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Monday, January 6, 2014

Plans for 2014

 We hope everyone had a nice holiday break & a happy New Year!
Right about this time, it seems most people are ready to get started on new goals & plans...
and maybe finish old ones?  We know we are!

On a personal note, we're planning on starting a new chapter of our lives in 2014.  The biggest change for us this year will be involving our work/travel schedule.  We would like to start a family sometime this year, which means career changes are in the works (our previous jobs consisted of nearly 100% travel for most of the year).  We're feeling apprehensive, nervous, & anxious about the upcoming changes...but happy & excited at the same time!  
The reason we wanted to touch on our personal agenda a bit is because these changes will directly impact our house projects & blog.  Now that we won't be traveling all the time, we'll be able to tackle some projects we've been meaning to do for awhile now...and hopefully start posting about them more frequently.

Providing that time & budget allow, we'd like to check some of these items off of our list this year:

Large Projects:
1.  install new kitchen counters (like this)
2.  install new kitchen backsplash  
3.  finish the hardwood floors on our first floor - the original owners laid hardwoods everywhere, except the living room (you can see what we're talking about here)
4.  remove carpet on stairs, stain the stair treads, & paint risers white (like this)
5.  replace carpet or install engineered hardwoods upstairs
6.  repaint all the white trim, baseboards, molding, & columns throughout the house (even though the house is only 7 years old, we think it all just needs a fresh coat - it's getting scuffed & banged up a bit)
7.  install a board & batten wall in guest bedroom (like this)
8.  paint the exterior of our house...eeek! (HOA is having making everyone repaint)

Furniture Makeovers/Small Projects:
1.  refinish or paint a set of 4 kids chairs (we got these from Mel's parents)
2.  fix hole in mirror, paint, & hang in half bath (it's from HG- it was an 'as-is' due to a small hole in the frame)
3.  paint rocking chair (Mel's from when she was little)
4.  turn bottom drawer of our office dresser into a pull-out printing station 
5.  paint & reupholster a settee (belonged to Mel's great-uncle)
6.  re-do octagon side table (thrift store piece that needs a makeover)
7.  re-do library card catalog (would like to DIY into a table of some sort)
8.  turn mirrored dresser top into faux fireplace (here's the before)
9.  refurbish vintage rolling desk chair (a piece from Mel's mom)
10.  DIY a headboard for guest bedroom (like this)

Organizing Projects:
1.  garage (like this)
2.  install a peg board to organize our tools
2.  studio (it's pretty organized, but needs some finishing touches)
3.  master bathroom (need to purge, reorganize, & implement some cabinet storage solutions)
4.  office (need to finish up on some filing systems)

There are, of course, other items that we are probably forgetting about and/or haven't thought of yet - but that's the general plan.  

First up...finishing our peg board!

Mel & Nader


  1. I can't wait to have a house just so I can do the kind of projects you guys are doing. Your house is looking really good so far, and I'm excited to see what it will look like when you guys are done!

    1. Thanks Alex! It definitely helps having a handy DIY family. We are getting our kitchen counters installed next week! Eeeek - so excited!