Yep. Resolutions…they aren’t my favorite.
1. Scrooge-esque Stair Refinishing.
We did it!
And we LOVE the results. We were concerned the paint would chip and we’d end up doing this again. And I can tell you that a year in, it looks PERFECT. And this is a highly trafficked staircase! I’d do this project again in a hot minute.
The whole staircase top to bottom was a super penny-pinching endeavor. See that capiz chandelier? We hacked that from a boob light that was originally there…took 5 minutes, and cost us nothing, since we already had the capiz shade.
And that mirror? Used a 1980’s style bathroom vanity mirror and some scraps of barn wood. Again, cost us nada. Just click those links for more on each of those projects.
And super fun fact…this cheapo staircase got a magazine feature this year in This Old House. Who says budget-friendly isn’t beautiful?
2. Hit the deck! (with paint).
Our next goal was to get up to speed with our deck maintenance. The former homeowner had built a (very) large deck in the rear of the home, which is great…but it hadn’t been maintained very well.
So cleaning and re-staining this deck was high on the priority list if we wanted this structure to last.
Our former home had a screen porch, which was our absolute favorite spot. We got estimates to add one to our deck in this new house, but when numbers like 11-18k started getting tossed out, we knew that wasn’t going to happen any time soon. So we went for plan B.
We built a pergola and made some DIY mosquito net curtains that we put up during the summer months to cut down on the bugs. A perfect solution for a fraction of the cost.
The deck is in much better shape now, and we love how functional it is. It’s a great spot for entertaining. We did a series of posts on the process…each linked below:
- If I had a Hammer…AKA Plans for a Budget-Conscious Deck Makeover
- It’s going down, I’m yelling timber. (AKA Deck Demolition has begun!)
- Pain in the Prep (AKA prepping the deck for a makeover)
- She’s a STAINIAC, STAINIAC… AKA our DIY Deck Staining Adventure
- Deck & Cover…Our Budget DIY Deck Makeover Reveal!
We even made a “can-delier” out of some vintage coffee cans from my Grandpa’s garage, paired with some vintage oyster tins. Wanna make one of your own? We’ve written a full tutorial.
3. Miserly Master Bath Makeover (continues)…
In 2015, we had already started our uber-cheap master bath renovation. So in 2015, the plan was to keep the spirit of spending next-to-nothing alive with more in the master bath to include: building a little step to cover that 4×4 tile stair by the tub, covering the current tub tile surround with wainscoting, framing the mirror, and DIY’ing some light fixtures.
We didn’t get to a single, solitary item in this bathroom in 2015. Whatevs. We have a working toilet…that’s something. If you wanna check out what we did last year in this space as part of our $0 bathroom makeover, here’s the post.
4. Reasonably priced tile re-glaze.
This was what our kids’ bathroom looked like last year. We hadn’t touched it since we moved in. And prior to that, I don’t really think it had been touched since the house was built in the early 1990s.
Then we took it about 200 steps further. When we crunched the numbers and figured out we could renovate the whole room for less than $2000, we went for it.
MISSON WAAAY ACCOMPLISHED.
If you haven’t seen it before, I introduce our $1800 kids bath remodel.
5. Frugal Flooring Facelift.
The budget-friendly plan in here for 2015 was to paint the floors. I know, it’s a little “out there”. But that’s how we roll here. We were thinking of doing something like this…
We didn’t do a blasted thing with the floors. We did paint the cabinets and add some pendant lights over the island, which I guess I should show you guys at some point, but truth is, I still don’t love the space AT ALL, so it’s hard to get amped enough to write about it.
Good things come to those who wait is what my Mom always said. So I’m trying to be patient while we save up enough to make some changes.
6. Frugal Flooring Facelift Part Deux.
MISSION KINDA SORTA FAILED, BUT KINDA ACCOMPLISHED.