Happy holiday week!
I hope you have been able to enjoy the past week and take some time to relax, even if it has been a work week for you. Everything does seem to slow down a bit, which is nice to see.
I decided to take the week off from DIY decorating and have been enjoying just hanging around and not doing any projects.
Over the last year, not a day went by where I was not fully engaged in a DIY project or planning one out. It feels nice to take a break from holding a paint brush or need to take a run to the home improvement store. :-)
As I enjoy this week, I also wanted to share a milestone with you. December 8th marked one year that Ed and I made the move to live our dream of living along the shores of a big lake.
After a year of DIYing and updating many of the rooms to fit our style, the house truly feels like…
…home sweet home. :-)
When I look back over the last year, I realize we got a lot accomplished, even with lots of downtime to enjoy the water… swimming in it, boating on it, and…
…sitting back in the evenings to enjoy the show every night. It is never the same.
I have many new projects planned for 2017 and thought before I start posting about them, I would recap the changes we made to the house so far.
The first project started the week we moved in. I had vinyl plank flooring from Floor & Decor that we brought with us from Pennsylvania. We decided to use it to replace the carpeting in what would become my studioffice.
Vinyl Plank Floors in the Studioffice
It made a huge difference to the room along with the addition of an area rug.
This is the room where I first started to paint all the brown trim…
…to white. A much nicer place to work now.
After that was done, I painted the master bedroom…
in a shade of soft blue.
and made extra-wide white drapes to cover the sliding doors in every room by sewing together pre-made drapery panels to get the wide width I needed.
It took me months to get all the drapes made, but it was well worth my efforts to get exactly what I wanted.
I made over the foyer staircase…
…by painting the balusters and risers white and re-staining the steps. Ed has started to create the storage area under the steps that will have a hidden door.
The flat brick wall and fireplace in the living room…
underwent a big change with the help of this…
dining room hutch top from my previous house. We didn’t have a place for it, so I removed the top and made…
… a floating mantel with it for the new AirStone fireplace.
…and vertical paneled walls.
The other major change to the room was taking down this wall between the kitchen and living room.
Ed did most of the demo work, but we did have a pro come in to add the structural beam.
We lived with it like this for awhile, but are now are enjoying…
a much larger space and double the lake view from both the kitchen and living room now.
Amidst the bigger projects, I had a paint brush in one hand and a bucket of white paint in the other to paint all the brown trim in the house like these louvered doors…
Gallons and gallons…
… to brighten up every room.
I even started to paint the ceiling fans, white.
One thing I was going to wait on was updating the powder room, but Ed decided to take the project on. Goodbye green toilet.
Goodbye brown and hello…
…light and bright. We made the sink vanity by cutting a hole for a sink in a sideboard that I used as a desk in my previous house.
I jumped on the shiplap bandwagon…
and even added some to make a focal wall where there was none.
One of my favorite updates was turning a coat closet into a china closet.
I will have more projects like this for 2017
In the September I started to update the 1970’s kitchen with paint. I am thrilled with how it is coming out.
It is a lot of work, but I am almost done.
I did a section at a time.
and am 95% done. See more here: Budget DIY Kitchen Makeover
I will be sharing the completed AFTER with you in January.
I hope you enjoyed this look back to see all the updates I have done in the house over the past year.
2017 will still have me wielding a paint brush, but on many smaller projects, like the stripped wallpaper wall in the dining area of the kitchen, the armoire in my studioffice where I house my craft supplies, the foyer closet and updates for the hallway of darkness are just a few I have planned.
I am looking forward to sharing them all with you and am going to even begin to share a few videos so you can see me in DIY action. :-) The first one will be in early January so stay tuned for that along with many more budget friendly decor and DIY projects that will be coming your way.
I also hope you have a very Happy New Year! Thank you for continuing to follow along and for your generous support and friendship we have created through the magic of the internet.
For more budget friendly DIY decorating ideas, click over to my project gallery where you will find more than 100 ideas that you can do to your home using your own style: DIY Decorating Project Gallery