One of the first parts of my kitchen remodel was to update my screen porch into a more usable mudroom to keep the clutter of shoes and jackets out of my kitchen. When I first bought my house, I added new carpet and a hand me down loveseat to make it a sitting area, but it became a catchall and didn’t serve a lot of purpose. The carpet often got dirty, and I didn’t want to keep nicer shoes and jackets on the porch since the screen door didn’t lock.
The goals for the remodel were to refresh the room to a more usable space. My plans included ripping up the carpet and replacing with tile, adding built in storage, lighting, and a door with a lock so the porch could serve as more of a true mudroom.
One of the biggest projects I took on when I bought my home was fixing the yard and landscaping. The lawn was dead and filled with weeds, and the gardens were overgrown. This was simply not up to Style & the Suburbs standards– after all, you don’t move to the suburbs to have the worst lawn on the block!
One of my latest house projects was refinishing the vanity in my bathroom. When I first moved into my house, I gave it a light sanding and another coat of varnish to freshen it up, but I’ve never completely loved it. There were a lot of layers of stain and varnish on the wood, and it was starting to peel off around the handles.
Next on my list of remodel goals is my kitchen. This has been pretty far back on the list due to it being so expensive! My thought on this has been to save up for what I really want so that I only have to do it once, so I have begun the process of assessing wants and the costs of them.
We all want our homes to feel like a place to recharge and relax, but sometimes creating that kind of space takes a little more than budget allows. That doesn’t mean there aren’t little things you can do to help yourself feel just a little bit more *fancy* as you go about your day. Here are my top ways to make little improvements, without breaking the bank:
One of the hardest parts of maintaining an older home is keeping up with parts of the home that are going to naturally age. All of the wood trim in my home is original to the house, but over the course of 65+ years, some of it is starting to show its age.