Happy New Year! Our two kids went back to school today, and I packed up all the Christmas decorations yesterday (feeling a little sad about that!) My husband and I sat down last night and sketched ideas for home design projects in 2019. We complete our home projects on a small budget, and the majority of the projects we DIY. Our style leans toward modern, but stays warm with touches of rustic, vintage, and eclectic pieces.
In no particular order, projects we would like to complete this year include: our fireplace, kitchen pantry, small laundry room, and our home entryway. Scroll down for pictures of the BEFORE of each space. These projects are on our to do list! And check out the home tour of spaces we have finished over the past four years.
Our gas fireplace is functional, it gives us a beautiful fire on cold nights. I can’t complain about that! But ultimately the traditional white wood is not our style. My husband wants a stone fireplace. I worried that stone would look too traditional, but finding a compromise between our styles is a fun challenge. A few nights ago we sketched out ideas for the fireplace and both our our ideas ended up looking very similar. I also look forward to removing the beige paint from the walls in our living room.
Stone Coastal Fireplace. Inspiration Source: Simple Stylings
Rustic Stone Fireplace. Inspiration Source: Style at Home
Eclectic Stone Fireplace. Inspiration Source: Apartment Therapy
The pantry is the first DIY project I plan to tackle this year. It will be an easy weekend project, and it will also be a big improvement to our family. Currently we have a small kitchen pantry with wire shelving and NO storage solutions. Our current idea is to take out the wire shelving and put in wood shelves so I can customize height of our pantry goods. This week I purchased new baskets and containers to improve our lack of storage. Who knew things like cereal storage containers could feel so exciting!
*Update: check out our pantry makeover here!
Modern Pantry with Baskets. Inspiration Source: Citrine Living
Farmhouse Style Pantry. Inspiration Source: Little Glass Jar
Small Laundry Room
Our laundry room is more like a laundry closet. It is very small! We barely use the storage bins under our front loaders, so we are seriously considering stacking our washer & dryer so we can have a large closet or locker on one side. We also have a door problem in that hallway (see picture below) and a sliding door or a split barn door would solve the problem of our laundry door hitting the garage door.
Double Sliding Doors. Inspiration Source: The Learner Observer
Stacked Washer & Dryer. Inspiration Source: Yellow Brick Home
I will break up the entryway project in stages as there are several things I want to improve in the space. High on our list: replacing our original chandelier. Its brass but not in a good way. If the budget allows I will replace our stair spindles but we could also stain them for a fresh look. Our stairs are carpet and I would love to remove that, and replace the carpet with a runner.
Our wood flooring can be sanded & stained once and is showing some wear, so I hope to have them refinished this year. For the walls: the beige paint must go. I haven’t selected a paint color yet if you have ideas! I have painted almost every room in our home, but I don’t do high ceilings so I need to hire out for that.
Painted Staircase. Inspiration Source: Sand & Sisal
Black Wall. Inspiration Source: Remodelaholic
Modern Staircase. Inspiration Source: Life on Virginia Street
That wraps up the big projects we have planned for 2019! We are in the early stages of planning on these projects. If you have any advice I would love to hear! I am excited for these projects for different reasons. The fireplace and entryway are primarily projects that will improve the style of the rooms. The laundry room and pantry projects will improve the function and use of space, but they should will have improved style too!