I really pushed the envelope in 2014. I did more renovations, spent more than I intended to and actually hired a contractor to do one of the major projects because I was so swamped with everything I had taken on!
2014 was an excellent year for me. I found some great deals, actually found some time for myself to do absolutely nothing, got a lot done on the house and yard and began a yoga practice (something I've been planning to do for years...)
I made over so much furniture this year that I'm calling this post the Furniture Files!
The year began with a bang when I found a hutch for $100. My makeover made me so happy, I made over the entire dining room!
The dining room table and chairs got painted and I moved furniture around to give me the farmhouse look that is my current fave style.
My guestroom got yet another makeover (this one is the look I'm sticking with!!!) when I found a shabby chic quilt for a steal. I got out every quilt and quilted throw I possess and used them in the decor as well.
2014 was a year for changing the look of floors. I installed peel & stick groutable tile in my mudroom / laundryroom to give myself a brighter floor that was easier to keep clean.
and I painted the beat up wood floor beside my laundry tub:
I added vintage style wood castor wheels to my sofa table turned writing desk to give it enough height for me to actually be able to sit at.
and swapped out the chair and rug for something lighter
and I was given a free hutch topper that I promptly converted to a wall shelf to hang over the buffet in my kitchen.
and then I repainted the pantry and the buffet to help them blend in with the rest of the kitchen cabinetry.
Ever since I made a huge mistake in my choice of paint colour for a single can of paint that I bought 4 years ago, my decorating has centered around using up that same can of paint mixed with a whole lotta white paint! and you thought it was just because I liked the colour aqua... lol!
So another piece of furniture fell victim to my aqua'fied decor scheme. This step stool went from a checkerboard red and white country look to a fresh, new colour blocked look.
And I painted the mirror with the same colour (you have to coordinate!!!)
I installed one of my many old door finds as a garden gate:
and then decided to go whole hog and covered up the lattice fence with fence boards so I could have privacy in my side yard.
Then my kitchen overhaul took on a life of its own. I bought two stock cabinets without doors (my cabinets are discontinued) and gave them special touches to add some interest.
This one got a wood base, hanging rack, tiny shelf and cookie sheet holders.
This one got 1x2 wood trim around the face frame and bead board backing with trim. My kitchen was becoming so white, I created a reclaimed wood sign to break it up a bit.
I painted the sides of the fridge to match the cabinets. It was black before (& I'm so tired of black!!!)
After I added the pass through window to let light in from my newly installed laundry window, I added a shutter made from a bi-fold closet door with trim added to it so it fit the opening. I can keep it open or close it up if there's a mess in the laundry (or if I need to isolate my cats!)
I reconfigured my kitchen cabinets, painted them all Simply White and bought new counters. I am so happy with my lighter brighter kitchen! and the layout is much more to my liking, too.
Then I went back to making over furniture. As I said before, I am tired of the dark look.
Here is what I did to a basic cube shelving unit that I bought years ago at Home Depot.
Meanwhile, back on the outdoor side of things, I hired a contractor to add a new front landing and deck to my house and then I whipped up a sign and a bench to dress it up!
I built an extra-tall shutter to cover the electrical stuff that was such an eyesore.
I laid concrete slabs instead of having a wooden step down to the driveway. I used two 4x4x10s with gravel and old bricks in between them to level the area.
I also put a roof on my home made potting bench:
I created quite a few wall hangings and signs this year, kitchen signs - garden signs - welcome signs - seasonal signs..
I repurposed some old things that I found at yard sales and in dumpsters:
and I practiced my mitering skills by building frames from scrap trim pieces and 1x2s
The rest of the work I did isn't blog worthy, it consisted of replacing weatherstripping, cleaning and fixing and/or installing gutters & downspouts, crawling around my dirt floor crawlspace to add extra insulation and vapour barrier and ripping the deteriorating skirting boards off and replacing them. All in all, an extremely productive year!
If you want the details on any of these projects, click HERE for my project gallery.
Thanks for following along - I hope I was able to inspire you in some way.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!