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Home Projects for 2019

I can’t believe we are already closing out the month of January! This entire month has just been a blur. Between traveling, taking down Christmas decor, reorganizing my entire house to accommodate for all the new toys and stuff, and getting back into the normal school/work routine, I feel like I haven’t hardly had time to sit down.

Before we leave the month of January, though, I thought I would share some of my project plans for this upcoming year. I’m not really one for making new years resolutions. I am, however, all about making plans.

The projects I have my sights set on this year are:

  1. Redo the master bedroom
  2. Redo the guest bathroom
  3. Redo the dining room

When I say “redo,” all I mean is paint and redecorate. I don’t have any earth shattering or major renovations for any of these rooms. They all just need a facelift. Although I’m sure there will be plenty of DIY projects and crafts to go along with each makeover. 🙂

For the master bedroom, I plan on painting the walls and getting new decor. There won’t be any major furniture changes, just small decor like wall hangings, bedding, rugs, curtains, etc. I do, however, plan on painting the desk that is currently in the room and getting a headboard for the bed. (We upgraded to a kingsize bed about 6 years ago, but we’ve never bought a headboard for it…) I am hoping to get a vision board of my plans posted here in the next few weeks for this one.

The guest bath will be a fairly simple refresh – new paint on the walls and some new decor. I do have a DIY project going into the guest bath that I will be sharing with you mid-February as part of a fun blog hop. So, be on the lookout for that!

And lastly, the dining room. Oh, the dining room… The dining room and the guest bath are actually the only two rooms in the entire house that are still original from when we moved into the house 7 years ago. The dining room is a fairly bold green color, which I’ve never particularly liked, but just never took the time to change. This particular makeover is going to be a big one, since I essentially want to change ev.ery.thing in the whole room. So, it will be chock full of DIY projects and elbow grease. It will most certainly be a slow one, but I’ll be sure to post updates as they happen.

And there you have it. My list for 2019.

It is fairly short, but here’s why. First of all, I have two young children who make doing anything around the house difficult (if not nearly impossible). Second, I always work within a budget, and I prefer to spend small chunks over a few months time as opposed to one large chunk all at once. Finally, we have some big changes potentially coming up in the next year. I’m not quite ready to disclose what that may be, but it could throw a wrench in my home improvement plans.

So, short and sweet it is.

In fact, 2018 was a pretty short and sweet list, as well. Should we look back at what happened over the past year?

My two main projects in 2018 were making over the kitchen and the family room. With an infant and a 3 year old on my hands, things moved at a snails pace around my house. I will say, though, that I am very happy with how both of these rooms turned out. Even if it did take an eternity to get there.

In the kitchen, I completely changed our eat-in area to include a built-in bench and headboard back (built by my dad), as well as an entire kitchen set that was pieced together, painted, and finished by me. Click here to see how I did it.

I also painted the backsplash (which surprisingly made a huge impact) and built this large DIY chalkboard.

I’m hoping to get a complete reveal up in the next few months, including before and after photos, so that you can see the transformation. Here is the kitchen decked out for Christmas, though.

I also redid our family room, which included painting the walls, as well as whitewashing the brick fireplace. Whitewashing the fireplace was another project that made a huge impact on the overall look of the room. You can see the incredibly simple process here.

Do you love the look of whitewashed brick? This tutorial will show you step by step how to whitewash your fireplace in order to update your home.

The family room makeover also included a number of small DIY projects, such as this cabinet makeover, a display piece for children’s artwork, a vintage birdcage turned succulent garden, and a couple of lamp transformations.

So, not a big year for home projects, but two of the main living spaces were transformed to suit more of my taste. And I’m happy with that.

How about you? Do you have any project plans for the coming year?

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  1. I think that’s an awesome list Amy and while you say it’s short, tackling 3 rooms with 2 kids in tow is A LOT!!! LOL! Can’t wait to see what you do!!!

    1. Haha! Thank you! I suppose it is a lot with two little ones running around. We’ll see how it all comes together. I love watching a room transform – even if it is slow going. 🙂

  2. Amy that is plenty for anyone. It takes me forever to do a project and I don’t have little ones in the house. So just work at your pace and it will eventually get done. I too agree with you that making plans is so much more realistic than making resolutions!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I know it will get done eventually – sometimes it just seems like a never-ending process. Ha! Good thing I enjoy doing it. 😉

  3. I’m sure whatever you do will turn out amazing Amy. When our kids were small there was just no ways I’d be able to tackle any DIY projects, so kudos to you. Looking forward to seeing all the changes you’ll be making. May you have a wonderful 2019

    1. Thanks, Michelle! The little ones do make things challenging, but I’ve never really been one to back down from a challenge – at least, not a fun one. 😉

  4. Amy,
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!! And thanks for your kind words!! Not too long of a list but still an ambitious one especially with 2 little kiddos!! Hats off to you! The projects and rooms you re-did last year look great!!

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie! And yes, any list is ambitious with little people under foot. Ha! We’ll see how they all shape up. 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to see your projects this year 🙂 I’m still swooning over your Christmas kitchen nook! Haha all those Christmas toys – I feel ya on that one!!

    1. Aw, thanks, Eileen! The Christmas kitchen nook was definitely fun. Now, I need to figure out what to do with that space for spring… Ha! I’m looking forward to seeing the rooms on my list transform, too. 😉

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