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This year we didn’t do a lot of “huge” projects. We did do one large project and some smaller projects. I’m going to go through all the projects of 2023 and what I have planned for 2024. So, let’s get to it!
The first project of the New Year was the gallery wall in the Dining Room. I sold the China Cabinet months prior, and I couldn’t decide on what I wanted to do with the blank wall. I eventually decided to create a large gallery wall. I had collected several vintage/antique frames and a gallery wall seemed like the perfect solution. I love how it turned out. For Christmas, I change up the gallery wall and now I don’t know which version to keep! Help me choose.
Kitchen Sink Organization
I decided to get on the organization trend and finally give my kitchen sink cabinet a tiny makeover. I bought a couple of clear plastic organizers to help keep everything tidy. Not every project has to be huge. Even small projects can make a big difference though.
This is the third makeover for the mudroom. 😆 I wanted to add some wallpaper to the mudroom to give it more of a charming cottage vibe. I love the wallpaper that we added. I also painted the bench wall a very pretty blue. In hindsight, I probably could have left the bench the tan/brown color. Who knows, maybe I’ll paint it again in 2024. 😆
A couple years ago, we added board and batten to our wall in the Master Bedroom. I originally painted it a very dark green. I hated it almost immediately. I painted the wall again a very pretty blue gray and I loved it. I decided I no longer wanted the accent wall of board and batten to be a different color. So, I painted the whole room Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore. I also added floor to ceiling cream velvet curtains. They are so luxurious and beautiful!
The hugest project of the year. We did another One Room Challenge, and it may be my favorite one yet. Our pantry was a good size, but the space was not utilized well. I wanted it to look more like a Butler’s Pantry, more cottagey, more European. I think we really achieved that look. I love just going in there and looking around. And it’s so fun decorating for the different seasons/holidays. You can read more about this transformation here.
I have had the same trendy console table in the Entry for several years. I wanted to do something different, but still have a place for storage. We had an antique dresser in our pantry, but no longer needed it there. I decided to sand off the old/dark stain and use it in the Entry. I love the lighter wood with the black hardware. I think it turned out so pretty. And it has so much storage!
I have wanted to add bistro lights outside. I thought the deck was the perfect place to start. We added some bistro lights in the summer of 2023. We also put them on a smart plug and can turn them on/off without even going outside. I can’t wait to add more to other areas outside.
Built-ins Paint Color
Our built-ins are another one of my favorite projects that we’ve done. I think we created the media wall and built-ins during COVID lockdown. But I was tired of the white walls, and I decided to paint the whole wall. I wanted something moody and unexpected. I asked my IG followers for their input and finally settled on Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore. I LOVE HOW THEY TURNED OUT! I also used rub n buff on the hardware for a more brass/gold look. I think the decor really pops on the shelves now. When you need a change, paint it!
Water Closet Wallpaper
This was a project that I completed 100% by myself. I was really proud of myself. Wallpapering a room, is A LOT of work! I made a lot of mistakes, but I still feel great knowing that I did it alone. It took me a whole entire day to wallpaper this small room, but I did it. It definitely adds some charm to our bathroom. I love the pop of color.
Living Room Chandelier
The final project of the year was added a light to our Living Room. We’ve actually never had a light, other than our can lights. We had light box installed when we built the house, but I had never found a light that I really wanted. While I was shopping for our new Living Room sectional, I saw a beautiful brass chandelier. It was out of my price range, so I started to look for a similar one that was more affordable. And I found it! I love how it really finished our room.
So what plans do I have for 2024? I definitely want to complete the Living Room makeover. I plan on over-grouting the fireplace stone and then lime-washing it as well. I think it’s going to be a subtle, but beautiful change. We have a new sectional coming, so I’m excited to see this room complete.
Fall 2023, Andy decided to tear up our front yard for some much-needed grading. But since it was in the fall, no new grass grew. And it’s been a muddy mess ever since. I cannot wait to get grass out there and new landscaping. I have a lot of plans of the front yard and landscaping around the house. This will most likely be our Spring Project. I don’t know if we’ll do another One Room Challenge, but we’ll see.
I would also love to add bistro lights to our firepit area, under the deck, and near our pond. I would love a small “deck/dock” near the pond for lounging around.
In the Master Bathroom, I want to change the paint color and add a built-in tower for storage. The main thing that I really messed up when designing this house was the lack of storage. We do not have a linen closet or anyplace for sheets and towels. I will probably pick a color to go with the water closet wallpaper. I had several samples, but I didn’t like any of them. 😆
I also want to change things in the guest bathroom. I want to add a peg rail with wainscoting. I kind of want to paint the vanity in there too. I cannot decide on a color for the walls or vanity though. And should I add wallpaper?
This would be the ultimate project. We have a large unfinished basement that I really want to finish. We would have to complete a bedroom, a bathroom, an office/entry space and a large TV/living room area. It is going to be a lot of work and a lot of money. But before any of that can start, we have to level out the floor. Remember when I said Andy did grading in our front yard? It was to fix the water drainage problem that we’ve had since moving here. The grading was done incorrectly and effected our basement floor. It’s a huge pain.
Overall, I think it was a successful year of projects. I don’t think we could have done any more and the projects that we did complete really made a huge difference. I hope you’ll stay tuned for our upcoming projects in 2024. And be sure you’re following along on my Instagram page where I share all the things. Until next time Treasure Hunters!