I can’t believe how fast this year is already flying by. I feel like I always look at our calendar and I’m like we can TOTALLY do all of these things!! Our calendar is WIDE open!! And then 30 seconds later all of our weekends are full for the next three months.
All of this to say, any long-term projects require flexibility and patience. Do I have flexibility and patience? Not really. Am I working on it? Kind of.
Just kidding. Being flexible and patient to accomplish bigger goals is something I am definitely working on! This month was a really good test. Here is what I was hoping to accomplish in January/February:
Here’s what we actually accomplished:
As you can see, literally NONE of these things were on my schedule for February. I also didn’t include here that while we were working on our guest bathroom, we actually ended up painting all of the trim in our upstairs hallway and loft and all the trim and railings on the stairs. The biggest changes that we made were our guest bathroom and our dining area in the kitchen, so I’m going to share details about those projects here!
Wall paint: Sherwin Williams Bravo Blue
Trim paint: Sherwin Williams Extra White
Bath mat: Big Lots Gray Medallion Accent Rug
Shower curtain: Target Diamond Shower Curtain
Towels: Threshold Grey Towels
Knobs: Target Acrylic Clear Knobs
The before picture is how the bathroom looked from the previous owners. We painted the whole bathroom on one Saturday, wall and trim. I originally planned to paint the cabinets as well, but after we painted the walls, the floor and counter looked really yellow so I didn’t know what color to paint them…. but then we found the cutest bath mat for $12 at Big Lots and it really tied the bathroom together! We may make more updates but I’m checking this one off of our list for now.
Wall paint: Sherwin Williams Cultured Pearl
Rug: Found at TJ Maxx, but here are some similar styles
Table: Ashley Furniture Whitesburg Rectangular Dining Table
Chairs: Ashley Furniture Whitesburg Dining Chairs 2 pc
Bench: Ashley Furniture Whitesburg Dining Bench
Painting: Found at Kirklands, but here are some similar styles
Bar cart: Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart
This area isn’t done, but as you can see from earlier, the kitchen area was on our schedule for October… we’ve been looking for a new kitchen table for a REALLY long time (literally it feels like forever) and I stumbled upon the Target President’s Day sale where all home/furniture was 25% off! We ended up with the whole Ashley Furniture Whitesburg Dining set for under $500, free shipping, and everything got here in three days. It was amazing. Still left to do here: paint the trim and update the blinds. We’re debating on swapping out the light fixture, but that seems like a really big pain… I actually think it looks good with the new set up!
A few tips:
- Before you do ANYTHING else, paint! So many things look different with a new coat of paint, and it makes a world of difference. We originally planned to change our whole kitchen and get all new furniture downstairs, but after we painted the walls, it looked like a whole new space!
- Start small and live in your space. Before you make major changes like knocking down a wall or swapping out a light fixture, live in your space for a while and see how you feel. If you paint and it still doesn’t make a difference, make some smaller changes like swapping out small fixtures and hardware or adding some new decor like pillows or wall art.
- Measure and make notes. This is a MAJOR one. Use the notes app on your phone and write down everything you need. Measure and keep all of your measurements all in one place so you can always be on the lookout for things. For example, I have so many different notes on my phone: measurements, knobs and drawer pulls, light shades. Everything is organized by room or project and it helps me cross things off my list all the time.
- Track sales! Don’t feel trapped by your plan. I think you definitely need a plan to keep everything in order, but be flexible! We ordered our kitchen table almost six months before we planned to work on that space, but we saved soooo much money by tracking the sales. Look at your plan as a bigger picture and keep a list with you at all times. When you’re out looking at Target or TJ Maxx and you see something you love, you’ll have your list with you so you know what you need.
This month we’re working on the office and our master closet, so stay tuned!
What else do you want to see from our home updates? Let me know in the comments below!