Friday, 13 November 2009


As if I don't have enough on the go already!!!!
But I can't help myself!! I love starting projects!!

Before I forget - Update on the bathroom cabinet - we now have the mirrors on the doors!!! All I need now is to buy the lights. I'll post a pic when it's 100% finished!!

Okay so the new project is for the boys' room! Even though they have a whole wall of cupboards they still need more storage! Well Alex does. He sleeps in the top bunk bed and has one long shelf above his bed. It's always got lots of toys and bits and pieces on it and it looks a mess!!! Also books seem to slide off it! The bunk beds are in an alcove which is about 20cms wider than the beds.
I'll take a pic of it soon but here's an idea of what it's like at the moment....

And this is what I have in mind....

Cupboards for storing mess and shelves for books!!

Seeing as I have the living room project to start soon I wanted this new project to be quick and easy. Two days ago I went to Ikea and bought the doors (pack of 2 for €14 - Effektiv) then yesterday I bought the wood and today I put it all together!!!
How's that for quick and easy!! It still needs sanding and painting and then I need to add the handles and the little thingies that stop the doors from going in too much.

Here's 2 pics from today....

Tomorrow I'm getting out my trusty little sander!!!


Friday, 9 October 2009


I finally got around to painting the bathroom cabinet, hanging it on the wall, attaching the doors (still to be painted) and buying the mirrors that will be stuck onto the doors.

Even though it's not finished we're already using it!! It's so good to have a place to put everything instead of having it cluttering the area around the sink.

This weekend I hope to find time to finish the doors. Here it is after one coat of paint....

And here it is on the wall....

On the other hand, work in the living room has not progressed at all!!

Sunday, 20 September 2009


Well, I'm still perfecting the plans for the living room TV unit. In the meantime I decided to go ahead and make a cabinet for the bathroom. I've been looking around to buy one but the ones that fit my requirements exactly are way too expensive and I didn't want to get one from Ikea either. So yesterday I whipped up a cabinet. Well it's not finished yet but it won't be long. Finally after all this time I think we're near to finishing the bathroom!!

Here is the structure, still missing one panel on the back and the doors. It's 100cm wide, 90cm high and 10cm deep (without the doors which will be mirrored).

My cat is modelling it for you!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


Work on the apartment this year has been going very slowly. We've been away for almost 2 months so all projects have come to a standstill.

I've been planning to build a TV unit for the living room for a long time but my ideas about how it's going to look keep on changing. Last week end we dismantled the old units and hung the new TV on the wall. So now we are in desperate need of the unit. Hopefully this will make me get around to making it quickly as we need the storage!! We have boxes of stuff all around the living room!!!!

The pic below is a PSed pic of my first ideas....

My newest ideas are to have it less bulky and a bit more streamlined. I think it looks better but obviously gives me less space for storage. Here it is in two different finishes. Excuse the quick Photoshopping!

I'm also working on some shelves for an alcove we have in the bedroom. Too messy to take a pic at the moment.

So, what do you think of my ideas for the TV unit?
The kids are back at school next week so work will (hopefully) start then!!!


Saturday, 9 May 2009


Just some ideas....

Saw this pic at Inspiration bubble.
Unfortunaltely I can't remember where I found the two pics below.


Haven't had time to draw up the proper plans so just did a real quick pic to give you an idea of what I have in mind.

Originally a smaller TV was in an Ikea unit on the wall to the right. That has already been dismantled. There used to be shelves on the wall where the huuuuge new TV is now. BTW, I had imagined the new TV to be smaller than this so had to rethink my original plans for the the new unit.

Anyway, this is a very rough idea of what I hope to make!! I have to get the plasterer in first to straighten the edges of the alcove as they are very wonky!
The units above and around the TV will be quite shallow - about 23cms including the door thickness and will be flush with the wall, and the lower ones will be 40cms deep. In the middle under the TV the unit will be divided in two (not shown in my doodle) so there'll be a draw down the bottom and on top a pull down door that will hide away all the gadgets - sky, ps2, wii etc....

I only hope I'll be able to make all this!!!

P.S - I just realised I started this blog a year ago today when I was planning to renovate kitchen and bathroom!! :-)

Thursday, 30 April 2009


It's been a very long time since I posted here!!
I've had nothing to post about as absolutely nothing has been done to the flat in the last few months. Well that's going to change soon as this weekend I'm pulling out the tool box!!! This time I'm attacking the living room!! I also have a very long list of unfinsihed DIY jobs to tackle also.

I'll be back later or tomorrow with details of what I plan to do!!