Home Improvements

home improvements - white fireplace against white wallpaper with butterflies on and a photo frame hanging above with the word love

2018 is the year of doing for me. For far too long I have been stagnating in the ‘why do it today when it can be put off until tomorrow’ camp. 2017 saw fits and spurts of me attempting to drag myself out of the rut I had become stuck in but I didn’t quite get the momentum going. A good effort but not quite there. Making some basic home improvements is something I have been putting off for too long and is most definitely overdue.

But this will be different. Start as you mean to go on and all that and well, I have. Kind of anyway. I have lived in this house for 6 years now and until last year, I didn’t make any changes. I just kept putting it off again and again. But this year I have big ole plans for some home improvements in this ‘lil home of mine.

Furniture.

For so long I have wanted a brand new sofa and furniture for my living room but never found quite what I was looking for. That was until now. A spur of the moment decision saw me snap up a brand new sofa. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get this as I have never had a brand new sofa and I have lived independently for over 16 years now!

I also brought my huge old heavy furniture from my previous flat with me which dwarfed my room. So the addition of some new sleek white, modern units has been a breath of fresh for my room since decorating at the end of 2016.

home improvements - white ladder style bookcase with books and decorative ornaments

Doors

Oh, how I hate my wooden doors. My ugly brown ’70’s style wooden doors are an eyesore and desperately need replacing. This is quite possibly the biggest home improvement I need to make. It may be a while before I get around to replacing them but they are on my hit list for this year. I have my eye on some white doors, spotting a theme here! I’m not sure I am up to the job of hanging new internal doors myself. I mean, I am getting there slowly on the whole DIY front, but doors are a big job and I’m not sure my skills are up to par.

There are 6 full-size doors, an understairs door and a cupboard door in a wall in my bedroom. Every single one needs replacing.

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Decorating.

After successfully completing the living room a little over a year ago, I decided the whole house needed doing. But me being me, it was a bit of a start-stop kind of affair. I did, however, manage to completely finish Olivia’s room and recently added in the daybed she has been asking me for and changed her curtains and got her a light shade similar to the chandelier she has been dropping hints over!

home improvements - childs bedroom with duck egg blue curtains and daybed in front of units with toys on

There was a half-hearted attempt at my bedroom which is being scheduled for this year to be finished. I have all the paint and most of the wallpaper is up (the plaster disintegrated on one wall so the last piece never made it up). But right now, I am focusing on the hall, stairs and landing. At least my office managed to adapt to the space I wanted it in and I much prefer it in my bedroom.

After falling out of love with the magnolia shade gracing the walls, I decided it needed to be grey. Only the shade I picked wasn’t quite right and made everywhere feel too dark. So plans were shelved until I figured out exactly what look I was aiming for.

home improvements - silver glitter flakes for paint with paintbrush and roller

Then I got it! The walls will be white with silver glitter flakes. I have made a start but thanks to some dramas over my new furniture and sofas, I will be making sure it is finished before the end of January ready for my next project!

Carpets.

Oh, I can’t even begin to tell you how badly I need new carpets! When all the painting is finished, I will be starting the process of saving up for some new carpets.

Are you making any changes to your home this year? I would love some inspiration.

*disclaimer: a collaborative post*
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