Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 DIY Home Goals

2012 is going to be my year, baby. I'm so excited for what I've got planned around the house.  I've spent the last couple years being a bit scattered with my plans; there is so much insanely fabulous inspiration out there, and it can get a bit overwhelming at times! 

Looking back to the first home we bought, I can see how much I've learned and how my tastes have developed over the past several years - I have zero design training and have had to learn everything the hard way and make lots of a few mistakes... oh, and I'm sure I'll make plenty more.

The good news is that over the last year, I've been able to make several big decisions about the direction I want to go with my DIY craziness, and figure out my overall "vision" for this house. It's not a rigid plan, but it's a basic set of colors and ideas that I can fall back on and use to stay on course when I get distracted by pretty shiny things... which happens a whole bunch, especially since Pinterest came on the scene. Zoinks.

Hopefully now that I have some real direction, I can start making some real progress. So here's my list of DIY goals for the upcoming year (with the most recent photos, some of which happen to be from Christmas! Forgive the misplaced holiday decorations.)

Replace rotting wooden pathway in backyard with pavers
Stain back deck
Break up concrete pad on side of house and begin conversion to side garden
Continue waging war on the evil squirrels

Front Room/Entry

Board and batten
Replace trim around doors
Build decorative leaning ladder
Repaint inside of front door
Create real entry space (bench or table, etc.)

Living Room
 Paint remaining wood paneled wall to match the other three walls
Install baseboard
Convert back door into dutch door
Design and create large scale, fabulous objet d'art

Demo desk near side entry
Build bench in its place  

Dining Room
Paint ceiling above dining table
Replace trim around series of 5 windows
Paint all the trim in room 

Install baseboard. (Really gonna do it this year, cross my heart!)
 Paint vanity

Master Bedroom
  Add decorative moulding to walls 
Replace trim around doors and window
Get some decent nightstands in there

Boys' Room
(Ha! The only photo of the boys' room is one from my "real home" post!)  

DIY some cute striped curtains
Build storage or purchase Expedit for toys/books
Make the kids pick up their room

Guest Room
 Find and fix up a chair for the corner
Create a sunburst mirror for above the bed
Build french cleat to hang headboard

Laundry Room
Install beadboard ceiling
Paint walls
Finish building W/D platforms
Paint cabinet
Install new countertop, sink, faucet, etc.
Install new lighting
Paint floor 

Wish me luck! (I've got 12 months, right?)

{Linking up to The Nester's 2012 Home Goals Party! }


  1. Wowza! You are my inspiration for sure! I love the idea for a bead board ceiling; I've pinned it recently on Pinterest. :) Just a note... some manufacturers void the warranty on washers/dryers if a platform other than theirs is used. Just watchin' out for ya. LOL!

  2. Anna,

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! I will be sending you positive energy during the year...and I will also make sure you install the baseboard!!! (just kidding!)
    I am moving this summer to a new house and I am starting a blog where I will be posting all the renovation and projects!!! so...just so you know... you are my inspiration!! keep working and posting!! soon you can bug me too about baseboards and painting walls....


    PS. This is my other blog...photoblog...

  3. Your home is gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you do next. I love the ceiling in your dining room. What an awesome house. Good luck with your goals!

  4. Wow you're going to have a busy busy year! I just found your blog through Nester's link up & I must say your home is beeeauutiful! I love the idea of doing a beadboard ceiling in the laundry too. That'll look great!

  5. ooo, I love the red and blue combos, I have looked at that combination for my own house (I already have a good bit of red, so trying to tone it down :-) )

    But your dining room is gorgeous! Good luck with your goals!

  6. Thanks! I usually don't have any red in my house actually (just outside on the door/lamp post) but that bedroom photo is from my Christmas home tour and I decorated for the holidays with red bedding ;) I do love how it looks, though... it's a nice combo.

  7. You have some great spaces! And fun projects in store, it will be great to follow the progress. A few blog friends and I introduced a new challenge idea Monday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  8. Fabulous! I love seeing your home and this is an awesome list for sure. Go to it girl!

  9. Sounds fantastic!! Your progress photos look good. Added you to Bloglovin to follow your progress. Good luck!

  10. Haha, I was just admiring your beautiful diningroom ceiling & then read you were going to paint over it! :P Sounds like you have a busy year ahead of you, best of luck! :D Your house looks lovely, btw.

  11. Stopping by from Nester's...I LOVE galley kitchens!!! You are so lucky.

    It's funny, but I actually thought the unpainted ceiling over the dining table added character!

  12. Your home has the BEST bones! Can't wait to see what all you do with it this year.


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