Projects & Home Improvements for the New Year!

Do you like to set goals or make a list of the home improvements you’re planning for the year ahead? Me too! Today I’m sharing my plans for our projects and makeovers for the coming year, as well as reviewing what we did accomplish in 2020.

Hello friends and Happy Almost New Year! Last year about this time I wrote a post all about the changes and makeovers we did during the past year (you can see that post here if you want to take a peek). I also talked about my goals for the next year, which I’m sad to say, I didn’t accomplish as many of as I would have liked!

So today, I’m going to show you the things we did get done, but more importantly, I’m going to share all the projects we’d like to get done in 2021 – and there are a lot!

Also, some of my friends are also sharing their home projects and plans for the coming year so be sure to check out their posts at the bottom of the page! 

Home improvements that I did manage to accomplish


A new custom headboard for the master bedroom

gorgeous French country bed with new headboard soft French blue

If you ever read my post all about our master bedroom makeover, then you know that I ordered one and that it was a huge fail. It took six months and lots of looking for the right fabric, but we finally got it made and I couldn’t be happier!

Believe it or not, we have never had a headboard! I’ve always wanted one but because we have a California King mattress, it’s harder to find ready-made ones and custom is much more expensive so it always landed on the back burner. But wow, what a difference! I read in bed much more than before, and it makes watching TV so much more pleasant! 😉


Repainted Kitchen and Family Room

kitchen and chairs in French country dining room home improvements new paint

This was on the list for at least a couple of years and we finally got it done! Our family room/kitchen paint was always way too yellow. Every time I took a photo it would really stand out to me and I knew it needed to be changed. However, typical grays are a little too cool for my home. I do have lots of warm woods and our sofas are creamy, so going too gray just doesn’t work.

But I think I found the perfect color! Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore isn’t really a gray. It’s more of the perfect ‘greige’ color, and it’s more on the taupe side than the gray side so it bridges the difference pretty well. Overall I’m happy that it’s not as yellow, even though no one seems to notice we painted – not even the kids, haha! 😉


New Outdoor Living Space

pretty outdoor living space with rug and pillows

I added an outdoor rug and some new pillows to our outdoor living space. And with all our time spent at home and the kids back home doing online school, it was the perfect year for an outdoor spruce up!


Installed a Belgian Fence in the Front Yard

Okay, so this didn’t actually get planted this year but I did finally do the reveal post this year!

belgian fence installation home improvements and ideas

This is definitely one of the best home improvements we’ve ever done – and it was so easy! We have an awkward, non-symmetrical wall in the front yard that was screaming for something and the diamond-patterned vines made such a difference. If you’ve ever thought of doing these vines somewhere I highly encourage you to try it!

They were easy to install, grew quickly, and they give you so much bang for your buck. For details on how we did it, check out the full post here.


Started (But Didn’t Finish) the Powder Room Makeover

It’s a little sad that I started this and haven’t quite finished it, but I’m getting there! You might remember that at the end of the summer my husband installed the picture frame molding and repainted it white, but then it stalled for a couple of reasons. First of all, fall is so busy with seasonal posts that it became hard to finish it before the craziness of the holidays. But also, I had my heart set on wallpaper, and because of all that was going on, I couldn’t find someone to install it.

However, it was probably a blessing since now I think I’m going to skip the wallpaper and just do some kind of stenciling. The wallpaper is pricey and since we’re probably only staying a couple more years it didn’t seem like a wise place to spend the money. I’ve also got to decide if I’m keeping the mirror or not. I love it. The style and color are perfect, but it’s not really the right size so I may have to change it out. Or not. We’ll see…. 😉

Here’s where it was at the beginning of the year…


French country bathroom sink with mirror


And here is where it stands now…


installing molding in bathroom home improvements and projects

Take a peek at Powder Room Makeover Plan to read the post and see the mood board and where I’m going with it.


So that’s what got done last year, now let’s talk about our home projects we hope to get done this year!

Home Improvements Planned for Next Year

Let’s start with the first two biggies and that’s the complete remodel of both upstairs bathrooms. Both our kids bathroom and the master are way overdue. They were gutted when we moved in, but that was almost 20 years ago now and they are really showing their age. 

This is one that probably would have been done this past year as I have been saving for them, but I didn’t want that many workmen inside our home for that many days so it was definitely delayed until things are more normal!


Painting the Dining Room, Living Room, Stairwell, and Hallways

Another overdue project is the painting of the downstairs.


I’ve repainted the walls several times, but never the trim! Eek! As you can imagine, up close it is full of dings and dents and is starting to really yellow. So the dining room, living room, stairwell and upstairs hallway are due for a refresh on all the trim and windows.

And, I’ll probably end up changing colors just slightly, but nothing too dramatic. The Muslin from Benjamin Moore that covers the living room has always been slightly too yellow for my liking, and on top of that, the dining room is a different color altogether! I’d like them all to be the same so it’s more cohesive. I’ll probably go with a white (much safer!) or maybe the Edgecomb Gray that we just painted the family room.


Adding a Pull Out Sofa to the Office

gorgeous French farmhouse office space Revere Pewter walls

I’d love to order a pull-out sofa for our office. My oldest visits quite often and this is where we have to put him and currently he has to sleep on an extra mattress on the floor. I told myself I would get this last year and never did and I’m determined to have it done by the time of his next visit!


Strip or Paint the Inside of the Front Doors

The front doors have been something I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time now. They are pretty, but the wood tone is really off next to our floors. Plus, I love the thought of doing something different!

I’m currently toying with ideas but I’m thinking of stripping them down to a natural wood, or painting them black. To be honest, I love the idea of the raw wood color much more, but it’s also much more work. This is one I hope to get my husband on board with so I have someone to share the labor with!


Chalk Painting Some Tables

Chalk painting a few pieces of furniture is also in order. The first one will be the narrow console that sits in the kitchen dining area (it’s way too red), but there are also a few tables upstairs and elsewhere that might get the paint treatment, too!

farmhouse table and chairs with pretty French chandelier



Lime or White Wash the Fireplace Brick

French country living room fireplace with brick

And while we’re talking paint, I’d love to lime or whitewash the brick around the fireplace. I’ve been hesitant to do it even though I’m dying to get rid of the reddish tones simply because once you paint brick it’s permanent. But I also think it would be a huge improvement!


New Sofas in Both Living Areas

French country living room blue pillows cream sofa marble coffee table

New sofas in family room and living rooms. Our sofas are all falling apart!

The family room ones are exploding feathers as the inside covers have rotted from time and wear and tear, and the living room one is over 20 years old!

I’m happy to report that the sofas for the family room have been ordered (yay!) so I know that will be completed. Now I just need to decide what I’m doing in the living room. I’d like to go a little cleaner and more modern in style. Nothing too drastic, and definitely still slip covered, but with an updated style. 

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New Carpet Upstairs

And lastly the project we need to do the most is new carpet upstairs! I don’t really have a photo to show you, but believe me, they’re a wreck. They are 20 years old, stained, and wrinkling in places. That’s one of the first projects we hope to accomplish this year.


So here’s a recap of my entire home improvements and projects list for the year. I hope that when I do this same post at the end of next year I’ll have crossed most, if not all, of them off!



That’s a lot of projects, but I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to finish most of them. Since we didn’t travel at all this year and our expenses are way lower, I’ve managed to save quite a bit for the things I need to purchase like the sofas and the carpet. And the bathrooms I had already saved for.

So really, it’s the ‘labor intensive’ ones that I need to get a move on. The ones where it’s just my blood, sweat and tears – wish me luck!

Happy New Year!



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Be sure to visit my friends below who are also sharing their home improvement plans and projects for the year!

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  1. Happy new year!
    This post came at the perfect time. I’m right in the middle of a patio makeover. I have a large white wall that I was trying to figure out what to do with it, without spending a fortune. I’m so excited to do a Belgium fence.
    Thank you for the great idea.

    1. Oh I’m so happy to hear that Renae!! I think it’s the perfect solution for a big, blank outdoor wall – I think you’ll love it!


      1. Your home is gorgeous! We have so much in common. Lime washing your bricks on your fireplace would be stunning! I did an off white German smear on my rock pillars, it looks amazing!
        I absolutely love your mirror in your powder bath. It looks beautiful with your sconces.
        I’m absolutely giddy about your Belgium fence. We are doing a remodel on our back patio, we are doing stone pavers to bring in some classic style. I have an area near my new patio where I am going to put it!

        1. What a lovely comment Renae, thank you so much for your kind words! And yay for the Belgian Fence – I know you’re gonna be so glad you did!


  2. Margie Mortensen says:

    Wow! What a big list! I love your powder mirror but maybe a simpler style would work. Do keep using it though.
    Glad you already ordered your sofas. I have been waiting for a pair that were ordered in August.

    My husband and I actually gave up on wallpapering the powder room. 20 years and it was stuck on their like it is permanent. Too expensive for an installer to spend a whole day removing it so we ended up painting over it and it worked. Also did a chair rail and the picture moldings underneath and acquired two nice floral prints to dress it up.

    1. Sounds like you’ve been busy too Margie! And yes, wallpaper can really be a pain if you change your mind! Or, in my case, if I go to sell and buyers don’t like it! I love it, but I think I’ll hold off this time. Maybe someday!


  3. Your home is absolutely beautiful and I love everything you have accomplished this year!! In my opinion you accomplished a lot! I look forward to seeing your painting projects in 2021. Please share your paint colors in 2021, as I also need to paint. Thank you for sharing your décor, you always give us inspiration, which was greatly needed and appreciated in 2020!

    1. Thanks so much Jeanne! I certainly don’t feel like I did a lot, haha! Really hoping 2021 is more productive! And yes, I will absolutely share my paint colors and all the designs as things get finished!

      Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!


  4. I have to checkout Edgecomb by BM
    My project this year will painting dining room and kitchen …is Edgecomb a nice color for kitchens?

    1. I love Edgecomb Gray! I used it at 50% strength so it’s softer and lighter and have it in my kitchen so I would say yes! Try a sample first, I always do!


  5. I’m so looking forward to watching you tick off each thing on the list. Of course to me your home already looks perfect, but I know everything you do will be gorgeous!!

    1. Aww thanks my friend! I always like making the list, but it also feels slightly overwhelming because there is so much to do, haha!


  6. Bonjour Sheila, je vous suit depuis ma belle France, j’adore votre blog et vos reportages me plaisent vraiment beaucoup. Je vous souhaite une très très bonne année 2021 dans la réalisation de vos travaux de décorations.
    Merci de nous donner de belles images de décoration
    Bien cordialement
    Nathy PARIS

    1. Merci beaucoup pour vos aimables paroles et pour votre lecture! Vous souhaitant une heureuse nouvelle année!

  7. Love all of what you have done and all you plan to do!! Yes, we are making our projects list after the kids leave tomorrow. Our concentration is the powder room, out door areas….yards, garden patios, new driveway, and garage doors. I LOVE your Belgian fence and want to incorporate that in the patio area off our master. Also, love the wall paper samples you shared. I’m still working on the powder room design and these have given me indpiration. Thank you! I would love to do new carpet in our guest bedrooms, but don’t want workmen in my home all day quite yet either. It’s on the list for sometime! There is always a list! 😉

    1. Oh yes, the ongoing ‘list’, haha! Sounds like you have many that are similar to mine – I realized I forgot to add the front hardscape and driveway which we’re planning to do!

      Thanks so much for stopping by JC and Happy New Year!


  8. Wow – sounds like you got quite a bit done this year Sheila! And so many great plans! I can’t wait to see how they all come out – you always give me so much inspiration in your beautiful home! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and Happy Almost New Year to you too!

    1. That’s so sweet Barbara, thank you! I certainly didn’t get as much done as I’d planned, but I have high hopes for this year!

      Happy New Year to you!


  9. What a great idea to share your projects for the year. Reading yours made me tired just thinking about all of it! Anything I do will be very minor since our home is for sale! Edgecomb gray is one of my favorite colors. We chose it for the entire downstairs of my son’s home. It looks great with simply white.

    1. I don’t think I knew you were moving – that’s so exciting Cindy! Can’t wait to follow along. And I’m not surprised you love the color too – it’s so perfect! Not too beige, and not too gray. 😉


  10. Thank you Sheila for this great post. It is good to make a list as such. Several of the ones you mentioned are ones I need to do also. Couches is one of mine also. 20 year olds in both family room and living room. I hope you will posts links when yours come in. I use you as my guide to many things! And I am very grateful for sure. I want to say also that your Edgecomb gray looks beige not gray at all on my computer. I love it. Good luck on your projects and thank you again. I will be following each one of them and learning.
    God Bless you and Happy New Year.

    1. Hi Rose and thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! And you’re right, the Edgecomb Gray is definitely more beige than gray – which is why it works for me! And I’ll for sure be sharing links and information when the sofas come in!

      Thanks for stopping by!