It probably won’t surprise people who know me when I say that I love a good old list writing session. 😉
A couple of years ago, I wrote a list of things that I wanted to do around the house to get it looking the way I wanted it to look because, as much as I love our house, I feel like a lot of the things we have are things we bought based on the cost and function rather than because it was something we genuinely wanted to have in our house. Does that make sense?
I knew there were things I wanted to change so I literally just wrote a huge long list and started to work through it. Some jobs were really inexpensive but were a bit of hassle as we couldn’t do them ourselves – putting up our photo wall and changing the ugly taps fell into that category (we’re REALLY not good with DIY).
The new carpet for the downstairs, hall and landing was something we saved for over a good few months and then ended up booking our holiday to Milan using the money we’d saved which took us right back to the start. We started saving again and at the end of last year, finally got our carpet fitted which I love love love!
Next on our list was our new front door which was becoming more of a necessity thanks to the drafts coming through it and the difficulty we had locking it sometimes. We put money aside for that over a good few months and then finally got that installed a few months back and every single day when I come home, it makes me smile as I picked such a pretty little door.
There are still lots of smaller jobs on my list but as far as the bigger jobs go, I still have the garage conversion, our bedroom makeover and a bit of a kitchen shuffle to tick off.
The garage conversion is going to take a while to save up for and Mr Frugal isn’t on board with the kitchen ideas which means, by default, my next ‘big’ job is going to be our bedroom.
At the moment we have hand me down wardrobes, some upcycled bedside cabinets, a bed we got on sale that we’re not keen on and some other mismatched bits and bobs. We have a really ugly plum feature wall (what on earth was I thinking) and little to no storage space.
I think we’re good with the wardrobe staying but pretty much everything else is going to go.
I have a vision of something a bit chic and glossy, similar to a hotel I stayed in a little while ago and I’ve started putting some ideas together…
The walls are going to be white (as most walls in my house are) and the wall behind the bed is going to be a feature wall but with a difference – the hotel I stayed in had some beautiful photo wallpaper of a cityscape in black and white which I would love or the amazing Alice in Wonderland wallpaper that I saw lovely Becky writing about last week but Mr Frugal is pushing to just paint the wall white and hang a big canvas over the bed so we’re currently in negotiations about that. I really just want something super pretty but with a difference though and I think photo wallpaper is the way forward!
I have the most boring beige carpet in our bedroom at the moment and I want to upgrade that to a lovely fluffy grey one – I want the sort of carpet that your feet sink right into!
I need an ottoman storage bed for all the crap we need to store but I’m thinking of something with a bit of a glam headboard – especially if we end up going for the boring white wall behind the bed. We currently have a small double but we’re hoping to get a bigger size and have been scouting out the Super King sizes recently. The bed frames are pretty affordable but the mattresses are what bumps the price up massively which is why we’re probably not going to get around to actually doing the room until at least the end of the year.
I really need somewhere to store and display some of my favourite handbags as they’re all in the bottom of my wardrobe right now which is a shame. I’m thinking tall cube storage which would tuck behind the door.
The bedside cabinets that I’ve chosen are just simple Ikea cabinets so not too expensive.
I’ve been looking out for unique little decorative pieces wherever I go lately so hopefully, I’ll find exactly what I want in time for the makeover. The problem is that I don’t know what I want until I see it.
So, that’s my bedroom plan down on paper – now I just need to save up and actually do it!
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