The Master Plan – Downstairs

With the holidays just around the corner my mind is racing with ideas for decorations and entertaining, but I’ve noticed after the holidays my house is bare and empty, at least comparatively speaking. This definitely has me thinking about what I’ll be doing once it’s time to take all of the decorations down and work on the house again. This calls for an updated house tour and my master plans! (To keep this from being too long and boring I’ve split it into two parts, I’ll share downstairs today and upstairs on Wednesday.)

Foyer – This space has not changed a bit since we moved in. The large pieces of carpet aren’t there any more, but that’s it. Ultimately I’d love paint, add a place to hang our coats by the door, get a new door mat, and switch out the light fixture for something better. I have no idea what, but I’m in love with this light Young House Love hung in their new foyer.

living room 11.2013 living room2 11.2013Living Room – This room is next on my radar, I cannot wait to get to work on it after the holidays! Well, technically I’ve been working on it for over a month…

  • Finish painting the other two walls, I picked out a paint color today!
  • Buy/sew some curtains. I really want a red Ikat type fabric to make a bold statement.
  • Get a new sectional! That purchase should happen sometime in January, woohoo!
  • Hang some large prints from our Europe trip in the corner behind where the sectional will go.
  • Build a corner console table for behind the sectional, complete with some lamps and knick-knacks to decorate the space.
  • Put two armchairs with a side table in the corner in front of the windows.
  • Maybe add a rug or eventually get new carpet.
  • Do something to update the light fixture, non-yellow globes for example.

dining room 11.2013 dining room2 11.2013Dining room – This room is still my favorite in the house. It reflects my style the best and I’m really hoping to replicate that style in the rest of the house in the coming months, though it’s still not finished.

  • Complete my plate wall collection, perhaps continue it to the other side of the bay window
  • Refinish the chairs
  • Find two fun patterned/colored parson’s chairs for the ends of the table
  • Add a cabinet to the corner by the back door to use as a bar, something with a drawer for linens and things. I’d also love to hang a wine rack above that, because ya’ll know I love some wine.
  • Get new blinds or curtains for the french doors.
  • “Frost” the window panes in the bay window until we get the window replaced in a few years (they are discolored and foggy)
  • Replace that super ugly chandelier over the table. I’d love to do two drum shade pendants to update the room a bit, like this.
  • Refinish the wood floors, they are in pretty rough shape.

Kitchen – Please excuse the old picture, but nothing has changed here except that we bought a new fridge last April, there is still much to be done.

  • Paint all of the cabinetry, I’ve always wanted a white kitchen!
  • Add a colorful green and blue glass tile backsplash.
  • Get rid of the roman shades I made, I kind of hate them now. I’m thinking of doing a fake one more like this.
  • Replace the cabinets doors on either side of the sink with glass fronts to display my more colorful dishes, or paint the inside of the cabinets. There needs to be more color!
  • Replace the florescent light over the sink with pendants.
  • Way down the line we’d also like to take out the cabinets above and to the right of the stove to open it up to the dining room even more. We’d get a new, more industrial hood for over the stove to add an updated look to the room.
  • Even further down the line is getting new countertops (I’m in love with Corian) and all stainless steel appliances.
  • Install new tile floors, which would extend down the hall into the laundry room and bathroom.

Laundry Room – aka the one room where I have 100% free range, no husband approval needed! I’m thinking tiffany blue, or a fun pink/coral color! 😉

  • New, stackable, washer and dryer for optimal space
  • Building a screen to cover the water heater (need to check on the codes for what I can do with that)
  • Installing cabinets, from a thrift store or Craigslist, into the corner and building a countertop to give me plenty of storage space for cleaning products and detergent and a space to fold clothes that’s not in the living room. I’d also love to get a second-hand sink that will fit the cabinets to replace the existing plastic utility sink.
  • Hang an old wooden ladder from the ceiling to use as a drying rack.
  • Add some art.

Halfbath – I could probably update this room for less than $250 soon, IF I can remove the sink without damaging the floors (we dont have the money for new floors right now).

  • Replace the horribly dated sink and cabinet with something more modern, like this.
  • Hang a new mirror, preferably something oval and more sophisticated.
  • Paint horizontal stripes to give it the appearance of being a wider space, plus I love the look.
  • Move the odd towel ring to the wall by the sink.
  • Art, art, art. And maybe a shelf for a candle and a few decorative knick-knacks over the toilet.

I definitely have my work cut out for me, BUT I think that I can make a lot of progress if I actually put my nose to the grindstone and get to work. After I finish painting the living room I’ll probably paint a base coat and start measuring things out in the bathroom while I wait for our tax return sectional. Then switch back to accessorizing the living room/finishing up the dining room before moving back to the half bath. And there will most likely be 500,000 other projects going on at the same time!

I’ll be back on Wednesday to finish up this Master Plan by walking you through all the upstairs changes that I want to make. Too bad Jesse says I have to finish downstairs before I can start repainting and redoing upstairs. :p

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  1. Oooh! It’s fun to see all that you’ve done and hear about what you plan to do! Can’t wait to see the living room color you picked for the other walls, because I LOVE the accent wall color.

  2. I love hearing about people’s plans for their houses!

    Call me crazy, but I’ve recently started folding all of my laundry in the living room. It’s nice to be able to watch tv and hang out while doing it, and I find I put it away upstairs right away since I hate seeing the laundry baskets hanging out in the living room.

    1. I hate seeing it, but I’m incredibly lazy and it usually takes a few days before I fold and put stuff away. At least if it’s in the laundry room I can shut the door 😉

  3. its good to list everything out. at least you have pretty specific vision already!

    we have so much we want to do and really should concentrate on one room at a time…but i have a hard time doing that haha. i dont think we will get much done either until the new year. not just because of the holidays, but because adam is working SO much until christmas. darnit.

    1. I have a hard time focusing too. Lists help though. Now I just wish I would have waited when it came to the upstairs, my taste has changed quite a bit since we moved in.

  4. I love the ideas you have! I can’t wait to see them!

    Also, I love the idea of a year-end roundup of the house to see where you want to go next year! I just might borrow the idea!

  5. You have such a beautiful spacious home. Our 100 year old house is small. Looking at all your space makes me slightly envious :). Every time I see that beautiful table, I swoon just a little. You both did such a great job making that.

  6. Sounds like you have a lot of fun coming your way! I can’t wait to see how the kitchen will look painted! Good luck!

  7. I love your accent wall color. I just bought a house with the big high walls and I actually just picked SW Mink out as my accent wall color. However I am worried about it being too much or dark on one of my big walls. so i was thinking of doing it on a shorter wall. I know its been a few years since you posted this, do you still have Mink on your accent wall? and what color did you end up going with for your other walls?

    1. Hi Leah! My accent wall is still Mink! And the other walls are Faint Flicker, which is a very light grey. It definitely keeps the room from being too dark.

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