I can’t believe it’s 2021! We are officially living in the future, haha! Like most people, I am excited to kick off a new year with a fresh start. This past year was definitely a bit unexpected and brought a great deal of change but has allowed me to reflect and come up with some goals for 2021. I actually did not set any goals for 2020, I guess I knew it was going to go sideways, haha! But truthfully, 2020 was my best year blogging! Before we dive into 2021, I want to highlight a few of my favorite projects from 2020.
For most people, 2020 was a strange year to say the least, but it allowed me to tackle 27 projects! Some big, some small and some that made a splash. Last week I shared my top reader posts, but I want to share a few of my personal favorites.
2020 In Review
The pantry! This is small, but it had a huge impact on my sanity! We have been cooking almost exclusively at home and the pantry quickly got out of hand! Not to mention I may or may not have found items in there from 2015, haha!
For far too long, I have dreamed of a railing between our kitchen and family room. Despite some of the negative happenings of 2020, my dreams came true! This railing is everything I have been dreaming of!
The fireplace! I have always struggled with this, but after many years, I think I got it right! The cost of demo just wasn’t worth it and I always liked the asymmetry. Bonus, we finally got an insert! This project was totally worth it, even though I almost got murdered in the process!
My summer retreat! After we added the stock tank pool, my outdoor sunbed quickly became my favorite spot to catch some rays. I will need to get a new cover this summer though, since my evil squirrel struck again! At least he waited until summer was over.
With gorgeous Colorado summer evenings, patio life is a must. This year we finally had time to give our DIY sofas a fresh coat of stain. We also gave our fire pit a makeover and moved it down to the patio.
Now let’s talk about 2021! I have thought long and hard about this and narrowed it down to the projects at the top of our list.
First, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that we already started our first project of 2021! Our upstairs hallway! It has been ignored for far too long and after making over the downstairs hall in the spring, I have been itching to up the ante! So far the popcorn has been scraped, the ceiling has been retextured and new lights have been installed! My sweet hubby kicked it off for me as a partial birthday present! Here is the scary before….
And here is an inspiration photo from the downstairs makeover.
Second, I would like to make a few changes to the kitchen. I know some people will not understand this since we made the whole thing over in 2014. But sometimes the way we live and our styles evolve. With our recent railing addition, I have some small changes I want to make to the eating area which likely includes a furniture DIY. Also, I have been talking about changing up our glass cabinets on the island. If you saw my insta story on this, you know I am not a fan. The solution, stay tuned.
Third, in addition to the upstairs hallway, our guest rooms still have really old carpet and popcorn ceilings that need to go. We are hoping to address those this year as well.
Like many people this past year, we have been getting good use out of our home office! We are both now working full time at home, which is likely to continue. As such, we are feeling a bit cramped. Negotiations have begun on a 2021 office move. Nothing has been decided just yet, but at the very least, there will be changes if not a full blown switcheroo. To be continued.
Fourth, garage doors. This one is super exciting, I know, #adulting. But the truth is, our garage doors are likely original to our 1978 house and they have seen better days! When we had the house painted, we didn’t have it in the budget to replace them, so we simply had them painted. They definitely look better than they did, BUT they are having fairly regular mechanical difficulties and have already been repaired once. This one may have to happen sooner rather than later.
Fifth, Barry’s closet. This one will likely be done in conjunction with the guest room makeover since that is where Barry’s closet is. He has been patiently awaiting his closet makeover since we did mine several years ago and 2021 is going to be the year!
This next one is still under debate and has been for some time. The laundry room. Or should I say laundry closet? I REALLY want a legit laundry room, but we just don’t have space for that. However, I am convinced this small space with stupid slanty ceilings can be better! I think we should stack the washer and dryer, Barry isn’t on my side…..yet 😉
Seventh. More FOTTERY! Ok, I might have a problem, but there are worse things I could be addicted to right? This is such a easy and inexpensive way to upcycle thrifted pieces or items you don’t like anymore. I literally just took down my fottery Christmas trees last night and I almost cried, so I definitely need to do some more!
Tutorials. I definitely owe you all some tutorials on several items completed during the One Room Challenge, like our railing and picture ledge. Don’t worry. Those are on the list and coming at you! I just need to get all my Christmas decor down first, haha!
Lastly, my mom’s house. You might recall the kitchen makeover we did for her a few years back. Well, she has been begging for more! We are hopeful to tackle more projects at her house this year as well!
Now I want to hear from you! What do you want to see more of? More decor, DIY, printables? Leave me a comment or send me an email and let me know what you want me to share more of in 2021 🙂
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