Last year I set some lofty goals when it came to my home. I documented all I was hoping to accomplish here on the blog – which was my way of secretly shaming myself into getting my bottom into high gear fixing up my home. I was secretly setting myself up for public shaming if I didn’t accomplish anything on the the list. And guess what? It totally werked. I wanted to check in with you guys so you can see all of the progress we made refunking this little nest of ours in 2014. You can see the full list of Home Goals I set for my family HERE. I loved having the photos to look back on all we accomplished and the process really kept me focused when it came to projects I wanted to complete. I will definately do the same this year.
Let’s start off with the entry way. Not super welcoming but not as bad as it used to be. Apparently owning my first home math looks like this: Newlyweds + Target Gift Card Wedding Gifts = Red and Gold Damask.
I can’t even believe this photo was taken just 4 years ago. It looks ancient!
This is how the space started out – Check out the evolution of my entry way here.
And here is the full Entry Way Makeover. I stained some vintage frames with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and recovered the seat of the bench in a fun fabric. This project was even featured on a billboard in Times Square during Thanksgiving with Black + Decker. Pretty cool, huh?
We made some major progress in our dining room this year. Here is how it started out – again this photo is 4 years old. It looks like a musuem compared to how it looks now.
I put the finishing touches on the space by spraying the chairs with the Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer using a chalk-type paint. If you have been hesitant to use a sprayer – DO IT. I completed this project 7 months pregnant in 90 degree Oklahoma heat. It can be done. I also recovered the chairs in a chartreuse green fabric.
I made this DIY Driftwood Runner for less than $10. This project was featured on The Today Show’s website!
The poor plaid valances in my living room needed to be taken down and burned in my backyard. The original owners had them custom made for the space when our home was built in 1999. Yes, like the Prince song. I was also desperate to replace the pillows because I had bought several of them at Ross thinking they would be a temporary fix and they ended up staying for two years.
It certainly pays to have friends in high places because Hayden from Haven Interiors helped me shop for fabric and Sonya from Beyond the Screen Door made all of the drapes and pillow covers for me. Seriously, if you need design services or new drapes – contact these ladies. They are angels sent down from the gods of design.
The new pillows and drapes, although a simple change, were the most drastic change. You can check out all of the deets on the fabric selections and more photos here.
I also added a new rug from Rugs USA to finish off the space.
One surprise that wasn’t on my to-do list was adding another addition to our family! We found out we were expecting in February so that added a few extra things to tackle around our home. Nothing like nesting to get you into home makeover mode. The first project we tackled was painting our unused guest bedroom.
We cleaned and painted this room in 48 hours and was pretty easy when we used these 10 simple tips to painting a room.
We completed Shep’s Modern Vintage Nursery on a tight $600 budget – and it has quickly become one of our favorite rooms in the house.
I have lots to add to our home goals list for 2015 including a new light fixture in our breakfast nook, painting the exterior of our house, and making over our office space. Looking back on all of the simple and transforming projects we completed last year has been so fun. But my greatest accomplishment has been these two.
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