Overwhelmed and Under-Motivated

It’s a fact. We have a load of jobs to finish off in our house. So many, that it’s really starting to get us down. Now, we’d like to use the reason excuse that we’re just so busy with work and the children that we don’t find the time. But in reality, we don’t always prioritise those jobs at the weekend. After a busy week it’s lovely to do family things, catch up on some hobbies or just kick back and relax. But we really need to do something about the house, so we’re finally kicking ourselves into gear and hoping to cross a few jobs off the list.

Now, we are great at starting DIY in the house. We’re pretty good at it when we do it too. We’ve had some big successes over the years as we’ve turned our wood-chip filled Victorian semi into a more modern version of itself. We opened up a fireplace in the dining room one year, we totally revamped the garden another year (including hiring one of those ‘white-finger’ drills as I call them and annoying the neighbours for 48 hours solid) and we’ve refitted the bathroom and the kitchen.

My other half, forever to be known as Mr Demolition , is a self taught DIYer, and very good he is too. He taught himself plumbing, electrics, brick laying and a bit of plastering. He can pretty much turn his hand to anything. And he does. Quite frequently. Trouble is, he gets bored once the demolition is over. Demolition is definitely his thing. Putting it all back together is definitely not his thing.

And so we find ourselves with a very long list of DIY chores that have not been finished. They’re not very interesting or inspiring but they do need to be done and we need to find the motivation to do them. Somehow.

  • Finish the fireplace in the main bedroom (this has been propped against the wall for over 18 months!)

  • Finish boxing in the new boiler that was installed July 2011


Not a great photo, but you get the idea!

  • Complete gloss work following the Crown Paint Review (shameless plug back to old post). DONE
  • Touch up ceilings where stains have occurred (in a Victorian house the roof leaks a lot!) DONE
  • Paint the woodwork in the kitchen and generally finish the makeover we started last year. It really looks ‘unfinished’ after I painted it a lovely shade of white!


  • Prime, undercoat and paint lots of pieces of skirting that were replaced and then left.
  • Stop the stairs from creaking!
  • Outside we have rotten fascia boards that need attention
  • Replace 7 panels of fencing that are rotten.
  • Paint exterior woodwork around back door.

And quite frankly, the list goes on. It seems so daunting when we, apparently have so little time. And because we are quite capable of doing these things ourselves, we are loath to pay anyone else to do them. So we plough on. We are tackling the smaller jobs first, so we feel like we’re achieving.

I’ll update you in a month or so and see where we’re at. I have lots of inspiration from the Farrow and Ball colour evening last week (another shameless plug) so I’m hoping for great things in the kitchen. We’ll see.

Just because I write about lovely things on here, doesn’t mean to say my home is perfect. I may love all these gorgeous bits and pieces, but I don’t live with them. Oh no, not by a long shot!

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  1. July 6, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    Oh I hear you!!! We need to decorate throughout, sometime our house feels like the forthbridge 😉

  2. July 6, 2012 / 11:18 pm

    Oooh I think this is a very common theme in many households. In the beginning you want to tackle everything and as time goes by your hardly noticed the unpainted skirting boards or what have you… We are still in rented accommodation here in the UK and I really miss my house in Holland just because it was mine and I could paint things and fix up whatever I wanted! 🙂

  3. July 7, 2012 / 8:23 pm

    I had kind of assumed that you lived in a picture perfect home given the blog that you write. It’s reassuring to know that you don’t (although it looks very nice).

    • Jen
      July 8, 2012 / 8:31 pm

      Haha, I think that’s why I wanted to write this post Erica. People had started to think we lived in this ideal modern palace and it’s just not the case. It’s good to keep it real don’t you think?!

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