While I’m all for equality – I’m perfectly happy to sit back and let Ben get on with any manual work about the house. He does the dishes, and washes the clothes, but in particular I’m talking DIY. Yep, when it comes to hanging a shower screen, building shelves or installing a loft ladder, I’m happy to leave it to the boys (in particular my Father in Law is awesome at these things).
But since moving into our home in October, I have now found my interior designer. When we first moved in, I didn’t care what colour the walls were. I knew I didn’t want a red themed living room – been there, done that for four years in the flat. But other than that I didn’t really care. I bought some furnishings, and was ‘done with it’.
But, somewhere along the line I woke up and decided that actually the door in the living room was in the wrong place, that the kitchen space would be more effective if we had ‘L’ shaped units, and I embraced my love of storage.
Now most of these plans are pipe dreams. It’s our first home, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before we outgrow it. Not much point in spending a fortune getting it just right and then move out (ok, I know that’s how some people roll).
How do you fancy a bit of DIY for a Friday? Since we bought a new house we have been learning a bit about DIY. Mostly that we’re not very good at it.
When I was using Pinterest to come up with some ideas for kitchens, I came across the idea of using chalkboard paint to create noticeboards. In the flat I would often leave a post-it note stuck to the corner of the dining room table with a reminder or note for Ben.
I thought this would be a good project to start on – not too difficult, and build ourselves up from there.
I considered painting some of the cupboards doors, Ben vetoed that idea. It may well have been too dark.
I then considered doing a large chalk board – but worried it would be too much black.
So, inspired by Peas and Crayons and Oh She Glows I went with a gallery wall idea.