2012 Goals–Thinking Big

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I’m not really a New Year’s Resolution type of person, but I am a list-maker. I love me some lists. They keep me from running around like a madwoman trying to get everything done only to discover I forgot the most important things. So I decided this was a great time to list some of the projects I want to accomplish this year.

I have shared very little of our home here on the blog so far. There is a good reason for that. I have done tons of cute little projects and found lots of awesome vintage goodness to decorate our home. But beneath all the cute little touches is a lot of dated ugliness.

aftersThe much exploited one cute area of the house.

That is why I show a favorite nook….but not the other side of the room with the ugly carpet and awkward TV stand. I show my little chalkboard corner in the kitchen…but not the rest of the kitchen with the ugly vinyl floor, dated cabinets, and seventies appliances.

Until now I have just overlooked the problem floors, kitchen, and bathrooms because those types of projects typically take some mega money. But I have decided that this year I am not just going to DIY cute little projects, I am going to THINK BIG! I may not be able to afford everything I would love to do to make our home ours, but I can make a start.

Instead of little tweaks here and there, I am going to really change some things. And I am going to do it for very little money. And at the end of 2012, this house is going to be amazing. Well, more amazing than now.
So, anyway, here’s my list.

  1. Banish as much brown and gold from the kitchen as possible. Our kitchen is a great size and has a pretty nice layout. But it is terribly ugly. From the gold and white countertops and backsplash to the brown blinds, some things need to change. Not to mention painting the kitchen cabinets has been on my to-do list since we moved in 3 years ago. This year it is totally happening.
  2. Get some light up in this house! This is the thing I hate the most. Our home is situated very charmingly in the woods. Unfortunately, this means many of the windows are shaded and not a ton of light comes in. Add to that the fact our home was built at a time when overhead lights were not in fashion and sometimes I feel like I am in a cave.
  3. Change the foyer from ugly to inviting. We are lucky enough to have a (very small) entry area inside the front door. It even has stone floors – unfortunately, they are super ugly and dirty. They are also the only thing currently in the entry – no furniture, no art, terrible. I WILL make that little area cute and welcoming this year.
  4. Build some built-in bookshelves in the living room. I LOVE books and we have a ton.  They are on bookcases all over the house plus there are even some in drawers. Now they will all be corralled in our new “library”.
  5. Overhaul the master bathroom. This actually is not optional. It is a long story that all began with a mushroom but I will save that story for another day. The jist is we have to completely tear out and redo the shower and floor. Quite the undertaking.
  6. Paint some of the big pieces of furniture I am hoarding in the basement. I have a great dresser, a wardrobe, a huge cabinet, and some other things that I would love to see revived. But I never seem to get around to them because they are too big to sell in my little booth. Time to make some progress on that huge pile.
  7. Change the flooring in the majority of the house – As I have mentioned before, I hate the flooring in the majority of our house.  From the off-white linoleum to the dirty carpet it needs to go.  Happily, I am already hard at work on solving this. Come back next week to see the reveal.

That should keep me busy this year. I can’t wait to check each item off the list.

Wishing you all a great start to 2012.

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  1. says

    Good luck with your many projects! I would also like built-ins to display my pottery (currently in plastic containers) and would love to standardize my flooring (we’ve got tile, wood floors, rugs- it’s a mess). Keep us posted!

  2. says

    Love this post – so brave of you to post your list. I am in the same boat – I paint things and sell them on. Everyone expects me to have a lovely home to match my style, but the truth is I don’t. Maybe I should be brave too and make a list and post it – then perhaps some things make actually start to change around here!

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