It shouldn’t be too surprising to know that most of our to-do goals for 2014 are baby fueled and, with any luck, will be accomplished within the next 4.5 months or so. (Don’t laugh!) The slow-and-steady approach to home improvement has been luxurious, but now we’re feeling the push (pun totally intended) to get things done around here before Baby makes his or her grand appearance. Here goes nothin’!

1. Relocate the guest room. Currently the guest room is one of the three upstairs bedrooms, sandwiched in the corner of the house between our bedroom and the tiny bedroom (aka one possible future nursery space). Our plan is to move the guest room to the extra downstairs bedroom on the lower level in hopes our visiting family and friends will be less disturbed by midnight baby cries, feedings, and what have you. We’ve already installed new carpet down there, so we basically have to paint, move the furniture, and make it feel cozy. There’s also a full bathroom downstairs, too, so we’d like to spruce that up as well by removing the old, pink-tiled shower stall and installing a new tub/shower insert. Nothing fancy — just clean and functional!

2. Finish painting the rooms on the lower level. I know I said I was going to get this done last year, and right now I really wish I had! We did get our office fully painted and even primed the wood paneling in the den, but still the den needs to be painted along with the hallway and the soon-to-be guest room. Getting the downstairs bathroom painted would be nice too, but I doubt we’ll get to that until the new tub/shower is installed. If only we could convince a few of our super-nice friends and/or family members, we could probably knock all this out in a weekend. Any takers?!

3. Update the stairs and replace railings in the foyer. Ah, the bane of my existence. It’s about time for the rest of that green carpet and those weak metal railings to get gone! We’ll be hiring someone for this task and plan to get a few quotes over the next several weeks to hopefully have the work begin in early spring, well before Baby arrives. Plans are to refinish the oak treads, paint the risers white, install new trim and hardwood on the landing, and replace the railings with classic wooden ones with chunky posts that can handle a baby gate.

4. Prepare the nursery. Now for the fun part! Baby is growing fast and furiously — I’m currently 20 weeks along, which means we’re already halfway through the pregnancy…what the what?! Once we find out if Baby is a boy or girl (this Friday, to be exact!), we’re going to dive right in to nursery decorating. We already have a couple of themes picked out, naturally, along with some awesome ideas we’ve been collecting for many months, even before Baby was a twinkle in our eyes. Needless to say, we’re both stupid excited about this and after Friday, we’ll know exactly which direction to go with this nursery business. Prepare yourself for way too many posts about this!

So, sounds do-able, right? Please say yes. Before May is over, I hope to proudly say all this work is done and we’re 100% prepared for Baby’s arrival…ha. I guess technically I should be calling this the “First Half of 2014 Game Plan,” but if we’re going to be hustling through all these projects, then giving birth and taking care of a newborn infant afterwards, I’d say that’s plenty of to-dos for one year. Godspeed to us!

[2014 image via Pinterest.]

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  • Isabel says:

    SHUT UP! You’re pregnant! AHHH, congratulations to you both! Oh, you’re going to be such a cute mom. I was so happy to hear from you on my blog, thanks for the sweet comment by the way, and come to find out you’ve announced your pregnancy on your blog! That’s wonderful news Katie. So good to hear from you and so happy for you both!

    • Katie says:

      Haha yes, it’s true! Thanks so much, Isabel — we are pretty much psyched out of our minds about it. :) Hope all is well in Richmond!

  • Melissa says:

    Good luck with all of your projects —-and congratulations!!! I’ve been away from blogging for awhile and missed this. Sounds like you have some awesome motivation to get things done. Looking forward to seeing how everything turns out! :)

    • Katie says:

      Thanks Melissa!! If a baby can’t light a fire under us, I’m not sure what could. :) Hope we can do it! And I’ll be keeping an eye on your bathroom reno. Good luck to you!

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