It’s a brand new year and one that’s bringing with it probably one of the biggest changes, if not THE biggest change, since we bought our home. February 14th marks 5 years since we picked up the keys to this place and that half-decade as whizzed by in the blink of an eye.
This year though it’s not just our home but also my work space. I’ve left my full-time office job and will for the next few months anyway be based predominantly from our little home office. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity and also a dedicated space to hopefully help me on the way to maintaining a freelance life.
It’s also made me think about what’s in store for our home this year. Last year I was adamant that we would start our living room renovation and we did. This year though feels a bit up in the air. Of course we need to finish the living room but that’s all underway, at the moment we’re waiting for a few deliveries.
So what next? We’ve gone from being time-poor and cash-ok to time-better but cash-poor. We definitely won’t be starting our ground floor extension this year (which had looked like it would be happening about 6 months ago until I threw the unemployed spanner in the works!) BUT I’m adamant that’s not going to stop me from moving forward.
I’m not going to lie, part of me is looking forward to having more time to tackle some house projects myself and learn new skills. I always say I’m not a DIYer but I painted our bedroom, started that infamous never-ending staircase renovation and gave our family bathroom a mini-makeover. 2018 though proved a pretty tough year which put paid to tackling anything myself and we outsourced what we could.
Here’s what would be ace to complete by the end of this year, budgets/collaborations allowing. I’ve been reading so many how-to posts lately from some of my favourite bloggers and instagrammers and everyone starts somewhere right? Just have to believe in myself.
- Finish the living room – as I mentioned we’re working on that but the colour of those bloody cupboards is still a bone of contention. I don’t know why I don’t just paint them and then change it if we don’t like it but there we go. Also, tiling the fireplace is still definitely on the agenda so watch this space
- Sprucing up the kitchen – our teeny ‘can’t swing a cat’ kitchen was the first room we worked on when we moved in. I didn’t know how to paint and used the same paint for the walls as on the woodwork and radiator ha! It was a dark red with brown vinyl flooring so I painted the walls white and we got a fairly cheapy lighter vinyl. A few years on and it’s all looking very tired and dirty. And considering we’ll need to put up with it for a little while longer, I think it needs a facelift I just need to figure out how.
- Finishing the guest room – this is pretty much nearly done, I just need a blind for the window and maybe a chair for the corner. Oh, and that new radiator. This is our third bedroom, we have a sofa bed in there because the second bedroom, the meant to be main guestroom, is full of stuff and needs a pretty major overhaul.
- That *insert swear word here* staircase – started in the summer of 2014. Abandoned since the summer of 2014. I was so jealous of all the beautiful Christmas garlands I saw on Instagram this year that I KNOW I have to carry on with that bloody project. I HAVE to.
- The en-suite – similarly to our kitchen, we gave the en-suite a lick of paint and a new vinyl floor in 2014 and it’s now starting to look a bit worse for wear. It’s our dream to turn it into a proper wet room as we have two full bathrooms and definitely don’t need baths in both of them. This would definitely be a budget permitting though, or failing that a wonderful collaboration 😉 Who knows?
I think that’s it for now. I’m probably more excited about the opportunities for this year than I have been for a really long time. If I can come back at the end of this year and have ticked a few things off the list I’ll be very happy. What about your plans for 2019? I’d love to hear them.