Happy 2014! Do you have grand plans for all your DIY projects this year? Do they include just about every room in your home? Mine does! We have lived in our current home for over 10 years. We (I) have redone some things a few times (umm, like four different colors in my half bath?). However, some things languish at the bottom of DIY list.
I don’t know if I will actually get through the entire list this year, but I am going to make a much bigger effort than I did in 2013. Are your ready for decorating TMI?
Let’s begin with my stairs. I last left you HERE.
After pulling up the carpet last Fall….I tried to “paint” the subfloor. Our subfloor is actually Alt board. Very strong form of MDF, but it is horrible as a flooring. I sanded for HOURS with a belt sander, filled with layers of joint compound, skimmed over the board. Primed, and painted (twice). The end result can go down in my worst DIY ever.
It looked far worse than the worn out, stained and dog destroyed carpet. I finally cried UNCLE and called in a professional to install treads and risers and even got some really nice trim installed!
My job now is hours and hours of caulking, sanding, priming and painting. This time it will be a show stopper. It may take up all my DIY time for 2014. But in case I have some time left, here is are the rest of my plans:
Last year I showed you how to convert an old buffet to an entertainment unit. Now I need to come up with art work or some sort of something to go on the wall above that was previously occupied by a giant entertainment center.
I also have a very plain mantle now that Christmas is down. The wall above is quite bare, as is that mantle.
Believe it or not, I had this table custom made for us not long after we bought our home 10 years ago. It is a gorgeous Pine table. I decided to “go” with the paint by the job look. My kids are now 12 (twins) and a 16 year old. Now that my garage is cleaned up, I rarely spread my work out here anymore. This year, I vow to refinish the top and give this table the gorgeous look it deserves.
Moving on to my office. I only got curtains on one window last year. This one is quite bare.
I also have an unbelievably large collection of lampshades and lamps. I have paid for very few of them. They just seem to find me. 2014 will be the year they all find a home. Not my home, someone else’s home.
I love all the natural light in my dining room. For 2014, I would love to be able to finally put in French Doors here. Either way, I really want some curtains. Maybe I can use twigs instead from my mess of a yard.
Speaking of yard…..Can you believe this was my side yard in 2012?
Instead of my yard getting a makeover, it got a rakeover.
What happened? A giant windstorm. The kind that blows your trampoline right out of your yard. It blew over my Garage Door Panel Wall, and pretty much everything else in its path. I haven’t decided if I am going to rebuild. This area needs help. I see this right outside my dining room window. My free table and chairs are still in great condition, they need to be painted. This year we are going to invest in REAL patio furniture and not the kind that may or may not have fallen off a truck and a bunch of free to me’s.
Want to see something even scarier than that yard? The color of my play room and the amazingly large stack of upholstered pieces in various stages of reupholstering. I did not pay for A SINGLE piece of furniture in that pile! My trash picking skills may be highly advanced. But apparently my ability to finish projects is not as developed.
Do you have a laundry room you just love to hang out in? Well lucky you! I have a nice sized laundry room, but I don’t love hanging out there. This year I will treat myself to a fun paint color on the walls, some snazzy lighting and paint those builder grade cupboards.
This picture is blurry because I didn’t feel like dragging my tripod upstairs and the lighting was bad.
Now for the most important room in the house….The master bedroom! Last year we painted the walls Grey, Mr. Suffering Husband and I both love it. However, we don’t love being awakened at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning in the summer by the natural light. This year, curtains will be installed. The chair in the corner may or may not stay, it needs to be reupholstered too. I can always choose another from my Upholstery Tower. For some reason Mr. Red’s guitar is still in here. I think Suffering husband enjoys gazing upon it. 2014 will be the year I clear off the already read books on my nightstand and que up my list on the bookshelf for 2014.
Maybe the calendar will be changed to include 25 hours in a time cycle. Maybe fairies will arrive and continue with my DIY projects while I sleep. Maybe those stairs will magically paint themselves with a magic paintbrush. Maybe I will get organized and get it done this year!
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