DECOR & DIY, Home & Garden, Romancing the Home

2019 DIY and Decor Goals

Well, here we are. 2019. Can you freaking believe it?! I’m not quite sure where the time has gone, but I would sure like for it to slow down just a tad! But that’s besides the point. The first challenge for #romancingthehome this year is for us to put our decor goals out there, into the world.

I’m not going to lie; this year is going to be tight financially. We are on a very tight budget

when it comes to projects and I have to stick to it, so there have to be very few impulse buys. Everything has to be planned out. The beauty of this is that I will be using this opportunity to share any tips, tricks and lessons learned with you; my mission is to prove that you can create your dream home (or aspects of it) on a tight budget.

Right, so, here are my 2019 DIY and decor goals:

1. Bathroom reno

This is the big project for the year. Our family bathroom has been bugging me since the day we moved in over 11 years ago and it always gets put on the back burner. Not again!

We already have our bath – an old rusted up cast iron bath. We got it for free, with what I believe to be an unspoken challenge being to see if we can actually save this thing. I feel like it’s a win win situation: if we manage to restore it, we will have the most gorgeous bath in our teeny little bathroom; if we don’t, we will turn it into a garden bench for our teeny little garden. Either way, we will get good use out of it!

Cast Iron bath - Sawdust and High Heels
Isn’t she gorgeous?! I need to go in search of another leg for her – I hope that I can find another of the same, because I love these ones!

Now, as I mentioned earlier, we will be on a budget. I’m going to have to sacrifice some of my more lofty tap ideas for cheaper options. However, I believe that as long as we get the placement right; everything else can be changed with little effort down the line. I have some big ideas for this tiny space on a tiny budget. I can’t wait to see them come to fruition!

2. Kitchen refresh

If you read my first ever post, you will know that although I love my kitchen, there are a few things that I would like to change.

Apparently Hubs took that post of mine to heart, because has already begun with a few little projects on this refresh. The refresh will include lowering the upper cabinets a bit and the addition of some open shelving.

The big question that I have now is on the backsplash. I was so tired of the beige, I have already picked out the most beautiful matte (flat) white subway tile that I’ve starting saving for. And now I’m starting to waiver… maybe I should just re-grout the current backsplash and not change it? I have no idea!! What would you do: Re-grout the current backsplash, or replace it with white subway tile? Please help!

Kitchen renovation after - Sawdust and High Heels
Re-grout the current backsplash or replace it with white subway tile 🤔 Which would you choose?

3. Living room refresh

This one is a bit of a stretch, because by the time the bathroom and kitchen have been completed, I’m going to have no budget left. However, my living room is the one area that I really struggle with styling. I have no idea why. I love my exceptionally comfy Coricraft couch, even though it’s beige. I know that technically I can replace the slip covers with new ones, but that will cost me the same as what I actually paid for it about 9 years ago. So that’s a no-go. On the plus side, my couch is 9 years old and is still the most comfortable piece of furniture we own.

I also love my gallery wall, with it’s family photos (even though it’s always skew and drives a number of my friends insane because I never straighten it).

I think that my problem is throw pillows – I don’t know how to use them properly. One of my goals for 2019 is to overcome this perceived shortcoming and nail my living room styling!

Living room - Sawdust and High Heels
I think that this is the last photo of my living room that I shared on Instagram. This was back in 2016😱. I think I have a complex 😂. Nothing much has changed; except I have painted the table since then.


There is an overarching theme for all of our projects for this year. Along with being frugal and budget conscious, what I am really trying to focus on this year is simplicity. I tend to surround myself with unnecessary things. Things that I will bring home and then leave lying on the dining room table for weeks on end and then shove in a cupboard because it’s in the way. I mean, I bought fynbos to create a Christmas tablescape around mid-December. It’s still in a vase on my kitchen windowsill. I never used it for its intended purpose.

2019 will be about everything that is bought is bought with a purpose, and must be used for that purpose. The decluttering that I have started with with go a long way to helping me with this as well. It is exceptionally difficult going through mounds and mounds of junk that have been hiding in cupboards for years and years on end. It’s amazing how much one can accumulate over time and I don’t ever want to be back in this position again.

What about you; what are your goals for 2019? I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a note below! 👇 And please don’t forget to leave feedback on my backsplash dilemma! Thanks!

Oh, and one more thing – If you have a minute, please visit my #romancingthehome friends to see what they are planning on getting up to this year:

Until next time 😘

2 thoughts on “2019 DIY and Decor Goals

  1. I love subway tiles but do wonder if they will seem dated in a couple of years. The current backsplash tiles suit the current floor quite well which is a bonus, however, they look like they might be difficult to keep clean. A dilemma indeed!

    1. Thanks Ashley! It’s such a difficult decision for me, because it’s not something that can be easily changed if I get bored of it. I don’t want to sit in this position again 5 years from now!

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