Now that we own our own place, we need to get used to the idea that we are allowed to actually do things to the house.  I’ve been renting for the last 6 years, so I’m used to the strict rules of ‘no putting up pictures’, ‘no alterations’, etc.

Now that we are used to the bond repayments, levies, rates & taxes, we can start to dedicate some funds to the improvement of where we live.  With this in mind, we set off to heaven Builder’s Warehouse to get all the necessary gear.

To start off, we are giving a facelift to a dining table and chairs from Jen and Dale.  They gave us full permission to do whatever we want to it.  So, we have started sanding down the table.  The table and chairs originally had a dark wood varnish, but Ross and I love a very light ‘white’ look, and that’s what we’ve decided to do.  Luckily, we don’t have to sand it down by hand because that would be ridiculous, and we are using a borrowed sander which makes life a lot easier – although, it’s still a lot of work.  Ross and I completely forgot to take a before picture, to compare!  I reckon it’s going to look like a completely different piece of furniture.  I realized this once Ross had already started sanding the top piece, but here’s a picture of one of the chairs so you can at least see the colour.  I can’t wait to show you what we’ve done once it’s complete!  Ross is doing the heavy labour.  My job was to take all the chairs apart, and I get to varnish it – which, let’s face it, is the most fun part.

chair

The next problem is that I have a full-length mirror, but I don’t have anywhere to sit and do my hair and make-up.  So, we bought a decently-priced mirror to put above my dresser.  My sweet Rossy was full-on mathematician on this one.  He was working out the exact level of where he needed to drill into the wall, where the string at the back of the curtain should hang for best effect – everything.  He checked, and re-checked his measurements, and then got out the drill and drilled two holes into the exactly measured spots.  It was only after he had drilled that I realized he had been measuring the mirror upside down in relation to where the hooks should go.  We hung the mirror up – it’s in the perfect place, sure, but now hangs forward because of the ‘oopsie’.  So we now have to either fill those holes, re-do the maths and re-drill, or look at using a double sided tape to hold the mirror up.  I just found this completely hilarious, but at least I now have a mirror that hangs down (although it shows me my knees).

Ross has a massive standing fan that sounds, and feels like a hurricane.  I hate it, it disturbs my sleep, and I don’t think my kitties would approve.  With that in mind, we decided to install a ceiling fan instead – quiet, and much more effective in my opinion.  Ross is my DIY Handyman, and I was so impressed that he installed it all by himself (not without some expletives being shouted out every now and then).  At one stage, right near the end, Ross may have said, “We are f*#$^&d, we are actually f*(#$@&d.”  He also said that we are not taking down the ceiling fan EVER.  I got to sit, watch and not do any work in this so I just agreed with whatever he said.

fan

Lastly, my mom gave me the idea to install fairy lights in the garden to give it a bit of a pretty and romantic feel, and I found fairy lights as well as ground lights on our expedition.  I didn’t buy nearly enough, I soon realized, but I will go again at the end of the month to get more aka ‘payday’.  They were really easy to install, and this was my ‘job’ for the day.  The garden looks absolutely beautiful at night now, I’m very impressed.

lights

It’s all so exciting, and now that we’ve started with the improvements, we’re already thinking of more things to do.  “Maybe we could install extra cupboards here”.  “Maybe we should install a shelf here and here”.  “Maybe we should install a massive jacuzzi!”  No prizes for guessing whose genius idea that was.

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