I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions. I tried it maybe twice and forgot about it a few weeks into the new year. Never lost weight…never got organized…you get the picture. When it comes to my projects, I have to be in the right frame of mind to get them started. I tend to take time to think things over and plan the amount of work and material necessary to complete a project. I have been in my house for seven years now and I finally got around to building my mantle a few months ago. It took me five years to paint my kitchen cabinets and replace hardware, even though it was one of the first things I wanted to do when we moved in. It’s not that I procrastinate with starting projects, it just has to be right…and affordable. Also, our house needed a lot of work when we bought it and major repairs (the roof, waterproofing the basement, etc.) were priority above all the cosmetic projects I’m just getting around to.
Before I show you the projects I hope to get around to in 2015, let’s have a look back at a few of my 2014 projects…
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Now, onto the projects I hope to start…and finish, in 2015. Honestly, I can’t believe I’m showing you some of these…especially the carport ceiling and the deck.
Project 1: Finishing the Fireplace with Tile
As you can see, I still need to add tile to finish the fireplace. Removing the old tile was quite a job…and a mess, but it needed to be replaced. The associate at my local Home Depot said that choosing the tile would be the hardest part of the tiling project. I knew he was right, especially since I’m so indecisive anyway.
Project 2: The Deck
Our deck is way overdue for repair. I am not sure I can save it by adding deck-covering products. There is a concrete/brick porch underneath, like the one we have up front. I know we will not have near the space we have now if I remove the deck and just keep the porch. I even thought I could just replace boards and add railing, but after a close look under the deck, there are loose cinder blocks and bricks stacked up to support a few areas under the deck. For me, that would mean replacing all of it if I’m going to start removing boards. Really, I think this thing has to go…
Project 3: The Carport Ceiling
I have no idea why the carport ceiling was finished with drywall. There are quite a few things in our house that left us scratching our heads. This was one of them. Not only are the pieces of drywall coming loose, but pieces of the ceiling will just fall off from time to time. We also had water damage before replacing the roof..which made it worse. We have used the carport to host outdoor parties and family get-togethers, so we would like to make it look nicer, add a ceiling fan, and not have chunks of ceiling falling on us. That would be nice…
Project 4: Choose a Paint Color for the Kitchen
It has taken me forever to choose a paint color for the kitchen. As you can see, I have gone a little crazy on the paint samples. Now that my mantle is finished and my cabinets have been painted, I’m ready to complete it with a nice paint color. The green color on the wall is Saybrook Sage by Benjamin Moore, which was painted on in 2007. It’s a nice color, but our kitchen is dark, so we are ready to brighten it up with a lighter blue-gray paint color. I think we have narrowed it down to Benjamin Moore’s Iceberg and Ocean Air…
Project 5: Painting and Finding Use for this Old Dresser.
This small dresser belonged to my Grandmother, and since the piece is special to me, I want to paint it and find a good use for it. I am thinking of painting it a darker turquoise color and using it for a serving piece in my dining room. Right now, my record player is just sitting on top and I am using it to store some serving pieces.
Project 6: Painting and Decorating My Husband’s Music Room.
Building the CD storage shelves and purchasing these shelving units from Ikea for his vinyl records have been a good start to creating storage. The room is super boring though and could really use a good paint color on the wall. We are considering Van Courtland Blue by Benjamin Moore for the wall color. We have wall art and shelves to add to the walls, and will hopefully find a nice comfy chair for him to sit in. We’ll see what happens…
That’s the list I have so far for 2015. What projects are in your plans for the new year?
Have a happy and blessed 2015!