Fridays at Home (year’s end)

30th December 2011

So wow. I didn’t actually begin Fridays at Home until about halfway through the year when I realized I really enjoy sharing my Adventures in Homeownership. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did, however, want to do a recap of everything I’ve done to the house in the past year.

January: nothing.

February: begin looking at paint samples for the dining/reading room.

March: keep staring at paint samples and paint.

April: get lumber for bookshelves, hire Danny to build bookshelves.

May: begin looking at paint samples for the exterior of the house and trim.

June: painting begins.

July: painting continues.

August: rearrange living room furniture.

September: exterior paint is finished, and I paint the front door.

October: nada.

November: choose paint colors for kitchen and cabinets and refinish and paint cabinets.

December: ahhh. sweet peace. oh wait, I forgot Dad’s big garage reno. wooow.

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All in all, I had two total room redos, an exterior house change, and small projects all for under $4,000. Of course, that’s doing a lot of the work myself, but heck, that’s a lot of change (as in metamorphosis AND coinage) for a year. Overall, though, I’m pleased. What’s on the agenda for 2012?

– Save money. You know, because it’s kind of important to have some spare change for these home projects.

– Do touch ups and small projects.

– Paint detached garage to match exterior of house.

– Possible reno of butler’s pantry into half bath (late summer, perhaps?).

– Redo back deck (if half bath goes through, may be put off until 2013).

– Add crown molding to main rooms.

– Create window seat in kitchen.

– Paint laundry room and make it more efficient.

It’s funny. I hate lists for my reading but LOVE lists focusing on house projects. Now I just can’t wait to start marking some of these off in the new year.ร‚ย 

So – what have you done this year in terms of improving your space?

  • Yvette

    The house looks fabulous! Gotta love that bright front door! Very friendly and welcoming. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I haven’t done anything here except shift some wall art and bought a new needlepoint pillow for my couch. I’ll take a pix of it at some point with my new Christmas camera. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m needing a new floor lamp, so that’s my next expenditure. Hope to pick up something inexpensive but gorgeous at Home Goods.

    • Thanks so much, Yvette!

      It’s amazing what a little change can do, even if it IS just shifting.

      And you know I love HomeGoods. Ours is just a Marshalls, but they still have some great buys. Happy New Year!

  • Anonymous

    Your house looks so nice! I love the bookshelves. And I’ve always always wanted a window seat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Tasha! I have really enjoyed my bookshelves. I don’t know what I’ll do if I ever move. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Carin Vigil

    I LOVE your bookcases. They look so cool. I like the color you painted your door, but I want to see pictures of the stairs leading up to your door if you painted those. It looks like you’ve done lots of amazing work on your house! Well done, Jenn!

    • Thanks, Carin! You know, I actually haven’t painted those steps which is exactly why the photo is cropped that way. I was just thinking today that I need to do that. Add that to the odd jobs in 2012 part of the list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I SO wish I had an eye for interior decorating. Just don’t. But I LOVE what you’ve done!! So colorful. I’m thinking of painting my laundry room blue–it’s the only unpainted space in my house and so small that it would be fine if I hated it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Look forward to your 2012 Fridays at Home!

    • Thank you! And you should do it. That’s one of my goals for the next couple of months. I think it would be nice to have a pretty little space to do laundry in. Lord knows we spend enough time there…