Home Improvement Plans for 2018

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.


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.

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.


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.

Miss Print Window Films

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.

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 hereBreakfast bar with hairpin legs and herringbone floor

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?

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…

Luckily IKEA have an online planning tool for the ALGOT system, which is on the right, which should make life easier.

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.

Can we make this in to a dream bedroom with West Elm?

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.

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32 Comments

  1. 23rd January 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I love the sound of your plans Becky. Good luck with your bedroom. We did up ours on a very small budget last year and I love it now. It was so dull beforehand. #HomeEtc

    • 28th January 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you Fionnuala, I like the sounds of a very small budget! xx

  2. 21st January 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Ooh Becky I LOVE these!! I haven’t written our plans for 2018 yet but I need to get on before January whizzes by completely. Can’t wait to see what you get up to this year and thank you for linking up to #HomeEtc X

    • 21st January 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks Lins, I am sure a fair few will roll over to next year but hopefully I’ll get a few ticked off xx

  3. 19th January 2018 / 4:03 pm

    Lovely door inspiration! We want to do a black front door for our home. Right now it’s a deep green.

    • 21st January 2018 / 8:34 pm

      I do love a black door, but it’s a big decision!

  4. fionamostyn
    18th January 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Lots of plans and some great projects here. Hopefully you’ll have a post at the end of the year with all of these ticked off!

    • 19th January 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks Fiona, fingers crossed! Even if we get a few don, I will be happy xx

  5. 17th January 2018 / 4:11 pm

    I am really obsessing over the idea of a new front door at the moment, something super modern too. Love the dark grey one you’ve highlighted on your Pinterest board. Neon signs too – gorgeous!

    • 19th January 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Oh the neon sign is amazing isn’t it? Not as much of a priority as the door, but a lot more fun! (and less upheaval!) xx

  6. 17th January 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Wow that’s a heck of a list! We’ve just moved into our second home – another reno project with a bit of luck so lots to do. Just need to pick a room and get started!

    • 19th January 2018 / 1:09 pm

      I think working room by room is a great idea – I am the worst for starting things and never getting around to finishing them! xx

  7. 17th January 2018 / 10:11 am

    Sounds like you’ve got a busy year ahead!! I’d love to do our front door too, but it matches the window frames… so it would be a pretty big job – sounds like that salesman was awful!

    • 19th January 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Yes those kind of projects quickly spiral out of control don’t they – if/when we get a new door it will make our garage door look really shabby so then we’d have to do that too!! But whichever way we go, we’ll be using a local supplier not a big chain! xx

  8. 17th January 2018 / 9:41 am

    Good luck! We have big plans too and sometimes it helps to plan an activity each month. I loved Marie Kondo’s book too as it helped me be less precious about stuff. Feels so good once you’ve done it and def good for our well-being x

    • 19th January 2018 / 1:07 pm

      That’s a good idea to break it down to one thing a month, a bit less overwhelming! xx

  9. natalieholdenid
    16th January 2018 / 11:12 pm

    good lucks with your plans! It looks like you will have a busy year ahead 🙂 I really like the breakfast bar with hair pin legs.

    • 19th January 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks so much! I love our breakfast bar. Some of these plans will probably be bumped to next year but it’s good to aim high, right! xx

  10. 16th January 2018 / 12:44 pm

    Love seeing your plans for the year ahead- I recently had my Ercol seat cushions covered but just did the seat ones and have placed sheepskins/smaller cushions on the backs. Would love to have them stripped back to blond wood but it’ll be £100 per chair and I’m too lazy to do it myself!

    • 16th January 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Great idea just to do the bottom cushions! Do you find them comfortable to sit on without the back cushion? And that’s a great guide price for getting them stripped – I am also too lazy to do it myself I once spent what seemed like an entire summer stripping black gloss paint off 4 dining chairs. It’s such a soul destroying task! xx

  11. 16th January 2018 / 10:57 am

    Wow you definitely have big plans for this year!! We did so many projects on our house last year, I felt exhausted by the end of the year so make sure you give yourself a break too 😉 I absolutely love Ercol cottage suite and what a bargain too!!

    • 16th January 2018 / 5:19 pm

      That’s such good advice, I do tend to get a bit carried away! xx

  12. tombellord
    16th January 2018 / 10:14 am

    Great article! And so right that a new or referred front door can make the world of difference. Colour wise a personal favourite: Obsidian Green by the Little Green Paint Company. Super smart!!

    • 16th January 2018 / 10:18 am

      Thanks Tom, I will check that out. It sounds like my husband would approve!

  13. 16th January 2018 / 7:39 am

    Good luck with your house plans, I to need to tackle the under the stairs, it’s were we dump our shoes. I’m in an old Victorian house the wind also whistles under the front door but I think that’s because the house as moved over the years. I like you parque floors.

    • 16th January 2018 / 10:19 am

      Thanks so much Claire, we wanted real parque but the budget only allowed vinyl but I’m so happy with it, I think it looks really convincing. Good luck with your cupboard, I hope it goes well xx

  14. 15th January 2018 / 10:11 pm

    I can’t believe how many of your house plans we share! For the door, I’d try the new generation of timber doors. The look stunning and safe. Also, that cupboard has so much potential. I can see it looking like an amazing pantry!

    • 15th January 2018 / 10:52 pm

      Thanks Juan, I need to do some research into doors, it’s such an important purchase isn’t it! I think I might go into Ikea and see if they can help me make a solution, measurements aren’t my strong point!

  15. 15th January 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Window film is a great idea – I’m about to get a bay window that’ll need something on it, didn’t realise you could get patterned film though! Oh, and Swedish Death Ckeaning?! Wow and Yikes!!

    • 15th January 2018 / 10:55 pm

      My sister in law has a Victorian terrace with a bay and they have some in a more traditional pattern, it looks fantastic. I think it could be a great look! xx

  16. 15th January 2018 / 9:00 pm

    It’s always good to have a list to keep you focused. And whatever you don’t finish this year, can be the start of next year’s list!

    • 15th January 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Very true, I hope we can get some of them done at least! xx

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