DIY is not our thing. Dreaming up decor and picking out colours is my thing. I love that and could get lost in it for weeks but when it comes down to the actual doing, things never seem to go smoothly in our house.
The irony of the money tree pictured above in our bathroom is not lost on me. We know how expensive doing a house up can be and at times I feel like we’ll need a perseverance tree too.
There was the time we spent 48 hours with an explosion level gas leak after stripping out the bathroom because despite 5 of us working on the house, only I could smell something a little bit off.
Oh and the time we went buying guttering with strict instructions from my Dad and still came back with the wrong stuff, twice.
There was the time we thought the extractor fan in the bathroom was jammed. We turned the electric off to try and stop it but it kept on whirring. Was it on another circuit somehow? Next doors circuit? No, Matt had knocked his electric tooth brush in to the bottom of the shower and it was vibrating away in there, sounding quite convincingly like a faulty extractor fan. Honestly, looking back at it makes me die inside with sheer face slapping embarrassment.
There was the time when we went to B & Q for filler. Nothing could prepare me for that shelf. There were 100s of different types. It’s a whole other world. Who knew?
There’s been endless roof/boiler leaks, door buying dilemmas, delivery issues, but now that the bathroom is finally finished, I feel like we can make some real progress on the house in the next year or so.
As part of the #ImProving2014 campaign that Debt Free Direct are running we now even own a drill! I wouldn’t have trusted myself with a power tool 12 months ago, but scroll down, see what I did…
See that door stop? I fitted that whilst Matt was watching football. Girl power! I may be starting small but I’m adamant that we’ll get to grips with DIY bit by bit.
The whole idea behind #ImProving2014 is that we don’t set ourselves ridiculous targets that we can’t stick to (I’m looking at you New Years resolutions). I really hope we can keep a steady pace on the house renovations this year and I can show you what we’ve been up to.
This weekend we have some shelves, blinds and mirrors to hang. Wish us luck!
Is there anything your working on in 2014? I’d love to hear your plans and goals.