How to Turn a Fireplace into a Dog Bed

Fireplace dog bed before and after gif


The fireplace in the living room of the house was old, ugly and taking up space. It was an old gas fire that wasn’t even connected to the gas and it had to go. Thus started a mini-demolition. Once the fire was removed, I realised how much extra space there was in the room and decided to turn it into a cosy fireplace dog bed for Ted.

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How to Revamp an Old Dresser

Upcycled dresser before and after

As well as being a great way of giving old furniture a new lease of life, painting furniture is also a great way to put your own stamp on a rented property (once you own the furniture that is!)

I bought a dresser for my dining room on eBay a couple of years ago and had a go at doing it up at the time. I didn’t do a great job of it and recently decided it was  about time I finally gave it the facelift it so badly needed.

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How to paint and varnish wood floors

Varnished floors before and after


So after getting my keys to the house, the first thing I needed to do was pull up the carpets. Cat shit walked into the carpet wasn’t really the look I was going for so they had to go. Fortunately, like a lot of things in the house as it turned out, they hadn’t been fitted very well so it wasn’t too much of a mission to pull them up. Read more


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