Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 52

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/cache.php on line 36

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/cache.php on line 389

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 537

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 537

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 537

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 537

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 556

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 653

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 653

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 653

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 653

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 678

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/query.php on line 21

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/theme.php on line 508
twotothefive » 2007» December
Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 446

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 510

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/kses.php on line 511
 

    Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/classes.php on line 403
  • About
 

twotothefive

doing up a house, bit by bit

 

pebbles or granite? December 22, 2007

Filed under: dining room, lounge — dom @ 5:44 am

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

We’ve been trying to get the lounge and dining room carpeted for the last two months. We initially found a nice woolen one, decent texture, decent colour. Discontinued.

So we tried again. Less nice synthetic one, decent texture, decent colour. Out of stock. By 1 meter.

And again. Less nice synthetic one, less nice texture, decent colour. Out of stock. Along with every other option.

Finally we found a totally synthetic, slightly wirey, not quite right colour. But in stock, and fitted by Christmas. Since we had the bare floorboards, and it was subzero at nighttime, we were eager to get on. We gave the ‘yay’ and the carpet fitter did his business last Tuesday.

We got back and switched on the lounge lights. We willed the lights to keep getting brighter, but they stopped and it dawned on us that the wrong coloured carpet had been fitted. A vile dark brown. Squeaky underfoot. With plastic underneath visible in patches.

The manufacturer had stuffed up, and labeled the ‘granite’ carpet ‘pebble’ somewhere along the line (I’m still not exactly sure that either colour could be described with either noun). So we’ll get a credit note in the New Year and a new carpet.

I guess it was a blessing in a way. It’s meant we’ve got a carpet over Christmas, when family, friends and dogs are staying. And then we can get one of the original, decent colour and decent texture carpets in the New Year. Fingers crossed, anyway.

 
 

chocolate and blue December 12, 2007

Filed under: lounge — dom @ 1:24 pm

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

IMG_2832.JPGIMG_2861.JPGIMG_2876.JPG

It still doesn’t have carpet, but the rest of the lounge and dining room is finally decorated.

All the woodwork and ceilings took an age to paint, but look far better than they ever did. We got a secondhand standard lamp along with some overly floral (and probably terribly dateable) wallpaper. The walls are all a warm blue surrounded with lots of chocolate brown pieces scattered around. It all seems to hold together really well - and it’s the closest to ‘done’ in any part of the house, as well. Just carpet to go. Oh, and dining room furniture. Which we’re putting off until our bank balances have chance to recover.

 
 

guestimates December 9, 2007

Filed under: kitchen — dom @ 6:06 am

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/domcrayford/oblivioussponge.com/twotothefive/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74

IMG_2896.JPGIMG_2892.JPGIMG_2895.JPG

Back in September the builder confidently told us fitting our kitchen would take a week. Things were initially thrown off by the other builder (the one who was to take a chimney down and do the replastering) had a heart attack the day they were due to start. Eep!

We were then held up a couple of weeks by some other grumbling builders (”Dunno why they’re bothering with this. I wouldn’t have bothered.” - summed them up pretty well). They seemed to begrudge any work they were getting paid for. Certainly a way to ensure you never receive repeat business!

The kitchen fitter soon got to work, and took 2 weeks to get all the units and worktops in. Another 2 weeks saw the plumbing, gas, tiles and electrics in. The electrics took a couple of attempts, and a mildly zapped builder (I don’t think it’s a bad survival tactic to keep screwdrivers away from live electrics). The walls still need painting, the floor laying and the kickplates put down. But it’s now a usable kitchen, with all our stuff in it. And it looks even better than we thought. Just 6 weeks over the initial estimate. Thank goodness for fixed cost agreements with optimistic builders.