home goals 2012

The Nester is hosting a home goals linky party tomorrow and ever the over-achiever, I’m posting a day early πŸ™‚ We’ve lived in our house for a little over a year now and much of our time has been consumed with the outside (that’s another post). I’ve come quickly to the conclusion that I dislike greatly working outside. I told my husband that I’ll do whatever I can to finish the goals we have on the inside, but the outside is his domain now. That said, here are the things on my plate (with a little help from him) as we walk into 2012.

First up is our living room. Currently it is yellow sponge paint. Um, yuck. I’ve hated it since the day we bought this house, but I’ve not had a chance to paint it. January is my month. Now I just have to find a paint color!! Ugg. Here are some before pictures. I can tell you that since these photos were taken I are reorganized the office area, we have bought a new couch & ottomans and swapped some rugs around the house.

A sneak peek of the new couch, ottoman and rugs:

The plan is to paint and rearrange some furniture. The biggest undertaking in this room, besides painting, is actually making something like this for the windows. Besides the sponge paint, I hate the levelor blinds and we are ditching those for some curtains. If I can get my act together, I would also like to make some sort of cushion for the window seat area too.

Second is our downstairs bathroom.

downstairs bath beforedownstairs bath before2

The plan is to paint it dark, dark, dark. I’ve always wanted to do a black or dark gray room and that is my plan for this room. We love this sink, but the faucet and light fixture has to go. I’m going to keep the base cabinet for the sake of money and paint it white. I found this fabric for the window as my inspiration.


After those two rooms are finished, my third plan is to paint the main floor steps. They are horrific right now and I would love to do something like this, or this, or this!

main stairs before


My fourth project is to do something with our coat closet. This may or may not happen. We are hoping to move our back door out of the kitchen and into this space in the Fall. If it looks like that might happen, then obviously this project is dead. But, knowing the size of house my sweet husband has to paint this year, I’m thinking it might be pushed out a while. I want to take the door off, tear everything out and then replace it with something like this.

hall coat closet before

My fifth project is to do something with my kid’s closets. The interior of our house is mostly made up of this weird cement-ish like sheetrock. It’s a bear to hang things on and finally last night I saw this and knew it was the answer to all our closet problems. The problem know lies in drumming up enough cash and a big enough car to take a trip to our nearest Ikea πŸ™‚

boy/girl closets before

There are a few other rooms I would love to tackle this year. Our bedroom for one and our master bath, but I don’t know if that is going to happen our not. At the very least I would love to make some new throw pillows for our bed! You can see more before pictures in my flickr stream (over on the right sidebar)


That’s it for our before photos and my goals for this year! I’m excited to show you all the after photos as I come along!

6 thoughts on “home goals 2012

  1. DAISY!!!

    I am excited for your goals for 2012.

    What is the first color that comes to your mind when you think of happy?

    That’s the color I chose to paint our living room. I went completely for what made me and the hubs smile.

    I have 3 colors in mind for your living room.

    I ADORE the big windows in the living room too.

    I really like the sink and basin in the downstairs bath too; mirror rocks!

    Have fun getting organized to tackle some great projects!

    .mac πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, beautiful home projects! We moved to another part of the country in 2011 and had to sell our home of 6 years. We’re in a rental right now and I might just live vicariously through you :). It is nice to have the break from projects, but yours are ones I would LOVE to tackle (and did, especially the closets) at our old home. I can’t wait to see what you decide to do!

  3. Major excitement! I can’t wait to see all you come up with. Gray is the new beige, you know, so that would be my first thought for your living room. My favorite resource at Benjamin Moore said that London Fog & Revere Pewter are their two most popular “true grays” – not too blue, not too pink. We used one of these for our family room/kitchen redo and LOVE IT!!

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