A look through the projects and progress of our 1865 fixer upper in 2019, and the plans we have for the upcoming year.
Every December as the year comes to a close I like to look back and reflect on what we accomplished. It’s a good mood booster because I think a lot of times we are so hard on ourselves and forget what we’ve actually done. I know most of you don’t have a blog to document everything you’ve done, but I highly suggest writing down all the things you’ve accomplished this year and give yourself a pat on the back because we all deserve it! ;)
Today’s post isn’t about my most popular (I’ll be sharing those posts later). What I’m sharing today is what I’m proud of, the rooms we finished, and some plans I’ve got for next year. I’m also sharing alongside some other talented bloggers, so make sure and check those out at the bottom of the post!
We actually started this project at the very end of of 2018, but it didn’t wrap up until January of 2019. This was one of our biggest projects for this house.
This space was a total gut job. We wanted to make sure everything was insulated properly since this area of our home is the coolest spot. We also reworked our pantry area so that we could actually walk into it and not shimmy around the countertop.
For this space we installed all the cabinets ourselves. It was a big project, but saved us tons in the budget. I shared several posts about the process of our Kitchen Remodel, you can see them all here: How to Install Kitchen Cabinets, Choosing Kitchen Appliances, Tips for a DIY Kitchen Remodel, and How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel. You can get all the details there. I haven’t written the tutorial post for our concrete countertops. I’m not really sure why, other than I’m just always running behind, haha! However, I did write a post about how we chose between pre cast vs cast in place countertops.
After we wrapped up our kitchen remodel, we went straight into my mom’s kitchenette upstairs. As you might all know she lives with us, so it was important for us to give her this space. We were actually able to surprise her with this when she was out of town for a few weeks. Doing this space as part of the One Room Challenge really helped us stay on track. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post you can catch up on everything we did in this space!
After we wrapped up these bigger projects, we worked on some smaller things over the summer and just getting our life organized over the summer. I did also manage to paint all the trim and walls in our living room/formal dining room area.
At the end of summer we totally made over our fireplace (which I still owe you guys a tutorial), and did some decorating for Fall.
I did another one room challenge in the Fall, and it’s been nice to have a finished room to eat in! You can click here to catch up on the progress of this space and see some before and afters!
Somehow in between all this we wrapped up our upstairs bathroom renovation. We did actually hire a lot of this out because it was just a little out of comfort zone making sure it was all done properly. There was some obvious renovations done in the past to the bathroom, and it wasn’t done well, so we wanted everything safe and secure for our family, and the next family to own this home!
After Fall we moved on to Christmas decor, which was so fun to enjoy Christmas in this newly finished home! I was definitely trying to spend some quality time with the kids this holiday season. It’s been a busy year, and we had so much going on behind the scenes that I haven’t even shared yet!
So that about wraps up this year. Of course there were lots of other projects in the middle that you can scroll back through on the blog, but those were the main projects.
Plans for 2020
Next year we hope to wrap up a lot of the projects in this home. We are currently in the middle of our entryway, which I can’t wait to share with you guys! I’ve been pretty absent on IG stories lately, but I’ll be jumping back on in the new year. So here are a list of our priorities for this year.
- Both Boy’s Bedrooms
- Rework the hallway by our bedroom
- Paint all the stairs in our house
- Breakfast Room
- Back Entry
Of course there will be tons of little projects, like adding quarter round to allllll of our baseboards, because I still haven’t done that!
I hope you will continue to join me on this crazy ride. Be sure and follow along on Instagram if you aren’t already for behind the scenes looks at what I’m working on.
I’ve teamed up with some lovely ladies who are also sharing what they accomplished throughout 2019, so make sure and visit them, you can click the links below the pictures! Here’s to finishing out this amazing year and starting a brand new one!