Home-related posts have been far and few between around here because well, we recently haven’t done much! Working practically nonstop on renovating a house for two and a half years is no joke. And, since we lost most of last summer to the kitchen renovation, Ryan and I needed a breather. At the beginning of the year, I shared five projects that we hope to accomplish by the end of 2017. We’ve now had some time to regroup and get re-inspired, so I thought today was good as any to share where we are at with house projects and renovations.
| Master bedroom and closet – partially done. Our master bedroom is the last big project that we tackled so far this year. Sure, I still have a little bit of decorating to do in there, but it’s primarily finished. I still love it many months later. I think our closet is going to get pushed until next year. Who knew closet organizers were so damn expensive?
| Paint the upstairs and install new carpet – in progress! We decided last weekend that painting the stairwell and upstairs hallway is next on the honey-do list. This also includes replacing the last of the boob lights – already purchased new ones from Lowe’s! -, replacing all the baseboard and installing crown molding, and painting the rest of the doors white. At last, everything will look cohesive! I can’t wait. The walls will be Sherwin Williams Zurich White (you can see all our house paint colors in this post). New carpet probably is on hold because it’s just not a top priority. The current carpet is old and worn out, but it serves it’s purpose for now.
| Laundry room – still on schedule. It’s still the plan to finish this room out by the end of the year. Our motivation to get it finished is the fact that it’s the only room left on the first floor that isn’t updated. So, when the laundry room is finished that means the ENTIRE first level of our home is finished. *cue the gospel choir* I’ll share an inspiration board for the space when we get started!
| Master bathroom renovation – most likely on hold. I originally said that this probably wasn’t feasible by the end of the year, and that’s the way it’s looking. Frankly, I chose our beach vacation in October over another major renovation. That’s a-okay! We have a working bathroom even if I’m not entirely happy with the functionality or aesthetics. We might slowly start to update some of the finishings, such as new light fixtures, mirrors, new toilet, etc., so then we don’t have to do all that when we are ready for the full renovation. We’re also looking to do the same in the guest bathroom since that doesn’t need a full-on renovation – just cosmetic updates that we hope to do on a relatively small budget.
| New deck and backyard landscaping – not done in lieu of more front yard landscaping! We opted to continue to spruce up the front of our house this summer. Ryan built me some flower window boxes, and we installed the cutest little white picket fence behind my limelight hydrangea shrub for some farmhouse charm. Ryan is working to landscape one side of the house, and we also are getting a tree and a few stumps out in a couple weeks. So, even though we didn’t tackle the backyard like originally planned, I still consider this project a success since everybody sees the front so I want it to have great curb appeal. Plus, we discovered that our deck boards are in great shape so all Ryan has to do is power wash it and install a railing. Hopefully an easy project for next year!
And, that’s where we are at with house projects and renovations. I’m not going to lie – as much as we enjoy working on our 90’s fixer-upper it has been SO nice to take a break. What fun are all these renovations if we don’t take the time to enjoy our home when we’re finished, right?
Are there any home-specific content you’d like to see in upcoming posts? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!
P.S., you also probably would like paint colors in our modern-style farmhouse.