I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.Â Don’t get me wrong – the ideas and motivations behind resolutions are good. After all, no-one plans to gain more weight, smoke more cigarettes or be a crappy friend in the upcoming year.Â I dislike resolutions simply because if I donâ€™t follow through with them, I feel like a failure the rest of the year.Â Usually, thatâ€™s about 11 months. I guess I am not alone in this – research shows that anywhere between 78% to 97% of New Year’s resolutions are broken.Â
According to this psychological study, you will be more successful at keeping your New Year’s resolutions if you do these three things:
1) tell someone aboutÂ your goals
2)Â focus on the benefits of success
3) keep a diary of your progress.Â
So, my blog friends, I want to share with you our goals for completing renovation projects around the house in 2010.Â Â Sharing of goalsÂ - check.Â OutliningÂ our resolutionsÂ is a good way to help plan projects for the upcoming year.Â And come the end of twenty-ten, we will be able to look back and evaluate how well we’ve done in tackling the projects.Â Optimism – check. And of course my dear blog readers (all three of you), I will keep you updated ofÂ every step of the way. Progress documented – check.Â
So here’s how our DIY resolutions for 2010 stack up.
The majority of our projects will be done on the first floor; namely in the foyer, the bathroom, the dining room, the office, the garage and finally, the yard. We only have one main project in the works to be tackled upstairs, and that’s in the bedroom-turned-library.
Let’s break it down in more detail.
When we moved into the house last year, one of the first projects we tackled is taking down the walls between the two front rooms and the foyer.Â The walls came down, the headers went up …. but we never really finished putting the drywall back.
One of our goals this year is to finish off the drywall and get those studs covered up and painted. After all, the stud look is sooooo 2009.
2. Downstairs Bathroom
It’s taken a while but we’ve almost finished the downstairs bathroom renovation.Â Almost.Â The bathroom started off looking like this:
Since then, we’ve tiled, grouted, painted and made-over the vanity.Â What’s left?Â We have just a tiny amount of grouting to do and the crown moulding to finish.Â Then we can make the big reveal!
3. Dining room
We swapped the inherited deep-red paint for a more sophisticated, modern color palette:
To finish things off in the dining room, we are planning on installing chair rail and trim boxes on the lower part of the wall. Flooring would be a nice touch, but I’m not sure we’ll be able to get to that this year – let’s keep our fingers crossed.
The office / living room is where we have spent most of our time in 2009.Â On the first day we moved in, we set up all the essentials in this room – you know, the TV, the computer and some comfy chairs. And that is pretty much where they have stayed as we renovate the rest of the house.Â We’ve accumulated more and more junk necessary items over the year, piling them on top of each other, so that the office now looks something like this:
Don’t judge.Â Something drastic needs to be done in this space for 2010.Â Notice the half painted wall?Â Another “let’s try and see what this paint color looks like” moment, waiting to be finished.Â So, the plans for this space is to finish painting the walls and ceiling, and make this space more functional as an office.Â That will mean moving our living room furniture into one of the front rooms.
The immediate plan for this space is quite straightforward: get the garage doors working!
Rick has already spent sometime taking down one of the dilapidated garage doors and replacing the rails and opener.Â One down, two more to go.
The very first project we tackled in the first week of moving in was to fence in a small portion of the back yard so that the dogs had a safe, contained space to play in and do …well, what it is dogs do in yards.Â At some point this year, we’d like to get the rest of the yard fenced in:
We also plan on clearing out that dense brush between the trees before summertime kicks in.
The last thing on our 2010 to-do list is to finish off the headers and railing in our bedroom-turned-library project upstairs.
Most of the studs have come down, the header is in place – we just need to remove the remaining studs.Â Then we plan on installing a new rail along that wall to meet up with the handrail going to the bedroom.Â Eventually, all the wooden spindles will be replaced with wrought iron ones, and the wood will be stained a darker brown. Oh, and finishing painting the walls might also be a good idea
So, that’s our renovation goals for 2010.Â I’m not sure how many of these projects will get done, but here’s hoping it will be a productive year. At the very least,Â at the end of the year, we can look back at this post and laughÂ at how optimistically ambitious we were at the start of 2010.