Extreme Makeover, Altoco House Edition: Home Renovation Projects for 2019

Hey y’all!

I wanted to switch gears to tell y’all about something Drew and I are working on this year- home renovations! For those of you who don’t know, we bought our first house last year and I’ll be honest- even though every single person that we talked to said, “hey, owning a house is a lot of work,” we had no idea that owning a house would be a LOT of work. We bought the second house that we looked at and it was a dream house- in great condition AND move-in ready. The only thing we had to do before we moved in was get the carpets cleaned (which I HIGHLY recommend if you’re moving into a previously owned home or apartment- it’s just a great way to start fresh).

After we moved in, we started making a list of some updates we wanted to make as soon as possible- what needed to be painted immediately, what we wanted to update, what we wanted to add or takeaway. As we lived in the house for a few months, I wasn’t expecting that list to evolve so much, but there were things that we thought we would HATE that we didn’t really notice and things we thought we could deal with that we ended up changing immediately. For example, the master closet is HUGE but it had a tiny, fluorescent tube light (like literally the kind they have in hospitals) and I remember thinking “this WHOLE situation needs to be COMPLETELY redone” because I’m very dramatic and I didn’t know anything about houses. My mom suggested that we change out the light fixture and see if that helped before we called Chip and Joanna in to makeover our closet. Spoiler alert: it made a HUGE difference and that’s the only change we ended up making to our closet (thus far).

Throughout 2018, we decided to keep making minor changes in lieu of tearing our home down and crying a lot, and it was shocking how much it helped. Painting a room, changing out hardware on cabinets, and updating light fixtures made our house feel like a new place. Making these changes have also taught us SO much about owning a home. So, in 2019, we’re making a master list of the changes we’re making and crossing them off one room/project at a time.

Spoiler alert: we love spreadsheets and we have a lot of them. Here’s our schedule of projects for 2019!

January: Guest Room/Bath
February: Office
March: Master Closet/Bath
April: Downstairs Bath
May: Linen Closets
June: Master Bedroom
July: Loft/Stairs
August: Hall/Great Room
September: Family Room
October: Dining/Kitchen

I’m going to leave out November/December for now because the thought of trying to do renovations over the holidays makes me want to throw up. Looking at this list, I know what you’re thinking: Conner, you’re a psycho. This is WAY too much.

Here’s an example of one of our rooms:

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That’s it- just four small changes to make our closet a new room. Now, in theory, this will be a simple project, but as you know, there are always things that come up when you’re making updates that turn a simple project into a MUCH bigger undertaking. I know this schedule won’t be perfect, and I know that there will probably be a lot of challenges in our path, but I also know that there will be a LOT of funny stories, and I’m excited to share those with y’all!

If you want to see a full version of our renovation spreadsheet, shoot me an email and I’m happy to share! I’ll update this post with links about our 2019 projects, and I hope to post at least one blog a month to share the changes. I’m also keeping track of our DIY projects and home decor inspo on my Pinterest here! Feel free to follow along, or to share pins that might be helpful!

Stay tuned to see how our home turns out and to see just how many times we get injured in the process! (Just kidding, we’re always very careful. Most of the time. 70-80% of the time).


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