desk comes from the Value Line Classic range and currently costs £154. This would be absolutely ideal for me. Storage is something I don’t have much of right now and the drawers on either side would hold so much for me, from stationery to items for review!

Furniture@Work conducted a survey recently and a whopping 44.3% of people said that a desk was their top priority for office furniture. I don’t blame them really!

Office chair

Furniture At Work office furniture

Comfort is highest on the list of needs when it comes to an office chair. At the minute, I’m used to sitting on the sofa and working each night and that’s really not good for me. The Skye Executive chair looks really well padded and with nice arm rests. This would do me nicely.

Accessories

Something I am a massive fan of is a whiteboard or a memo board. One of those big, felt covered boards would be absolutely perfect for my office. It would help me to stay organised as well as keeping things in view so I didn’t forget about them.

Tray furniture would also be really high up on my list of the best office furniture to have for me. I love to be organised and I would hate for something to go missing so something like this would give me loads of space for putting press releases, invoices etc.

what do you think is the most important piece of office furniture?

This is a collaborative post. All opinions are our own. 

Creating a cosy bedroom

When we  bought our house we knew it was somewhere that really needed doing up. The previous owners hadn’t looked after it very well and there’s quite a lot of work to be done. We started off well, doing up the spare bedroom and Erin’s room. We also completely gutted the gardens and changed them completely. However, since being pregnant and having Erin, things sort of stopped. We ran out of time and money. Just recently though, I gave our bedroom a bit of a spruce up with some new bedding.

bedroom

Our bedroom was actually the first that I painted when we moved in, although I just painted on top of what was there already. I painted the room lavender and cream as I needed to get rid of the hot pink the crazy people had it as before.

Bedroom

Our old bedding

We’ve only ever had one set of bedding that actually matches the colour of the room. It has been driving me mad for ages. So, I bought some new reversible bedding and I am so happy with it!

New bedding!

New bedding!

We bought this as a king size set from Very.co.uk for £25. It also comes in red or grey and the matching fitted sheet is available too.

Both the duvet cover and the fitted sheet are a lot thicker than I thought they’d be, making them perfect for autumn/ winter. We only have a thin duvet due to co-sleeping and this set really makes our bedroom warmer and very cosy.

Some bedding sets don’t feel very nice after sleeping in them for a few days but this one was still super soft and comfortable after a week.

My only negative really is that the colour is not the same as the picture on the website.

Picture from Very.co.uk

I actually prefer that the bedding is darker than I’d expected but I know this won’t be the case for everyone.

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For not a lot of money we have managed to make our bedroom feel a lot nicer than it did before! Erin is also a fan!