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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Projects and Wish List

My hubby is a tax man, so from January to mid April, he is crazy busy at work.  However, after tax season is over, we always begin our spring projects.  

We always seem to have a running list of things we want to paint, stain, change out, pitch, or re-vamp around here.  Since we've lived here for going on 14 years now, I guess that's understandable...right?

Our first major spring project will be to paint the fence beside the driveway, the eaves of the house, and the fence in front of the house.  The photos will help you see why we want to spruce things up a bit!

No, the shed isn't ours (sadly), but the sad looking fence is ours.  We painted it several years ago, but as you can see, time has taken its toll on it and it could use a real pick-me-up.  We have a brick home, so we're looking at colors that would compliment the colors that are in the brick.  

Who knew how hard it would be to choose a paint color?  Thankfully, we have Lisa, my sister-in-law, who has an amazing eye for color and interior (and exterior) design.  She helped us choose two paint colors that we'll use on the fences, around the windows of the house, and on the eaves.

For the indoor spring projects, I'm ready for a "new" kitchen and dining room look.  I love, love my fruit stencil, so I am going to keep that I think.  

The paint colors that Lisa chose are two different shades of green.  She suggested that the two end walls could be the darker shade and the side walls could be the lighter shade.  That way, the kitchen wouldn't feel closed in and yet, the two different shades would add some dimension and visual interest.  I love the idea!

Yes, this is our kitchen and dining room.  It's not huge, but it's a good size for us.  The curtains would probably still work in here, but I'm not sure I'm going to keep them.  Knowing me, I'll find some terrific fabric and want to make new valances.  

We did get a new range and I love it!  Behind the range though is chipped paint because of the heat generated back there.  I am hoping to get some stainless steel panels to put behind the stove to protect the wall and to put recipes up there while I'm cooking.   I see a visit to IKEA in my future.

See the fall-themed display behind the dining room table?  I love that a lot, but want to figure out how to switch it up a bit for the seasons without too much fuss.  I don't have a lot of storage other than the attic, so it would have to be something simple.  Still working on that idea...

Ok, this chandelier in our dining room...I have wanted to change it since we moved in!  But, as many of you know, life gets in the way and there is always something else that demands your money and attention.  Changing this out is on my wish list! 

Our outdoor light fixtures have seen better days.  I'd love to get some brushed nickel ones!  Another thing to add my wish list!

What spring projects do you have on tap?  

Do you have a wish list started?


Marianne said...

There is always a never ending list of projects when you own your castle. I still need to finish the trims in my diningroom and possibly repaint the wainscoting.
I am going to repaint my front door because the old paint has chipped off.
I need to repaint the livingroom as the blue there doesn't really go with the brown and red.
I need to trim the ceiling in the kitchen and I need to hang a curtainrod in my bedroom.
That is just the few things I can do myself. Then comes the things that might cost too much and that I can't do by myself.

Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

Ahh, yes...the spring list;)
We're going to attempt to build a tree house with/for the kiddos this year. We're hoping to start that this weekend. (hopefully, the weather cooperates) I need to stain an outdoor bench my parents made for me for Christmas. We need to build some steps for our back door. (we were hoping to build a screened in porch...but the money-thing got in the way, so steps will work for now:) I also want to lay a small brick patio for our grill to sit on, and the entire upstairs needs painted. Don't know how much of that we'll get done, but that's the main list. I should blog about it soon.
Have a great day, Susan!

Susie B. Homemaker said...

I love Spring cleaning projects. I've already started on clearing out and organizing the basement... and our kitchen redo is a must this spring!