Today is exactly a day to the year that we first viewed our now home!
The last 12 months have been such a whirlwind and I honestly have no idea where the past year has disappeared to!
Whilst we’ve not quite managed to achieve as much as we would have liked in terms of home improvements, we are really pleased with the progress we are making – even if it’s not as quick as we’d like!
And it only seems right to celebrate our mini anniversary with some before and after’s of our home.
Sanding the floors throughout our home is the single biggest DIY job we’ve done so far. It was epic and to say that I’m happy that it’s done would be an understatement. It’s transformed the way the whole apartment feels!
The next project on our list for the hallway is updating the front door, which at the moment is really bland and boring. We’ve already added our new lamp which I love (it’s Molecular by House Doctor) and have some art on our walls but we’re yet to find a rug, start painting and I’m also thinking about wallpapering this whole room – if I can convince Jan!
The small guest bathroom hasn’t gone through much of a change yet.
I totally admit that it’s a room that we never use and when we recently had family visit I realised that we hadn’t even hung a mirror! Ups.
We obviously couldn’t leave our guests mirrorless so have now added a few things like our new round mirror and lighting as well as some art but it’s still not exactly an inviting space.
We’re planning a complete overhaul of this room (you can see our guest bathroom mood board here) but annoyingly we need to replace the window before any serious work can start.
Our office is definitely the most furnished and art-filled room in our home.
Other than sanding the floor which turned out amazingly well (it’s probably the best floor in the apartment) we’ve not done a single thing in here. Our ultimate plan is still to move the kitchen to this room but that’s probably going to take us a long time to get round to doing.
Next on the list for in here is painting the walls. I’ve not even begun to think about colours though (it’s not really a priority) and because this room directly connects to the dining room and living room it’s probably going to be a bit tricky to choose something that will allow the rooms to flow into each other.
I think it’s fair to say, that the dining room and living room both look a lot better than when we first moved in, too.
As with everywhere else in our home, the sanded floor makes a huge difference to the way the whole space feels. We still need a lot of furniture and more things in general to fill the rooms but we do have a new DIY dining table and I’ve just finished making a DIY lamp, too!
The guest bedroom is still a bit of a mess but finishing it is our top priority as we’re going to be opening an Airbnb!
I’ve almost finished building a DIY desk (more on that soon) and we’ve finally taken the plunge and have ordered an armchair, too.
I’m really excited about transforming this room as I’d like it to be a super luxurious space for our guests. I also know exactly what I’d like the room to look like (you can see our mood board for the guest bedroom here) even if achieving it on a budget is turning out to be pretty much impossible!
Our master bedroom is the room that has gone through the biggest changes.
Yesterday we finally hung our newly extended curtains I’m trying to build a new headboard for the bed which is turning out to be a bit more difficult than I’d like. I’m hoping to get it done in the next couple of weeks and, of course, I’ll be sharing everything here on the blog when it’s finally finished, too.
Another room that we’ve kind of been ignoring (and not just because I’m a bad cook) is the kitchen.
We carried out a few minor improvements when we first moved in but have been ignoring all other problems in the room. As already mentioned, we will be replacing the whole kitchen but that’s still a long way off so we will be giving the kitchen a full makeover soon. We’re planning on painting the cupboards, updating the tiling on the walls, adding more lighting and restoring the old refrigerator.
One part of the kitchen that we have updated is the pantry.
It was soooo dirty and sticky!
We covered the shelves with cork which, although it was almost accidental, was kind of genius as it’s the perfect surface for a pantry. It stops anything slipping and even soundproofs the shelves.
Overall, we are making progress but with an almost endless to-do list and what feels like dozens of projects started it can sometimes feel slightly overwhelming. We obviously still have a huge amount to update and we’re definitely in need of more furniture, more paint, more curtains, more art – basically more of everything!
Having said that, looking back at how far we’ve already come is always super motivating and we’re definitely very lucky to be living in our dream apartment!
Do you also find it difficult to stay motivated when you have what feels like a million projects to do? What do you struggle with most when improving your home?