Happy 2024, friends! I felt like it would be fitting for my first post of the year to be all about my 2024 renovation goals for our cabin. I love writing this post annually because it helps to keep us on task with what we really want to do here, but also so you can look forward to some of what will be posted on the blog! Plus, it’s a good time to see how we did with our 2023 cabin renovation goals. Let’s dig in!
2023 Cabin Renovation Recap
I always enjoy reflecting on our past goals before establishing fresh ones. Let’s take a brief look back at what we achieved in 2023:
Another Primary Bathroom Refresh
2023 was the year I decided I couldn’t handle the orange bathroom any longer! I re-painted it (for the third time) to a lovely shade of light blue called Marine Layer (use JOJO15 for 15% off). Plus, I updated it with a traditional flat white ceiling. It’s been a very welcome reprieve for my eyeballs.
I also installed peel & stick floor tiles in a harlequin checkerboard pattern. That was QUITE the undertaking for me since it really relied on my patience and attention to detail… some traits that I frequently lack. And you can probably see from the photo above that I have yet to finish the floor. More on that later.
Expanding My Vegetable Garden & Landscaping
2023 was also the year of landscaping! I began the process of transforming our front yard into a flower-filled oasis. It’s still very much a work in progress which a ton more to be done this year. I want to add a dahlia-specific flower bed, plus cut-and-come-again flowers. I also have an idea for a living privacy screen, a fire pit area and maybe even improving our front porch.
Refreshing Our Primary Bedroom
Last year was also the year I decided our bedroom wall color just was not it for me. It had been bothering me for a while, nearly a year, so I finally did something about it. I chose a custom color that I call Big Moss Energy and I absolutely adore the update. The space finally feels more special and closer to what my dream bedroom is. Now I just need to convince Sean to get onboard with painting the ceiling…
I’m working on putting together a full blog post about the bedroom by the way! It’s still got some finishing touches that aren’t there quite yet, but I am loving the evolution and how restful it feels now.
Creating a Puzzle Nook
I also finally utilized the awkward corner of our living room and turned it into a cozy puzzle nook! From faux built in benches to finding a home for my marble table from the bungalow, this project really pulls the entire space together. I use it all the time and just love it so much.
Moving Our Laundry Area to the Bathroom
Another project we tackled was moving our washer and dryer area to a giant, unused nook in the guest bathroom. Eventually I want to use the old laundry closet area to add square footage to our primary bathroom, so this swap was crucial in that! I love having the machines in this room now and not feeling like I’m going to trip on the steps. I’d like to add a counter on top of them eventually so it’s more like a vanity surface.
2024 Cabin Renovation Goals:
One Big Renovation: Either the Kitchen or a Bathroom
In years past, I’d be like LET’S DO THEM BOTH IN THE SAME YEAR! But alas, I am older and wiser now and my knees hurt if I spend too much time working on renovation projects. So this year, I am going to pace myself and focus on only one big renovation project — either our cabin’s kitchen or a bathroom.
If we do the kitchen, I actually already have a TON of ideas that just need to be refined a bit. It would, of course, be a DIY affair, but that’s ok in my book. I’m leaning toward tackling the kitchen this year over a bathroom for a few reasons. First, I cook 3 meals a day, every day because we are so remote. There is no takeout option. And our kitchen is crumbling around us. So to have a functional space where I can cook all of our meals would be such an improvement for day-to-day life.
Second, the kitchen is very central to the rest of the house, as you can see. When I’m sitting on the couch, I can see it. And you can definitely see it from the dining room. And it’s SO ugly. Especially the fridge just hanging out there! The biggest challenge is the flooring because it goes under the cabinets. It feels silly to install new cabinets without changing the floor… but if we do the floor, we’d have to do the floor throughout the entire house! And that’s a way bigger project that I am emotionally, mentally, and physically prepared for.
The other big renovation project I’m considering is our guest bathroom + laundry room. The peel & stick floor is holding up shockingly well, but I’m ready for the guest bathroom to be more finished. Also, the shower situation sucks. It’s really dark and when you step into it, the bottom of the tub is actually lower than the floor so it’s a bit disorienting.
I’ve also never renovated a bathroom before, so there is a bit of appeal to the idea of learning new skills like tilework. And, of course, some intimidation!
Which of the two big projects do you think I should tackle??
Actually Finish Projects:
Big renovation projects aside… my #1 priority this year is to actually finish my projects. I have started and stopped SO MANY here in the cabin, mostly in spots you don’t see… but it’s time to actually finish things. I used to be someone who always finished projects, but somewhere along the way that’s changed. I like to jokingly blame Sean.
Here’s a quick list of what needs to be done:
- finish installing the peel & stick floor tiles in the primary bathroom
- paint touch ups in primary bedroom
- paint new cabinets by front door
- paint and install outlet covers and switch plates in office/gear room and primary bedroom
- patch holes from hanging art
- fix step in bedroom
- sand down doors and repaint
- finish painting primary bedroom doors
- lighting on catwalk upstairs
- flooring in guest bedroom
I feel like that list is WAY too short and that there are so many other tiny projects that I haven’t finished that should be on it… I’m even considering creating a challenge or some sort of weekly check in here on the blog and on my Instagram to try to keep myself accountable. And I know I’m not the only one who has partially-completed projects floating around… would you be interested in participating??
Let me know what you think of this pared down, but still somewhat long list of cabin renovation goals for this year!