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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:

How to Build a DIY Gate From Pallet Wood

DIY garden gate made from pallet wood

If you've followed me for a long time on Instagram, you'll remember I built a gate from pallet wood about two years ago for Grants mum's house, but I actually never got 'round to featuring on the blog. Luckily I'm making one again, bigger and better - and this time for our house and so, of course, I'm sharing it all!

This whole project cost me under £10 to make, which is a serious bargain considering you can buy pre-made gates for over £50. It was also super easy to do, so if you want to save yourself some cash and give this DIY a go, then keep reading...

WIN! £40 John Lewis Voucher with Walton Flooring Centre

Did someone just say it's FIVE weeks till Christmas?! I honestly don't know where this year has gone, and I can't believe in a couple of weeks our house will be fully decked up and ready for those repeating Christmas tunes!

With such little time left before Christmas, I've teamed up with Walton Flooring Centre to give one of you guys the chance to win a £40 gift card to spend in John Lewis. You could call it an early Christmas present perhaps ;)

5 Tools Under £5 You Need In Your Kit

5 Tools Under £5 You Need Now

Having now owned a rather extensive DIY supply kit, I thought it was about time I shared some of our favourite tools (and not-so-favourite tools - coming soon...) that we think every toolkit needs.

This list was really hard to narrow down if I'm honest and we've tried not to choose tools that are too task specific. These are all tools that we use relatively often and genuinely find useful. I haven't bothered with stuff like screwdrivers and hammers, 'cos lets face it - if you don't have the bare basics, you probably don't have any interest in DIY and you most likely aren't even going to be on this site.

So, let's get to it!

DIY Bike Shed with Log Store

bike shed with log store

For the last four years, we've had one small storage issue - where should the bikes live? For a while, they lived in the hallway, then in the bedroom and then they just hung out in the garden like a lost sock. Not only was it cluttering up my otherwise (semi-)organised garden, it wasn't so great in the winter, as the bikes would be wet, covered in snow and generally make them prone to quicker wear and tear. Grant uses his bike almost daily, so we needed them to live somewhere accessible, but somewhere they could stay out of sight and dry too.

So, of course, I had a plan - a bike shed. BUT a bike shed with a difference. A combined log store bike shed! Typical bike sheds are usually quite short in height and I felt not making use of the space above would be a waste. So my plan was to have a bike shed at the bottom and then use the area above as log storage. The problem was, no one sold anything that suited my brief - so I decided to make one. And of course, I'm sharing the full DIY with you.