4 Things You’ll Want To Finish Every DIY Project

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If you have a lot of DIY going in your home, you are probably keen to make sure that you can do them right in every circumstance. Even if you only turn to DIY every now and then, you probably want to try and make sure that you can get it right, and tis means knowing exactly what it takes to finish every DIY project as smoothly and as effectively as you can. The truth is that there are a number of things you will want in order to be able to complete your upcoming DIY tasks, and that is what we are going to look at today. As long as you have considered the following, you should be able to finish any DIY project without any hassle, so make sure you’ve thought of these things.

 

The Tools

Without the right tools, it is practically impossible to make sure that you are finishing off your DIY projects, so this is the number one thing to think about. It is a good idea, in fact, to make sure that you stock up your home on the right tools, as if you don’t you won’t know what you need until the time comes around,and then it is often too late to get hold of exactly the right tools. However if you can go and get some of the tools that you are always likely to need now, then later on you will find it much easier to complete those projects in good time and with full effectiveness. There are a huge range of tools you might need to consider, ranging from cordless glue guns to the good old hammers and nails, and it’s absolutely worth going for one big shopto nurse that you have it all. Just having these things in the house will make you feel much more ready for any DIY project that might crop up in the future.

 

Time

You always need to try and be as patient as possible with any project that comes your way. You are always going to need a lot of time to complete projects, and it is better to bear that in mind than to pretend otherwise. Fortunately, as long as you prepare yourself in that way, you will be able to make sure that you are always going to complete your projects more effectively, and patience is one of the most vital things that you can possibly harbour as you hope to finish some DIY projects. With enough time, you can be sure of any project been completed, so this is actually one of the most important ingredients of all which you will need to consider. If you don’t think you have enough time for a particular project, you will need to try and find to create it, as otherwise you can’t expect your project to go well at all.


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Instructions

Whenever you are trying out something new, you will generally always want to make sure that you have the right instructions, so that you actually know what you are meant to be doing. Without that information, it will be much harder – and in some cases, impossible – to be able to finish the project in the right way. So the first thing you will need to do is always seek out some instruction on any project which you might be trying to complete, as without it you won’t be getting very far at all. It’s also important to make sure that you find instructions which you feel you can trust – and that is something which can itself be quite difficult to find. As long as you manage to, however it will make all the difference in the world, and make for a much easier project on the whole.

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Help

You might not always need help automatically, but it is also likely that there will be many times when you do need it. Bear that in mind, and be prepared to always go out of your way to try an find it – as long as you do find it, you will be able to make much more of the situation, and be able to ensure that the project gets completed much more easily and quickly. As long as you get that right, you can hope to complete your projects with more success too, and that is definitely something which we are going to aim for in every DIY project. As long as you have the right kind of help, you can be sure that it is going to go particularly well in the long run.

 

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The Landing: Baby Steps

Well it’s only taken 17 months but we’ve finally added something to the landing.

Or the hallway I should say. Last you saw the landing it looked like this. I’d painted it white and put a few frames up. And then it stayed like that. For a long time. I stated in my home decor plans for 2018 that I had some prints and frames standing by to put up and I finally got around to it this week. It also helped that Topher and I finally spent the Debenhams vouchers we got for our wedding and got this frame.* Big thanks for our photographer Nikki Cooper for sending us some actual prints along with our wedding photo filled USB stick. That really got our bums in gear as that prompted us to go and find a frame to put them in.

landing - gallery wall

So we finally have photos of ourselves in the house. Yay! I love the way this frame looks.

Then I finally got up some more prints we had as well as one of the wedding photographs that we loved but was in portrait so it wouldn’t fit in the main frame.

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I like how it’s growing but I feel like we definitely need a better balance of prints and photographs. I may also swap out the gold and silver frames for black and white ones. I like the idea of having nice bright prints that have a more muted frame. I just used those ones because I had them on hand. And they definitely don’t fit the prints they have inside them!

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We also received this awesome key holder from Topher’s auntie and uncle as a wedding present so I finally got that up too. How awesome does it look?

landing - keyholder

I guess the next step is to get some more photos printed. We’ve got loads to choose from since next year it will be a decade that Topher and I have been together. Fingers crossed it won’t take 17 months this time!

Check out what the landing originally looked like when we moved in.

Are you slow to make changes like this too?

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Home Decor Plans 2018

Next month marks two years since Topher and I moved into our first house. Since then we’ve come a long way in decorating but there’s still lots of things left to do. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

Guest bedroom

My Office

The Landing

Kitchen Nook

And here’s my plans for 2018:

Living Room

I made a lot of progress with the living room last year but it’s far from done. Which is why I haven’t shown it on the blog yet. If you’re interested in the in between shot, let me know, but otherwise I’m just going to wait until it’s done to show it off.

Here’s the before shots. Since then we’ve gotten laminate wood flooring which matches the kitchen, new sofas, new TV table and storage chest and I painted the walls grey. We’ve got all the base stuff done – it’s just finishing touches left.

The main problem is the walls. The light grey I had in mind did not translate onto the wall. I did everything right – I got a couple of samples and did big patches on the wall. One was way too dark and the other one looked perfect. The only thing was that as I was painting all the walls, I noticed that it looked blue. There’s a blue tinge to it. Nice but not what I was after. That and the fact that the room gets super dark did not help. So as a solution I think I’m going to paint two accent walls white to bring some light in. And possibly a mirror.

Once the walls are sorted, we can finally get some stuff up on the walls. Both Topher and I want to frame our nerdy maps and do a mini gallery wall in one corner – maybe even across two walls like this picture below:

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As well as the frames, we also want to get a shelf up somewhere to display a few things. I know, basic blogger but I don’t care. Since we don’t have a fireplace, we’re left without a mantlepiece to display anything. Not so bad day to day but when it comes to putting up cards at Christmas & birthdays, we’re left in a bit of a bind.

 

Kitchen

Topher and I have a lot of mugs. A shit tonne of mugs. We use them all too. At the moment we put the small ones on a mug tree and the big ones in a cupboard. They take up too much space and we need a solution. Luckily, I think I have one. I got the inspiration from one of those weekly newsletters and there was a picture of a pegboard. There’s a perfectly sized spot above our kettle that doesn’t have a cupboard so that’s where we’re going to put one. Currently we hang our calendar there but it can go somewhere else. It’s just wasted space.

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Of course it would be silly to put up something like that when you still need to paint the walls. Topher wants to paint it a colour but I’m not so sure. The kitchen counters and cupboards don’t really allow for much craziness. I think we’ll just paint it white but if we do include some colour then it will just be in the kitchen nook area of the room. Luckily the room gets a shit load of light during the summer – seriously it’s like a greenhouse in there. Perfect for drying clothes! So we can get away with a bit of colour maybe. We shall see. My first priority is the living room.

 

Master Bedroom

The main thing I have to do in this room is paint it. The question is, what colour? Topher and I can’t decide and I’m not doing a thing until we do. It’s a small room so it can’t be anything too overpowering. I like the idea of darker colours but I think the room is too small. We could just paint it white but I don’t know. If you have any ideas – let me know! You can see what our bedroom looks like in the link below.

And those floating shelves? They did not work. Bad, bad decision. Our walls are just not strong enough to handle them. Topher’s went down straight away (cheers Pickles) and the one on my side is hanging by a thread. I’m afraid to put a cup of tea on it so it’s useless. I do still want shelves there but they need to have supports. So that’s what we’re going to do this year – get some proper shelves.

 

Other little things we have in the works

  • Need to continue our gallery wall on the landing – we’ve got a load of frames & prints ready to go, just need to get the hammer and nails out.
  • The guest room bed is super old and uncomfortable (sorry guests!) but luckily my parents are giving us their old (but newer than ours) guest bed. It’s a double so there will be more space in the guest room in future. The current one is a king. And we’ll be getting new bed side tables that match the rest of the room.
  • The garden is getting some TLC this summer.

What are your home decor plans for 2018?

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How to Bring the Outdoors Into Your Home

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Bringing the outside, into your home is a great interior design choice, and can have so many other positive effects on your life. There are loads of way you can take interior design inspiration from nature, and the great outdoors, and use it in your home. You can do this by introducing plants, using certain patterns or textures, or even Using actual pieces from the outdoors to create that effect.

There is loads of inspiration online, so whatever you style, or whatever you want to utilise, there will be loads of inspiration online for you to use. Read on to find out how you can use this to create great effects in your home, and bring the outdoors into your home. There are so many cases of this improving your home environment, and people feeling more positive and relaxed, just because of how they design their home. What have you got to lose? Considering your interior design choices can have such a positive effects on both you and your loved ones. Read on to find out how you can use the outdoors in your home, it is much easier than you think.

 

The Forest

The forest is an amazing place, and it is super easy and simple to bring this element of nature into your home. This can be done in lots of ways, the most simplest being using wood. This can be anything from wooden floorboards, to give a rustic look to your home, or even using wooden furniture can have the same effect. The older the wooden furniture, the better the look, but be careful how natural material deteriorate over time. Most modern products, like Corndell furniture are super durable and greta to have around the home, but keep this in mind when thinking about purchasing vintage pieces!

 

Plants

Plants are a great thing to have about the home, not only to create more oxygen for you to breath in, but can be useful. Why not consider keeping some potted herbs in the kitchen, which can also be a fresh and flavoursome addition to your cooking in the evening. Just keep them on your kitchen window sill, and water them occasionally, and you will have a great addition to your cooking. There are also loads of kind of plants which thrive specifically in the home, so whatever your preference there is a plant out there for you. If you want something low maintenance there are always cacti which will thrive when the heating on, and you can forget about watering the for a month or two. They can be a great addition to any desk, and hopefully will help your be productive when at it!

Whatever your current interior design style, bringing the outside inside is simple an easy thing to do. You can do anything from bringing wood, or natural textures into your home, or even introduce plants as well. Whatever kind of plants you want, whether colourful or low maintenance, there is plenty of choice out there for you.

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5 Ways To Create Space In A Small Room

It doesn’t take long for a small space to feel cramped. It can be hard to decorate a small room, let alone making it feel more open and spacious. Thanks to the internet, people have been able to come up with some great ideas for transforming their small spaces and making them feel bigger.

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Got a space you’d like to transform? Here are five ways you can create space in a small room.

 

1. Find as much light as you can

Small rooms can feel dark, particularly if there’s a lack of natural light coming in. Small rooms mean less space for windows, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create light in a smaller space. Start by painting your room a light shade – white and pale greys are very popular at the moment. You can add some colour through your home accessories, but having plenty of light areas will create the illusion of space. Instead of using warm light bulbs, opt for those that mimic daylight instead – it will make your room feel much brighter.

 

2. Choose your furniture wisely

The furniture you choose can make all the difference to how your room looks. If you pick pieces that are too large, you’re soon going to find your room cramped. Be clever with your living room furniture pieces. Items that have some space underneath for storage or will fit in the corners of your room will maximise your floor space and give you a much neater looking room. Try not to pick fussy patterns and go for block colours instead.

 

3. Create zones

You can help create more space in your home by creating ‘zones’ that give different parts of your living space a different purpose. If you have a home office, for example, make sure that’s one zone in your living area. You can have zones for storage, zones for things that you like to do such as reading and anything else that will help to keep your home organised. Having zones will help improve your layout and make it easier to keep rooms clutter-free.

 

4. Use shelving

Shelving is a useful tool in small rooms, helping to move things off the floor and making the most of wall space instead. Design your shelving so that you can put storage boxes and other items on them (think lamps and other home accessories), they can be a real space saver and affordable addition to your home.

 

5. Mirror mirror on the wall

Mirrors are ideal for making rooms appear larger than they are, so if you want an easy way of creating space, then you should add some mirrors to your walls. Big wall or leaning mirrors have a better effect than small mirrors, and you can pick up some great bargains online if you know where to look.

 

Creating space in a small room isn’t easy, but if you’re clever about it, you can drastically turn things around. This living room mood board has some great ideas for stylish living room decor that you can adapt to fit the size of your room. They say that the best things come in small packages, so learn to make the most of your smaller living space.

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