OK so it’s not actually mid year but then I wrote my 2019 wish list in February so I reckon I’m about due a look back on what I hoped to achieve with the house this year. Although I’m generally a don’t look back person. Believing that looking forward is much more positive. I do think if you’ve gotten into a rut that taking a look at how far you’ve come with your goals can be very productive. Having said that I’m only at the beginning of writing this short but sweet post, I’ll tell you at the end if it was a worthwhile exercise. So here we go, my 2019 mid year reflections, or should I say ramblings??
I SPY ME AND A PASSING VAN! WHAT WAS ONCE A QUIET ROAD JUST GETS BUSIER AND BUSIER. OH TO PICK THE HOUSE UP AND PLONK IT IN A FIELD.
So back in February I wrote two wish lists for our home. One with all the boring but necessary DIY chores (old house equates to always something needing doing). The second list was much more fun, all the decorating and faffing I wanted to achieve. So in no particular order here’s the list. Those crossed out I’ve managed to do. The others are still in the pipeline. Let’s hope I’ve made it at least half way through or this may be a very short post. I’ll be in a corner slowly rocking back and forth, googling basket weaving classes! Here goes:
WISH LIST PART ONE
Weed, jetwash, resand and seal the driveway
Repair the leak into the dining room from the half roof
Fix the soffit boards on the flat roof
Repaint the outside of the house
Redesign the garden and instigate the design!
WISH LIST PART TWO – THE DECORATING LIST
Middle RFW’s Bedroom
Eldest RFW’s Bedroom
Give our Bedroom a bit of a spruce up
OK, so it appears there are 13 things on my list (so should have counted this before). Of those 13 I’ve managed to complete seven, not bad going and just over half the list. To be fair Eldest RFW’s room is almost complete and ready for its reveal so that will make eight. High five me. You go girl! To be fair though after this I’m a little stuck. I am bereft of funds! By now you know me well enough to know I think outside the box but attempting to make my own scaffolding is even for me, a step too far!
THE GARDEN WALL BEFORE AND AFTER REPOINTING
The year is without a shadow of a doubt heading towards autumn and the likelihood of completing the outside jobs is getting slimmer and slimmer (well without a windfall). Add in that the ever caring Teignbridge Council have just resurfaced the road outside our house so that every time it rains our drive floods! It’s making maintaining the driveway an absolute nightmare. Queue me in wellies with a broom frantically battling a tidal wave of dirty water every time we have anything more ferocious than a light drizzle! But on the upside I have completely repointed the boundary wall.
THE FRONT DOOR STEPS – BEFORE AND AFTER
Don’t even get me started on the garden! However it is looking slightly better after ordering a six tonne skip. Less Stig of the dump, more Traveller Chic! I can’t believe just how much crap is created from DIY! Can you?? I mean just where does it all come from? I am not one for sending anything to landfill, always reusing, re purposing, recycling or giving away but this was just a great big mountain of crap that no one in their right minds would want. So in an effort to make the garden less dump like, I sent it to the errr, dump. On this one it’s a case of #sorrynotsorry. But at least I gave the front door steps a new lease of life. And the driveway, though as I mentioned earlier the upkeep is proving to be interesting.
A PROLIFIC DANDELION GROWER THIS IS THE BEST OF THE GARDEN I CAN SHOW YOU – 5 LAWNS WE’VE LAID! 5 I TELL YOU, THEY ALL END UP LIKE THIS
So the outside looks as though I’ve done as much as I possibly can for this year. There’s still time left but in the interest of kindness to my own mental sanity I’m writing it off ready to carry them over to next years list. Having goals is great, they keep us motivated but sometimes it’s important to recognise that it’s OK to say NO. Take it off your list and give yourself some breathing space. Who needs the pressure of the currently unobtainable. It won’t be the case forever.
THE EVER SO STYLISH BEFORE SHOTS OF ELDEST RFW’S BEDROOM – STAY TUNED FOR THE REVEAL (SPOILER ALERT – THERE’S COLOUR)
OK, this is going quite well. That’s the outside done and I’m not feeling too bad. Quite positive actually. On to the inside jobs it is then. Where I seem to have fared much better. Out of the 6 goals I set myself I have so far managed 4 of them with the 5th (Eldest RFW’s Bedroom) almost in the bag. All the hard work is done. There’s just some faffing and titivating to complete before the big reveal. I can’t wait to show it to you all. I’ve said before that Eldest RFW is a star and really deserves a grown up space of his own. It has really made me smile achieving this for him.
YOUNGEST RFW’S BEDRROM MAKEOVER – THIS ONE NEARLY FINISHED ME OFF I CAN TELL YOU
Youngest RFW’s room I have to say took the longest out of all the makeovers this year with most of the furniture and his bed being made by moi! I wasn’t sure if the vision I had in my head was achievable so you can imagine how proud I feel about the finished room. Although this room started with a plan, I did to a degree, have to make it up as I went along. And that’s what I love about interior design, it doesn’t have to be set in stone. It throws you a curve ball every so often and I love how a design evolves as you go through each stage.
NOTHING LIKE A BIT OF GOLD LEAF TO LIVEN UP A DESIGN
The hall, stairs and landing was not as bad a job as I was expecting either (thank god). To be honest I was dreading this one but to make it easier I broke it down into sections. Treating each bit as a individual room. Instead of feeling like it was dragging on for an age I had it finished in about a week. Most of the transformation was down to paint. Oh, and, I gilded the stairs. This is me we’re talking about after all! I’m hoping I got the balance just right. More dark, classic elegance than a mash up of My Big Greek Wedding meets Marilyn Manson! I’ll let you decide.
THE VESTIBULE GETTING SOME MUCH NEEDED TLC!
The vestibule has also taken it’s turn to move to the dark side. After all it’s the first glimpse you get of our home when you walk through the front door. It wasn’t really saying ‘us’. Now with it’s gold walls, faux panelling (done many years ago, go me, I’m a trend setter don’t you know) disco ball and ‘Way Out sign’ (if you don’t like it you know where the door is) it truly reflects the rest of the house. So that leaves Middle RFW’s bedroom. This still scares the crap out of me every time I think about it.
WELL THE DRIVEWAY IS LOOKING BETTER BUT EVERY TIME IN RAINS THE SAND IS WASHED AWAY – AND EVERY TIME IT’S WASHED AWAY THE BLOODY WEEDS GROW! I’M EMBRACING THE WEEDS FROM NOW ON 🙂
It’s big, probably the largest bedroom in the house. It’s falling to pieces, the walls are crumbling away. The carpet is threadbare. And the furniture for want of a better technical word is ‘f*cked’! Not one bit is salvageable. Add to this that Middle RFW rarely leaves his room and that I want to zone the bedroom to turn it into a small but seriously stylish bedsitish kind of thing (need to rethink that one and come up with a better name) then add in a sprinkling of zero budget and you see where I’m at with this room. I’ve even applied for the next season of Revamp, Restyle, Reveal in the hope that I can complete this for him this year. It would make my year in fact.
MAYBE A GLASS OR 2 HAVE HELPED ME GET THUS FAR! CHIN CHIN LOVELIES, HERE’S TO (IS THAT APOSTROPHE CORRECT??) THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.
So there we have it. My 2019 mid year reflections. I’ve made it through without crying. Turning to drink. Or having any thoughts of throwing myself under a bus! I’m actually quietly proud of what I’ve achieved. Especially with the boys bedrooms. It’s made such a difference to their moods and frame of mind having spaces designed specifically for them. I don’t actually think spaces are ever truly complete though. As we grow and change so do they. What I do know though is that having spaces that specifically mirror our personalities makes for a much happier and more positive home. Roll on the next few months and whatever it brings with it.