Home Owner’s Notes for a Quick Fix-Up

Home Owner’s Notes for a Quick Fix-Up

28th August 2017

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Home Owner’s Notes for a Quick Fix-Up

28th August 2017

If you have lost out on achieving a home makeover at the early start of the year, well the second half of the year has started.

There is ample time to create something new, so fret not – remember every game has two halves and no game is won in the first one.

Small changes make a big difference to your home and lifestyle.

We share stylishly simple makeover


Fit New Countertops

A new work surface is one way to update an existing kitchen. Durable material such as stone, stainless steel and wood are popular.

Work surfaces do not come pre-made, so replacing countertops takes time.

The total waiting can be up to four weeks but the end result is all worth it.

Replace the Splashback

Fitting trendy glass splashback in an existing kitchen is a relatively simple process, but it’s still best to leave it to the professionals.

You can go for glass mosaics in a multitude of colours or a solid glass panel. If your kitchen walls are tiled, its best to remove the tiles and make sure the surface is smooth.

However, you can fit new solid glass splashbacks directly onto wall tiles. Since the glass is painted on the back, the existing tiles won’t show through.


Painted Wood

With a lick of painted wood,  you can give your kitchen a fresh look.

Living Room

Replace your Sofa

Sofas are an investment buy and if you are looking for one that will have great longevity you can’t go wrong with neutral upholstery or a slip cover, which is why there options remain right on trend.

When it comes to style, there is a definite shift towards a more contemporary look for sofas with low, square arms, low seat heights and extra-depth seating.

Once you have decided on a style, it’s time to get out the measuring tape. To see how much space your sofa will take up, measure it and make a newspaper template.

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Place a template on the floor where you’d like to put your sofa to see if it will fit.

Note that the minimum space between the sofa and coffee table should be 40-50cm to enable people to move around comfortably.

Switching up your sofa can instantly transform the look and feel of the living room.


Add Wallpaper

Wallpaper can lift any room instantly, and for bathrooms vinyl works best.

Great care should be taken in bathrooms as the wallpaper’s edges can start lifting due to the steam.

Applying wallpaper is a skilled task, so it’s best to get a professional. It involves a lot of preparation work, from preparing your surface to ensuring straight lines with matching repeat patterns.

Wallpaper can be expensive, but an expert should be able to cut it in such a way that you get maximum coverage out of the rolls.

Change Taps and Showerheads

Old sanitary ware can make a bathroom look tired and dull.

By investing in up-to-date taps and showerheads, your bathroom can look new again.

Using a plumber to change the taps allows for proper tools to be used. A plumber has the right equipment to remove, install and seal the new taps.

If you don’t reposition the taps, there should be minimum cutting into the wall or basin. Changing a showerhead can be as easy as changing a light bulb.

Note the diameter of the fitting and keep in mind that certain showerheads are suitable for high-pressure geysers only.

1. Nickel Serving Tray Leather Handles (Black Orchard London) £220 www.blackorchid.london / 2. Artis Raven Burnish 1800 x 600 x 38mm Worktop (HC Supplies) £69 www.hcsupplies.co.uk / 3. Edison Knobs, Brass (Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets) £3 http://www.solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk / 4. Solid Oak Spice Rack (Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets) £70 www.solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk / 5. Farringdon Acacia Barstool (Dunelm) £69 www.dunelm.com / 6. Ficus Microcarpa Ginseng (Ikea) £22 www.ikea.com/gb / 7. Rattan May Extending Dining Set with Storage Bench (Modish Living) £919 www.modishliving.co.uk / 8. 24 Piece Dinner Plate Set (Black Orchid London) £260 blackorchid.london / 9. Ultimate Black Walnut – Plantation Shutter (Shutters Direct) £57.72 www.shutters-direct.co.uk / 10. Bamford Crushed Velvet Chesterfield Sofa (Modish Living) £2,175 www.modishliving.co.uk / 11. Rays Of Spring, Yound & Battaglia (House Junkie) £183 www.housejunkie.co.uk / 12. Karl Lagerfeld 50 x 50 cm Rose Spray Cushion Nude (House of Fraser) £36 www.houseoffraser.co.uk / 13. Solaris Stainless Steel Round Mirror (Modish Living) £145 www.modishliving.co.uk / 14. Manhattan Coffee Table (Black Orchid London) £1,100 blackorchid.london 15. 18th & 19th Centuary Reclaimed French Oak – Sanded (Reclaimed Flooring Co) £275 www.reclaimedflooringco.com / 16. Gold Round Gola Pendant Light (Modish Living) £100 www.modishliving.co.uk / 17. IWoodesign Waste Bin – Dark Ebony (Luxdeco) £150 www.luxdeco.com / 18. Lux Gold Elegance Bath (Luxury London Furniture) £28,950 www.luxurylondonfurniture.com / 19. Riviere 4-Piece Bathroom Vanity Set (Luxdeco) £590 www.luxdeco.com / 20. High Caninet Tyngen (Ikea) £59 http://www.ikea.com/gb / 21. Harlequin Triangle Stripe Pattern Bathroom Vinyl Wallpaper 887914 (I Want Wallpaper) £12.99 www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk 22. Patted Plant Orchidaceae (Ikea) £8 http://www.ikea.com/gb / 23. Imogen Foot Stool (Alexander & James) £950 http://alexanderandjamessofas

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