We had a ridiculously long to-do list for 2015 and whilst we didn’t quite manage to complete everything that we would have liked we still managed to get a lot done. (We’ll be sharing more on how we got on with our planned projects soon.) It’s always nice to be able to look back at things we’ve accomplished and seeing how far we’ve come is one of the main ways that we keep motivated.
Often it’s not even the big projects that are the ones we like best. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference in our day to day life or give us the biggest sense of achievement – especially if they’re things we’ve been putting off for a long time!
Here our our top 5 favourite projects of 2015:
We’re so proud of this one and it’s definitely one of our favourite home improvements to date. Ever since first seeing slatted fences I knew that it would be ideal for our plot, but equally knew that it would be way out of budget.
By building the fence ourselves out of tanalised timber slats vs. cedar slats we managed to saved over £800 on materials alone. Of course cedar slats would be better quality than the standard wood panels that we’ve used, but as we’ve painted the fence we really don’t think it makes much difference. The new fence also matches our existing fence on the other side of the garden, which is not only painted the same colour, but the wood we’ve used is also the same wood that our other panels are made out of.
Paint is amazing. I know that I’ve said it before, but I love the way that a can of paint and a few hours of work can totally transform a space. Painting our dining room a very dark black-blue colour is definitely our boldest design decision that we’ve made and we’re so pleased with how it’s turned out.
It makes the room feel so much cozier and we love the way that our furniture, art and accessories stand out against the dark background.
Having used the floor in our fourth bedroom as a bit of a resource for floorboards to replace damaged ones in the rest of our house, the floor ended up looking like a bit of a patchwork of new and old floorboards.
We always knew that we would need to add a new floor covering in this room, but as we’re not exactly big fans of carpet we had to come up with another solution and decided that a painted plywood floor would be a good idea.
Initially we weren’t sure how well this would work, but it turned out exactly as I’d hoped it would. It’s been in and painted for about 6 months now and it still looks as good as it did on the first day. I love when you have a project that’s really easy but also really effective.
This is another project that was surprisingly easy to do. It’s made storing our firewood easier and more importantly much tidier.
Building this log store cost us about the same as it would have cost to buy a ready made one, but ours is much larger and much more sturdy than any of the ready made ones we looked at.
If you have a few spare hours at the weekend, our diy hallway bench is a great way to use up leftover pieces of timber (we didn’t have enough left over pieces, so bought ours new).
Just nail some battens together to make a board, screw legs to it and give it a quick wax. It really is that easy.
We love how the bench fits perfectly into the corner of our hallway. We use it every day when putting on shoes (or throwing a load of junk on it) I’m not sure how we ever lived without it!
It really does go to show that it’s sometimes easier to make something yourself than looking for months to find something for an awkward space.
Do you have a favourite project of 2015? We’d love to know what it is? Did you manage to tick something off your to-do list? What do you have planned for 2016?