DIY Home Upgrade My Life 17 MAY 2011

We really haven’t spent much time or money on improving the house in a very long time, with life and the garden simply getting in the way of the small amount of free time we do seem to have here in Country Mews. However, this weekend saw us pick up the DIY reigns once more, as we kitted out in the process two bathrooms, one bedroom and even slapped in one shiny steel rack for the shed!

Of course, one can’t tackle these sort of projects without spending some money (and by some money I mean a LOT of money), which is why both the day of my birthday and this past Saturday saw us spend an inordinate amount of time in the shops, targeting Mr. Price Home, Builder’s Warehouse and Game in particular, making them all a little richer and us a whole lot poorer in the process! :)

Sunday was deemed DIY day (although Saturday I did manage to finally get to the much needed lawn cut and edge trim, never mind the handing of my most awesome Batman print in the study) and when Chantelle popped in from her split shift, we first tackled the main bedroom where we hung our newly purchased curtain and put up our nifty three part purple flower print, complete with matching throw and pillows to bring a nice combination of grey and purple into our room. For the record, little Jessica LOVES the cylindrical grey pillow we’ve added into the mix.

Next up was the en suite bathroom where up went a nice toothbrush cup holder thingie and towel rail, two starfish box art pieces and a compact floating shelf for increased storage. A new bathroom mat was added into the mix, and as a note, the clever Evolock suction cup, holder thingie in the shower works like a bomb – now I can actually see the shower floor and not just a pile of Chantelle’s cleaning/beauty products! :P

In the guest bathroom, we put up a hand towel ring, a wooden towel rail, threw in a new bathroom mat, toilet brush holder, soap dispenser, waste bin, spare toilet roll basket and hung two heart box art thingies just to make it all look pretty.

As for the shed, I put together this awesome five shelf galvanised steel rack, which fits in perfectly and instantly doubled the amount of storage space I have available to me in my little storage depot. This of course means that the dining/entertainment room was finally stripped of all the extras like the un-hung pictures and fan, leaving a much more spacious… space behind.

So lots of double-sided tape, nuts and bolts, screws and wall plugs and 1 completely worn masonry bit later, we have a pretty fine upgrade to our awesome little home. And as a bonus, with all the cleaning up and packing away afterwards, I don’t think our house has ever been quite as neat tidyas this!

(The only job I didn’t get around to was putting up Jessie’s panel heater, but that will get done during the week now that the temperatures are sliding into proper winter territory. Sigh, it never ends I tell you!)

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About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.

  • That is a beautiful and very cute looking baby on the picture. You have a very cosy looking home as well.