Come on in and make yourself comfortable!
Today marks exactly 3 years to the day since we first picked up the keys to our apartment and it’s safe to say that a lot has changed since moving in so we figured it’s the perfect time to share a current house tour!
We’re always up for a challenge and it’s fair to say that this home has thrown a few curveballs at us that we’d not expected. This year is going to be one of the biggest ever for us in terms of home improvements (you can read about what we have planned in 2020 here) and, as much as we always look forward to new projects and new challenges, we always find it motivating to look back at what we’ve managed to achieve.
We’re generally not the fastest people when it comes to home renovations. We do as much of the work as possible ourselves which inevitably takes time, we have real-life budget restraints which means that we have to save up for home improvements and, now that we live in an apartment, often need to wait for approval for some of the projects.
Having said all of that, we have already ticked lots of boxes on our ever-growing list of projects. Sanding the floors throughout the apartment was an epic task which completely transformed it.
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Our kitchen makeover was also a huge job which, as so often, took a bit longer than we’d anticipated. It was one of my favourite projects to date, though! We painted all of the cabinets, changed the worktops, added some super-slim floating shelves, painted our fridge and washing machine, changed all appliances, built some practical floating spice shelves and restored our 100+-year-old antique fridge.
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The most recent room we tackled was our bathroom. It had been installed not long before we bought our apartment but it was really basic. Along with a coat of paint, we built some practical ladder shelves and DIYed our shower curtain rail. The biggest change, however, is our new vanity and washbasin. Obviously, the storage is super helpful but our gorgeous new washbasin, tap and DIY concrete vanity countertop have really transformed the space and make such a difference in our day to day lives.
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Along with the more nitty-gritty big DIY projects we also had a bit of fun with some DIY furniture projects like our DIY dining room bench and, most recently, our new DIY bar cart.
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A lot of our walls have also gone through some kind of transformation. We recently wallpapered our hallway with a stunning wall mural, we possibly lost our minds and painted a rather daring geometric pattern all over our tiny guest bathroom and we went bold in our bedroom where we painted everything (walls, doors, skirting, radiators and even the light switches and sockets!) the same gorgeous blue-green colour!
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In our guest bedroom, we kept the walls a white and instead of painting everything a bold colour we added some gorgeous wall panelling which everyone thinks is original!
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Sometimes it feels like we’ve not done much which can feel a bit demoralising at times. Looking back at exactly how far you have come is always the best way to stay motivated and it’s amazing how quickly you forget what things used to look like and how much you have managed to achieve!
How do you stay motivated? Do you love improving and changing your home as much as we do?
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