I can’t believe it, but we’ve been in our 1929 home for one year!
In some ways, I feel like we just moved in; in other ways, I feel like we’ve lived here forever.
After living here for a year, I’m thinking about how much we’ve done to make this house our home, and what’s left to do.
Still on the project to-do list are:
- My daughter’s bedroom.
My daughter wants me to paint her bedroom. It’s beige now, which is not her style. You may remember her bedroom in our old house:
She misses the bright wall color. At first, she said she wanted me to paint her room teal, but now she’s back to wanting green again.
I’m not going to do a stripe again, because it doesn’t really go with a 1929 home. Instead, I’ve got a similar but different idea – more to come on that!
- The kids’ hallway.
The kids’ hallway, where the lockers are (click HERE or on the photo above for the post about the lockers), needs to be painted. It’s pretty banged up from moving and kids playing, plus I’ve patched the holes from the shelves that were there and the paint didn’t really match up (same color, but painted at different times = uneven color!). I’d like to add a light color, and durable paint that will stand up to kids kicking a soccer ball in the hallway.
- The pantry.
Yep, back into the kitchen. When I did the mini-reno of the kitchen, I took out the desk that was there and added a shelving unit, but I never repainted it or refinished the floor patch.
I need to fix the trim (it was cut when the desk was in there – see the right side of the window and the floor trim, above) and paint it to match the rest of the trim in the kitchen (white), then add better storage to the pantry. I’m actually thinking about painting some of the upper cabinets removed during the renovation and adding them as storage in the pantry. We’ll see – but something is going to happen in there soon.
And speaking of painting cabinets…
- The kitchen cabinets.
OK, I am going to do something with the kitchen cabinets.
A few don’t close properly. They are a terrible putty color. I am getting less and less tolerant of them as time wears on. I would rather replace them, but we don’t have the budget for it now, so I’m seriously considering repainting them. Stay tuned!
- The great outdoors.
I’m taking it outside! Both our backyard and front yard need work. In the front yard, I’ve decided that I don’t want any bushes with stickers or thorns, given that the kids play soccer out there and often kick the ball into the bushes. I’d rather add boxwoods and some perennials to create more of a soft English garden feel – appropriate for a Tudor home.
In the backyard, our grill is sitting on the walkway, which doesn’t work for anyone. I need to build a grill island or patio for it to live on, and then clean up the weeds and overgrowth in the yard.
Lastly, the shed in the backyard needs some TLC. I need to patch the roof, plus clean it out and add some much-needed shelving and storage. I might even paint it!
So, that’s where I am after a year in the new-to-us house! So much has happened in one year, and I’m so grateful that we’ve had this gorgeous old home to welcome us each day.