A draughty business!

drafty 3Now as you may know by now we have a lovely little wood burning stove that keeps us uber toasty! Now this fire is Ian’s pride and joy and rightly so as he spent a long time installing it himself. When we moved in the fireplace wasn’t what we wanted and when Ian pulled off the fire surround…….. we found a cracked lintel!

The old fireplace

The old fireplace

It is at this point Becksie has to confess that she thought that we should pay someone who knew what they were doing to sort it out! But………Ian was sure that he could do it and despite Becksie’s scoffs he spent hours googling, reading and talking to those in the know before he went right ahead and did an amazing job of fixing it, installing the fire and……. even plastering (his first ever attempt) the hole surrounding the stove.

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Becksie had to eat a huge slice of humble pie and now doubts Ian’s DIY skills much much less.

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Now the only problem we have with our lovely little fire is that draws the draught in from under the door. We have a draught excluding snake but…… as lovey as he is – he doesn’t actually work! Ian has recently put some draught excluding strips around the door frame and one on the bottom but Becksie just hadn’t got around to making a more substantial draft excluder! As a consequence our feet have been in a draught!

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So today Becksie finally snapped and actually made the draught excluder! And ……. Like all those jobs you put off it only took a few minutes and……… Becksie is now wondering why she didn’t just do this before! So if anyone out there has a draught issue – it really is a very very simple project that has worked a treat!

select a suitable piece of fabric and measure the door you want to make the excluder for - we did ours by eye and added a little bit either side so that it would be slightly longer than the door

select a suitable piece of fabric and measure the door you want to make the excluder for – we did ours by eye and added a little bit either side so that it would be slightly longer than the door

Get an old pillow and cut it length ways! Fold the fabric in half (so its still the length of the door) right side to right. Sew  one of the short sides and the long side. Turn the right was around

Get an old pillow and cut it length ways! Fold the fabric in half (so its still the length of the door) right side to right. Sew one of the short sides and the long side. Turn the right was around

 

Stuff with both lengths of the pillow

c Stuff with both lengths of the pillow and sew up the opening! We know this is not the neatest thing we’ve ever made but it really does keep out that force 9 gale!

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6 thoughts on “A draughty business!

  1. What a great use of old pillows! Looks better than the newspaper that is stuffed under our front door (which we never open).Your wood burner and fireplace looks lovely, much better than your old fireplace surround. I too wondered, many years ago in 1993, whether my husband could really install a wood burner and re-do the hearth, but yes he did it and it is still his pride and joy!

    And I love your cats – we too have a tortoiseshell.

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