Lockdown DIY

Since lockdown first hit in March 2020, I know I’m not the only person who stood in their priso- I mean, home, and thought it could do with a little spruce up. I was always too nervous to try doing DIY myself, but after joining a few DIY groups and following some amazing accounts on social media, I decided to give it a go. We have a two-bedroom, mid-terrace house which was built in the early 00s, so it’s not very big! Though we did extend last year (done by professionals of course!) to create a dining room and small office area, we hadn’t really changed anything since we moved in two years ago, so we had a few projects to choose from!

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Our first project was the hallway. It’s a really small, narrow space and it doesn’t get a lot of natural light, but we decided to be brave and went for black colour blocking. We used Frog Tape to mark off and Johnstone’s vinyl matt black, which went on beautifully, and later painted the radiator in Frenchic’s Blackjack. I love Frenchic but Blackjack does need quite a few coats, so it’s worth bearing that in mind. There’s also a chip on the radiator, but it is right by the front door and we do have two golden retrievers, so it was bound to happen. I’m probably going to add some of the Finishing Coat to give it more protection. We also painted a black semi-circle above the console table using the Johnstone’s black paint, which was a real challenge but fun to do!

Next, the bathroom. It has no windows so doesn’t get any natural light, and although the colours in there previously were quite light, it just felt bland and boring. So we painted one wall in Dulux Everglade Forest and did another colour block on a smaller wall. The bath panel was then painted in Frenchic’s Dusky Blush (which only needed two coats), and the two colours just go perfectly together. The floor was made over with Floorpops, which we also used in the downstairs toilet.

Once complete, the extension also needed a lick of paint. We went for colour blocking in there too, using Little Greene’s Hellebore on one wall and Dulux Brilliant White everywhere else. Hellebore is such a beautiful pink colour, and the paint is such good quality and lovely to work with. It’s a really bright, airy space, making it feel bigger than it is.

On new years’ eve, we decided to finally get rid of the yellow wall of doom in the kitchen. We used the same colour as the bathroom (Dulux Everglade Forest) and what a difference it made! The storage unit is from Made.com and perfect for small kitchens with limited storage space. It was my first ever time using a drill too. I was so nervous about it, but after watching @thisenglishhome on Instagram and her #empowerediy posts, I felt confident enough to give it a go. This is the drill I bought, it’s lightweight and easy to use, but probably not powerful enough for brick walls or anything like that.

Oh, and not forgetting the front garden! We had huge bushes which got out of control, so we had them ripped out and laid stones instead, adding some beautiful Nandina plants and painting the short path using Cuprinol Garden Shades in Urban Slate and White Daisy (we used tester pots as the area is so small!). The front door was also painted using The One Paint in dark grey.

I recently bought my partner a gin cabinet for her birthday, already upcycled by the brilliant @vivacity_upcycling, but I’m going to add a pop of colour to the inside with Frenchic’s Plum Pudding. I adore this colour, it’s so rich and vibrant. I also want to try my hand at DIY panelling behind the sofa, and I definitely need to do something to the stairs. I’ve been wanting to paint the banisters black for a while now, and I think I’ll go for some colour blocking up the stairs and on the landing too, but I’m still trying to decide on a colour. Beige shades are definitely in at the moment, which would go with the caramel carpet we’ve got. I really like Cookie Dough, Caramel Latte, and Caramel Cream, all by Dulux.

Did you complete any DIY projects since lockdown? I love looking at transformations, so drop your comments or Instagram handles below!

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