What a blessing to have found this house, moved last September and settled for what will hopefully be a very long time! There’s no question that God’s timing was perfect and so much better than what we would have done on our own. Any of you who have moved from one home to another, will understand what I mean, though, when I say that I have been anxious for warm weather, so we can make the little touches and tweeks that change this from just a house to OUR home. I’m talking about the projects that put your family’s personality into a house — the preferences and ideas that really establish the house as yours and make it the place you love to come home to.
There are three main DIY areas we hope to tackle this summer and into fall:
- Our Backyard Makeover
- Bedroom Facelifts and a Master Bedroom Makeover
- Decorating and Furnishing our Parlor? Sitting Room? Front Room? Third Living Area? (We still haven’t decided exactly what to call that room. lol)
Time and budget always dictate how fast these kinds of projects move forward and in the case of Our Backyard Makeover, the weather has really thrown a curve into the plans. Unbelievable amounts of rain and cool weather slowed down getting our garden in at the time I would have preferred. But, thankfully, we have managed to take full advantage of the days of sunshine sprinkled into this crazy “rainy season” and get a few things accomplished.
Our goals for each project are:
1. Our Backyard Makeover
- establishing a vegetable garden separate from the flower beds
- edible landscaping in the form of blueberry bushes and grapes
- setting up a compost tumbler
- putting in a swingset/play area for our youngest daughter and three grandkids
- re-establishing grass in the large, dirt crop-circle created by our black lab when she was staked back there on a long lead
- furnishing the upper deck
- furnishing the downstairs screen porch
- setting up a firepit area on the patio
- painting or staining the deck and back steps
- trellising across the back of the built-in upper deck bench (to prevent grandbabies from crawling underneath and falling down to the yard)
- an umbrella clothesline (Still being debated. Hubby is definitely not as keen on the idea as I am, but the electricity savings may be the deciding factor.)
2. Bedroom Facelifts and a Master Bedroom Makeover
- removing out-dated and faded wallpaper borders
- fresh coats of bright paint (currently two of the rooms are painted dark navy and a deep, very, very dark pine green)
- paint the master bedroom a solid color (it is a two-tone, textured stripe)
- new mattress for master bedroom (The search is on for something comfy!)
- matching drapes and bedspread for master
- vinyl wall art and other decor for all bedrooms
- changing out a twin bed in a child’s room for a full or queen, so it can be used as a guest room, when needed
- desk to DIY for daughter’s bedroom
3. Furnishing and Decorating the Front Room
- This room is the first, directly to the right as you walk through our front door. It is the THIRD living area in this beautiful house and we simply do not have any furniture to fill it. It has a beautiful bay window looking out over the pretty, tree-lined street and neighborhood out front. I can’t wait to add an area rug, furniture and wall decor. The layout of the room is interesting, as it connects, in an L-shape, to the dining room around the corner. At this time, I have been able to add a nice bookcase and my Dad surprised me a couple of weeks ago with a beautiful china hutch, he built for me. That is sitting at the end of the room, where it connects to the dining room. Otherwise, this room has been totally empty since we moved in, 10 months ago. It (and the dining room, as well as the stairs and upstairs hall) were all covered in pristine WHITE carpeting when we bought the house. That was the only immediate change we made to the home after moving in. We are a “get comfortable, live-in-it”, kind of family and white carpeting anywhere, much less in the dining room, was definitely not going to fit our lifestyle. The front room and dining room were immediately redone in a warm, welcoming walnut hardwood and the stairs and upstairs hall traded their white for a plush, rich, caramel-colored carpet which we extended into the master bedroom.
As you can see, we have a pretty ambitious list and only time, great bargains and saving for the next thing, will be able to help us fully realize the dream. I intend to write about the process, as we take each new step in the makeovers, sharing tips, ideas and products I learn about along the way. Be sure to stop back tomorrow for our first post in Our Backyard Makeover series. It will begin the transformation of our backyard into an oasis for relaxation and fun, as well as a beautiful, budget-saving garden spot. We’ll kick off that first post with a fantastic giveaway, so you may be able to mark something off your own backyard DIY list, right along with me! I look forward to sharing it with you!