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Rock n Renovation: The Sink Saga

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I hadn’t planned on talking about our bathrooms for a while. Although they both definitely need replacing at some point (the downstairs on is a delightful shade of avocado) they are were perfectly functional, and actually in much better shape than the one in our own place, despite their age. That was, until this week when I dropped a glass bottle in the sink in the upstairs bathroom and shattered the thing… No, not the tiny glass bottle of Primark room spray, THE ACTUAL FUCKING SINK. Ughhh, how is that even possible?

I took to Twitter to moan/ ask for advice and although people suggested using sealant in the interim until we were able to replace it, Gareth has informed me that the crack is probably too significant for that. The sucker literally goes ALL THE WAY THROUGH. FML.

So now we’re faced with two solutions: Find a replacement sink in the same shape/ style so we can simply remove the broken one and replace it without having to deal with moving taps/ re-plastering/ all that shit, OR move up our plans to rip out and completely re-do the bathroom.

Because the suite isn’t modern, we’ve struggled to find a simple replacement, in fact Gareth found one on a reclamation website and it was around £400. Shit.

I’ll be honest, we still haven’t totally decided what we’re going to do at this point but I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for procrastination and researching new bathroom ideas and share some of my inspiration with you! Every cloud right?

As you can see on the floorplan below, our upstairs bathroom is pretty sizable, but a bit of a funny shape. It has a step down, a sloped ceiling and the airing cupboard, although awesome for storage, is over-sized and could probably be used in a more efficient way. I think we’ll probably end up boxing the boiler in and putting in a proper shower (as this bathroom just has a bath at the moment).

In terms of style, we’re not totally sure what we want yet, but I’m pretty sure we’re not going to want a standard three-piece suite from B&Q. We both really like the idea of a proper retro looking bathroom, but modernised with bright colours (I’m not sure Gareth is totally on board with that last idea … yet). Seriously though, how freakin’ RAD would a pink or turquoise tiled bathroom be?

FUCK YES.

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Rock n Renovation: Favourite Art Prints & My Gallery Wall Obsession

Our house renovation is in no way nearing any kind of finish line. The downstairs is still pretty much a building site, with the snug and dining room area both being used as dumping grounds until the work kicks off again (come on Gareth haha!) While the slow progress may have dampened my enthusiasm for buying furniture and wallpaper by the truckload, there is one thing I can do to make everything feel a bit prettier: Covering the walls in as much art as possible!

Whenever I post a new print on my Instagram I’m flooded with messages from people asking where I acquired it, so today I thought I’d share ALL my sources with you.

I’ve framed nearly every one in plain white frames from Wilko. I actually quite like the uniformity of having them in the same frames and they are so cheap. In terms of actually hanging them, Command Strips have been a lifesaver. They’re probably not the most cost effective way to do it (nails and a hammer would be approximately 1/100th of the price) but using them means when we come to paint the walls, in theory, we can take all the prints down without damaging the surface. I say “in theory” because a chunk of plaster did actually come off with one of the frames when I moved it the other day. But I blame our old shitty plaster and the fact I just pulled the frame off, rather than removing the strips in the way they tell you do, rather than the product itself.

Yes, the back of our living room door is mint green. An odd choice by the previous owners but I’m kinda living for it.

Anyway, here we go, these are all the prints I’ve collected recently!

Prince, David and George from Bold and Noble. I actually called some of these in for a photo shoot recently and I was overjoyed when Bold and Noble offered to send me some for keepsies. The pops of colour makes me so happy and who the hell wouldn’t want some of their favourite musicians on their wall?

Don’t tell the others, but pink George is totally my favourite.

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Rock n Renovation: How to Knock Through a Fireplace

Renovation pro tip: If you want to get your significant other to step up their DIY game then plan a photo shoot in your building site of a home as a matter of urgency!

A few months ago I booked a collaboration with a super cool wedding brand (more on this soon!) and had the idea to shoot some of their products in our house. At the time I figured that surely by November the rooms we wanted to shoot in would almost be finished… or could at least be passable for the purposes of some staged shots.

WELL my friends, any of you that have embarked on your own renovation project will know that this was potentially one of the most stupid and stress-inducing ideas I’ve ever had. A week before the shoot and we still had the old curtains (that came with the house and looked like they hadn’t been updated since 1987) up, no skirting boards, power sockets hanging off the walls and a whole heap of junk in the corner. Brilliant.

Luckily I am married to a man who works best under a very specific set of criteria – the foremost of these being A DEADLINE. I’m the kind of nerd who did her homework at least a week before it was due, Gareth’s the kind of infuriating bastard that would do his on the bus on the way to school and still get straight As. Give Gareth a hard and fast deadline and he shines…. Be it all at the last possible second.

So three days before the shoot, Gareth comes to me and says “Hey, wouldn’t the shoot look better if we had a fireplace in the room?“ “Er yes, yes it would”, I replied, not thinking he’d actually tackle such a massive task with just 72 hours to spare. But deadline-loving Gareth not only got on with it, he got the project done in record time… even if he was still painting the walls 30 minutes before the photo shoot crew were due to arrive.

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Rock n Renovation: Wallpaper, An Apologue

Wallpaper has become quite the divisive factor in the Rock n Roll Bride household. It began when we lived in our old place and I fell head over heels for a limited edition Cole & Son’s paper which was designed by Vivienne Westwood. At the time we definitely couldn’t afford it, I think it was about £80 a roll, and Gareth insisted we could find something similar for less than half the price. Fast forward through over 18 months of searching literally everywhere for something in any way similar (that we both also liked!) and Gareth finally admitted defeat and told me I could order it.

Of course, by then it was sold out EVERYWHERE and impossible to get hold of. I promised myself then and there that if I ever loved something as much as I loved that damn wallpaper I would buy now, think later and never live under such a shadow of regret ever again.

So here we are, in our new home, and although picking wallpapers is a long way off (we kinda need all our floors first, right?) I have started sneakily keeping my eye on what’s available. I came across Woodchip & Magnolia on Instagram (where else!?) and I am smitten!

Like most UK produced wallpaper, all their papers are designed, printed and manufactured in Lancashire. But what makes Woodchip & Magnolia really special is that they digitally print their designs themselves in their own studio on the Pennine Moors. Each roll is then individually and loving wrapped by hand. By choosing to take a more hands-on artisan approach, their papers have a really high quality feel. In short, they’re really, really special and there’s nothing mass-produced about them!

I was lucky enough to be sent some samples by Nina, who runs the company, and their Monstera Green wallpaper with the blush background is my everything. I’m already 99% sure this is the paper that we’ll be using in our downstairs bathroom when it’s converted.

WIN WALLPAPER WORTH £225!

Because everybody deserves the most fabulous wallpaper in their home, this week I am partnering with Woodchip & Magnolia to give one Rock n Roll Bride reader £225 to spend on their website. That could get you two rolls of their fabulous wallcoverings, or one amazing wall mural – perfect for making a major statement in the room of your choice!

All you have to do to enter is visit their website, choose the paper or mural you’d buy if you won and share a photo of it on Instagram. You must also follow both @rocknrollbride and @woodchipandmagnolia and use the hashtag #rocknwallpaper when you post. Finally, your account must be public for us to see and count your entry.

You have one week, until midnight on Saturday 4th November, to enter. Good luck everyone!

Ts & Cs

♥ Prize includes a £225 voucher for the winner to spend on the wallcovering or wall mural of their choice from woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk.
♥ Closing date for entries is 04/11/2017. The winner will chosen at random, contacted via Instagram after that date and emailed a voucher.
♥ Voucher expires on three months after it is issued and must be used before that date.
♥ Contest open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride, regardless of location, over the age of 18.
♥ UK or international shipping is included, however if the winner is outside of the UK they may need to pay customs charges to receive their prize.
♥ Additional voucher terms and conditions may apply.
♥ If for any reason the chosen winning wallpaper is unavailable, you will be made aware before placing your order. The voucher may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered.
♥ By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
♥ Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties.
♥ Woodchip & Magnolia’s decision and any decision taken by the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
♥ No purchase necessary.

I Bought A Custom Neon Sign For My Office!

I have always dreamt of owning my very own neon sign for my office, something custom designed just for me that would make a big statement. But I assumed this was probably a bit of a pipe dream because of the expense and logistics. That was until I discovered bag&bones who were able to make my neon sign dreams come true!

Offering a large range of pre-designed signs from as little as £59, as soon as I stumbled across them on Instagram I was hooked. I then discovered that they offer a bespoke design service, where you can bring your own vision to life. So, of course, I emailed them immediately to find out the cost and if my rainbow sign dream could be made into a reality.

Their prices for smaller custom designs start from as little as £225 (mine was closer to £750 because of the size and number of colours), and bag&bones can translate everything from brand logos, classic lyrics and favourite quotes to energy efficient LED neon.

You can be as involved in the design process as you like, either submitting your own logo/ design or giving them some ideas and letting them come up with something fabulous. I actually spoke to our lead designer here at Rock n Roll Bride, Shauna, to ask her for font ideas (obviously I love her aesthetic and designs so she was definitely the person to ask for advice!) and she suggested this classic neon font. bag&bones were then able to take this, add the rainbow to the top and voila! Delivery was free and it took around 6 weeks to arrive once I’d confirmed my order.

I can not even TELL you how happy I am with my sign! Even Gareth loves it… Now I wonder if he’ll be up for getting another for the front room!? The sign is made of LED rather than traditional gas/glass neon, which not only keeps the costs down but means it way easier to install. You literally hang it on the wall like a picture, plug it in and go!

I’m yet to hang it on the wall, but I’m going to make it the centrepiece of a gallery wall in my office. I’ve bought some super cute prints from Society 6 and white frames from Wilko. It’s going to look amazing (if I do say so myself!)

Henry is a bit of a fan too, he loves the pink light and seems to want to stare at it just as much as I do!

BEST. PURCHASE. EVER. The end.

Rock n Renovation: Transform Your Furniture for Less Than £10

I have a new obsession: Coloured contact paper. Since I’ve discovered I want to upgrade all of my inexpensive furniture items with it. It’s usually less than £10 a roll, easy to find (Amazon has an enormous selection and I’ve also seen it in B&Q and Wilko) and comes in a myriad of colours and patterns. It’s also the easiest thing to do, honestly if I can do it, anyone can!

You simply clean the surface you want to stick it, cut it to size and then carefully stick it down. I run a credit card over it as I go to make sure there are no bubbles or lumps. You then use a sharp blade to trim the edges. I was going to do a step-by-step DIY tutorial for this post but it really is that easy.

So far I’ve done the top of my desk in a marble effect (which I found at Wilko) and my IKEA chest of drawers in a copper metallic finish (from Amazon) and honestly it looks so good. Even Gareth, who’s harsh critic at the best of times, has commented on how great both of them turned out – praise indeed!

The hack will work on pretty much any hard surface so whether you have a bedside cabinet, a coffee table or even your kitchen work top that needs a cheap upgrade, I’d definitely encourage you to give it a go. It’s pretty hard wearing and really easy to wipe clean too. You really can’t go wrong and if it looks terrible you can just peel it right back off again. If we weren’t planning to redo our kitchen imminently I’d be covering our kitchen counter tops in a marble effect too believe me!

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