wooden indoor dining bench with storage

I’m pleased but a bit nervous too. I’ve been looking for months for something the right size, reasonably close by and with storage so didn’t want to risk somebody else buying it first. Attractive indoor oak dining bench with back and useful storage area under hinged seat.  Some scratch marks visible on seat surface. User…

New bed just in time

The sofa bed we have been using in our new spare room is not really suitable for long term use – or even for more than a couple of days, especially if you are 6 foot tall (or should I say long!). Luckily, just days before our visitors arrive I spotted this bed for sale….

Easy upcycling – new life for CD shelves

Now that people are storing music in the cloud and listening to Spotify instead of CDs lots of people are getting rid of their old CD collections. This means that they don’t need CD shelving any more which is probably how I was able to get these shelves for such a good price – it was…

Bargain rug

Feeling guilty about getting this lovely John Lewis rug for just £6 – nobody else bid for it. It’s going in to the downstairs bedroom – should be a nice addition to the wooden floor.

Ikea cabinet from ebay

Was very tempted to spend lots of money on all sorts of furniture on our last trip to Ikea, but this way I get to both buy an Ikea cabinet and hold on to some of my money. I bought this “Bathroom white lacquered wall cabinet with mirror and a shelf underneath” for £15 –…

Problem solved with chocolate cordurouy

  The upstairs bedroom windows have been a bit problematic for curtains because they are right next to our wonderful, massive wooden beams. A roman blind seemed like a good solution for the master-bedroom and this one is a good match for the look I want to create for this room – painted in an…

I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls

These octagonal Fired Earth marble tiles were second-hand although they hadn’t been used: they were left-overs from somebody else’s project. I saw them advertised on ebay and bought them for £49 – a fraction of the price of buying new from the shop. I bought them for the utility room but they were so nice that…

Jatoba or Merbau?

Off to collect another ebay find. This beautiful door is for our larder. Apparently it came from the student rooms at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Although it’s a different wood it should match our oak kitchen well. Here’s the description from ebay: Hardwood college door (1960s) We accumulated a large quantity of these doors…

Fitting our ebay kitchen

The kitchen I bought on ebay has been fitted into our new extension. The granite came in sections so it was possible to make the left hand side smaller by leaving out one of the pieces. The kitchen in its first place is on the left in the pictures below, with its new place on…

Finally found the doors

Hurray – I’ve managed to buy the two remaining doors on ebay! Our house is 1920s and so I needed to find pine doors with 2 panels on top and 2 panels on the bottom – more of a Victorian style rather than the 1930s doors which still have 4 panels but have 1 large…

One down, two more to find…

I’ve just bought a second-hand wooden door on ebay for just £12.50. It’s slightly narrower than a normal door and so just the right size for our little ensuite loo. It’s described as a “Solid Pine 6 Panel Door” and being narrow, it should fit into our hatchback car, meaning we don’t have to pay out…

Downstairs WC

More of these ebay tiles have been laid for the floor of our downstairs WC – these tiles just keep on going – and there are still enough tiles left for the upstairs bathroom (which is the place we originally got them for). The gap for the new window can be seen here. This wall…