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…

Reclaimed oak floor boards

Reclaimed oak floor boards – these were found on Gumtree rather than ebay. These are for our downstairs bedroom; it has an external door out to the garden so a wooden floor seems more practical than carpet. The floorboards are modern rather than very old floorboards – with a tongue and groove connection system  -so…

Glass desk

I’ve just purchased a glass desk and leather chair via Gumtree for our teenage son’s bedroom. I had been thinking of getting a desk from IKEA, but this one looked even better and being secondhand was even cheaper! It had been taken apart so that we could fit it into the car which meant I had to…

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…

Two cookers and two dishwashers

Our extension now has 2 cookers and 2 dishwashers and none of them are connected! Hopefully the kitchen fitting will start tomorrow as the granite worktops have also finally made their way here! The old ones and the new ones. Our old gas cooker is on its last legs and just has been limping along…