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Learn How to DIY Renovate

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DIY Tutorials

Ring Battery Security Cam Review

Ring Battery Cam on House

Security cameras. I always thought they were a bit silly. I mean, I know dated old fashioned house alarms are kinda irrelevant nowadays anyway (does anyone even bat an eyelid at sirens blearing down the street?) but as for CCTV, I just felt like it was basically telling the world you have stuff worth stealing.

BUT, that was then and this is now. So many houses have security cameras, it's become normal. A house that has a security camera is no longer standing out from the crowd. It's fitting in. And those left unprotected by CCTV are the houses that are more likely to stand out. Security cameras have also become cheaper in recent years, so I think those things combined, is probably why so many people are buying them nowadays.

Another House, Another Reno - A Few Updates...

kitchen dining room knockthrough

No, I haven't won the lottery and bagged myself a holiday home by the sea (although I wish I had!), I'm of course referring to Grants parents house, where we've been working and DIYing recently.

If you haven't been keeping up with progress over on Instagram, do come and join me! I'm much quicker at Instagramin' than I am blogging, so you'll see live-updates on there. I'm a little behind with blogging, so I thought it was about time I updated you all with the progress...

DIY - Turning a Cupboard into a Laundry Room

DIY Laundry Cupboard

Earlier in 2018, you may remember how we transformed an old cupboard at Grants parents house into a pantry. Well, we're back at it - this time turning a cupboard into a laundry room! OK so, the term 'room' might be a step too far, considering it's teeny tiny. But, we're essentially giving purpose to the space and making better use of it. Plus of course, hiding those unsightly appliances and reducing the noise you hear from them. It's an all-round win-win!

How to Build a Farmhouse Table with a Pallet Wood Herringbone Top!

How to Build a Farmhouse Style Table with Pallets DIY Guide

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Back in the winter of 2017, I mentioned how I really wanted to build my own dining table in the next 12 months. Why? Not just because I like taking on more work, but because I had a vision of a table in my mind that I just couldn't find secondhand.

Our old table (as wonderful as it was), wasn't quite right for the space and the chairs I had also bought to go with it, didn't fit properly underneath. This was basically because it had a central leg, meaning the chairs all bumped into one another when pushed underneath. So despite being quite a large table, the chairs had to be spaced far apart, which meant you could only fit 4-5 at most. All in, it's been OK, but I knew I could make something better!

So, at long last, just within my 12-month plan - I'm doing it! I'm building a table. This might sound like a complicated task - but it's much easier than you may think. So of course, I'm sharing how I built mine, to help you build yours too!

What We Have Planned for 2019!

Renovations in 2019 what we have planned

2018 was pretty easy-going in terms of home renovating. We did a fair bit of work, don't get me wrong, but it was all casual with no single room being the focus of the year and no major destruction unfolded. Compared to 2016 and 2017 which included living without a kitchen for 18-months, the last year has been an actual BREEZE.

Well, 2019 is the year that will see us going back to the more hardcore days. 2019 is going to be JAM PACKED with DIY and home projects and there will definitely be chaos. So, here's what we have planned...

12 Months of Renovations | What We Achieved in 2018

12 Months of Renovations in 2018

It's that time of year when we look back over the last 12 months and all that we've achieved in the house, renovation-wise. I do one of these posts every year, so if you're interested in seeing our home-reno journey so far, then do check out the following years below:

2018 has been a pretty good year for us, although as you'll see a few of these renovations haven't actually been in our own home! Yep, we just love giving ourselves more work, ha. Because of this, we haven't gotten quite as far as we'd have liked but isn't that always the way?!

We're still very far from finishing the house, but I do still reckon we've made a good dent in it this year! So without further ado - here's all we achieved last year!

Decorating the Christmas Tree and Our Yearly Christmas Traditions

Christmas Tree World Ultra Mountain Pine Tree

This is the first time in four years that our house has felt finished enough to properly decorate for Christmas. Don't get me wrong, the house is FAR from finished and half of it is still very much in chaos, but we have more semi-finished rooms than we've ever had. And those rooms actually feel kinda homely - not something I've experienced for a very long time!

Needless to say, decorating the house for Christmas this year felt quite different from the years before. Cue the Christmas tree of 2016: