New Year, New Projects!

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Source: Effie’s Paper

As we transition into 2015 and make promises to ourselves about the ways we are going to change ourselves and our lives for the better, it feels like the perfect time for some list making!!

2014 was a pretty big year for this apartment, and I haven’t even finished telling you about all the projects I was able to complete!

Let’s look back at that latest LIST of to-do’s and see where I ended up in 2014:

Items that are crossed-out are completed (and blogged about!).

Items that are bold are complete (but still need to be blogged about!).

Items that are followed by a bold 2015! are on the top of my list for this year!

  • Entire Apartment
    • Refinish and stain parquet floors
    • Replace light switch and outlet faceplates
    • Update all door knobs with oil rubbed bronze knobs.
    • Add shelves and striped paint to linen closet
  • Entry
    • Remove popcorn ceiling from ductwork near door.
    • Replace light fixture
    • Paint back of front door with chalkboard paint
    • Replace closet doors
    • Replace closet door hardware
    • Add welcome mat or runner
  • Living Room
    • Remove popcorn ceiling
    • Add crown molding
    • Upgrade baseboards
    • Paint red window casing white
    • Replace non-functioning blinds – 2015!
    • Add window treatment/valance
    • Replace/improve coffee table
    • Replace red lamp (and return to Mom)
    • Add area rug to separate living/dining space
    • Upgrade HVAC unit
    • Create desk/office area for filing and printer
    • Add swag light over table/eating area
    • Add chair for reading corner
    • Add bookshelves for storage
    • Add bar area for all our wedding liquor
  • Kitchen
    • Cover hideous floor with sticky floor tiles
    • Upgrade refrigerator to stainless steel
    • Upgrade builder grade sink
    • Add garbage disposal – 2015!
    • Add backsplash
    • Update countertop – 2015?? (I really hope!)
    • Paint cabinets (Rustoleum Kit?)
    • Install microwave/vent over stove
    • Remove/cover-up popcorn ceiling
    • Change out cabinet hardware
    • Update overhead light fixture  – I’d like to “re-update” this one already – 2015!
    • Add under cabinet lighting
    • Add floating shelf above stove – 2015!
    • Open up kitchen to living room by removing partial wall.
    • Decorate blue wall (add artwork/shelves)
  • Bedroom
    • Remove popcorn ceiling
    • Add crown molding
    • Upgrade baseboards
    • Replace/paint closet doors – high priority, but daunting! 2015?
    • Replace closet door hardware
    • Paint red window casing white
    • Replace leaking HVAC unit – perhaps? 2015?
    • Upgrade blinds – 2015!
    • Add window treatments
    • Add rug under bed
    • Add headboard/bed frame/dust ruffle
    • Add artwork
    • Replace/improve hubby’s dresser
  • Bathroom
    • Remove popcorn ceiling
    • Paint walls to make tile blend with rest of room
    • Upgrade shower curtain rod to oil rubbed bronze
    • Upgrade sink hardware to oil rubbed bronze
    • Upgrade toilet flush to oil rubbed bronze
    • Replace/improve Mirror cabinet/Hollywood light fixture – 2015!
    • Touch up bathtub with Porcelain paint.
    • Switch door swing direction for additional bathroom storage space – 2015!
    • Add cabinet opposite toilet for additional storage – 2015!
    • Add cute bath mat
    • Add hooks and art
    • Update with vanity for more counter space
    • Get a new toilet seat and lid – 2015!
  • WAY in the Future:
    • Redesign bathroom: new tile, new shower, new everything
    • Move kitchen stove away from corner and fridge to opposite corner of kitchen
    • Open up kitchen, by removing cabinets/wall above peek through
    • Replace countertops
    • Replace parquet floors with new hardwoods and level off contours of floor
    • Replace bedroom and bathroom doors with higher quality wooden doors and casings
    • Find a way to have a nursery in this apartment (linen closet nook?) – 2015!!

Due to formatting restrictions, that list is a little confusing when you try to sort it all out. Maybe I can clear things up a bit here:

Things I completed in 2014 that I can’t wait to share with you:

  • Replace/improve coffee table
  • Replace red lamp (and return to Mom)
  • Add swag light over table/eating area
  • Upgrade refrigerator to stainless steel
  • Paint cabinets (Rustoleum Kit?) – This one is really exciting!!!
  • Install microwave/vent over stove
  • Add bedroom window treatments
  • Add rug under bed
  • Add bed frame/dust ruffle
  • Add bedroom artwork
  • Upgrade bathroom sink hardware to oil rubbed bronze
  • Touch up bathtub with Porcelain paint
  • Add hooks and art (Still not happy with these)

And finally, things I can’t wait to start working on in 2015! (I guess these are my New Year’s Resolutions!)

  • Replace non-functioning blinds in living room
  • “Re-update” kitchen light fixture…already
  • Add garbage disposal (sounds like a disaster DI-Why waiting to happen)
  • Update countertop (I really hope! – maybe for my 30th bday?!)
  • Add floating shelf above stove
  • Replace bedroom closet doors – my husband would be so happy if we got to this one!
  • Replace leaking bedroom HVAC unit – we almost fixed this one already…
  • Upgrade bedroom shades when we replace living room blinds
  • Replace/improve Mirror cabinet/Hollywood light fixture
  • Switch door swing direction for additional bathroom storage space
  • Add cabinet opposite toilet for additional storage
  • Get a new toilet seat and lid

And last but certainly not least…

  • Find a way to have a nursery in this apartment (before July 1st!)

So, it looks like 2015 is going to be a pretty big year for us in our tiny apartment! I have a million ideas flying all over my brain that I can’t wait to share with you!

On that note, I think I’ll start cleaning up my Christmas decorations and making space (wherever I can) for baby stuff!

I woke up this morning and realized that the baby is going to need a spot in the kitchen for “baby stuff” (I’ve done a lot of research – can’t you tell?) and I have no clue where I’m going to find a spot for any of that!

Deep Breaths.

Here’s to

2015_glitter

Wishing you peace, love, and laughter in the new year.

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