The good news is we've finished upstairs. YAY for an upstairs that it completely dustless (unless I haven't dusted then yanno...) and free of paint fumes. It's so nice to have the whole of upstairs as a sanctuary from the madness that is a half ripped out kitchen and living room acting as a DIY dumping ground. Yeah, that's where we're at with downstairs.
Renovating a house is hard, at times completely demoralising and very very time consuming. Saying that, I like it. It's as if we're creating a whole house from scratch (apart from if we were I'd have an old detached farmhouse with some land thanks). But it's like the house is really ours because we've gutted it and started over. I would definitely do it again, but I also can't see myself wanting to move out of this house because I love it so much. So basically if anyone has a spare deposit they'd like to donate so we can just buy an extra house to do up we'll take it.
It's been a massive learning curve and at the beginning I definitely felt like we were way out of our depth. We probably still are (definitely are when it comes to the kitchen), but we seem to be able to make things happen quicker than we did when we started so that's something.
One thing I'm really glad I did is document the progress on my blog - I don't think I'd remember it quite as vividly if I hadn't, plus it's meant I've been able to share our renovation process with other people and hey, if someone like me can renovate a house then I'm pretty sure anyone can! In case you fancy a reminder of how it's looking so far here's a little recap:
here) Our bedroom was the first room we did because who doesn't want a nice bedroom to sleep in as a priority? It took a long time because we were so new to it all (we didn't even want to shell out on a £20 wallpaper steamer to begin with - HUGE mistake!) and it was a big job that involved us spontaneously taking a wall down to make the room bigger. I won't ramble too much as you can read all about it in my bedroom transformation post.
here) This will actually be the guest bedroom and is only currently a living room because it has our sofa in it. It means we have a mini home upstairs while we do downstairs and I actually quite like having an upstairs living room! This room didn't actually take us that long and it's when I felt we'd really got into the swing of things!
here) We actually got our bathroom done around the same time as the bedroom and as soon as they were both done I knew I'd be OK with the whole renovation thing because we had a bedroom and we had a bathroom and believe me the worst time is when you don't have a bathroom and we were left without ours over Christmas - thanks for that plumber. We only just got it painted though so it's properly finished now!
There's a long way to go but I can't wait until my next transformation post which will be our kitchen especially as I actually have no idea what it'll look like yet!