One of the things we were most excited about when we purchased this house was the big character fireplace in the living room. When we viewed our property the fireplace had a huge log burner in that was hiding the mess that was the wall behind it (there’s something to add to the checklist next time!). When we moved in sorting out the fireplace wasn’t necessarily a priority, but as we painted the living room and added custom furniture, such as our geometric coffee table, it stood out as a bit of an eyesore:

Fireplace
 

Fireplace - before
Granted, these photos were taken just before Simon started work on the fireplace, but you can see the visual eyesore that a big grey hole in our living room was causing.

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I’m sure it’s like this every time you move house, but we’ve been in our new home for nearly 2 months now and although I know we’ve made progress it still feels like our to-do list is never ending! We’ve shared a few projects we’ve tackled already – recovering our dining room chairs, and modernising a slightly(!) dated coffee table.

Thankfully, as a blogger, taking photos of everything as you go is just another thing to do on the checklist, which is why I have some very real photos off our new home, in various states, to share today… I’m hiding them after the jump, please don’t judge us too harshly!

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How to recover dining room chairs
I was going to start this post by saying it’s another chair tutorial, but I looked back and realised its actually been a year since we’ve shared anything chair related (we must have just been going through a phase in early 2014).

If you’ve been following our exploits for a while (and if not, why not?) then you may have seen our pleather dining room chairs before. When we brought our dining room table for our first home (nearly 5 years ago!) they felt quite modern and worked in our simple, open plan kitchen diner. Since then though we’ve started to fall out of love with them – the dark wood, with the brown pleather just seemed… well, brown! We had chair covers for a little while, but they didn’t survive the most recent move. What’s a DIYer to do? Remodel!

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Geometric Coffee Table
 

If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a while then you’ll know this isn’t the first coffee table we’ve upcycled in the last 2 years (Check out the first one we did here)! Our old coffee table was very heavy though, and very blue… which worked well in our old home but didn’t really suit the style of our new house.

A while ago I saw some amazing tiles in a magazine, and was desperate to do something with them! When I realised we’d need a new table it was like a bolt of lightning and a new project was born.

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Chalk Paint Bureau

If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter you may have noticed some very excitable posts over the weekend relating to a brand new power tool, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a thrifted piece of furniture. I’m so excited to share our latest furniture project today – so be warned, there are a LOT of photos!

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