I keep banging on about how my house is nearly done but when I look around the piles of sandpaper, soaking paintbrushes and scattered tools suggest it’s actually far from it.
I suppose there’s an argument a house is never really finished. If you’re anything like me you’re constantly adding new things and then taking them away, shifting little vignettes around (how very fancy) and then editing some more. What I was hoping to achieve though was a makeover for every room; repainting and refurnishing to our own style.

Way back in March, my home to-do list included finding the perfect light fitting for the landing, carpeting the lounge and sorting storage for my office. While I ticked these jobs off in the spring, many summer weekends have been spent away from home leaving little time for DIY. A few weeks ago we decided enough was enough and we had to get the house in order. In these instances it’s always necessary to write one big to-do list and so ‘The Great Getting $h*! Done List’ was created. Sometimes using expletives is the only way to get the job done.

The image above reveals a few of my most recent purchases for my house. A couple of weeks ago I got very excited about painting the front door and settled on Railings by Farrow & Ball. It was a gorgeous weekend so the door came off its hinges and had a much needed application of three coats of Exterior Eggshell.

The same weekend I also spent ages searching for an outside light. I kept a fairly open mind during the hunt as wasn’t sure whether to go for a traditional lantern or something more modern. In the end I settled on a weathered finish wall lamp from Tesco of all places.

Much to my husband’s delight, I thought why stop at the outside when the hall really needs doing too? Cue complete chaos as the door was removed and the entry completely emptied to make way for a roller and paintbrush. I then hotfooted down to Matalan to pick up a heavy jute runner after I read some very good reviews about it’s durability and appearance. It makes the space seem more like a proper room than a thoroughfare. I realise I’m a tease not sharing the after photos but they will come very soon. I promise.

Next on the list is sorting out an alcove we have at the top of the stairs. I’ve just taken delivery of an industrial style shelving unit from Maison de Monde and it’s crying out for a few layers of tat. I’m hoping my H&M home order of totally unnecessary items arrives soon.

So what have been your most recent decor, furnishing or DIY buys? What’s on your to-do list to tackle next? Do your plans for the upcoming bank holiday include a spot of DIY or are you likely to be outdoors relaxing?

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