Home Improvement Plans for 2018
I recently wrote about my life and wellness plans for 2018 and was going to also include my home improvement plans. But it was getting a bit long! So for those of you interested in interiors, these are the next things on my house list! We probably won’t be able to afford to do all of them, as last year’s new kitchen was so expensive. But it’s good to have a list to aim for, right?
Get a New Front Door
We have always hated the yellowing plastic door we inherited with our house. It’s so 90s (the 90s may be in fashion, but not in doors!) and is also not very good quality. I hate everything about it and think it really gives a bad impression of our home.
We had an awful experience with one of the big double glazing companies coming round and basically refusing to leave until we ordered a very average door, at a grossly inflated price tag. They quoted about six thousand pounds for a door and a side panel of glass! It miraculously halved when he called his boss… SUCH a scam!
We eventually got rid of him, after hours and hours, but it has really put us off exploring the options. Well that’s not quite true – I have compiled a Pinterest board of my dream front doors. But that’s as far as we’ve got.
I favour grey and Ryan prefers a greyish green. I’d be OK with that too, as long as it’s sleek and contemporary, more secure and without a gap at the bottom for wind to whistle through!
Finally Finish Our Living Room
We have made so much progress in our living room over the past six months, now we have our lush new sofa, side table and lamps.
Day 3 of #myhousethismonth calls for a new home item. I have three in one as we had to buy a new #endtable from @ikeauk as our @dfs sofa is longer than the old one. And we didn’t *need* a new light but I just could not resist this @aldiuk industrial lamp. I’m just wondering whether to order the tall one for elsewhere in the room 🤔 #pinkwall #ihavethisthingwithpink #mydfs
I’d really love to get the dark varnish on my Ercol suite stripped off, and the cushions reupholstered, but I think that is a job for another year as it’s not really a priority.
Oh this old thing? I’ve had it for ages! This is my #myhousethismonth photo for Day 4. I got this @ercol_uk @ercolfurniture #sofa with three matching chairs when I was a student, a loooong time ago. I had them reupholstered at the time but they need upgrading again so I’m using some throws until we can afford it. I’m planning to get the varnish stripped too. But that’s not a priority at the moment. Do you have any #vintage buys that you love? This was a complete bargain back in the day, something like £100 for the set I think! Gotta love #charityshopfind right? #ercol #midcenturymodern
My next plan is to tackle our bay window. I would love some shutters, but we got quotes when we moved in nearly four years ago and we’d be looking at around a thousand pounds. So that’s not going to be a priority any time soon! So instead, I am looking at patterned window film.
Let me introduce you to my greatest charity shop find: part of my #Ercol cottage suite. I got this chair, plus two others, and a two seater sofa for £100! This was almost 20 years ago and I spent quite a bit getting them reupholstered (and want to get them recovered again, they just have throws on them at the moment) But still, what a bargain 🙌🏻 It’s Day 14 of #myhouseinseptember and the theme is Bargain Hunt. Do you have any amazing charity shop finds?
We put up some cheap IKEA voile curtains for privacy when we first moved in, and have never liked them. I haven’t even hemmed them and they annoy me so much. I have found a company that do the most gorgeous privacy film, in some lovely patterns. The Window Film Company have a fab selection of window films, including some by one of my favourite designers Miss Print.
I think ‘Saplings’ is my favourite. I have no idea if I’d be able to apply them myself but I’d be willing to have a try! Our bathroom window and side door have frosted, patterned glass, so I think it would also be nice to make them over with a plain window film.
I’d like to a improve our reading nook, which we have at the other end of the lounge, by adding a light.
Miss Thea modelling her new @piccalillyuk #organic sweatshirt as featured on my #ethical gift guide for kids – pop over to the link in my bio to see the rest! (Click on the link in my bio to read) 💗 It’s also Day 12 of #myhousethismonth and this is my favourite #vintage @ercol_uk @ercolfurniture chair – despite being very old, it’s so comfy and was a total bargain from a charity shop about 20 years ago! I have two more, plus the two seater sofa. I think they were something crazy like £100 the lot, but I did get new cushions. I want to get the varnish stripped off next.
The Ercol chair, and the blanket I arm-knitted myself make it a snug corner, but I think adding a light would make it perfect. I have my eye on the Aldi floor lamp that goes with the table lamp.
Dining Room Finishing Touches
Our kitchen/diner is close to being finished, but I’d like to make a bench with hairpin legs, to match the breakfast bar we made last year – read more about it here.
You can see the legs of the old IKEA white bench we have at the moment. This was a temporary measure to see if the girls would be comfortable, and they are fine. We have some leftover worktop from our breakfast bar, so it would tie together nicely. We got our hairpin legs from The Hairpin Leg Company, and they have matching black ones in a bench height of 40cm, We are so impressed with the quality and look of them, we won’t hesitate to buy from them again for the bench.
We’re also planning to get our table stripped. The dark varnish hides a lovely oak or ash solid table, and it’s crying out to be restored.
We really want a neon sign, probably above our dining table. We have our eyes on this disco themed neon sign from The Joyful Home Company – what do you think?
#Repost @joyfulhomecompany for the Day 3 of #myhousethismonth theme of #newyeargoals – our goal is to get a #pink #neonsign somewhere in our house, and this one from @light_up_north at @joyfulhomecompany is the best one I’ve found so far. We all love a #disco in this house – in fact that’s where @drpink and I met, 20 years ago! 🕺🏻 would you like a neon sign in your house? #pinkneon #neonsign
Tackling the Understairs Cupboard of Doom
We are lucky to have a big understairs cupboard in our kitchen. It’s great as it hides a multitude of clutter. When we moved in, there were these hideous shelves already there but they are pretty wobbly and I am expecting them to collapse at any time. We added an old storage unit at the back of the cupboard but this was only supposed to be temporary until we can afford a more practical and better-looking solution. As the ceiling is sloped because of the stairs above, it’s quite an awkward shape.
Every time I go to IKEA, I look at their shelving systems but need to work out exactly what we need. I’m thinking something along these lines, both from IKEA…
I have a Pinterest board for this cupboard too, don’t these look fab?
Inject Some Character Into Our Bedroom
Last year I dedicated a whole post to my dreams for our bedroom. It’s perfectly serviceable, but rather dull. So I’d love to inject some colour, and maybe even attempt wallpaper for the first time.
Try to Declutter!
I already have Marie Kondo’s book and think it’s pretty helpful. I read it and did declutter quite a bit last year, but think I need a refresher, or a more in depth guide, like her illustrated book. My friend was telling me about the Swedish Death Cleaning idea and apparently it’s less hideous than it sounds. So I might give that one a go, though I already have quite a few other books on my list…
Do you have any plans for your home this year? I’d love to hear about them, please leave me a comment.