Undertaking the huge task of overhauling my home at once was never going to be easy. Jumping in with both feet first was a gut reaction and not without dramas or difficulties. After over 5 years of not updating my home at all, I got bit by the decorating bug and wanted it all done at once and all done yesterday!
Slowly but surely I am getting there. My home was dated inside and out and as I live in a housing association home, I am lucky I don’t have to do any major work or repairs to my home but instead focusing on the interiors.
18 months ago I had a huge wishlist of things I wanted to do around my home or have done.
After living for over 5 years with secondary glazing and single glazed windows in my home, I was lucky enough to have all my windows and exterior wooden doors replaced with double glazing and modern doors. I can’t even begin to tell you the difference having them fitted has made, From noise reduction of the traffic – we live on a busy main road, to heat retention in the cold winter days, it has made such a difference to our everyday life. If getting double glazing is something you are thinking about having installed or even replaced, search window special offers to make sure you get the best deal available for you.
I have also expressed my desire to overhaul the appliances in my kitchen to create a more user-friendly space. My vision was to change my 6 seater dining table for a space-saving butterfly fold style table that sat next to a small sofa. I also wanted to replace my under counter fridge and freezer for an American style fridge freezer so we could use the counter space for a small breakfast bar.
Whilst I didn’t manage to squeeze in a sofa, the dining table was updated to a more modern black glass 4 seater table that fits in nicely next to my new American style fridge freezer. This paves the way for us to make use of the space previously occupied by my under counter appliances, for some colour coordinated bar stools to complete the new look and style in our kitchen.
The living room has seen the most drastic changes so far.
Not only did I redecorate at the end of 2016, the beginning of 2018 saw me clear out the old and bring in the new with a completely different style for the main room of the house. It was goodbye to the old and rather large oak furniture in favour of smaller, sleeker white units to compliment my wallpaper. Shortly after came the addition of my first ever brand new sofa in black and silver. It has completely transformed from a room I dreaded going into to a room I just love to spend time in now.
The same can be said for Olivia’s room too.
Gone are garish hot pink walls once adorned with Disney Princesses in favour of greys and yet more butterfly decorated wallpaper. Having moved into the house when Olivia was just 5, her room was long overdue a new style as she heads into her teenage years. Reflecting her change from child to tween, we also swapped her bunk beds for a new daybed with trundle ready for when friends and family stay over. The look and feel of the whole room is so different and Olivia now spends most of her time in there. Be it at her desk, or perfecting her eyeshadow at her dressing table complete with Hollywood style LED lighted mirror.
Last but not least,
It is still a work in progress for the rest of my house, my bedroom will be the last to be redecorated. I do still have other things I would like to do such as replacing the carpets and changing my brown wooden doors for more aesthetically pleasing white ones, however, things like this will be dependant on funds. I will also be keeping my fingers crossed for a new bathroom in the near future to! I look forward to being able to share the results as they happen.
Are you making any changes to your home this year? I would some tips and ideas!
*disclaimer: this post is in collaboration with three counties*