Reno Advent Day 1: The Christmas Tree

 In Abode, Kitchen, Living Room, Renovation Advent

Somewhere around 4am yesterday I got to thinking about our advent calendar and what things I might put in it this year. It’s a renovated shadow box from my childhood with 25 tiny pigeon holes. Last year Simon and I went on a shopping spree at a $2 Shop and filled it with hilarious trinkets for each other, most of which were completely pointless (but some have come in handy – I’m looking at you, Gorilla keyring with light-up eyes).

We all need less pointless trinkets in our lives, and thus I thought about what we really DO need, which is to finish a lot of unfinished jobs in time for Christmas at our house. And so was born the #dyerenoadvent – a season of preparation for the most wonderful time of the year. One job each day, bringing us closer to a finished house.

Day 1 was possibly the most enjoyable, and an important one to help us visualise the end goal… putting up the Christmas tree. A home for the not-yet-unwrapped gifts, it will be a plastic and scentless symbol of the need to hustle through our To Do list. It’s an easy one to check off and a December 1 tradition I hope to continue now we have our babe in the nest. We added the baubles and lights this evening and are now feeling suitably festive.

Kitchen renovation by Babe & Abode

I also took a few photos of the current state of the living/dining/kitchen area as this is where most of the action will take place over the next 25 days. The earlier shots are to remind us of how far we’ve come and to give you an insight into what we’ve been working with over the year.

Kitchen renovation by Babe & Abode

The living/dining room – the wall at the rear next to the kitchen will be replaced with bifold doors, eventually opening out onto a rear deck.

Kitchen renovation by Babe & Abode

The kitchen – big plans for the pantry area (actual cupboards!!) and a surprise on the wall in the centre of this shot.

Kitchen renovation by Babe & Abode

Floating shelves to go above the knife block and some further painting on the pine panelling.

Are you planning any pre-Christmas projects?

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  • Jess

    It is looking incredible! Well done for all of your hard work so far to making it a home. Can’t wait to see the next update(s). Jess xo

  • Sally Ogilvie

    Looks amazing! I was just wondering if you could tell me where you got your track lighting from? Are you happy with it? We are thinking about getting some for our flat and I’m looking around. xx

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