One thing that lacked in our old house was the fact we didn’t have a dining room. So when we got the keys to the cottage we were so excited about getting stuck in with our new dining room. We absolutely love entertaining and now it’s nearly finished, I’m looking forward to having some friends over for some food and a few drinks!

A once blue, dated and cluttered room has now been transformed into a light, modern and welcoming room that we actually look forward to eating and entertaining in now! There are still a few changes that will happen over the next few weeks before we tackle the kitchen like a gallery wall, glossing the French doors, new flooring and shelving but I’m sure you can agree – it’s looking a lot better than when the previous owners had it!

We had a radiator moved in the kitchen a few months ago when we had the new boiler fitted and because of the position of the pipes it meant we needed to move the one in the dining room to connect the dining room pipes to the kitchen pipes (I don’t really fully understand it all!). So it meant when we came round to decorating there was a lot of sanding down and polyfiller-ing and overall prep work that needed to happen before we could even make a start! Also when Tom removed all the coving it left huge holes in the walls which needed sorting before we painted.

Here's what it looked like when we came to measure up!

Once all the prep work was done we undercoated and painted all the walls white to get rid of the blue and purchased some dado rail which Tom cut to size, primed and glossed while it was all off so when it came round to fitting them it would be instantly finished. What an instant difference it made! Tom managed to get it all finished in one evening.

We ended up using New York City Winter by Valspar range for the top half because we loved it so much in the lounge and Smooth Pebbles by Valspar for the bottom half. We’ve been so impressed with the quality of their paint, that so far the whole house has been decorated in Valspar! We’ve up-cycled a farmhouse table and chairs (with help from my lovely mother in law!) and managed to get the console table for free from a store clearance in Hitchin along with the lamp. Our new mirror we got for a £45 bargain from an independent store in Woburn called Zoohaus and our light was from Debenhams a few years ago which we had up in the old house so we may get a new light eventually but it will do for now!

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