At the beginning of each year, Chris and I set out to make a list of all the projects we hope to do in the year. And at the end of each year, we revisit the list and grade how well we’ve done! It’s always fun to see which goals we totally conquered and which ones totally flopped. We can’t always anticipate the twists and turns that occur during a home renovation, but it’s always fun to reflect on everything we accomplished (and didn’t accomplish)!
First on the list is the mural room! I gave it such a high rank because it has come so, so far. In the span of a year, we installed wallpaper, installed a wainscoting wall treatment, painted it olive green, and repainted it this soft blue-gray color. The furnishings have been rearranged a dozen times, and it has even been transformed into a formal dining room space! In conclusion, the future of this room isn’t set in stone, but I’m so pleased with this calm welcome space near the front of our home!
It’s hard to believe this is even the same backyard. What once was a small concrete courtyard is now a vacation oasis! Last week, we put the finishing touches on the outdoor kitchen, including the pergola and the lanterns (pictures and a reveal post to come), and everything is officially finished!
The landscaping will take some time to mature, but we’re thrilled to have a fully fenced-in backyard for our girls and also our new puppy, Cricket!!!
Time to address the elephant room in the house, AKA the laundry room! Everything was going really smoothly until everything got put on pause because of the countertops we chose! To make a long story short, we decided to pivot entirely and choose a countertop material from a local stone yard. From there, cabinets can finish being hung, and the crown can be installed! All of that happens this week, so we’re finishing this room before the year is up!
Everything about this room is A+, a true showstopper!
This room has remained completely untouched, but it’s at the top of our 2023 list, especially now that we have Cricket! This is where we will keep her crate and all her belongings!
You all know that the kitchen hasn’t come this far without multiple bumps in the road, but despite the hardships and the months and months of waiting on delayed appliances, it’s officially finished and prettier than ever.
I wouldn’t say the dining room is “finished” finished, but it’s at a beautiful point. Installing the wallpaper and painting the doors and trim was 100% the right move, and I can’t wait to see how this room evolves more in the next year.
Does swapping out the bed count as a “phase one?” Haha, I think not.
In no way did a kitchenette build occur in the “home office,” but I’m giving it a B because we completely pivoted in this room entirely! After discovering that we can’t base our team out of our home, we cleared out, and this room has been housing rugs and other miscellaneous decor and stuff. We’ve gone back and forth about what this room could be, and after much consideration, we’ve proclaimed it as the bunk room/ playroom! More to come in the new year, but you can already see it with the stairs taken out!
This bathroom is still green, the seashell tub still exists, and I’m still seeing double with mirrors everywhere. Help.
Of course, there’s a list of things we didn’t plan to do, but we did anyways! Seeing this list of progress around the home makes me feel a lot better about the things we didn’t do haha.
This back hallway can be seen from the kitchen to the right of the refrigerator, and it got a grasscloth wallpaper treatment that I’m still in love with. There are two garage door entrances, a laundry room entrance, a game closet, and a staircase that leads up into the bonus room, and it’s a darling little reprieve amidst all the doors.
Rather than renovating our bathroom, we took on our bedroom! We added box trim everywhere, installed beadboard on the ceiling, and painted it all a rich, raisin brown. I can’t think of a more luxurious getaway within our own home!
Greta’s room was painted in 2021, but in 2022 I gave it the extra time and attention that it needed.
The guest house is another space that I zhooshed in the last year. We painted the windows black, hung curtains and art, and brought in the most beautiful bed!
This space wasn’t on our list at all, but I’m so grateful to have a little gym reprieve within our home. With the stairs now gone, we have a bit more work in here to do in the next year that I can’t wait to show!
The front entry is looking more beautiful than ever! In 2022 we added sconces, a new chandelier, and painted the front door and the balusters black! In the future, we hope to add a runner to the stairs so Cricket can have a less slippery experience going up and down the stairs!
Last but certainly not least is the decision to remove this staircase! I have a feeling this room is going to kickstart our 2023 project list ;).
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