If you came expecting to see photos of our renovation, sorry it hasn’t started yet. I am getting totally fed up and feel like I could probably get on and do it myself! We are waiting for the roof drawings from the Architect at the moment. Without them, we can’t see how much Oak to order and our lovely builders can’t start until that happens. It’s frustrating to be honest but then we knew this wouldn’t be an easy process when we started our plans.
Assuming you do have tools to grab, doing some renovating of your own is both time saving and fun. Be warned, there’s only so much you can do. This isn’t like with DIY decor, you’re changing the complete layout of a room by ripping out everything that once stood in its place. But that’s what makes it so fun. There’s less pressure to focus on the decor side of things and thinking about what might actually match. Instead, you can focus on smashing things up, and envisioning how the new room might look. So, if you’re thinking you’re due a little renovation, here’s some tips on what you’ll need to do.
Keep the important things
Not everything needs to go when it comes to a renovation; the most important things should stay. So, if you’re choosing to do a complete renovation of a kitchen for example, you will need to take out all the appliances such as the dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, oven etc. All of this is going to need somewhere to go, so it might be worth looking into temporary storage space if you don’t have something like a garage or a shed to store them in. It’ll just help keep things far more organised whilst the rest of the house might seem chaotic. Always evaluate whether you’re going to swap your old appliances for new though. Sometimes doing a renovation is perfect, but if you’re putting all old appliances back in it can take the modern element away from the room. Most kitchen companies will do amazing deals on applicances if you choose to use their company so it’s worth looking at this before deciding. The same goes with any room in the home, not just the kitchen. Even if it means you’re spending a bit more, at least you’re getting more satisfaction at the end of it.
Renovating a room
To fully renovate a room does require some professional help, even with simple rooms like the bathroom. The bedroom is one of the easiest rooms to renovate because you do much of the work for yourselves. The only thing an outsider may have to do is install some new carpet for you. So, grab a stanley knife and rip out the old carpet! It should just pull away, but it might take some cutting. Then clear everything out of the room and cover anything you’re not moving, such as the bed. Steam off the wallpaper, or prepare your paint for a new coat in a different colour. If you’re wallpapering, follow this guide to make sure you’re doing it properly. If you’re painting, make sure you’re using a primer, three coats of normal paint, and a gloss. Then the most exciting bit (well for me anyway!) choose new cushions, bedding, lights and mirrors. I love finding things to accentuate a room and we often go to Flea Fairs to find things we love.
New design ideas
To get some new design ideas you need to find a way of getting some inspiration. There are plenty of social media sites that will do this for you, like Pinterest. If you’re thinking of renovating the bathroom or kitchen, then you could always go into local stores and see the showrooms that they have. They always put their best on show, and you always want the best for your home! I’m in the process of writing a post about kitchen decisions at the moment so hopefully will share this with you soon…..I may need your help in deciding as there are so many lovely ones!
So, handling a renovation isn’t actually that hard. You get to the fun bits, and a professional gets to do the difficult bits!
Let’s just hope I don’t have to get the sledge hammer out soon…..it’s driving me nuts waiting but at least my teenagers can revise for their exams without the added stress of building work!
We do have a ‘carpark’ though….
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