181 weeks and 6 days | Dust {& a dining room makeover moodboard}

Whenever I hear the word ‘dust’ I immediately think of the Little Britain sketch with the irrepressible Fat-Fighting Marjorie Dawes;

‘Dust. Anybody? No?



But over the last couple of months ‘Dust’ has taken on a totally new meaning.

There seems to be dust everywhere.

My she-shed is still full of dust.

It’s certainly looking more room-like (than shed-like) but the surfaces are covered in a very fine layer of dust and — no matter how much I vacuum or clean — it just seems to settle back as quickly as I’ve wiped it away.

And now the dust is creeping into the house too as, this week, we’re having the hall, stairs and landing painted — in readiness for the new carpets that are going down next week — plus this morning we also had the electricians in.

And whilst I’ve finally got my lovely new lights up in the dining room — and a new socket on one of the walls — this has also kicked up even MORE dust.

Marjorie would have a field day in our house.

We’ve also recently been making plans for an extension to our kitchen  but the thought of even more dust (on a very grand scale) is filling me with horror!! We’ve renovated 3 houses before moving to the one we’re in and it’s been lovely, over the 5 years we’ve been here, not having to do anything structural.

So, to cheer myself up, I’ve created a dining room makeover moodboard, just to serve as a little reminder of how lovely it will be when it’s finished.

The walls are being painted (as we speak) in various shades of ‘Welcome‘ (Welcome Pale for  the most of it and Welcome Deep in the wall up the stairs) by Little Greene and I’m going to give the fireplace a lick of white paint too.

Lovely new Berber carpets are being laid next week, so the threadbare floorcovering that came with the house will finally be getting it’s marching orders.

But, best of all, I’ve decided to repaint our dining room table and chairs — that are currently a revolting shade of Fagnolia ‘Country Cream’ — in a lovely fresh white shade, and replace the tired, beige cushions that were meant to be a temporary measure.

Needless to say, ‘temporary’ turned into years and they’ve now long outstayed their welcome.

The inherited plaster uplighters have be replaced by lovely white fisherman style wall lights from Laura Ashley and, all in all, just a couple of little changes are going to make the world of difference.

dining room makeover moodboard

My dining room makeover moodboard | Dining room pic source | Fireplace pic © Little Greene


I’d sort of lost sight of the end goal and was getting a little too worked up about the mess (and dust) to remember just why we were doing it in the first place.

But this has set me on the right track again.

Eyes on the prize.

Give it a couple of weeks and I’ll have forgotten what all of the fuss was about.

Dust? Anybody?

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 31st August 2016 / 7:02 am

    Gosh you’ve got a lot going on! I hate that fine builder’s dust,meets everywhere and you can taste it in the back of your throat. But yes, keep eyes on the prize, it’s all going to be worth it and very lovely!

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:34 am

      It’s getting there but the journey is definitely getting a bit dull!! I just want it all to be finished now! :)

  2. From Day Dot
    31st August 2016 / 10:00 am

    It’s going to look lovely, the image of the fireplace is just gorgeous. You’ll soon be sitting in your new dining room wondering where the time went and the dusty era will seem long ago! #HomeEtc x

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:33 am

      I hope so — it’s already coming along nicely. There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel! :)

  3. 31st August 2016 / 11:55 am

    Urge Dust is the devil but in my house it seems to be everywhere too at the minute. What a good idea though in creating a mood board. I love the colours and that fireplace is stunning! Look forward to seeing the end result xx

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Agree!! just when you think you’ve got rid of it — MORE appears!!

  4. 31st August 2016 / 12:13 pm

    I hate dust! Pesky stuff getting everywhere. The only soloution I have found is to dust less ;-) Love your moodboard and your choice of paint :-) #HomeEtc

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Hahaha!! YES! Dusting less is definitely the best plan!! ;)

  5. flyingsolo
    31st August 2016 / 12:38 pm

    It will look so gorgeous when it is done! I have just re done my whole house in 6 weeks with the only structural change being a wall removal, but that created enough mess! I hate mess and dust, but it will soon be over and its always worth it! xx #HomeEtc

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:31 pm

      Yep — same — I hate mess and dust too but you’re right… it’s SO worth it!!! :)

  6. 31st August 2016 / 1:41 pm

    It’s going to look amazing and I’m sure it will be worth all the dust! Can’t wait to see pics of the finished product! Jemma #HomeEtc

  7. 31st August 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Keep your eyes on the prize, Caro! ‘Dust Shmust’. The mood board looks lovely. I look forward to seeing the reveal. #homeetc

  8. Amy Fox
    31st August 2016 / 10:36 pm

    It will look amazing once it’s all done I’m sure. At least that’s what I tell myself when I start something new! This house is so dusty all of the time. We dust and half an hour later it looks like i’ve not bothered, yet it still looks like that a week later! It’s madness! #HomeEtc

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks so much Amy!! I totally hear you on the dust issue!! The best plan is to ignore it I think!!! ;)

  9. 1st September 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Oh Caro, I hear you on the dust! We paused all the major structural work about six months ago while we got married, and yet still there is new dust all over the place all the time – I wonder if it ever settles?! And we’re about to start ripping the bathroom out so more will be created, it is never-ending. Your new dining room sounds beautiful though – I look forward to seeing the results. x#homeetc

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:28 pm

      It’s awful isn’t it? But SO worth it!!!! I’m dreading starting our kitchen extension but I know all the dust will be a dim and distant memory once everything’s finished!

  10. 1st September 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Definitely keep your eye on the prize lovely, I remember 3 years of dust with renovations and it was horrendous but worth it! x

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Yep — SO worth it!! Although it doesn’t feel like it when you’re in the middle of renovating, does it? ;)

  11. Mads
    2nd September 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Dust when decorating is unavoidable! Some days I just ignored it! x

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Haha!! I know — ignoring it is definitely the best plan! ;)

  12. 4th September 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Hahah! Dust? Anybody? Love it! Those lights are gorgeous Caro and they will look great in the dining room. I am having some painting done this week too so will sympathise – it’s the first time I haven’t done it myself so am feeling like a proper grown up! :) x

    • 6th September 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Ohmygoodness — I WISH we’d had someone to do it all!!!! I got someone in to do the stairs and landings but decided to do the rest myself. Oops. When will I ever learn???! ;)

  13. 6th September 2016 / 3:49 pm

    You’re so busy!! But all very exciting :) Love the mood board and ideas, such beautiful colours. Thanks for being a super co-host xx #HomeEtc

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