Journey to a new house

It’s been a tough few weeks, but slowly, but surely, we’ve managed to transform a 1980s home to old people, cobwebs and dust, into a beautiful family home fit for the 21st century. We always knew it was there under the wallpaper and cobwebs, we just had to release it!

We’re not done yet. There’s still a number of major projects to go, not least of which is replacing the old kitchen and knocking down a wall or two.

This is how we did it…

7th January – got the keys to new house and started painting all four bedrooms, including skirting boards.

8th & 9th January – painting continues.


9th & 10th Janaury – huge kitchen clean by my mum and dad.

10th January – finished painting bedrooms. Carpets laid in all four bedrooms.

11th January – moved furniture in by hand. Dad and his neighbour built my son’s new bed – it took them  seven hours! Bathroom fitter ripped out upstairs bathroom.

12th January – finished moving by hand. Bathroom fitter finished removing old bathroom.

13th January – removal men moved remaining heavy furniture from rented house and garage of new house. Carpenters started installing new interior doors.

14th January – new doors are all in, complete with shiny handles!

16th -19th January – painted hall, stairs and landing, including skirting boards.

20th January – started stripping wallpaper in spare room (it wasn’t easy!).

23rd January – painted skirting boards in the spare room.

24th January – carpet fitted on stairs and landing and in spare room.

25th January – started putting our pictures on the wall and put our new house number on the wall outside.

27th January – hard wood floor fitted in hall.


31st January – wooden venetian blinds fitted to large window at the front of the house.


1st February – new carpet fitted in two small toilets.

4th February – got new settee.


15th & 16th February – painted walls in lounge.

25th-27th February – bathroom fitter works evenings to hurry the new bathroom along.

26th & 27th February – painted skirting boards and door frames in the lounge.

1st March – lounge carpet fitted.

1st March – first shower in new bathroom!

4th March – finishing touches to the new bathroom.


So that’s it for now. It took seven weeks, but we’ve got a house we’re really pleased with (as long as we pretend that the ensuite bathroom doesn’t exist!).

There is still more to do, but that’s going to take a lot longer!

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. It’s not tenuous, this is a REAL adventure – one that not too many would embark on. Well done!

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  2. Wowzers that is one full on schedule, you must be exhausted! I had to stop at drool a little at the bathroom, oh my goodness 😀

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  3. Oh wow that is certainly an adventure! Sounds like you have been working really hard and the results sure show, it is looking amazing!

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  4. Thanks very much, everyone! Obviously I didn’t share the horrible bathrooms and horrible kitchen with you.
    Wasn’t sure if it really was an ‘adventure’ or not, so thank you Suzanne and Mummy of Two for confirming that it is!

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  5. I can’t believe how much you’ve done in such a short time, it’s amazing!

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