I’ve been nattering on on my Instastories about our new couch and our new wardrobe doors, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about those things. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing of course (there has been drama! Skip forward a bit…) but we’ve made some strides! I’ve also realized that I’ve never had a proper chat with you guys about the process of decorating our flat! I’ve mentioned it here and there, and I’m planning more content down the line, but I thought I’d just share a little home update, and a bit more background!
First and foremost, I will say that Mr. Actually and I are very fortunate to own our flat. I can say hand on heart that that puts me in a privileged position. However, it came with a bit more baggage than we bargained (or budgeted) for.
Mr. Actually spent the first few weeks after moving in pulling up grotty carpets and the old kitchen cabinets. The previous residents didn’t take the best care of things, but he knew that beforehand. Nothing a lick of paint couldn’t fix!
The trouble came when we discovered that the cement underneath the carpets was crumbling, and the walls, beneath the wallpaper were also in a state.
We had to have the floors re-screed, and the walls re-plastered. That’s no cheap feat!
We decided to replace the kitchen straight away, which meant tearing out the old bits. But there were some problems putting the new sink in. So we were washing dishes in our tub for months. Sure it was four walls and a roof, but we lived in more of a construction site than a home.
You can see how bare things were just by looking at old pictures on my Instagram, believe it or not… I even recently shared some old photos in a Twitter thread. It feels crazy looking back!
Bare, newly plastered walls, cement floors and second hand furniture was our life for at least the first two years. I tried to make things homey with the little money I had by upcycling things, like this bookshelf.
We didn’t get carpets put in until almost two years after I moved in. We didn’t put in the wood floor in the hallway until a year after that.
So you can see why I got so excited about getting a new wardrobe and sofa!
We spent so long focusing on the structural repairs and necessities, and it took so long for any real progress to be made. We’re finally at the stage where we can start upgrading some of our furniture. Every change we make, makes the biggest difference!
I’m planning a few more in-depth posts about our home and I’ll be sharing where we got things as well, but I thought I’d start at the beginning. Or at least give you an idea of what the last four years have been like.
There’s a few other pieces of furniture I want to replace, like our bed frame, and I’ve even made a list of the things we still need to finish…
But bit by bit, that list is getting shorter… and home is getting homier.
Sometimes, when I get frustrated about how much there is left, I have to remind myself of how far we’ve come
Seeing how people decorate their homes is something so interesting to watch. I also think it’s important to talk about the fact that it’s not going to be finished right away. It takes time! I bought things in the early days because we needed them, not necessarily because we wanted them. Why do you think I upcycled our coffee table last month? Because it was one of those things. We’ve held our breath a bit with purchasing big items, like the couch, to allow ourselves time to really find a piece we love.
It’s still a journey we’re on as well. I’ll change my mind about things and Mr. Actually will decide he wants to try something else. It’s all part and parcel of building a home, I think!
Still, I’m really proud of how far we’ve come and I’m finally in a place where I’m really excited to show off my home!