So....Pinterest....I kind of love it a little bit. I have spent hours just clicking around from one thing to the other, gathering ideas and inspiration and dreaming of things I can't afford. I am the world's worst about starting a project and never finishing, but I am working on a few things, one small step at a time.
Looking around Pinterest can make me long for a different house--usually one with more cute, vintage-style charm--full of fun little nooks, built-in bookcases, and window seats. While I may not be getting that house anytime soon, I can make some small changes to help me love our current home even more than I do now.
Some of the things on our to-do list:
New countertops in the kitchen. (This is a MUST and will be done within the next year.)
Paint cabinets white. (Will probably be done at the same time as the countertops.)
Tile the kitchen and bathrooms.
Get my dad to finish the shelf for the playroom and get it installed.
Move the cedar chest from the playroom and replace it with a twin bed, set up daybed-style with pillows for lounging.
Put up a rain-gutter bookshelf in the playroom to create a little reading corner.
Rearrange the pictures in the living room to fit with the new furniture arrangement.
Create a collage of black-framed photos on the blank wall behind the couch.
Figure out how to manage the toy situation in the living room (suggestions???).
Hang hooks/shelving in the laundry room to catch coats, bags, etc.
Paint my desk white and put it in the kitchen. Pretty it up with a desk skirt.
And a couple of long-term possibilities:
Install crown molding in the kitchen, then in bedrooms (it's already in the living area and hallway).
Replace the carpet in the bedrooms (new carpet or hardwood?).
Possibly expand the master bedroom and build a new master bath. (Lots of $$, but we would LOVE a bigger room and bathroom...especially if we are going to be in this house for the long haul.)
Fence the backyard.
Explore the possibilities of a pool...doubtful that it will happen, but you never know!
What's on your to-do list this summer? Any home-improvement projects? Are you Pinterest-obsessed yet?