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The columns are here!

Possibly the most irresponsible yet joyful purchase I have ever made is a pair of 18th-century Gujurati columns which I found at The Old Cinema in Chiswick. It’s a fantastic place filled with beautiful things: for the Brightonians among you, it’s like a much better version of Snooper’s Paradise.  Continue reading “The columns are here!”

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The Flat List #2

It’s been a while since I updated the list of things that still need to be done around the flat, so I thought I’d grit my teeth and work it out today.

Although I feel like I’ve hardly done anything, there have been a few very productive days, which means I’ve probably done more than I thought I’d achieved.

I’m copying the list from the previous post and crossing out the things I’ve already done. And hopefully not adding any new things. Here we go…  Continue reading “The Flat List #2”

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OH MY GOD LOOK AT THIS FLOOR 😍

The other day a Wonderful Thing happened with my flat. If you’ve been following the Flat Saga, you will know that Wonderful Things are not often forthcoming around here, so when they do happen I get Very Excited.

Now I’m going to stop using Gratuitous Capitals and start happy-screaming.

AAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHHHAAAAHHHHHYAAAAAAAAYYYY.

And breathe. OK, coherent writing. You’re a writer, scar, remember?

Right. Yes. Here’s what happened last weekend.  Continue reading “OH MY GOD LOOK AT THIS FLOOR 😍”

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The Flat Saga Rumbles On

I had a very pleasant surprise when I ripped up the flooring in the hallway and living room. It was this manky engineered wood stuff – some of it can look good, I know, I have it in the bedroom, but this was crappy – and I was expecting to just find sheets of plywood underneath, like when I pulled up the carpet in the bedroom.  Continue reading “The Flat Saga Rumbles On”

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How To Remove Internal Glazing

I have a beautiful big bay window in my living room. I love it. It was one of the reasons I decided to take the flat.

It’s also disgusting.  Continue reading “How To Remove Internal Glazing”

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Well, I got some stuff done…

I recently took a week off to work on my flat. There is so much to be done, but I’m gradually chipping away at the list (literally, in some cases) and progress is being made, albeit at a very slow pace.

One thing I really wanted to finish last week was stripping the living room wallpaper. I’ve stripped many rooms in my time, and it’s never taken longer than a day before. This room, however: this room is my nemesis. I thought I’d somehow lost the ability to strip paper, until a builder came over, took one look at the walls and said “This must be hell to strip.”  Continue reading “Well, I got some stuff done…”