2016 was a year of delays. So many things went sideways that I didn't accomplish much of what I set out to do. What I did do was to finish up some unfinished projects and I got around to repainting the walls in my living room, dining room and home office. I'm naming 2016 my "lighter, brighter year".
After many years of searching for the perfect furniture for my dining room, I scored 5 Windsor chairs and bought a new chandelier. Those finds together with a can of black paint and a can of almond cream paint brought my dream dining room into being.
After living with the new dining room for a few months, I opted to take the leaf out of the table. I hung brown velvet curtains for the winter months and my new dining room makes me smile every time I look at it.
I repainted my home office, hung up some new Ikea curtains and made over the wardrobe/linen closet I keep in that room. It is much lighter and brighter now.
Another easy makeover was performed in my 2nd bathroom. I swapped out the towels and shower curtain and gave the room a more spa-like feeling.
The laundry got a tiny update when I installed a new shelf countertop and relocated the storage cupboard. The space is much more open and easier to use. Sometimes the smallest changes have the biggest impact!
The light over my laundry tub was a fluorescent one that bit the dust in early spring. I picked up a new fixture at Ikea in an industrial style and it looks so much better.
A lamp makeover gave me the perfect lamp for my master bedroom. All it took was a new lampshade and a can of white spray paint. The 20 minute makeover!
Next up for this bedroom will be a new queen-sized bed that will fit the space better.
The same wall paint from the dining room was used in the living room and the space is much brighter now.
I created a library / reading nook in the living room with the old dining room chairs and nesting tables.
I used a graphic design to update a mini-stepladder I keep in my kitchen.
I accomplished a lot of updates in the yard this year beginning with flipping all the worn deck boards on the main deck to give myself a brand new surface. Hopefully this will buy me a few more years before I have to replace all the boards.
Another can of spray paint updated the lawn chairs.
Do you remember this shed that I built a year ago? Well, I decided to dismantle my baby greenhouse and build another lean-to shed beside this one as a greenhouse.
I reused the windows from the baby greenhouse and now I have much more room for starting seeds and growing tomatoes.
My final project of the year was creating a door number plaque from an old square cupboard door I found at the dump.
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!