Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
What a year it has been for home renovations! Thinking back on 2018 and the home projects we completed, I didn’t realize we completed almost one a month! My, oh my, how far this home of ours has come in a year. The best part? We’re not even a quarter of the way through flipping our home. So, before we enter 2019 with the excitement of sharing even more home renovations, why don’t we look back on some of our favorites from 2018.
Our kitchen was the first major project we wanted to tackle in our home. Especially since it appeared to not have been updated since the home was built in the early 90’s. It was very stark with all of the white and half the appliances didn’t work.
To stay within our budget, we decided to paint the original cabinets and add new hardware. Other than that, we replaced the appliances and it looked like a brand new kitchen! You can see the details of our kitchen makeover here and here.
We have a lot of family that lives out of town so our guest bedroom is used quite often throughout the year. We always want guests to feel at home, relaxed and have an amazing room to call their own even if for only a weekend. But the bold colors of the guest bedroom from when we purchased our home was anything but that.
Paint and the change of a few home decor items completely transformed our guest bedroom. See more of the before and after of this space here.
Although our laundry room has a few more items we need to check off on our home improvement list, it did receive a few updates that made the biggest difference. Here’s the before:
All of a sudden one day I had the urge to paint a wall dark navy. I decided to paint the foyer wall you see right when you walk in our home. Especially with all of the natural light that pours into this space.
This navy wall is something I would do over and over again. We love it! It has actually made us realize our design style and we’ve started using darker hues throughout our home. See more of the wall here and how we installed the lights without running electrical.
Our biggest renovation of 2018 was our guest bathroom. It’s actually the first major renovation we’ve ever done. Our bathroom was original from the early 1990’s and we took it on for the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge.
Within 33 days we completely flipped this space and didn’t leave anything untouched. You can see the full reveal here!
We also gave our front door a much need makeover with just a little bit of paint. Here’s the before:
And the after. You can also see our tutorial for this project here.
Our living room finally received a little attention and we wish we had done it sooner! Here’s where we started:
After adding a new media console that we built, picture frames with lighting and mounting the TV, it’s a whole new space! You can see how we hung the TV here along with other views of this space.
In addition to the navy wall, we also gave the wall to the right of the front door an update. It was a very large, blank gray space. Here’s the before:
We decided to create a herringbone pattern using MDF board and built a planter box to go in front. You can see the full reveal here.
Earlier in the year we created a cleaning command center in our garage. It was a dumping ground for cleaning supplies without any sort of organization. With a few baskets, containers and labels, we created a new space with a new cleaning routine that we still love almost a year later.
Oliver’s wall makeover was the last project of 2018 and it was certainly one of my favorites. I joined a blogger challenge and created this wall from beginning to end on my own. A big deal for me since I’m not used to working with woodworking tools. This is what Oliver’s room looked like when we purchased the home:
And here’s what his room looks like after creating the textured wall design. This budget friendly project certainly had a huge impact in this space. See more of Oliver’s room here.
2018 will be a tough year to beat but we already have so many amazing things planned. Can’t wait to share even more DIY projects with you in 2019!
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