Well, I didn’t really expect to be sitting around my house writing posts this week, but alas, here I am…41 weeks pregnant. According to the doctor there are no signs that I will go into labor in the next week, so he scheduled me for an induction on Wednesday if nothing happens before then. I’m praying it doesn’t come to that though, because I really want to go into labor naturally. Pitocin is the devil.
Anyway, I’m just going to keep writing list posts that don’t require me to any actual physical labor until then. Last week I wrote about ten home improvement projects I won’t be repeating, and today is the opposite with ten home improvement projects I WILL do again.
So in no particular order…
1. Stone walls
I love stone walls. I actually just love natural rustic elements, all of them. I recently installed a stone wall (an airstone wall) in the guest room and think it looks pretty darn great. In the next house we won’t be doing faux stone, I’m hoping we can afford to put up a limestone accent wall in the main part of the house in addition to the stone fireplace (and stone on the exterior).
2. Open shelving
When we raised our cabinets and added open shelving below (tutorials here and here), I wasn’t sure how I would like it. Would I be able to keep it looking nice? Would my dishes get dusty and dirty because they’re out in the open? Turns out I love the open shelving. It functions really well and breaks up at the solid wall of cabinets that you usually see in kitchens. I’m thinking in the next house we will do open shelving on the wall surrounding the kitchen sink, and cabinets on the rest (around the stove).
It took me SO MANY failed attempts at grass (read about them here) to finally give up and buy sod. The sod was a great decision and is what we will do in the next house, no more messing around with seed. Although we have also learned our lesson with sod….if you live in Texas, you need a sprinkler system to go with it. We don’t need or want a lot of nice grass in our yard (almost all of it will be wild), just a little patch that isn’t full of stickers and fire ants would be great.
4. Wood flooring
I really love our wood floors, I think they look great and are easy to keep clean. They aren’t cold like tile or gross like carpet (though I do love myself a good rug). The only change I will make in the next house is that I want the floor to be MORE rustic, the kind where you could care less if they get scratched because it just adds to the character.
5. Unique doors
I seriously love the screen door on our pantry, it just gives the space so much more personality. The the new house we will likely be doing as many unique doors as possible, plus lots of sliding barn doors (instead of pocket doors). I have also learned that I like NOT having doors wherever possible. In our new master suite there is a bedroom door and that’s it, no door to the bathroom or closet. We never use the ones we have now and I just feel like they get in the way.
6. Big porches
Okay, so this one isn’t so much a home improvement project as much as a home feature, but I had to include it. There are plenty of things about our current house I would change (like having two front doors), but our giant front porch is not one of them. Being in south Texas we are able to enjoy being outside year round, so our porch gets a ton of use (we do most our projects on it). The next house is getting lots of covered porches, the floor plan so far has it about 50% wrapped in porch.
7. Simple white trim
In my last post I talked about how much I hate the routed MDF trim we put in our main living areas. After realizing our mistake Adam and used plain pine 1 x 6’s for the rest of the house, and they are fantastic. They’re cost efficient, easy to clean, and simple to install. I also really like the new way we framed the doorways, it looks great and is super easy to do (at least that’s what my husband says, I just paint and caulk it). We will be using the same design in the next house.
8. Painted cabinets
I might feel differently if I had started out with nice wooden cabinets, but I really like our painted ones. We will have painted cabinets in the next house as well (since the floor and ceiling will be rustic wood). Plus Adam is building them himself (his family ran a custom cabinet shop when he was a teenager) and making paint grade cabinets is much cheaper and easier than custom wooden ones. Although this time we will spraying them instead of using a brush, and seal them much better. We’ve learned our lesson there.
9. Large single basin sink
I get asked all the time how I like my giant basin sink, and if I miss having a double basin. Truth be told, I LOVE the single basin. It’s pretty much the best thing ever and I will definitely be repeating that decision in the next house.
10. White planked walls
I used to hate white walls. I painted every wall I ever lived with, even if it was in an apartment where I wasn’t allowed to paint. But I’ve come to appreciate them since feeling stuck with some of the wall colors I’ve chosen for this house. We planked and painted the walls in our kitchen and dining, and they are fantastic. They are easy to decorate around and give the walls a lot of personality without being overwhelming. I plan on having lots of planked walls in the next house.
I’d love to hear about any home improvement projects y’all have done that turned out better than you thought and you would do again. I’m really enjoying reading all the awesome comments on the last few posts…not only am I learning a ton, but I love getting to know everyone a little better!
Anyway, hopefully you won’t be hearing from me again for a while…the next post should be introducing our new son or daughter!