DIY/Decorating Bucket List

Matt and I have recently been adding to our personal bucket list, and it’s got me thinking about a DIY/decorating bucket list.  Although some of these may be pie-in-the-sky dreams, as well as expensive, extravagant, and a loooong way off, I find that writing down my goals motivates me, so for what it’s worth, here’s the list (in no particular order), along with some eye candy. 

Board and batten

full length board & batten (mud room)

Chandelier in a bedroom

stained bed + white accent furniture


cozy room - small space that is functional due to built-ins & exterior doors

Logs in a fireplace (although I think I’d prefer a working fireplace, if given the choice)

Dark window panes

sliding black glass doors


Stairway runner

jute runner

World wall map

neutral world map

Bedroom wall sconces

exposed walls, task lighting and art placement

Plank wall

Lovely bedroom from House of Turquoise



Outdoor string lights

love the mood lighting and vine-like pergola ceiling

Stain cement

Stained Cement Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 3 -- SO thinking about finishing our kitchen floor this way!!


wallpaper, basket under table - nice for a small entryway

Crown molding

Awesome Little Boy Room! - I love the grasscloth wall paper with blue crown molding!  Could I just paint the crown molding and leave the remaining molding white???

Finally, I would love to create a room using only second-hand items.  While I don’t have an extra space to decorate at the moment, I plan to do this at some point in the future.  It would basically involve scouring thrift stores, Craigslist, yard sales, and even our own basement storage.  I would be restricted to used items, but I’d be able to update them with paint.  Look at my rule-setting self.  : )  I’ve even wondered if it would be possible to sell this type of creation as a “set” on Craigslist, but I have a feeling that it wouldn’t work well, since Craigslisters tend to be looking for cheapo stuff.  Do you think it could work? 

Darling thrifted craft room, cute, but if i did it would look like the thrift store

I realized once I started writing this list that there are a bazillion more projects that I could add on both a big and small level, but I think this is a good place to start, as these things tend to ebb and flow.  I really don’t expect all of these to happen, but I’d be happy to work them into our living space, a friend’s, or even a house staging.  Or perhaps just a blog post.  : ) 

So what about you?  What are your DIY dreams and schemes? 

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