Project Goals of 2014

I have several projects that I really want to accomplish this year. We made so much progress last year, and I really want to build off of that.

Like I mentioned in my 2013 project goal post earlier this month, I like to use these project goals as a general guideline, rather than a to do list. And I’m really excited about everything I’ve put on the list this year.

First up, is the kitchen backsplash. If you’ve been following the WGC for a while, you know how badly I’ve wanted to get this done… I still can’t believe it’s not done. We bought the supplies around May of last year. I’m hoping that January is the month… if not, I might panic a bit because Anthony will be starting tractor work for the 2014 farming season really soon.

Kitchen by The Wood Grain Cottage

Second, I really, really want to finish the office. I just repainted it, and it made such a huge difference, but I’m ready to have it organized. Not only will it be nice to have another room completed, but we desperately need this room to be efficient and organized. I’ve been over this room since we moved in, two years ago. I’ve limped along and done the best that I could with what we’ve had, but this is the year! I have some projects lined up and several pieces of furniture to paint.

Halo by Benjamin Moore at The Wood Grain Cottage

Third, finish the laundry room. This room is basically done, but we have a whole bunch of little things that need to be finished. We need to install a little bit of quarter round to finish out the plank wall, and we need to install the cabinet hardware. I also really want to organize all the cabinets, they’re a bit random, and I want to add a few more accessories. We did the brunt of the work in 2013, so the list in this room is pretty short and sweet.

Laundry Room by The Wood Grain Cottage

Fourth, the powder bathroom. It made its own progress in 2013, but we never got around to installing the beadboard on the ceiling. It’s conveniently sitting in the garage… I can’t wait to see how it looks in there! I also want to add in a few more accessories.

Powder Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

Fifth, the living room. The board and batten that we just installed, was a spring board of inspiration for me. Sometimes it takes me a while to see what I want to do to a room, but once I do, I have a hard time waiting. Much like our kitchen, we spend a great deal of time in our living room. It’s also the first room you see when you walk in our front door. I really want to hang our tv on the wall, get a new media stand (oh the plans I have for this) and maybe hang a mantel. We also really want to switch out the ceiling fan, which we never use, and add a new light. You should see plenty of this room.

Christmas Home Tour 2013 by The Wood Grain Cottage

Sixth, our master bedroom and bathroom. They were both on our list in 2013, but I’m adding them again. While we did make a bit of progress in our master bedroom, it wasn’t near enough. Since we’ve moved in, our master bedroom has kind of become the catch all for any extra decor. I have a few projects in the works, but I’m really hoping we can install the board and batten that I’ve really wanted to do.

Master Bedroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

Seven, the dining room. I’ve been waiting to start on this room for just about a year now. Like I mentioned above, it’s really hard for me to sit tight when I can actually see the finished results in my mind. Anthony has two big projects that he needs to complete for me, the shelving and table. I’m patiently waiting, but really hope we make progress this year.

Christmas Home Tour 2013 by The Wood Grain Cottage

Eight, our patio. Last year the only project that we completed on our patio, was adding a fence picket table top to a round table that I snagged for free.ย I love it, but we really need to add a bit more furniture and make it more functional. It’s such an amazing place to spend time in the summer. Our views are outstanding, mountains in any direction you look, and we’re surrounded by our own crops. I really, really, really want to spend more time out there this year.

Fence Picket Table Top by The Wood Grain Cottage

Farming by The Wood Grain Cottage

Nine, landscaping. I’m not even sure I need to add it to the list again because it’s going to be on every list, every year, but we do have a few projects that I want to finish. We have a bunch of rock that we still need to add to our borders, flowerbeds that need to be built, boxwoods that need to be planted and so. much. more. Heck, I’ll just be happy if we can finish the projects that we started last year. Like hauling rock…

I’m anxious to get started… and I’m hoping to bring you an update on the kitchen backsplash really soon!

Main Signature


Lovely comments so far...

  1. I can’t wait to see all of it!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Patience is a hard thing to learn, especially if you don’t have any when it comes to things like this! I know exactly how you feel!

  2. Wow – that is quite a list Shayna!! Can’t wait to follow your progress throughout the year:)

  3. Nan, Odessa DE says:

    Come on third time to ask: wherfe did you get the towel rack used on the end of the counter in the kitchen?
    Als0, the black curtain rods in the living room. I like the black rod but it isn’t easy to find.
    Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your blog.

    • THANK YOU so much! The towel rack came on the kitchen island when we bought it. I’ll be posting more about the island tomorrow, so stay tuned!
      The black curtain rod in our living room came from Ikea. They are great and very reasonably priced! Highly recommend!

  4. Nan, Odessa DE says:

    Come on third time to ask: where did you get the towel rack used on the end of the counter in the kitchen?
    Als0, the black curtain rods in the living room. I like the black rod but it isn’t easy to find.
    Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your blog.

  5. You go girl…love all of your projects!!! Still wish we were neighbors…would visit ya on the regular lol;) Keep it up, gorgeous…blessings & <3

  6. Your home is gorgeous and all of your projects sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see them all. Hugs, Marty

  7. Looking forward to seeing all of these amazing projects!!

  8. Always enjoy your projects!

  9. Wow, that is some list. I do understand though. Today I finished demo’ing the the last level of the chimney. I look forward to seeing your progress knowing someday I will be to the stage you are at.

    • THANK YOU so much, Mandy! I’m all about continuing with projects, and can’t wait to get started!
      I bet you are making all sorts of progress! Happy project-ing to you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Wow … your really have your work cut out for you this year. Good luck. Love to see the end results. Your house looks lovely. I like the plank walls very much.
    Audrey Z @ Timeless Treasures

    • THANK YOU so much, Audrey! We do have our work cut out for us! Can’t wait to get started! ๐Ÿ˜€
      P.S. I love those plank walls too!

  11. Wow, if this were my house, I would add a new kitchen backsplash and call it done, done, and done! Then I’d make myself a hot cup of tea, march on out to the back porch, sit and put my feet up and watch the corn grow! Ha ha! But I know, we are never done, right? Seriously, I have loved every project you have shared this year and although I have no idea how you could possibly improve upon what you currently have, I know you will. :)

    • CHRISTY! THANK YOU so very much for the super sweet comment! I would love to be able to stop at the back splash, then make a cup of hot tea and watch the corn grow… but then I would be looking for something to do and Anthony would be begging me to complete another house project! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Sending BIG hugs your way! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. I have a similar list of items I’d like done. Lists are so handy aren’t they to keep you on track. Good Luck getting everything on your list accomplished this year. I’m excited to see the changes. They may just inspire a new project for my list. LOL.

    • THANK YOU so much, Robin! I can’t wait to get started on our list! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Good luck with your project goals! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. What a great list of big projects you are planning this year. Lucky us… we get to see all the magic you will create along the way!

  14. I absolutely love the board and batton in the living room. My only fear is all those ledges requiring dusting. It’s bad enough to have to dust the tables but now the walls! Do you find it a real problem or do you like to dust? I hope this doesn’t sound flip, I sincerely want to do this but the dusting is holding me back.

    • THANK YOU so much, Ann! I love the board and batten on the walls. I was completely worried about having to dust them too, that’s why I only installed one cross bar at the top. I had originally wanted to do several. Honestly, I haven’t had to dust it yet…I hope that helps! ๐Ÿ˜€


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