It's been a tough start to 2020 for many Australians, but let me wish all Workshop members a very happy (and safe) new year. I hope this year brings plenty of joy and exciting new challenges.
I never fail to be impressed at the power of community. How everyone has unique experiences and knowledge they can share. And I’m constantly impressed at how generous people can be in sharing their time and expertise with others. Check out The Top 10 Workshop projects of 2019 if you want some great examples and plenty of project inspiration.
Holidays can not only help recharge the batteries, they can also provide some time to plan the year ahead. This site recorded record page views over the last couple of weeks, so obviously there are a lot of people thinking about new projects around the house and garden.
What projects are you planning to kick off this year?
@Jason After moving into a new rental a few years back, I no longer have a large garage to store all my tools in and have them accessible. This year I would like to get that sorted, acquire at least a workbench and have the essentials ready at hand.
I've found that because I can't locate tools readily, I'm re-purchasing the same item numerous times.
Install a TV tomorrow and fix a leaking toilet (not mine)
Learn candle making because Jiying/Linda who spends her time photographing flowers and has a rose tattoo wants lemon scented candles not flowers or easy to find scented candles...
My to do list includes -
Fireplace make over.
Bathroom vanity and if I feel energetic remove the wall paper and replace fittings.
Paint the kitchen. I would like new cabinets but that may be next year.
Paint the passage and replace the cabinet there.
Main bedroom flooring, furniture and painting.
Paint lounge room and remove old air conditioner.
Ramp on the verandah and it needs some love.
Kitchen and loungeroom furniture that may be a mix of make and buy.
Wishlist of tools - drum sander, jointer, thicknesser and I would like a wood lathe and glass kiln but I need to clean the .... out of the sheds and have a balance between fixing other peoples things and fixing my own.
Things on the maybe list
Alsert doors are interesting, there maybe cheaper glass doors though for cupboards.
New doors, architraves and skirtings in Tas Oak and stained glass for some doors.
Make over for the front of the house and the can of worms it opens up for front fence, paths. driveway and roof.
Smart locks for the doors, the screen doors are a pita to do but if I am doing frames it will be then or never.
Her wish list...
Ikea panda's every where.
For someone who likes flowers she is into make everything black, maybe Japan Black in the bedroom.
@Brad I'm exhausted just thinking about your list! Good stuff, plenty to keep you busy. Please post some progress shots along the way, would love to follow it through with you.
Yes know exactly how that is @MitchellM I am still living out of boxes and have not been able to find a lot of things so have purchased others. This year I'd also like to tackle making room, finishing thing and being able to have my things easier to find. So I wish you luck also.
Nothing really ambitious here, due to budget reasons.
Shaded 1 today with scrap items. Looks solid and should last a while.
Started that today after blending bags of soil from Bunnings with compost that is almost done. Very glad I saved all my plastic pots from over the years.
About half done so far.
That's about it for me.
Well @rattle that sounds very industrious to me. I have a massive list myself, but it's so darn hot here in the Summer that much of it I just have to wait till it cools down before I can get into it.
All the best
Really looking forward to it all @Old-gal24
I have one new project for 2020, that I am keen to get going.
After the recent talk about passion fruit here I'd like to build a rectangle frame off one side of the alfresco and train passion fruit to grow over it, so the fruit hang down over our head as we go out to that side of the yard.
Same to you @Jason and every other member of this amazing community. It's been great seeing its growth and I'm looking forward to sharing and learning more in 2020.
The never-ending to do list
Then there's just a bunch of other bits and pieces to do and some side/passion projects that are nice-to-haves so will just see how the year pans out really. 2019 was a busy year for my business and I plan to build it even more this year so I also need to account for that and of course the time to relax and spend time with family and friends, especially after last year which is a bit of a write off with how busy I was haha.