A little house update
13th November 2017
So, today I’m going to talk about my house, and how we’re getting on with the DIY side of things.
It’s been around 4 months since we moved into the house we bought on the Wirral, and to be honest, it still looks very much like it did the day we moved in!
Here’s the thing; decorating this house has been a slow process so far, and that’s simply because we have been so busy! There’s no way we can do any work in the evenings, so it gets left until the weekends. But by the time the weekend arrives we’re both absolutely exhausted and so we only spend a few hours doing DIY stuff.
Sometimes I get frustrated that things aren’t moving quicker, but I have to remember that we’re going to be living here for a long time, so there’s no rush to get things done.
And also, I think it’s better to take our time because I don’t want to rush a decision, make a mistake and waste money in the process.
So yeah, I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t expected a full house tour any time soon!
Anyway, we got the keys to the house on June 30th. As soon as we opened the door we realised that more work was needed that we initially expected. Believe me when I say furniture hides a lot!
We decided that we wouldn’t move into the house straight away. As we still has a few weeks left on the contract for the house we were renting, we thought we should make the most of it, and get started on decorating before we moved in. So we actually moved into the new house 2 weeks after we got the keys.
These two weeks almost killed me off!
We spent the entire first weekend of owning the house painting the living room, which was, what I would call, an antique green colour. We painted it white.
The living room is the biggest room in the house and the walls needed three coats of paint to get rid of the colour, so we ended up continuing to work on it throughout the following week. We’d come home from work, go over to the house, paint, grab something quick (and unhealthy) for dinner, then go to bed.
I didn’t have time to look after myself and workout, and as a result my hip ended up in a lot of pain. I ended up having to take a day off work.
Also, the weekend after we got the keys (the weekend before we moved in), we had to go back to Shropshire for a wedding. It was all a bit mad. One minute I was in my tatty painting clothes, next I was getting all dolled up in my finest dress!
Surprisingly, we managed to get the living room fully painted by the time we moved in. And we put new blinds up in there too. Tyrone has become a bit of a pro at installing blinds!
Another big change we made in the house on the first weekend was ripping out the built-in wardrobes from our bedroom.
I know, this sounds like a bold move to make, especially when people seem to love built-in wardrobes, but it’s a decision that we do not regret making.
The wardrobes in our bedroom were really dated. Even paining them, or putting on new handles wouldn’t have made them look any better. They were big and bulky, and when you opened the doors it was apparent that there was more frame than storage space.
We also wanted to use the space where the wardrobes were to put a chest of draws with a TV on top so we could watch TV in bed, which we love doing in the winter months. We used to have a TV in the bedroom when we lived in the flat, but in the house we lived in before this one, there simply wasn’t room to have a TV. It was a very, very small room. And yeah, we missed the TV!
Originally I thought we would have to pay someone to remove the wardrobes, but after a bit of investigating, we realised that we could probably remove them ourselves.
We started by removing the doors, and then unscrewing all the screws that attached to wardrobe to the walls. Next step was to pull the framework away from the wall using a crowbar (safety glasses on!) which worked better than we expected. It only took about an hour to completely remove the wardrobes.
Obviously, the floor, the walls and the ceiling looked a mess afterwards, but we’re working on it. We’ve painted the walls white, which makes everything look 100% better, and next step will be to paint the ceiling (although a part of me wants to get it re-plastered first) and buy new carpet.
Then once all this work is done we can buy ourselves a new bed, put our bed in the spare room and finally be able to welcome guests to stay.
It’s all about taking one step at a time. Slow and steady.
Once the bedroom has been decorated, we’re hoping to make a start on the bathroom, but as that’s something we can’t do ourselves we might have to wait a while.
In terms of things we can do ourselves, I have plans to make a start on my office (it’s just a spare bedroom!) which is currently a peach/orange colour. We’ve already made a start by replacing the blinds in there which were originally a copper colour (sounds like a bloggers dream but they were vile) with white ones, and I think this will be the easiest room to renovate.
Hopefully I can share another house update with you in a few months time!