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Let’s Do This: New Year, New Project List

I love that welcoming January brings with it a sense of a fresh start, even though in reality it’s just another day. It’s especially helpful with projects, because I like to think of all I can accomplish in the year ahead.  I’ve decided to share my ideal list of projects for the year.  Let’s see how much I can get done!


I’ve got all these projects organized in a Google Spreadsheet, so that I can prioritize and break down budgets and keep track of progress.  They’re divided into DIY and BUY categories so I can also see which items will require more money.

A benefit of having a blog is that it can help keep you accountable for what you need to get done.  That’s my goal with sharing my project list.

Living Room & Dining Room

Big changes are coming to our living room in February! We’re on the waiting list to have our dirty white couch professionally reupholstered – finally! – which will kick off a bit of a design refresh for me in this space.

  • Sew Curtains
  • Find Large Door Mat
  • Sew New Pillows
  • Cover Lamp Shades
  • Reupholster Knoll Chairs
  • Resolve Dining Room Art Situation
  • Sew Table Runner


The kitchen is cold, so the most important projects relate to that.

  • Add Weather Stripping to Door
  • Find a Rug
  • Organize Undersink Cabinet
  • Organize Spices


Our bedroom has been on a design hold for ages as we’ve discussed building a bed.  It’s time to get on that, already.  I’d like to start building in March, but it’s a joint project so it will depend on what time frame works for Ryan, too.

  • Build Bed Frame
  • Buy Mattress
  • New Night Stands
  • Hang Art
  • Make Curtains
  • Make Pillows
  • Touch Up Paint
  • Build Dog “Bed”


This space is one of the most finished in the house, so the tasks I have to do are all little ones that are easy to DIY.

  • Refinish Dresser
  • Change Charging Station
  • Contain Cord Clutter on Desk
  • Sew Dog Bed for Merlin
  • Cover Lamp Shade


  • Re-caulk Tub
  • New towels and bath mats

Basement Rec Room

Gah. For some reason we never seem to follow through with “decorating” this space.  I guess there’s a few reasons – 1, it’s downstairs so we can ignore it.  2, my sewing storage constantly overflows into it.  4, it’s a big room and our ideas for it are constantly changing.

I hope this will be the year that we actually do something awesome with the space.

  • Paint
  • Hang Art
  • Get Rug
  • Refinish Coffee Table
  • Refinish Book Shelf
  • Refinish Dresser


Shoot, I need to finish my studio makeover. I’m so close to being done.  I’ll get on that this month.

  • DIY Cabinet Hardware
  • Finish Touches to Shelving Unit
  • Window Shade
  • Convert Sewing Table to Drop Leaf
  • Reupholster Sewing Chair

Storage Room / Workshop

This space has become cluttered and messy again. We need to reconfigure it to allow us to more easily use all our woodworking tools.

Back Porch

  • Add Cafe Lights
  • Refinish & Recover Chairs
  • Better Storage?

Miscellaneous Projects

  • Make a Photobook for 2013
  • Sew a Quilt
  • Finish Old Scrapbooks
  • Reupholster Stool
  • Frame Italy Art

Top Three DIY Projects of 2013

Here are my top three favorite DIY projects of 2013.  In review I see that it wasn’t the most productive year, but the projects I churned out were certainly useful ones!DIY Farmhouse Style Desk

The Pottery-Barn-Inspired desk I built for my office was, by far, my most favorite project of the year.  I still love it just as much as I did the day I finished building it.   You can find a printable PDF How-To Guide here.

Danish Modern Chair Trash to Treasure

I repaired, refinished, and reupholstered a pair of valuable Danish Modern dining chairs that I found discarded on the side of the road, and this only furthered my trash-rescuing obsession!   Guest Room with Temporary Wallpaper

Even though I never got to officially “finish” my guest room (because I had to turn it into my sewing studio for Janery) – I did a reveal before dismantling it, because I loved the direction in which it was going!

Favorite Work In Progress:

Janery Studo White Besta Doors-1

Still a work in progress, the 10-foot wall of Faux Built-In Shelves in my sewing studio was an incredibly useful project, not to mention a challenging one.  I’m still proud of it, as it took my carpentry skills in a slightly more advanced direction.   The only projects left are to make handles for the cabinet doors and to finish off the mid-level shelf.

Lazy Sunday: Awesome reads.

Good morning, friends! We still have some awesome snow here at the borrowed abode, and it makes it really feel like Christmas is around the corner!  I hope you’re enjoying a good lazy Sunday with a nice warm drink wherever you are.

an icy lake in Maine

an icy lake in Maine

Here are a few great reads while you’re sipping that mug of coffee or tea:

The 13 Things Mentally Strong People Avoid.  I want to print this list out to see every day as inspiration.

My friend Kalani makes a strong point yet again, this time with an oldie but goodie:  What They REALLY Want for Christmas. This applies to Thanksgiving as well, at least for me.

One of my oldest blogging buddies, Jeannine at Small Chic Home, worked on styling a wedding shoot that was featured on Style Me Pretty!  I am so impressed with her beautiful work.  She is a woman of so many talents, and somehow she manages to juggle them all so well.

dog bed by Janery. :)

dog bed by Janery. :)

Finally, if you need a good LAUGH – you must read Rachel’s post:  Iced by Scrooge.  I can really relate.