Did you know I’ve won an award? Albeit a self-proclaimed one. From here on I shall be known as the world’s slowest home renovator. Can you believe work on our living room started before we’d even officially moved in back in February 2014 and 4.5 years later my goodness, but we’re STILL NOT DONE.
I mean for real, HOW do people manage to do full home renovations so quickly? For starters money doesn’t go on trees last time I checked and I find it exhausting just dealing with one room let alone a whole house full. Still, we’re moving forward and I’m determined to make sure that the living room gets finished. That’s another of my failings, getting to about 90% with a room and letting the rest slide. Not this time.
But you know what? I was looking through some old photos of when we first moved in – in fact, the reason I started blogging to document our renovation journey – and it did make me feel super proud. Yep, we’re not going to be winning any gold medals in the 100m but we are thorough and really are putting a lot of love back into our neglected home.
So here’s a little recap of where we’re up to so far because it’s been a while with all the things we’ve done:
- Damp-proofed the external walls
- Replaced the windows
- Ripped out the gas fire and installed a log burner
- Removed the gas tap
- Moved the light switch from behind the living room door
- Taken out the pendant ceiling and replaced with downlighters
- Replastered the room
- Added extra electrical sockets
- Ripped up the carpet and added engineered herringbone parquet
- Installed plantation shutters
- Painted the room
You know, when I see it all out there like that, I realise it’s ok that it’s taken so long. Not everyone is taking the care and attention we are and that’s ok too because people have different priorities and different budgets. Things like replacing windows or replastering (OMG, the amount of people I see just sticking lining paper up bothers me SO MUCH. Half the reason we’re in the mess we’re in is because of bloody lining paper) isn’t on everyone’s lists of things that need doing.
Now, finally, I feel like we’re at a point with the living room where the bulk of the work is probably done. But like I said, it can’t just be left so here’s what I would really need to consider it finished. For budget purposes, I’ve set myself until Easter next year and I’m happy with that. If I can bring it forward and coincide with our 5th anniversary here that would be amazing but we’ll see.
So what’s left:
- Sand and stain the floor
- Build and paint alcove cupboards/shelves
- Tile the fireplace (possibly)
- Install new radiator and valves
- Add new dimmer switch for the main lights
- Treat ourselves to a new TV (the one we have is over 12 years old!)
- Accessorise, ACCESSORISE (you know, artwork, mirror, plants, rugs, sofas, all that good jazz)
As someone who never really had a long-term home growing up, I’m excited to see our living room take shape and become the space I never thought I’d have. Somewhere we love to spend time and cherish. And at long last, they may be baby steps but we’re getting there.