It’s that time of year – sharing my house projects and goals for 2022! The list hasn’t changed much and is really just the same list of items year after year that I’m slowly checking off. Sometimes I remove projects that I no longer want to do, but most of the time I’m adding new projects and ideas.
- purge & organize
- update window trim & baseboards
- finish uncompleted areas/projects
- repaint the front door
- paint the ceiling, walls, and baseboards a soft white
Purging and organizing will always be on the list for our house. It’s just a never-ending task and something that has to be worked on to be a success. I still plan on updating our window trim and baseboards. The baseboards need to be repainted and redone in some areas. And as I mentioned in my DIY regrets post, I plan on removing the craftsman trim that I’ve added to the windows.
I also plan on repainting the main areas of our house including the entry, living room, dining, and kitchen. I’m tired of the bright white and want to try something a little softer. It will be one of my first projects of the year and I can’t wait.
- paint the built-ins and add picture lighting
- update the fireplace
- add ceiling box beams
- new sofa & furniture layout
It has been a few years and the DIY built-ins need to be repainted. Some of the doors and the most used shelves have areas where paint is chipping off. I’ve been thinking about doing an update to these anyways with arches or lighting, but painting will be the first step.
I also want to update our fireplace and mantel. The function of the fireplace build-out and storage mantel works great, but I am tired of the farmhouse look. I’d like to update it to look more like this or this. I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to do that yet, but I have a few ideas.
With the trim that I plan on removing from our windows and doors, I will reuse it for DIY ceiling box beams in our great room. After I installed the beams in our bedroom, Joe really liked them and asked for them to be in the rest of the house. At the time I didn’t have the energy to do that and instead added the large beam to separate the kitchen and living room. But the more I browse Pinterest and Instagram and see ceiling beams in living rooms, I can’t wait to add them to ours.
- finish toe kicks and trim
- new appliances
- quartz countertops
- upper cabinets
The kitchen is still on the list. When I first shared my plans for it, I mentioned that the kitchen would be done in phases. Even after painting the cabinets, and adding the open shelving, the kitchen still doesn’t feel like my dream kitchen. Joe and I have been talking about removing the odd closet/wall area and just having one large island. I also want to remove more of the upper cabinets and build a large range hood. So many plans for this small kitchen!
- paint vanity
- fix shower
- update the mirrors
I still dream of completely redoing our primary bathroom. Ever since I created this bathroom mood board, I can’t stop thinking about how great our bathroom would look with this design. I’m not sure it will get done this year with my kitchen plans, but I can’t wait.
- custom shelving
Our closet needs to be organized again and more shelving will help with that. It’s an easy project that shouldn’t take very much time or effort, but for some reason, I keep putting it off. So, I’m determined to get it done this year.
- change exterior color scheme and paint
- add landscape lighting
- update exterior lighting
Last spring, we cleaned off the patio and added a small dining area. It was great during summer nights and fall, but during the winter we don’t use it all. It needs to be refreshed, but I love having the space when we need it. I have the exterior lights already but haven’t switched them. And painting the exterior would make me so happy, so maybe this year!
Slowly but surely I’m getting down to the last few rooms of the house. There are still a few small things I would like to do to the completed rooms too. Like removing our laundry barn door. It’s been great for years but lately, it just seems to be more in the way instead of serving any purpose. And this year I’d also like to do a lot more furniture makeovers with items from thrift stores or Facebook marketplace.
There are also big things I’d like to do to the completed rooms too. Adding two new windows to the dining room has been in the back of my mind for years. So, the house projects and goals for 2022 are big changes that will cost a pretty penny and will take a while to complete. Construction changes, new appliances, new countertops, a painted exterior, and a bathroom renovation are all big dreams but I’m ready!