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January 6, 2011

2011 House Goals or Wishful Thinking?

The Nester just posted on her blog 2011 Home Goals for her home. It's so nice to see other bloggers who have beautiful homes still have those spaces that aren't perfect and have places that they would like to work on.
Mr.A and I sat down last night to decide what project we were going to tackle next so we could figure out the budget and all the boring stuff that I don't like figuring out.   If it was up to me, we'd just dive right in and figure all that out later. Good thing Mr.A is around to keep me somewhat grounded.
So I am going to post our goals for our home this year as well and hopefully by December 2011 I can look back and see some of these accomplished!

Install the dining room corner cabinets
Paint the cabinets
Paint over the brown on the bottom and possibly a new color on the top as well
Reupholster the dining room chairs.
I'm still not sure if I'm going to keep the table cherry or repaint it, possibly white.
Another thought is adding some board and batten to the wall but that might be too much with the cabinets, we'll have to see as we go!

Next on the list is the hall closet/playroom.

With four children we have a lot of games, puzzles, coloring books, craft type stuff.  This closet is usually a little more organized but with Christmas presents combined with Christmas break and a toddler that loves to get into stuff, the closet is looking less than stellar.  I'm embarrassed to put this picture out there but I'm just keeping it real.

We hope to turn this closet into an office, like this one from Country Living:

Which leads to the playroom and all it's glory.  We have two closets, one is pictured below, looking a mite bit scary.  Again, just keeping it real, it's 11pm and I don't have the energy to make it look pretty right now. 

Install shelving units in the two closets for toys, games and playroom crap stuff
Move the bookcase/shelving units out of the playroom
Replace the carpeting with some type of flooring that is not carpeting  as the dog thinks it's fun to pee on carpet
Paint the doors white or replace them with white doors
Install window trim and paint the trim around both windows, a project left over from this summer when we replaced the windows in the playroom
Repaint the playroom and get rid of the curbside couch, make it have more of a hang out/kid friendly feel to it

Rip out the desk between the two closets and make a cute little bench seat

On a side note, I think I clean this desk off about once a week but really it's just a catchall and the kids' computer area which doesn't get a lot of love during the week.  Don't judge me, k? 
Moving on from that scary mess......

When we bought this house, it came with a lovely white and green diamond patterned tile entryway floor.  It was as slick as ice and if you made the mistake of stepping on it with wet shoes, you were in for a wild ride!
One day while using my floormate I hit the tile and a little green diamond popped up off the floor.  I was able to pick up almost all the tiles by hand without any effort.  A few actually were grouted to the hardwood floor but about 80% came up with ease.  The floor has remained like this for about a year and a half now.

I would love to refinish this but that might have to wait until we refinish the living room and dining room floor as well.  So, not sure what we'll do right here but I'd like something done so it doesn't look so unfinished.

This is it for now, I have a ton of landscaping that I would like to accomplish this summer as well but it's kind of hard to show pictures of what I'd like to redo because everything is covered in snow!

There are more things I could put on here, like both bathrooms needing makeovers,  main floor laundry, figuring out what we are doing with our bedroom sitation (3 girls in one bedroom is just the beginning), knocking out the wall between the kitchen and the playroom which then would mean no office closet, refinishing the hardwood floors on the main floor, I could keep going but I'll just stop there!

I love my home but sometimes I feel like I"m always trying to improve it without stopping and just letting things be for a while.  I don't have a Country Living worthy house nor will I probably ever.  What I want most is a home that is safe, comfortable, inviting, warm, welcoming and inspiring.  A place for my family to think back on fondly when they are grown.   A place where they bring their teenage friends to hang out, their children to visit in and where they will always call HOME!  Unless of course I get the bug to move in a few years.  ;)

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  1. I love, love, love that Country Living closet/office!! I think the closets you showed have high potential! Your house is adorable and I'm sure all you have your mind set on will come to fruition before Jan. 2012! Keep your eyes on the prize. ;-)

  2. Hey, Ange ~ Tell me about the cream colored corner cabinet curio-type piece you have...I sooo want/need something like that! Any chance it's something you bought from a retailer recently or made on your own??? Cute taste ;)


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