Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Mr That'll Do Desmond and Ms Bare Minimum Betty strike again

Hello world.

It's been a while.

We've been busy.  Reluctantly so.

You see, Mr J and P and me (aka Mr That'll Do Desmond and Ms Bare Minimum Betty) are becoming dab hands at cleaning up after builders.

Yes, we've had them in AGAIN and yes, we've spent an age clearing up after them.  It's so boring.  All I want to do is fritter round the edges.  You know, sew a few cushion covers, make paper bunting, play with vintage wallpaper and washi tape.  Frankly, I'm sick of this heavy duty cleaning lark.

One thing that we've got the builders to do is something that we've ALWAYS done ourselves and that is painting.  So we've had the kitchen and the back bedroom painted.  

The kitchen walls are now green and for some inexplicable reason they almost made me want to go out and buy loads of green accessories.  Yes, me!  As you know, I'm not a matchy matchy type of person. 

Peer through the bottles of wine and you can see the green we chose:

Very feeble attempts at green matchy matchyness:

The back bedroom looks very minimalist at the moment.  Just the bed at the moment. 

 and a little vintage metal container which I sprayed white and which is being used as a very small bedside table.  The little lavender pillow you see is from lovely Jenny.

I've painted one Billy book case which needs to go back in (more about the Billy book case debacle when I feel strong enough to blog about it).  We had a second Billy book case in the room originally but I've decided that it's for the chop.  The room is too small to accommodate both.

 Mr J and P is not a happy bunny because getting rid of the book case means that we need to pare down our books *gulp*.  He's a little bugger when it comes to books and even more useless at culling his collection than me.  Even worse, he's still buying books when I've actually stopped (I know I'm buying every damn thing else but we'll gloss over that for the mo.....).

I hate to sound like an uneducated moron, but his books are so darn thick.  They take up far too much room on the shelves.
Thick tomes.

At least I've found a good use for his four volumes (yes, I said four volumes) of Don Quixote:

Propping up the telly very nicely:

Bye all. xx


  1. The TV on the books made me smile.

  2. Ooh, you've been busy bees! It's nice to see you again, Loo, or at least to see your newly painted green walls and matchy-matchness, your lovely spare bed, and all the huge tomes - I've got an other half like that, big thick history books, and won't get rid of any of 'em! xxx

  3. Lovely to catch up Loo - hope the builders have now left you in peace so you can do some frittering! We're just about to have a bit of work done - a boring/messy/expensive job (flippin' window frames!) Dreading it xx

  4. I'm loving the green you chose! And your bedroom floor! Gorgeous! I do believe I have the same eiderdown. xxx

  5. Sounds like you have been very busy, cleaning isn't fun at the best of times, but hope it's all worth the upheaval.
    Like a good green, it's so clean and fresh. And the metal planter is cute.
    Looking forward to hearing the Billy story!
    Lisa x

  6. Hey Loo, we're all at it. Painting and sorting things out.Like you I normally do all the painting and decorating but we're paying someone to paint the outside of the house. So glad we did, he's doing a great job. It means we can't have a big holiday this year but that's ok we're planning a super scrimpy staycation.

    Jean x

  7. Oh yes - we too are undergoing building work and the dust is never ending. As they are back again next week I have decided to live in a mess for a few weeks and then I will be forced to do a 'deep clean'.... Still it is all looking lovely and the books are being put to good use!
    Enjoy the sun
    Best wishes

  8. You have a rack full of wine - how does that happen? Its open and gone in this house!
    The green walls look lovely, we have matching quilts and the book idea is ace! x

  9. Love the books under the tv idea. They are huge! But also beautiful. X

  10. Good to see you back Loo! Love the colours you've chosen in your home, the green is perfect and the bedroom walls look lovely!
    Clever idea using those tomes!
    Gill xx

  11. Oh, what a fab green colour. I have to pare down my book collection as well but it's so hard to do!

  12. Your green walls in your kitchen are a lovely colour, hopefully you will be able to do the frilly bits soon when your builders have finished. Great use of those over large books to lift up the telly.

  13. Oh I hate upheaval! We had gas engineers in and electricians over two days and the place was chaos! The contents of the kitchen cupboards were all over the living room and I thought my head was going to explode! I hope things are more normal for you now xxx

  14. Hi Loo. I love your new green kitchen. I have a husband who won't cull his 1980s shirts - you think you have problems with books?

    Enjoy the sunshine. Your blog posts always make me smile.

    Best wishes from Carol

  15. Such a good idea to have a tv stand made from books - I like that! P.S. Love that quilt on your bed :-)