Room by Room

January 10, 2014

Over the past couple of months I’ve gotten it into my head that our house needs some sprucing. When I clean this room or that room, I’m noticing the wear and tear of the last 6 years here. You might remember I fought really hard for this house and then faced some serious set backs with it.

We’ve done a LOT to make this home our own. If you love DIY posts, check this out:

Like Trying to Eat an Elephant
62 years… One Coat of Paint?
The Big Kitchen Remodel of 2008
Operation A.E.I.O.U
Home Improvement Junkies

Apart from these big things above, I’ve also painted a ton, we’ve put in raised bed gardens, fixed up the deck, and countless other projects. Even with all those efforts, when you neglect any one are for too long, it just gets worn out.

So the plan… Room by Room 2014…

I’m picking one room each month this year and giving it some love. I started with the dining room!

I've decided to pick a room in my house each month in 2014 and give it a facelift. I'm starting in the dining room! #goodintentions #wewillseehowlongthislasts

There wasn’t anything really wrong with the dining room, as is evident by the before photo above,  but the ceiling has always needed to be painted and the bright Bayside Blue just wasn’t feeling right any more. The walls are all banged up and dingy, and the trim has never been painted.  You can see what the dining room looked like the last time I dolled it up HERE. I decided to sit down at that very table and write a list for each room in the house, what I wanted to do to it, and I got to work.

Dining Room:

  • Prime and paint the ceiling
  • Paint the trim
  • New color for the walls
  • Paint the doors
  • Sort and reorganize the china cabinet
  • Sort and purge the buffet cabinet
  • Switch up the artwork

One weekend and I was able to cross off half my list! I couldn’t be more happy with the new paint color. I went with Lyndhurst Caledon Green. I went with classic white for the trim and the doors are antique white.

Painting, done! In a few days, I'll hang back up my mirrors and artwork.

There is still plenty more to do in here over the next couple weekends, but seeing this mini transformation has me totally psyched to get going on the rest of my ideas.

Next month…

The Pantry:

  • Move the refrigerator to a place in the kitchen
  • Knock down walls in pantry where the fridge bumps into the pantry
  • Install built-in cabinets and countertops in the pantry
  • Paint the pantry
  • Replace mini blinds in the pantry

Then, The Kitchen

  • Paint the kitchen: prime paint the ceiling, new colors for the walls, paint the trim, fresh coat of paint (and sealer) on the cabinet doors, paint the doors too
  • Install new cabinets next to the new fridge spot
  • See if I can convince Ron to replace the countertops (not likely)
  • Take down the rod in the closet in the kitchen and install hooks instead
  • Sort and donate coats in the closet (shoes too)

After that, it will be spring and we have a HUGE project planned. You’ll just have to wait and see what that is.

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Random Monday

January 6, 2014


:: Is it too late to post photos I snapped before Christmas? Hmm…
:: I was so freaking stinking excited to watch the premier of Downton Abbey Season 4 last night. Are you addicted too? I’m not so addicted that I’m trying to watch it online via UK based streaming sites, but I’ll probably watch the final episodes on DVD with my sister before they air on TV.
:: Craving to get back to our usual routine after 16 days off of school for the kids. I have no idea why school thought that many days off was a good idea. I’m hearing chirping that school might be cancelled tomorrow because of the arctic front coming in. It was near 50 degrees overnight last night, it will be 5 degrees with wind chills as low as -25 by tomorrow.
:: Thursday and Friday of last week we had a big snow storm too. I loved watching the snow fall all day.
:: Jacob is wearing his new letterman jacket to school this morning.
:: OH, I should tell you, this Christmas season I decided I don’t like the International Delights Peppermint Mocha creamer in my coffee. It just doesn’t measure up to Starbucks. Just saying.
:: Dang, the wind is howling so loud right now.
:: I need to make, photograph, and write a wire tutorial this week. AND, I need to choose my next Color Canvas photograph.
:: I’ve been mentally jotting down a list of up coming blog posts. They include: my month-to-month room-to-room plan to freshen up my house, telling you about my WORD for this year, my thoughts on school starting on January 21st, maybe a Pinspiring post or two (remember when I was doing those?), and I need to show you some of those Christmas crafts I made.
:: My friend Lindsey and I are signed up for Hibernate with Heather of Beauty That Moves. I’m so looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to a reason to have tea with Lindsey to talk about class as much as I’m looking forward to the class too.
:: Andrew starts ski club this week. I hope he is enjoys it!! I really do.
:: Ugh, I have a pile of laundry sitting on the floor next to me that needs folding. I’m tempted to just ignore it, but if I do, it will be twice the size tomorrow.
:: Alisa Burke’s The Art of Blogging starts today! Maybe it will infuse a bit of blogging inspiration into me.

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