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2018 will be the year I finish everything I wasn’t able to accomplish last year. I don’t want to add anything new or tackle any more big projects until I can get these crossed off the list. 2018 will be year I get my life and my home back together.
- purge & organize
- update window trim
I still have a few rooms to finish adding window trim and painting. The new color, Seashell Gray by Valspar, is replacing our taupe color and I love how fresh and modern it is. The purging and organizing I didn’t complete. I did very well in the beginning of the year and donated SO MUCH STUFF to Salvation Army and Good Will. But now it seems like all the stuff has collected again, so I’m tackling a huge organization overhaul. And you can do it with me! I’ve created a 10 Days to an organized clutter free home challenge that I can’t wait to start next week!
new flooring new furniture new rug update entertainment center
- DIY fireplace or custom built ins
- patio door update
I’m really proud of how far the living room has come this year. It was always a space I never liked very much or cared to share. But with the new flooring, our new sofa and recliners, new rug, and our entertainment center it finally feels like home. I’m still tossing around the idea of the DIY fireplace and every year around the holidays I really want one, but then summer comes and I forget all about it. Maybe this year?
For the patio door, I updated the trim but I’m still debating whether I want to paint it black and had some DIY mullions. However, if it was in our budget I would LOVE to update to french doors. I will probably also change the rug in here a few times (cause thats what I do) and I think I have finally found an ottoman I love!
- paint cabinets
- new appliances
- shiplap range hood
- quartz countertops
- subway tile backsplash
If you follow me on Instagram, I shared on my stories a design board and a new idea I have to be able to keep our current laminate counters and live with them for just a couple more years until we can afford our quartz counters. After our bathroom project this year, I realized just how expensive quartz is and we will have to save up BIG money for our kitchen.
I’m still trying to convince Joe to let me paint the cabinets and remove some of them. He’s not fully on board yet, but I guess I have a whole year to try and talk him into it. 🙂
- barn door cabinet
In my office, I did create my chalkboard. However, I NEVER used it. A whole year and I never wrote on it once. If you’ve followed the blog for awhile, you know I hate having anything in our house that doesn’t serve a purpose. So I need to come up with a different idea for this space. If I could just keep it clean and organized, I think I would use my desk a lot more. 🙂
I’m also thinking about repurposing one of the kitchen cabinets to replace the open shelving above my desk. That way I can hide the paper shredder, printer, and other items I need but don’t wanna see everyday.
shower update mirrors lighting
Our master bathroom…I’m still angry about it. I started the makeover for the One Room Challenge and because of some delays and mess ups from installers, it was never completed. It was so close to being finished and then I just gave up. We’ve been living with a half completed bathroom for months. Every time I start, I’m reminded of the failure it was and I just want to walk away. But I am determined to finally finish it.
- custom shelving
The master closet was another project that never got finished. It was supposed to be my second One Room Challenge project of the year, but since I never finished the bathroom I didn’t want to move on. However, it is part of my purging and organizing, so it will be getting a mini update this year with some easy shelving and organization. It might not be the closet of my dreams, but at least it will function a little bit better.
- new flooring
It’s the guest bedroom, spare bedroom, storage room, catch all room, home gym, etc. It’s a room that plays a lot of roles and deserves some love. I’d like to put our Pergo flooring in here too (we have some left over) and do some decorating and rearranging so it doesn’t just look like a catch all space. You can see just how bad this room gets in my real house tour I shared earlier this year.
- tile flooring
- update vanity
- new lighting
- new mirror
Luckily, I stil have a lot of floor tiles left over from our master bath and I’d love to put them in the hall bath too. I’ve had my eye on this Pottery Barn vanity for over a year and would LOVE to have it in this small space. It has that perfect modern farmhouse vibe that I’m drawn too.
- farmhouse dining table
- seating area
- potting bench area
- paint exterior
- organize garage
Hopefully, once we can get the inside of our house organized and put back together we can tackle the outside. I dream of a beautiful patio but currently ours looks more like a storage area for lawn equipment. If we can get the garage completely organized and find a place for everything – maybe my clean and beautiful patio space dreams will come true. I’d also love to build an outdoor dining set. We have a lot of scrap wood that would be perfect for a new project!
If I’m being completely honest I’d love to focus on more personal things this year instead of our home and DIY projects. Things I’ve listed in my 32 before 32 post. I’m a list maker, a goal maker, and when I can’t get my list crossed off it makes me so anxious. This year I’m focusing on being present, being content, being focused on my goals.
Let’s make 2018 our best year yet!