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Year in Review – 2020

Happy 2021!

I was reflecting back on 2020 and appreciating what we’ve accomplished last year. With the pandemic, we spent a lot of time at home and like most people, we did some home improvement projects to make spending time at home more pleasant.

1. Repainted Our Master Bedroom

About 15+ years ago, we painted our walls beige. Remember when beige was all the rage? Hey! That rhymes! I was even considering painting it back to the standard contractor white because the myriad options of paint colors were overwhelming.

We eventually narrowed it down to gray, but do you know how many shades of gray there are? Definitely more than 50! We decided on a gray from Sherwin-Williams after testing samples on the wall. Since we had blotches of sample paint on the wall, we had no choice but to commit to repainting now.

Can’t very well leave it like this, right?

Here’s a look at the BEFORE:

As the paint was going up, I started having doubts about the color I selected.

It was only afterward when it was all completed that I was confident we made the right decision.

Here’s the AFTER:


Now when I look around the newly painted room, I feel a sense of calmness. I love how clean, bright, and airy it looks.

2. Laid Pavers in Our Backyard

This is something my husband has wanted to do for a long time. Most of our backyard is concrete except we left a grassy area thinking our kids can play outside on it. Except, the kids never did. That area turned into an unsightly patch of dead grass over the years. It took up more than 1/3 of our backyard. It was unusable space that we finally reclaimed.

3. Planted a Rose Garden

I always wanted to have a flower garden, but I’ve never been very good at keeping plants alive. Since we added pavers to our backyard, I figured I should try to spruce up our yard by adding a rose garden.

So far, I only have 5 rose bushes. I’m waiting to see how these do before I invest more time and money into additional plants.

When the roses are in bloom, they really add beauty to the garden. I also love having fresh rose cuttings to bring inside the house. The fragrant blooms really brighten up my day.

4. Read at Least 1 Book Each Month

I started the year strong by reading multiple books each month but dropped off towards the end of the year. In total, I did read 21 books, which isn’t too shabby. Here’s what I read in 2020.

5. Made My Own DIY Tree Stump End Table

I completed my DIY tree stump end table. Read all about it here.

I’m currently working on a list of things I want to accomplish in 2021. Thanks for reading.

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