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Colour Matching with Valspar Paint

Colour Matching with Valspar Paint

So I'm kickstarting 2018 by finishing some of those DIY jobs that are half-done - you know, when you start something all excitedly and then run out of steam and it just gets left. For an eternity. Yeah those kind of DIYs. 

We started renovating the Conservatory waaaaay back in 2016 - we gave it a new roof, sorted the plumbing, added electric, we even plastered and insulated the external walls. It then took me a WHOLE YEAR to do the DIY Patterned floor (although in my defence it had become a room used for storage whilst we did the kitchen) and now another 6 months on from that, we're finishing the rest of the room off.

The Yellow Door: A Super Quick Transformation!

Yellow Front Door

After giving our little inner porch a lick of paint on the walls and some new Karndean flooring, the front door was crying out for a little bit of loving too. I like to refer to this door as the "not forever door" as quite frankly I hate it and with enough wishful thinking, I'm pretty sure we'll be able to replace it one day. It's not the style of it I hate, but the weird bulging glass panels. They're just awful. This house needs an original victorian style door for sure, but until I win some millions - It's got to stay. So I'm on a mission to make the front door look a little nicer and a paint of coat was exactly what it needed!

Matching Period Skirting Boards with New Ones

Skirting Boards from Skirting World

Luckily for us our house has most of its skirting and original architrave in tact and whilst it's not always in the best condition, I'm really keen to preserve those features. Sure they're massively overpainted, you can see where old sockets have been attached and generally speaking they just don't have that crisp fresh new look. BUT that suits me just fine. I love a house that sings its age - rustic floors, repaired skirting boards, overpainted architrave (within reason) - it's all about telling a story as to how the house has lived and been lived in. However, whilst we have most of the original skirting boards in tact, some have been removed and replaced with non-matching ones and this seriously bugged me.

Renovation Goals for 2018

2018 gold party balloons for New Year

I can't quite believe it's 2018. I feel like I say this every year - but how does a whole year go by so fast?! With a new year, comes new goals - and every year I like to lay out a proper plan to what I'd like to achieve. It doesn't always go to plan, but y'know, my intentions are good. And you never know - maybe one year I'll accomplish a whole list!

2017 Renovation Total Spend

2017 Renovation Costings Total Spend

I seriously uuhhmmed and ahhhed about whether or not I wanted to do another costing post this year. Partly because I didn't keep a track of finances in the same way I did before (aka - it's all been a bit messy!) and partly because I feel like we've somehow overspent on the DIY considering we haven't done all that much. But non-the-less, I'm keeping the traditions and going to share our total costings. So here we go, calculators at the ready!

12 Months of Renovations | What We Achieved in 2017

12 Months of Renovations in 2017

I've done one of these posts for the last few years - a 'looking back' on the year behind us and what we've achieved within the home and our renovations. This year we haven't tackled a great amount of stuff, but the things we have done has seriously improved the house and how we use it. Last year we didn't even have a kitchen and we were surviving solely with the outside garden tap at our only downstairs water source. I'm pleased to say things have changed greatly over the last 12 months and we've now officially ticked off the two major renovation jobs within the house. So - here's what we've achieved...

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas!

Lilo and Stitch Christmas Decoration

Christmas is such a strange but awesome time of year. Strange because it's the only month where spending heaps and heaps of cash is considered totally normal and acceptable. And awesome because there's such a cheery atmosphere everywhere - with carollers on the streets, gatherings and jolly (if a tad annoying) upbeat songs. Everyone's a little happier (OK, not everyone!) but it feels festive and it feels good.

This will be myself and Grant's ninth Christmas together, believe it or not! That makes me sound all kinds of old, although we've been together since I was 18 and lived together since I was 19 - so you can do the math ;) We've spent most of our lives together living in amongst chaotic homes whilst DIY Renovating - so this will only be our third Christmas together in a kitchen that isn't half destroyed or half falling apart. That makes us sound absolutely mad, I know.