DIY resolutions: how I did on my list this year, and what's coming next year

DIY resolutions: how I did on my list this year, and what's coming next year

I've written before about how, as a house person, I tend to make a list at the beginning of each year with a list of house-related projects I'd like to tackle.

This year, Rob and I made some excellent progress on that list - perhaps more than ever before.

Blog PhotoWe redecorated our hallway and added a barn door, made a Murphy bed for our spare room that saves us oodles of space and finished or refinished the last of our floors, including the rotten bathroom floor.

Blog PhotoSo lately, I've been thinking about the projects I'd like to tackle in 2013. Several of these have appeared on my list once or twice before. I'm sure I'll add more, both in the next few days and throughout 2013. This gives me a start, though:

- Finish up the easy-enough stuff on this year's list we just didn't get to. I'd like to add shelves to our spare room closet and add quarter-round trim in our kitchen.

- I feel like many visitors to our home are surpised by how nice the inside is, compared to the outside. I hate that, which means I need to work intensively on curb appeal. If we could just keep our front porch clean and clear of in-progress DIYs, that would help. But I also plan to look into new storm windows, changing some exterior colors and beefing up our landscaping. That sounds do-able. Right?

- A new bathroom vanity.

- A laundry sink in our basement. (We have the water lines for one and an extra sink for this purpose waiting in the garage. We just need to put the two together.)

- Add more shelving in various areas. I'd like a shelf in the bathroom, maybe a few more in the spare room and a smart way of adding shelves to the incredibly high ceiling in the stairway heading to our basement.

Am I the only person who makes a house to-do list at the beginning of the year? What kinds of lists are you making to prepare for 2013?

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