We will, hopefully, be living in this house for the foreseeable future.....the farm landlords like to have long-term tenants (the previous tenant lived here for more than 30 years). The landlords are also very easy-going about anything we want to do to the house.....within reason, of course. Their philosophy seems to be that it's our home, so we can choose to make it as homely as we like. And of course, any improvements we make can only benefit the landlords as well as ourselves. We're not doing anything drastic, but there are a few things we want to change.
The previous tenant had a new kitchen fitted - not to my taste, but perfectly ok and functional, we don't intend to change that. However, he also built a cupboard and worktop himself, with a shop-bought wall cupboard with glass doors above, in the dining room.....I think it's supposed to be an imitation of a Welsh dresser. The base cupboard is not particularly attractive and we want rid of it.
I'd been looking for an oval drop-leaf gate-legged dining table for about a year, we finally found one at an antiques and vintage fair a couple of months ago.
After some haggling with the seller, we got it at an amazingly good price. It's solid oak and has been lovingly restored, the top has been sanded and waxed, the legs painted with vintage cream eggshell, I just love it. Now we're after some chairs to go with it.....we're off to another vintage market and boot sale tomorrow, so you never know!