What's Next? Projects for this Fall

You might be thinking, your house looks great what else do you need to do? I still have a lot of projects I want to do! Some are small and some are a little bigger, but here’s a list of things I want to tackle by the end of the year.

Finish out the Craft Room closet

Shelf:  West Elm  Lamp:  West Elm  Curtains: Amazon Desk:  Wayfair

Shelf: West Elm Lamp: West Elm Curtains: Amazon Desk: Wayfair

I just finished the basement room with new paint, flooring and trim. I’m still working on outfitting it with the right furniture, but I also want to make the closet behind the curtain a real closet with shelves and maybe a bifold door. I at least want to get the shelves made so that the closet is more useful, so stay tuned for that!

Finish the Laundry Area

Rug: Bargain Hunt Cabinets: Ikea Sektion

Rug: Bargain Hunt Cabinets: Ikea Sektion

I just got the cabinets up above the washer and dryer, but I am still debating on what to do with the floors. Should I tile? Should I leave it? Should I cover up the wiring? As well as getting a new light fixture to make this feel like a real laundry room.

Landscaping

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This is probably more ongoing, but there is still a lot of landscaping to do, mainly in the backyard and the left side of the house that you never see. I want to take out all these holly bushes as well as figure out some kind of landscaping or path to the gate. The grass unfortunately didn’t survive over here, so I have to come up with something else. I want to clean up some of the plants in the front yard as well, so landscaping is constantly on my to do list. The problem is coming up with a solution for land where nothing will grow.

Guest Room

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I can’t believe I’m showing it in this state, but here it is. The guest room has looked pretty sad since I’ve moved in and that’s why you’ve never seen it on social media. It’s very thrown together with random things from around my house, and I want to make this room a little more put together. It’s also become a dumping ground as you can see and I want to fix that. I want to get a bigger bed and rearrange the space to have a little better fengshui!

I have more things on my list, but don’t want to be too ambitious! Let me know what project I should do first in the comments!





How to Install Vinyl Floors in the Basement - BEFORE/AFTER

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I’m so excited to share some before and afters of the room in my basement! So my house is pretty small, but the basement is HUGE! A lot of the space isn’t usable for rooms per say, but there is this one room that was already there, but just need some love. It had brown paneling, unfinished floors, and old windows.

New Windows

First thing I did was get new windows. The windows were original to the house, and while I love the look of wood windows, I wanted to feel safer in my house, and also have it better insulated. I had a lot of issues with bugs downstairs and just it being really hot, so I think the new windows really makes the room look more finished and in much better shape!

Left: before and after of the window trim being painted, right: how the other windows look on the outside.

Left: before and after of the window trim being painted, right: how the other windows look on the outside.

Paint

Next, I gave everything a fresh coat of paint and cleaned the room. I painted the cinder blocks that were gray to white to match the room and also painted all the brown paneling. I used the same color as upstairs with Behr, Snowy Pine. While the room looked 10x better with fresh paint, it definitely gave off a little bit of a creepy vibe not having the finished floors, so those were next!

Before/after: Painted the paneling, installed the new floors and trim.

Before/after: Painted the paneling, installed the new floors and trim.

Installing Vinyl Floors

So some of you may be intimidated to install flooring yourself, but I promise it really wasn’t so bad. A few things that I did to prepare:

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Supplies

Duralux Signature Hickory - I had a 100 sq ft room so I got 3 boxes

Laminate Flooring Kit

Trim

Shoe Trim

T square (Use for cutting pieces in a straight line)

Cutting mat

Utility knife

Measuring tape

Wood glue or nails for the trim

Caulk

To Prepare

  1. Level the floors - This is only needed if you’re putting Vinyl in the basement and you think the floors aren’t leveled. This is probably only an issue with older houses, but you want to make sure you’re installing the flooring on a flat, level surface.

  2. Clean - I swept any extra debris out of the room and made sure the surface was ready for flooring.

  3. Decide on type of vinyl flooring - There are a lot of different types of vinyl flooring that you can choose from for your home. You can do stick and peel, groutable, floating, and more. I chose the floating option because it has the interlocking pieces and sounded like the best option for my project. Floating vinyl is also waterproof and that was important to me since it was going in the basement.

  4. Buy your supplies - Once you decide on the type of Vinyl flooring, you can do the fun part of picking out a floor! I bought my flooring at Floor & Decor. I got the Duralux floating vinyl in Signature Hickory. It happened to be the cheapest option and my favorite color, so that worked out. You want to make sure you also get 10% more flooring that you need to account for any mess ups or cutting you will be doing. I also bought a flooring kit to help with laying the floors that can be helpful.

  5. Buy trim - I went to Lowe’s for the trim. I got this trim as well as some shoe trim. Since my floor has a good gap between the wall in some places I thought it would look better and cover that space by adding shoe trim, but that is not required.

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How to Install

  1. Start in the farthest corner from door. Make sure your floor will run in the direction of the longest wall. Using the flooring kit, take some tabs and space the floor away from the wall. This is important to allow the floor to have room to expand/contract.

  2. Add the next piece to the end of the first and interlock the pieces together. You can use your hammer or mallet to knock the piece to make sure it’s tightly locked. Continue until you reach the opposite wall.

  3. To start the next row, you’ll want to cut a piece in half to stagger the seams. To do this, take your cutting mat, measure the halfway point and then use a t square to mark that point and use as your ruler. This ensures a straight cut. Take a utility knife and run it a couple times. Then you can pick up the piece and snap it in half.

  4. Continue along laying the floor ensuring that you reinforce the pieces on the long edge and short edge to make sure everything is interlocked tightly. Make sure to completely each row to the other end completely before moving on to another row. It will be hard to go back and add pieces if you do not.

  5. Continue on until you’ve completed the whole room!

  6. At the door, you’ll want to install a reducer to go from vinyl fo the sub floor if they are different heights. I found a matching color and cut it to size of the door frame.

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Happy One Year in my House! +Before & Afters

Picture taken right after I laid new sod.

Picture taken right after I laid new sod.

Happy One year anniversary in my house! It’s been a whirlwind and I can’t believe it has already been a year! I’ve gotten a lot done and there is still so much to do! I'll share some before and afters of the exterior since I’ve bought the house and what shape it is in today. Let me tell you it’s hard work maintaining the outside of a house! You don’t think about replenishing mulch, keeping the new sod healthy and watered, pruning the plants, keeps the porch clean, it’s a LOT of work, especially if you’re trying to DIY it. Today to kick off my first post on the blog I’m just going to be sharing the outside of the house and the stages it has gone through in the last year, as well as my plans for the future!

Before and Afters

 
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As you can see, today the plants we put in have grown so much! I plan to prune some of these to keep them healthy and not get too overgrown. I obviously can’t keep a plant alive in those pots though so if you have any suggestions comment below! I love the fall look on the porch though! And you can also see the fencing material the previous owners used to make shutters are not holding up, so that is my next project!


The Porch

Here’s a little up close of the porch! I’m loving the fall vibe! Of course my dead plants aren’t the prettiest, but I finally got some lanterns to dress it up!

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What’s Next

There’s still a lot I want to do for the outside! So I’m gonna list out a couple things that I plan to do this next year to the front!

  • Make new shutters - These ones were made with fencing wood (what!?!) so I plan to make nice and sturdy new ones that will withstand weathering and are meant to be shutters.

  • New front door - While this one is okay, it has a hard time closing right and has an outdated window, so I look forward to replacing it soon!

  • New Light fixture - I want something that is a little more modern and fits my aesthetic a little more. I’ve found some great ones that are super cheap you can check out here!

  • Plants - We planted these right when I moved in, but we have ignored the sides of the house that still look overgrown and not pretty, so I plan to tear those out and replace it with a nicer looking plants and to clean it up a bit.

I hope you enjoyed a little look in this last year, and I’m excited to start sharing more in depth looks into my house and my DIY projects! Comment below any projects you suggest or want to see me do outside!