I think I may have mentioned a couple of times now that I have recently moved into a new (rented) three-bedroom house with my boyfriend. The plan is to stay here as long as we possibly can while we save up for a deposit on our own place, but the only problem is the house is not in the best condition. It’s 10 times better than the last two places I’ve lived, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to make it a home.
As I’ve lived at home with my parents for 70% of my life – and everything following that was either University accomodation or something I knew wouldn’t be for a long time – I haven’t really got any DIY skills at all. In fact, it’s something my family often comment on as both me and my boyfriend are hopeless. Once it took us three hours to build a flat pack coffee table, then my Dad had to come over and rebuild it anyway.
I’d love more than anything to be able to have everything before Christmas, but as that’s only a few weeks ago I know it definitely won’t be happening. I will definitely be planning on starting to make some major changes in the New Year though, much like 23% of people who plan on starting a DIY project in 2017.
I want my house to be a stunning as the next blogger, so a couple of things I’m planning on doing in 2017 include (luckily I have permission from my landlord):
- Redecorating my living room to match all of our new furniture, plus installing a small fireplace.
- Redecorating the main bedroom as it’s a horrible blue and black wallpaper at the moment.
- Finishing off my office, which you can read more about here.
- Adding shelves to my boyfriends games room, so he can display all of his collectables.
- There are a couple of cupboards without doors on, so I’d love to be able to get doors for them.
DIY Safety Tips
To help people like me and my boyfriend, Slater and Gordon (mesothelioma lawyers) have asked me to share some of the places you are most likely to find risk while carrying out DIY tasks, which you can find in the infographic below. I actually wasn’t aware of a couple of these, which shows how important it is to raise awareness with people like me – I’m someone who is so eager to get my house looking the way I wanted I could have seriously damaged my health in the process.
They’ve also come up with some DIY safety tips to help reduce the risk in certain tasks, including the blogger favourite ‘upcycling’. It also goes into detail about the biggest health risk mesothelioma, something I was completely unaware of until I was asked to take part in the #HealthatHome campaign (along with 30% of the 2098 asked) To find out more information you can view the full infographic here.
Are you aware of the DIY safety tips you need to follow when carrying out home improvements?