Speaking of 2012 house goals, how about a recap of what was accomplished around here in 2011?
The biggest project by far occurred on the outside. Here’s what we started with:
Brown and orangey cream 70’s color scheme? Rotted soffits? 50 year old door literally coming apart at the seams? Dented vinyl siding? Check, check, check and check.
We purchased a mahogany door (stained, sealed and hung ourselves), had the vinyl siding on the gable replaced with hardi shake, had everything that was rotting replaced, and everything was freshened up with a new coat of paint. I love pulling into the driveway now. I’ll love it even more when the front is properly landscaped.
The family room started 2011 pretty bare and full of a hodge podge of furnishings
I updated the room with a fresh coat of paint, a new couch slipcover (Ikea, of course), seagrass rug, oversized botanical prints (you may recognize them from here and here. I’m a total copy cat), and lighting among other things.
The furniture is all new as well, or in the case of the apothecary cabinet, new to us. We purchased it off Craigslist for $80 a couple of years ago. We brought it home looking like this:
And after looooooots of sanding (there are 42 (!) drawers total), staining and sealing, the cabinet is now my favorite piece of furniture in the house.
The family room took a long time to come together (and it will continue to evolve, I’m sure), but I love it and I love that it doesn’t have the “5 piece set” feel to it (but still goes together – to me anyway!).
In the kitchen, the lower cabinets got a new coat of paint that was less … brown (I painted the cabinets before we moved in and didn’t have much of a vision or feel for how it would come together at the time).
I purchased the Pottery Barn rug and added the black and white transferware over the window (a gift from my mother-in-law).
We added and painted this old Ikea sideboard for more storage on a blank wall and built the shelves above.
Still learning how to style the shelves.
The dining room was also finished up, but I’m not sure how much I love it yet. It will be tweaked more over time.
I mentioned in the 2012 house goals post that the pantry was in for an overhaul this year. However, I did make one improvement already to the inside of the pantry door.
I LOVE having my spices organized this way now. But don’t be impressed my creativity. The idea, down to the Martha Stewart labels, came from here. Thank you, internet.
So that’s the 2011 recap. Progress! I love it!