I like knowing that we will be in this house for another 18 months at least. In rentals we've lived in before, I was afraid to make a big list of things is like to do because I never knew when we'd find another place that suited us better. It seemed silly to put time into a place that we weren't going to stay in for more than a year. Knowing that our next move is a home purchase, we won't be going anywhere until that happens.
I'm also using 2012 as a way to grow my design skills, whether that be through school or just learning by trial and error independently. What greater place to test your ideas than in your own home? At least this way, if the client is unhappy you don't have to worry about it affecting a paycheck!
I shared the house tour a few weeks ago, showing each room as it is empty. I had every intention of showing the rooms as they look now but A) all my photos didn't transfer from a memory card I already deleted and B) Blogger won't let me upload pictures from my pc right now so I'm being forced to use pictures already on the blog and C) It's 2:33 am and I can't think of any other solution. However, I haven't made any real changes to any room other than Renner's. (Yay! I was able to get a preview pic of Renner's room uploaded!)
On to the list!!
New back door with dog door
Paint (walls, fireplace, trim)
New tv and console
Thrift or Craigslist side tables
Modernize china cabinet
Art, including picture gallery wall
Kitchen & Dining Room
Paint (walls and trim)
Remove weird chair rail
Update chandelier with drum shade
Pendant light conversion for above sink
Thrift or Craigslist dining table
Thrift or Craigslist chairs or update current chairs
Art, including decor on countertops
I don't have a single decent picture of this room. It could be finished, except needing another piece of art and a rug. I could paint, but considering all the other things to-do... I will get a few good shots of the room and share it later.
Paint (walls, trim and doors)Curtains
Thrift, Craigslist or repair current dressers
Thrift, Craigslist or update night stands
Update bookcase (IF it stays)
Art, including jewelry display
Paint (walls and trim)
New shower curtain?
Organize linen closet (in hall)
Organize, organize, organize!
Wall treatment (stars or stripes?)
Add to frame gallery
DIY longer crib skirt
Front door & porch decor
Spring plantings (maybe a garden?)
Furniture on deck
Stepping stones to storage shed
Clean up around storage shed
Paint - only if bored. This space is in the garage.
Storage and organization
Whew! That is a doozy of a to-do list if I might say so. But it's so exciting! Soon, I'll share my inspiration room-by-room. I'm doing all of this on a budget of very little, so rooms won't come together all at once. And really, jumping room to room suits my design ADD personality.
What do you think? Is this list too much? Or are the paint colors alone making you as sick as they make me? I can't wait to share my inspo photos and preliminary plans for each room. Also be on the watch for a full post (or two) on Renner's room next week!