I am really excited to start on my projects and goals for the new year! The new year always feels like a fresh start for me and there is so much hope for what is to come. I feel like 2018 was a great year for me personally with my break from social media and I really learned how to take care of myself, love myself, shift my mindset, and live more simply.
However, I didn’t complete very many house projects or do any DIY actually. At the end of the summer, we had actually planned on selling our house and moving. Our builders are building a new sub-division and I thought I had found my dream home. But after starting the process and looking into building a new home, financially it just wasn’t the right time for us. So for now, we will continue to love our current home and finish the projects we had planned. A lot of what I have planned for 2019, is everything I didn’t finish in 2018 and some even in 2017! But, that’s okay, right? This is life and it’s all just a journey.
2019 PROJECTS & GOALS
- purge & organize
new flooring paint update trim
- update window trim
The purging and organizing are never-ending, especially after the holidays. Putting away the holiday decor is a great time to look at everything and decide what to keep and what to donate. There a few areas of the house that still have old baseboards and door trim from when we put in our new flooring. But those rooms will be updated this year, too.
new flooring new furniture new rug update entertainment center
- DIY fireplace or custom built-ins
- patio door update
- new curtains for patio slider and front door
- DIY leather ottomans
I finally have a plan for our DIY fireplace AND built-ins. I’m actually glad I spent a couple of years waiting on this project because it gave me a chance to decide what I really want. I have plans for including both the fireplace and built-ins, instead of just one or the other. If you follow along on Instagram, you might have seen that IKEA delivered a huge shipment and those are all the materials for this project. It will be my first big project of 2019 and I’m so excited to get it done. I have loved these built-ins from DIY Playbook forever, and the styling is on point.
- paint cabinets
- new appliances
- shiplap range hood
- quartz countertops
- subway tile backsplash
This will be another big project this year and I am thinking about doing it for the One Room Challenge project. Our kitchen is very dark and I want to brighten it and make it feel new. Our budget is limited, so I don’t think quartz countertops or new appliances will be an option this year, but I still want to make improvements. I love the open corner shelving in Driven by Decor’s kitchen. Her kitchen is so bright and airy and is one of my favorites.
- new desk and built-in cabinetry
Part of the IKEA shipment also includes cabinetry and a new desk for my hallway office. I have not used this space in over a year, because most of the time it looks like it does in my real house tour. I’m hoping I can get it all de-cluttered, have a place for everything, and keep it as an organized drop zone just off of the kitchen. I’m usually on my laptop in the living room, instead of an actual office, but I’d love to have the space to use when I need it. I have been saving this image from Cynthia Hayes Interior Design for a while, and I love how simple and beautiful it is.
shower update mirrors lighting
- paint vanity
I started our master bathroom makeover for the One Room Challenge over a year ago and because of some mess-ups from installers, it was never completed. I finished the tile, but I have yet to paint the vanity and finish all the small details. Although it might look “done” on a day to day basis, I still notice all the finishing details that weren’t completed. I’m also planning a post on how our painted shower has held up after two years.
- custom shelving
Early last year, I purged and organized a lot of our master closet during my 10 Days to an Organized Clutter Free Home challenge. I also added an IKEA shoe storage unit, but I still need to add shelving and organize some more. It will be a quick and easy project that should only take a weekend.
- new flooring
Our guest bedroom serves as a catch-all room, but it really needs some love. I want it to be a dedicated guest room and I feel like as soon as the room has a purpose, it can stop being just an “extra room”. You can see just how bad this room gets in my real house tour. I’m planning on this being the first One Room Challenge space for the year.
- tile flooring
- update vanity
- new lighting
- new mirror
I have not touched our hall bath since painting it and adding towel hooks the first year we moved in. It’s a very small space, but this bathroom from Room for Tuesday is all the inspiration I need. I even want to paint the ceiling black! Luckily, I have all the materials already to update the flooring and paint, so I’m hoping this can be another quick weekend project.
Not doing any DIY last year, really has me itching to get in there, roll up my sleeves, and get started on these projects and goals! I’ll be sure to share the process, design, and all the details here and on social media.