With the new year comes a lot of reflection for me about what I’d like to accomplish in our home this coming year. I don’t think I made a list of home goals last year. With a brand-new baby, I was just trying to survive and get some sleep.
I didn’t take on any major renovation projects until November when I finally painted our kitchen cabinets white. I will share those soon. (Although I am clearly insane for tackling them during the holidays. Somebody should have stopped me!)
But this year I am less sleep-deprived and have more time and mental clarity to make a list again. I can’t wait to look back at the end of the year and see how far we’ve come!
As I reflect on the almost 4 years in our home, I can see that we’ve come a long way. But at the same time we’ve moved super slow. But that’s OK. Our budget is small when it comes to home renovation and improvements. I mean, we live on a teacher’s salary and what I make from blogging. And while it’s plenty to live on, there’s not a ton of wiggle room for many extras. I mean, my monthly decorating budget – for a home decor/DIY blogger – is maybe $100. So there aren’t any huge $1,000 renovation budgets going on over here.
I just pooled all of my Christmas money and bought two light fixtures to go in my kitchen. I have been dreaming of replacing these since we toured the house to consider buying it. But it’s taken nearly 4 years for them to make it to the top of the list.
On one hand I LOVE it that our home is evolving over time. (I’m heeding my own advice from this post.) Although I frequently joke that by the time we get it all just the way I want it, it’ll be time to move and I’ll be super sad. But hopefully that won’t be the case.
Can I share something with you? Sometimes I get overwhelmed by everything out there in blogland, on Pinterest, on Facebook and Instagram. It all just looks so pretty … and so … instantaneously gorgeous. And sometimes I feel a little twinge of jealousy that I either don’t have the budget or don’t have all the time in the world to DIY what I want. And then I get overwhelmed about what style I want because there are so many adorable, pretty things out there.
First world problems, I know. But I’m just sharing my heart. Think of it as a yearly confession session. Ha!
So, without further sharing (or venting), I’ll give you my 2016 Home Goals. I will also say that getting a vision board in place before starting a room renovation is a good idea. I need to do that for my kitchen ASAP. 🙂
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Home Goals 2016
- Focus on the kitchen.
- Replace two light fixtures in the kitchen. (Purchased with Christmas $$ and they are on their way. YAY!)
- Restore and paint the eat-in-kitchen table. (I just need some warmer weather now that I have the time to work on it.)
Paint the kitchen cabinets white.(Done in November 2015.)
- Replace the countertops. (Laminate or granite?? I’m leaning toward laminate.)
- Replace the kitchen sink.
- Replace the kitchen faucet.
- Panel the back of the bar.
- Build shelves between cabinets and back door.
- Change out blinds for bamboo shades.
- Add backsplash.
- Paint walls or add shiplap.
- Future (probably won’t happen this year): add height to the cabinets so that they reach the ceiling and add crown moulding around the whole room.
- Future (probably won’t happen this year): replace black appliances with stainless steel.
As you can see, that is a lot of work all right there. This is where I’ll focus my time this year, or at least focus on this first. If the stars align and I finish the kitchen before the end of the year (fingers crossed!) then I’ll move on to these items.
- Paint the shutters and front door. I’m leaning toward Anonynous by Sherwin Williams, but I’m open to suggestions. I’ll definitely get some samples and try them out.
- Replace curtain rod in Miss A’s room.
- Replace curtains in Miss A’s room.
- Change out picture over Miss A’s bed to match her new bedding and other artwork.
- Maybe have a big girl room reveal? 🙂
Miss A’s nursery after we moved in. It’s changed a LOT since then.
- Build or buy a desk with built-in filing cabinet.
- Add curtains to the office.
- Paint the office walls.
- Replace the full bed with a day bed and trundle in the office/guest room. (Either build or buy)
I could go on with my list, but I think I’ll stop there or else I’ll never get finished. And this doesn’t include any crafts or home DIY projects that I have in mind, or recipes.
Do you like how I added something to my list that I already accomplished so that I could cross it off? It makes me feel accomplished already!
Do you have any home goals this year? Please share!