Money makes the world go around

Or so Liza Minnelli tells us.

We’re selling everything we’re ripping out of the kitchen/bathroom on eBay to recoup some of the costs of renovating and decorating.  Barry’s started everything at 1p though, so we might not get enough to pay for a tin of paint!  So far we’ve listed the loo (which I thought would get no bids as it’s used, but strangely, several people have shown interest!), sink, three radiators and two doors.  We’ll list the kitchen, oven and hob as soon as we’ve taken them out.

Like most people, we’re having to prioritise what we want to pay for each month, as it’s not realistic to buy everything all at once.  This month’s big buy was the downpayment on the kitchen, and we’ve also stretched to the radiator as well as paint for the living room, and bags of plaster.  As an aside, we’ve put up the radiator we bought and Barry’s discovered it has a hole in it, bloody eBay!  Trying to sort that now, but it will involve bleeding all of the other radiators, and then doing it all again when the new one arrives.  I hope it’s soon, my toes are looking a bit frostbitten.

Back to money!  Next month will probably be more paint and the kitchen flooring, and the month after we’ll be able to get the living room flooring.  This doesn’t even include the annoying inexpensive but numerous items like radiator valves, paint testers and sandpaper.  Not sure when we’ll be purchasing the tumble dryer and microwave and the myriad accessories we need (ok, want).

It’s maddening for me not to be able to complete a room at a time: the living room just needs the skirting boards and doors painting, new flooring and the photos and frames sorting and it’s mostly done (still got those pesky units to sort).  In the meantime, we’ve started on the kitchen because of the time constraints with the units.  I think there may have to be a break at some point (mental or otherwise).  Although we’ve got tester paint on the bedroom wall, we might have a month off after all this (although that could be four or five months down the line).

When I get to that point, what will I write about?  I’ve asked one of my friends to give me a picture of her heinous patterned carpet (her opinion, not mine, I haven’t seen it!); I think there’s at least one post about what people could possibly be thinking when they buy them.

K -5 days…

5 thoughts on “Money makes the world go around

  1. KarenAnita says:

    I know how you feel! It would be lovely to just get one room fully finished but it’s not always easiest (or cheapest!) to do it that way 🙁

    Looking forward to seeing the ugly carpets! Our house was filled with them when we moved in. In fact, our bedroom had a mouldy moss green carpet. Luckily a friend of ours who needed to kill weeds used it on his garden so at least that got re-used!

    • Chelle says:

      The work in progress thing is maddening, but I need to face it – they probably always will be (unless we win the lottery)!

      I don’t have any ugly carpets to show you yet – I’m waiting for submissions! Like the magnolia walls, all of our carpets are cream and inoffensive/boring, depending on how you look at it. I didn’t even know you could kill weeds with carpet. Were they smothered, or did they just see the carpet and die in horror?

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