At the beginning of each year, I share my house projects and goals for our home. It’s fun to look back at the list now that we are halfway done with 2020 and see what I’ve accomplished so far. Of course, 2020 has been the weirdest year any of us have ever experienced, and who knows what’s to come later. I’m still working from home and enjoying every minute of it. So I hope that I can still continue to complete projects and really enjoy our home.
- purge & organize
- update paint on window trim and baseboards
- finish uncompleted areas/projects
I feel like purging and organizing is an ongoing thing. It’s never really done, especially if you do it right. I have finished painting some of the trim and baseboards, however, I have a lot more to go. I will never use common boards for door and window trim ever again. From now on, it will only be primed wood. The knots that are coming through every year that have to be repainted are not worth the money I saved.
- paint cabinets
- new appliances
- shiplap range hood
- quartz countertops
- tile backsplash
- organize and add shelves to pantry
- open shelving
- faux uppers
The kitchen will be the next major project on my list. But, to be honest, I am terrified to start it and I think that is why I have been putting it off for so long. It’s a BIG project and is a space we use every day, multiple times a day, especially now with the staying at home. So completely tearing my kitchen apart is scary right now. Instead, I think I’m going to just take it one project at a time and really create a plan. It will take longer this way but will save my sanity in the end.
- new desk and built-in cabinetry
Or as I like to call it – my #hallffice. It’s my office space in our hallway, just off of the kitchen. It was originally supposed to be a linen cabinet and counter but we opted to leave it blank when we built our home and now I’m so glad we did because I was able to make my office out of it.
I’ve been working on this for months, and I am almost done. There have been lots of delays this year with shipping and supplies, so it is taking longer than usual. Hoping to be done at the end of this month!
ceiling beams new window treatments improve decor
Finished this one! Just recently I completed our master bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge. I’m super happy to have this checked off the list. It’s a room now that we can enjoy, relax and feel comfortable in.
shower update mirrors lighting
- paint vanity
Going to be finishing up the master bathroom very soon! I fixed the tile and cleaned it really well during the first lockdown. The only thing left to do is paint the vanity and update the mirrors. I feel like I have been saying “it’s almost done” for years now, and just really want that to be true!
- custom shelving
- add baseboards
Still want to do this and it’s another one of those weekend projects. I did add an extra item to the list – add baseboards. When we installed the flooring in our bedroom and closet, I never installed the baseboards in the closet because I thought we would be doing custom shelving and wardrobes. But after doing my 31-Day Purge in January, I don’t have a lot of clothes and don’t need a fancy closet. So now that we are not doing a custom closet, adding baseboards and upper shelving would help tremendously.
- add more storage
- tile the floor
This is a project I would like to do this year for the One Room Challenge fall season. I want to do black hexagon tile on the floor, paint the cabinets, add more storage (using the cabinets I remove from the kitchen), and paint everything a bright white. This is a windowless room, so the brighter I can make it, the happier I will be. I planned on painting it in February as part of my free projects series, but never got around to it. Go figure.
I would also love to add a sink in here depending on the cost. It would be a great upgrade for us, but also add some value to our home. We can stack our washer and dryer for more space and have easy access to plumbing.
- change exterior color scheme and paint
- add landscape lighting
- extend the driveway
- create an outdoor dining space
- update the bushes and landscaping in the back
- add a permanent shed
- inground pool
Lately, we have been thinking more and more about our outdoor space. Probably because we are home more now and because the projects inside are closer and closer to being done. Joe loves being outside, I do not. However, we’ve both decided an inground pool would get a lot of use from both of us. So I’ve been planning and scheming our exterior plans for weeks now.
We still have lots of work left to do in our home. House projects and goals take time, but they are worth it when you can truly enjoy your home and everything it has to offer. And we are here for it.