One of the oldest period features we have in our house is a barn door that goes to the 19th century. When we viewed the house, there was an elegant, vintage lock on the back of the door – this was removed and replaced by a cheap, office-looking rim lock by the time we moved in.Continue reading Installing a new rim lock
It’s been a few years since we last did any maintenance work on our garden furniture, so it’s time to take advantage of the good weather and sand everything down, treat it and restore it.Continue reading Restoring our garden furniture
We’ve been making a lot of trips to the garden centre and hardware store and the car has taken a battering, so it’s time to give it a power wash and restore it to its former glory.
We recently had a friend visit us who stood awkwardly on one of our slate steps leading to our front door. The friend was fine, but the step, well, not so much. The slate must have been very brittle and large chunk came away. This is how we set about fixing a broken slate step on our porch.Continue reading Fixing a broken slate step on our porch
We got a really good deal on an olive tree at Morrisons. The average price for a ‘cheap’ online planter that’s around 50x50x50cm in size is £50 and they are made from thin, flimsy wood, and we needed two. We did the maths and good quality, treated wood for two 60x60x60cm box planters was going to cost us around £40, a saving of £60.