The mister and I sat down to look at the fall schedule and with all the soccer games, entertaining, and holiday related events filling up our days, we concluded there are not many weekends available for any more big home improvement projects. In January, I wrote about all of the home goals we had for our casa. Today seemed a great day to take inventory on how I did and I’m proud to say I finished a lot of them. Some will just have to wait until next year, but here’s a quick recap.
Goal #1 – Replace the kitchen backsplash. Done! I was sooooo happy to swap out the yellow fruit plate last winter for a cleaner updated look. Back in February I removed the old decorative tile and installed plain white tile in its place tile for a more cohesive feel.
Goal #2: Create a homework and art center for the kiddos. Yep, finished! The blank wall in the kid’s play space got an upgrade with the addition of a homework and art station, including a desk, floating shelves, and frames for their artwork.
Goal #3: Swap out entry chandelier and replace or repaint sconces. Whoops, only half of that goal was completed. I was able to repaint the outdoor sconces (and front door too) and a little paint went a long way to updating the dirty ol’ fixtures, but the main entry chandy will simply have to wait till I find something fabulous and a very very very tall ladder.
Goal # 4: Spruce up living room with a smaller scale sofa, some artwork, and a new rug. Done!
I shopped my house earlier this summer to switch out the rug from the dining room and a borrow a striped chair from upstairs. A painting found at a local thrift store and a smaller scale neutral loveseat from JC Penney complete the sitting area. Together with my reupholstered velvet chair, these now form one of my favorite sitting areas in the house.
Goal #5 – Finish my little boy’s room. Done, yay! This sweet boy’s bedroom space for my five year old son was one of my favorite projects I completed this year.
Goal #6: Remodel the hall bathroom. How did I do? Total fail. Every day I walk by this bathroom I think about how much I desperately want to update it. Next year (hopefully) I’ll finally get my act together, pull together a design plan, and make some real progress. Should be fun!
Goal #7: Fill in the circular patio. Yep, done! After tripping over the edges of this patio for years, we finally got around to filling it with some natural stone and we absolutely love the result! Read the step by step installation here.
Goal #8: Refinish the courtyard with new tile or stamped concrete. Nope, fail. This goal was one we honestly weren’t prepared to take on this year due to the time and expense, but hey, there’s always next year. We’re hoping a little more money will grow on some trees in that backyard to make it happen!
Goal #9: Repaint and wallpaper my closet. Done! (Minus the wallpaper.) The shelving and walls in my personal closet got a makeover with a lot of primer, a little paint, and some stencils too, I love it!
So I didn’t finish them all, but I’m feeling mighty proud of what we did accomplish this year. Speaking of home improvement, we also adopted the Alma House earlier this year and are still working on it. We ran into some obstacles last month with the cabinetry we planned for the laundry room, but this week we’re back on schedule and excited to be finishing up that project very soon. Hope to share it with you all next week!
Finally, a reminder that the fall link parties start two weeks from today – we hope you’ll join in all the fun.
What about you? Got a few major home improvement projects you’re mighty proud of completing this year?