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My Kitchen Makeover in Progress

The Design Sheppard kitchen makeover 5

I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to write this post. This kitchen makeover has been in progress for a year…aha, you read that right…a year!! Why, you might ask. Well it’s a long story. We started last April by replacing the hob, sink and worktop and we removed all the kitchen tiles. Then we had an issue with the worktop so couldn’t go ahead with tiling. It took forever to sort the worktop issue and then, as always, life got in the way. We’d got used to living with no tiles and time passed. Realising it had been a year gave me the kick up the bum I needed to get going again. So while we were in Poland on holiday over Easter, we had workmen in to crack on and finish the project, all overseen by my amazing dad. I can’t thank him enough. With dad being our project manager for this kitchen makeover, it meant that we didn’t have to live in the chaos while the work was being done and we got to come home to a kitchen that was very nearly finished. I nearly cried when I saw how different it was. It was like a completely different room in someone else’s home. But for the purpose of this post, let’s go back in time to how the kitchen looked when we moved in.  Read More…

National Tile Week 2017

National Tile Week 2017

April is a pretty big month for anyone who is embarking on any home upgrade projects. The entire month of April is Home Improvement Month so it’s the perfect time to set yourself the challenge of updating at least one room in your home. We will finally be finishing off our kitchen makeover that we started last April. It was put on hold for various reasons but we are finally in a position to get that finished. Perfect timing too as it is also National Tile Week in April. Let me tell you more about it. Read More…

Small Bathroom Makeover : Final Reveal

Small Bathroom inspiration

So after all this time, I am finally able to reveal my new bathroom…HURRAH!! We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it has changed our lives. It’s amazing what a difference it can make to how you feel about your home. This is the only room in our flat for which we have chosen every single detail. It is exactly how we wanted it, and we love it! But for you to get a real feel for how much better it is now, I think you really need to see before and after pics together. I’m so used to the new bathroom now that I had kind of forgotten just how bad it was, so when I saw the before pics again they kind of took my breath away, and not in a good way! Take a look and you’ll see what I mean. (Some of the images have a nifty little slider on them so you can see before and after in one image so just drag it back and forth). Read More…

My Small Bathroom Makeover Update

Design Sheppard bathroom Makeover

So I thought it was about time that I posted an update on my small bathroom makeover for you guys. It’s come on really great and I’m so excited to show you our progress. (Apologies for the poor quality photos and the mess). It’s not quite finished yet so you’ll have to wait a little while longer for the final reveal I’m afraid. We’ve had the plumber in to remove all our old sanitaryware and fit the new stuff and the tiler has been round to tile the walls and floor, so we’re getting there. We just need to fit the bath panel, the extractor fan, a mirror and put up some shelves now and then we’ll be able to fully appreciate our spanking new bathroom…I can’t wait! Read More…

Updating Tiles with Coloured Grout

British Ceramic Tile Metro Tiles and Coloured Grout I dream of the day when I can afford to redo my bathroom and my kitchen. The guy who owned our flat before us clearly believed that he was qualified to renovate the place…oh how wrong he was. I’ve never seen such poor quality workmanship and being the design addict that I am makes this a pretty bitter pill to swallow. The kitchen and bathroom are two of the most important rooms in the house, and unfortunately these are also the worst rooms in our house. And being the most expensive to change, I’m afraid we’re stuck with ours for a while to come. But when that day does come, I intend to make sure that we make a statement. Our bathroom is really tiny so we’ll probably have to go with white tiles to maximise the feeling of space and light but I want to avoid it looking too clinical. Then yesterday I received an email from British Ceramic Tile all about using coloured grout.

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