Our Cape Cottage: 6 Renovation Projects in the next 6 months

Staring our next big project straight in the face!

We have some BIG projects ahead of us and today I am taking a note from one of my favorite blogs, chrislovesjulia.com, and breaking down the 6 projects we plan to complete in the next 6 months. It is going to be a lot of hard work but the vision of decorating our updated home for Christmas is a pretty great motivator!

1. Hardwood Floor Installation:

We are installing solid hardwood throughout the main living spaces and kitchen, the stairs in the front entrance and the upstairs hallway. We are currently working with a flooring company to prepare the floors for installation and hope to have this project complete by mid-August. Stay tuned for a full flooring post on our choices.

Hardwood flooring will be installed in our main living room and the rest of the first floor.

2. Carpet Installation in Bedrooms:

We are re-carpeting all of the bedrooms and the office. We will be using our favorite carpet vendor, Home Depot, and they always do a fantastic job. They typically offer specials for removal and haul away which makes this project really easy! Home Depot came over last week to collect measurements and I am hoping we can get the installation scheduled for sometime in July.

New carpet will be installed in the office and bedrooms

3. Kitchen Renovation:

This is a HUGE project! We are completely reconfiguring the layout of this kitchen and will be opening up the wall from the kitchen into the back family room. With this reconfiguration we will need to move plumbing, electrical and have already encountered an issue with a beam passing through the center of the kitchen. Step one is to figure out the structural issues to open up the wall so that the hardwood floors can be installed throughout. The kitchen will be torn out in the next few weeks and the goal is to get this space functioning again by the end of August (functioning as in cabinets, countertops, running water and appliances).

The original kitchen will be gutted and a brand new kitchen will be installed.

The eating area and old kitchen will be gutted and turned into a larger, brand new kitchen.

4: Wallpaper Removal:

We have around 12 different wallpaper types in our home and we will be spending the next 6 months moving through each room and pulling down the paper. I plan on doing a full post on wallpaper removal, but my preferred method at this time is to use a steamer.

The wallpaper in the foyer is just one of my wallpaper removal projects on the list.

5. Painting Each Room:

I am putting a big focus on the paint colors and really want them to give each room the right energy! I am leaning towards more neutral tones, like creamy whites, greens, blacks, etc. At this point in time I want it to be a little more neutral and then bring in personality through artwork and textiles.

I am also keeping in mind everything I learned from reading the book, Joyful, to design each room to have a certain aesthetic that brings joy into the space. For example, I want Evie’s room to feel give an energetic, playful vibe and include elements of surprise. I plan on doing this by incorporating bright punches of of color and unexpected elements like a pop or color on the back of her door.

We have lots of furniture to purchase, including a bedroom set for our daughter.

6. Move in and take inventory of furniture:

I haven’t seen 75% of my belongings in over a year as they sit in storage so it will be interesting to put everything into our home and see where it fits (if it fits at all). When we moved from Denver, we also sold a good amount of our bulky items, like our kitchen table and outdoor furniture, so we will need to create a list of furniture that we need to buy. Our goal is to move in before Thomas’ first day of school in August, but that may not be realistic with the kitchen renovation. Fingers crossed!

The first 3 months will be really focused on the hardwood, carpet and kitchen projects and the last 3 months will be focused on settling into the home and slowly making our way through rooms with wallpaper removal and paint.

Thanks for following along as we renovate our first home in Toledo, Ohio.

Thanks so much for following along as we make this house our own!