The Big List: Home Improvement Updates Wish List and FREE Printable

Use this free printable checklist to organize all your home improvement ideas!

Every Spring, I get a burst of energy and optimism about home improvement. I’m going to fix this, paint that, finally replace this, and on and on. We’ve been living in this house for five years. In that time, I’ve planned out so many home improvement renovations, DIYs, and updates in my head, but haven’t actually completed very many in real life. I get busy, we don’t have the money, blah, blah.

Do you do this too? It’s human nature to dream and plan, but it’s also human nature to procrastinate. What’s a girl to do?

I’ve decided, in an effort to organize my thoughts and keep myself accountable (and inspired!), to list all my ideas here. Enter the Big List of Home Improvement Updates. Perhaps with all my ideas in one place, I’ll be more focused and more productive at completing the items on the list. I’ve also created a free printable home improvement wish list for you, so you can make your own Big List and join in on the DIY-ing fun!

Now, I realize many of things are not going to actually get done. We are hoping to put our house on the market sometime in the next year, so we can move a little closer to ‘town’. ‘Town’ is really a small city about 20 miles away, but I like to say things like “I’m going into town” and feel like I’m living in a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. I do like the idea of living out in the country, but the impracticality is getting to me. It’s. So. Much. Driving. Right now we are a 30-40 minute drive from church, the YMCA, Target (priorities), and all the restaurants, shopping, and activities that are in the small city near us. We’d like to move closer before the kids start school, so another year or possibly two.

That being said, the focus has shifted from updating the house for me, to updating the house to sell. Still, I’d like the updates to still feel like my country farmhouse style. Because of the plan to sell and the timeline, some of the items on the list will get done, and some will not. I’m ok with that. Just the act of listing all my ideas has already made me feel more productive!

The plan is to tackle what we can, and just keep working at it. I’ll update this list as projects get done, with links to tutorials and before and afters.  Hopefully having it all here will keep me organized and on track. Next time I’m wondering what to do next, I can just refer to this list and quit procrastinating and get moving!

Alright, room by room, here is the Big List (with a few notes and ideas and some links to show you what products I’m thinking about).

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Kitchen

Living Room/Dining Room

  • finish spray painting curtain rods (oil rubbed bronze)
  • wall art above couch and tv
  • decorate tv shelves
  • organize toys
  • screen for sliding door
  • paint baseboard heaters white

Entryway

  • paint bench white
  • paint mirror white
  • paint shelf white
  • hang hooks
  • hang baskets (for mittens, hats, etc)
  • new entryway table
  • paint inside of front door (aqua blue?)
  • organize coat closet for maximum storage
  • long rug under hooks
  • mat for in front of door
  • new light fixtures

Downstairs Bathroom

  • paint vanity (white? green? blue? gray?)
  • paint medicine cabinet
  • art above towel rack
  • shelf above toilet?
  • replace ugly fluorescent lighting

Stairs and Upstairs Hallway

  • paint (need a big ladder)
  • new light fixtures

Upstairs Bathroom

  • replace vanity
  • replace medicine cabinet
  • replace toilet
  • paint shower and tub white
  • vanity backsplash and decorative tile in shower and tub
  • replace towel rods and toilet paper holder
  • shelves behind toilet
  • organize linen closet

Master Bedroom

  • new carpet
  • paint walls
  • headboard and foot bench
  • night tables
  • art above bed
  • bedding
  • new ceiling fan
  • new curtains

Kids’ Room

  • twin beds and bedding
  • stuffed animal and toy storage
  • update artwork from ‘baby’ stuff

‘Pink’ Room (named for it’s pink rug)

  • new rug
  • paint walls
  • make into a playroom/home office combo
  • clean out big closet
  • new ceiling fan
  • new curtains

Laundry Room

  • clean (floor and walls)
  • hang shelf above washer and dryer
  • organize for laundry baskets, hanging stuff, folding, etc

Basement

  • clean
  • get rid of all the junk

Outside

  • paint deck and porch
  • replace lattice
  • plant shade plants in the front
  • plant vegetable garden on the side
  • make a kids play area and set up swing set
  • paint outside doors black (try this paint?)
  • grow grass on top part of driveway
  • plant flowers by the big rock
  • DIY a cute house number (planter? on the rock? post? on the house?)
  • get driveway regraded
  • put rocks under deck and by basement door

Whelp. That is a long list. How much of it can I really get done? I guess we’ll see!

Below is the printable home improvement wish list I made for you. I organized it by room, just like my list above. Just fill in your wish list items under each room, and start tackling your projects! I hope it helps you stay organized, focused, and productive.

Home improvement tasks checklist

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Happy DIY-ing, friends!

Free Easter Printables

Free Easter printables for Spring decorating!

Hello and happy Friday!

If you’re new here, I recently created a free printable library at Sweet Maple Lane to share the printable love with all my readers. And you guys, I am having so much fun making these! I’m no designer or professional or anything, but I think they’ve all come out pretty good!

Especially these adorable free Easter printables!

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Cute, right?

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Free Easter printables for easy spring decorating!

Spring Farmhouse Pillow Covers

Spring is almost here, so today I’m sharing my top picks for Spring farmhouse pillow covers to brighten up your home.

I am so done with winter at this time of year, but here in New Hampshire, it still lingers. In fact, we’re supposed to get a big snow storm tomorrow! Ugh. I’m so looking forward to warmer weather, sunshine, and being outside.

Even thought the weather outside is still freezing cold and snowy, I’m thinking Spring and adding some cheerful Spring touches to my home. I love changing my home decor with the seasons, and Spring is one of my favorites. Adding fresh, bright colors to the inside of my house in March keeps me sane at the end of a cold, gray New Hampshire winter!

One of my favorite ways to update my decor each season is changing up my throw pillows. I prefer throw pillow covers over throw pillows for a few reasons. They are easier to store and take up less space in the off-season, they are washable, and they are cheap!

All of the pillows below are super affordable, so you can freshen up your decor for Spring without breaking the bank. I love them all, but my favorite two are the blue bike and the bunny in glasses. So cute!

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Super cute spring farmhouse pillow covers to brighten up your decor!

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Looking for more pillow cover roundups? Check out my other pillow posts: fall, Christmas, winter, and farmhouse!

Farmhouse Wreath Printables

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a new set of farmhouse wreath printables I made over our February vacation.

There are four sayings, each in a simple farmhouse wreath. I kept them black and white so they could go with any decor, or you could use a fun colored frame.

 

 

Free farmhouse wreath printables!

Free farmhouse wreath printables!

Free farmhouse wreath printables

Free farmhouse wreath printables!

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Free farmhouse wreath printables from Sweet Maple Lane!

 

7 Ways for Moms to Recharge

7 ways for moms to recharge, relax, and feel human again!

Yay for February Vacation! My husband and I are both teachers, so we’re off from work for the next week. I’m breathing a sigh of relief because, man did I need this break. Between teaching, caring for my children, and taking care of my home, I. Am. Exhausted.

Can you relate?

Being a teacher, wife, and mama is hard. It’s tiring. There’s always so much to do, and never enough time to do it in. Sometimes it’s all I can manage to get everyone through the day fed and clothed, and collapse into bed at the end of the day.

It’s so important for moms to take time for themselves. We spend all our time caring for other people, and sometimes neglect ourselves in the process. I’m feeling super lucky to have this week to recharge, but even if you don’t have time off, here are some ideas for how you can relax and recharge.

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1. Take a Hot Shower or Bath

Even if you have NO time to yourself at all, can’t get a babysitter, hubby is away, etc. etc. etc., everyone needs to bathe, right? Take your time. Light a candle, do a conditioning treatment on your hair or a facial mask. Pretend you’re at the spa. Play soothing music. Use the guest towels. And remember to lock the door!

2. Run Errands Alone

Here is another one for when you have very limited alone time. Groceries need to be bought, yes? Post office, pharmacy, Target, whatever errands you have. Leave the kids at home or drop them off at their grandparents, and go BY YOURSELF. Get a fancy latte to-go, play your favorites music in the car, wear your cool sunglasses, and enjoy being alone. I try to do this at least once a week. It’s not much, but even just an hour or two to be by myself works wonders for my sanity.

3. Get a Manicure, Pedicure, Massage, or Haircut

A little more time on your hands and a few bucks to spend? Indulge in something a little more decadent. Get your nails done in a fun color. Get a *gasp* professional massage. Go for a cut, color, and style. Have someone care for you for a little while. It’s amazing how a little pampering can lower your stress levels.

4. Go to a Coffee Shop

Have an hour or two but not a lot of money to spend? Grab your favorite book or Kindle, and park your butt in a coffee shop comfy chair for a bit. Order a fancy latte in a REAL MUG, not a paper to-go cup, and sip it while you relax with your reading. I recommend a chai tea latte and the Outlander series.

5. Meet Friends for Lunch or Drinks

Do you know other moms who are just as burnt out and stressed as you? Call them up and meet them for lunch or — my favorite — apps and drinks. Wear your cute boots and those new earrings, and order a fancy cocktail. Commiserate and celebrate with other moms who get it.

6. See a Movie

I’ve only done this once, but I found it rather enjoyable. Go see a movie by yourself. Or with someone, I guess, but really, you’re not talking to them during the movie, so what’s the difference? Get a popcorn with extra butter and some junior mints, and sit it the dark enjoying some Hollywood magic.

7. Attend a Church Service

If you’re not a religious or spiritual person, this one may not be for you, but I always feel refreshed and recharged after Sunday service. I’ve only recently started attending church again, and I really love the hour every week to sit, think, pray, be. I bring my kids up to the nursery for free care, and enjoy the time to reflect on my week and prepare for the next one.

What kinds of things do you do to relax, recharge, and feel like yourself again? Let me know in the comments!

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7 ways for moms to recharge, relax, and feel human again!

Farmhouse Pillow Covers

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!

My mother in law gave me an Amazon gift card for my birthday last month, and I’ve been browsing for a bit thinking about what I’m going to buy with it. I’ve been thinking about sprucing up our living room for a while now, so I thought some neutral farmhouse pillow covers were a good place to start!

Switching out your throw pillows is a great way to decorate for different seasons and holidays, but it’s also nice to have some neutral pillows that can be used any time of year. I’ve written about my love of throw pillow covers over throw pillows before, but I’ll say it again: throw pillow covers are so much better than throw pillows! They can be taken off and washed easily (hello, 3 year old twins over here!) and they take up almost no space when you’re storing them. Pillow covers are a no brainer, in my book!

I’m still brainstorming some ideas for the living room, and I hope to share my plan with you soon. Still, I’m sure some of these pillow covers will make their way into the new design. You’ll have to come back and see which ones I choose!

Since I’ve been browsing through Amazon’s stock of farmhouse pillow covers, I thought I’d share a roundup with you, my lovely readers. I found some really cute ones! I included some stripes, checks, polka dots, and some text designs, so I hope you find something you love. I love all the cute sayings, but nothing says farmhouse to me like the cute checkered patterns.

If you’re looking for some adorable farmhouse pillow covers that can be used all year long, look no further, I have the ultimate farmhouse pillow cover roundup for you!

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The ultimate roundup of farmhouse pillow covers!

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Looking for more pillow covers? Check out my other pillow cover roundups: fall, Christmas, and winter!

FREE Chalkboard Shakespeare Quote Printables

Because Valentine’s Day is next week, and I’m teaching Romeo and Juliet to my freshman classes, I combined the two to make these free chalkboard Shakespeare quote printables!

Download a set of four chalkboard Shakespeare quote printables!

There are four different love quotes to choose from, all on a chalkboard background. A perfect addition to your farmhouse decor!

chalkboard Shakespeare quote printable

chalkboard Shakespeare quote printable

chalkboard Shakespeare quote printable

chalkboard Shakespeare quote printable

These would be a great last minute addition to your Valentine’s day decor, or use them to add a little literary romance in your master bedroom year round.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath

 

Make this easy DIY Valentine's Day felt wreath!

Valentine’s Day is coming in just a week and a half, so I put together this cute little rag wreath to hang above my hutch. It’s so easy (and cheap!) you could put it together during nap time!

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Materials:

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath from Sweet Maple Lane.

Wreath form (I used this straw one, because I already had it, but a foam one would probably be easier)

Felt (I used 2 sheets of pink, 4 sheets of light pink, and 8 sheets of white)

Push pins

Scissors

Directions:

Cut the felt into squares or rectangles. You don’t have to be exact. I just cut each sheet in half, then in half again, and kept going until I had rectangles that were about one inch by two inches.

Fold each piece in half, then in half again, and place the pin through the folded corner and into the wreath form.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath from Sweet Maple Lane.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath from Sweet Maple Lane.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane.

Keep putting the folded felt onto the wreath, alternating colors. I wasn’t careful about which direction the folded side was facing, so they were pointing in all directions.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane.

Keep going until the wreath looks full, fluffing as you go.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane.

That’s it!

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane.

I put the wreath above my hutch (I need to move the nail from my other wreath, that’s why it’s just leaning against the wall) and added some other Valentine’s Day decor to make it a little more festive. I painted a mason jar a dusty pink and put some faux baby’s breath in it, added the metal ‘love’ sign, and made this super easy burlap banner.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day felt rag wreath tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane.

This method is super easy, super cheap, and easily customized with different fabrics or colors. I have another, more neutral wreath that I made with drop cloth scraps, that usually hangs above the hutch. See it here.

Give this easy Valentine’s Day rag wreath a try and let me know how it goes!

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Make this easy DIY Valentine's Day felt wreath!

 

Rustic Neutral Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

The ultimate list of rustic neutral farmhouse kitchen decor!

Hi friends!

How was your long weekend? I always try to get stuff done and relax a little on the weekends, which is a lot easier when we have an extra day!

I had a super fun birthday surprise: my farmhouse bins and baskets post went crazy on Pinterest! I’ve gotten a lot of new folks here at my blog over the weekend, so if that’s you, welcome! Since that post was so popular (and fun to write!) I thought I’d do another farmhouse roundup.  This time I’m focusing on rustic farmhouse kitchen decor.

I have big dreams for my kitchen: white cabinets, dark counters, open shelving, new floors, rustic lighting, and of course, farmhouse style! I’m not quite ready to tackle any of these things at the moment, but virtual shopping for when it is done is a super fun way to get inspiration!

I’m excited to share my latest farmhouse roundup with you! I kept the accents neutral with a lot of white, metal, and wood.  Adding any of these pieces will instantly give your current kitchen some farmhouse style!

Some of my favorites are the ‘I drink coffee for your protection’ sign, the coffee + tea + sugar canisters, and the adorable printed tea towels.

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The ultimate list of rustic neutral farmhouse kitchen decor!

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What are your favorites? Stay tuned for my kitchen before pics and plans for giving it some farmhouse style!

Interested in more farmhouse decor? Check out my farmhouse bins and baskets post here!

 

Rustic Winter Hutch and FREE Winter Decor Idea!

Winter hutch decor and free winter decor ideas!

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing my newly decorated rustic winter hutch AND a free winter decor idea!

If you follow me on Instagram (you don’t? you should!) you saw my sparse and sad hutch last week after all the Christmas decorations came down.  I got sick of looking at it, so I shopped around my house and redecorated with a natural winter theme.

I also came up with a genius idea for FREE winter decor!  Ok, maybe it’s not genius, but I’m pretty proud of myself for thinking of it!

Here is how the hutch looked right after I cleared all the Christmas stuff away.

Winter hutch before

And here is how it looks now.

Winter hutch decor after

I just love how it came out.  Did you see my genius FREE decor idea? No? Look again at the greenery.

Winter hutch with greenery

Yep.  I chopped up my Christmas tree!  You may have seen on Instagram (have you followed me yet?) that my husband dragged our tree into the yard and left it there, stand and all. We have no neighbors, so no one can see it and think we’re wackos.  It’s been out there for a week and a half, and when I came home one day and saw it all twinkling in the sunlight and covered in snow, I had the idea to chop off its branches and use them to decorate my house. Ha!

I tried using kitchen scissors, but that didn’t really work, so I just broke off a bunch of branches.

Winter greenery from Christmas tree clippings

I put some in the white enamel pitchers, and a few sprigs in the ceramic pitcher.  Then I shopped around my house for other woodsy-green-brown items and arranged them on the shelves.  It reminds me of winter in the woods.  Which is good, because it’s winter, and we live in the woods!

Winter hutch decor ideas

Even my mail baskets tie in with the rustic winter theme! (Check out more cute farmhouse baskets here.)

I had some greenery leftover, so I tied it up with a tan and gold ribbon and hung it on the front door.

winter greenery door hanging DIY

Winter greenery door hanging DIY

What do you think?  How do you decorate after the holidays?

If you’re looking for other post-holiday decor ideas, check out my winter pillow cover roundup and my winter decor roundup.

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Rustic farmhouse winter hutch decor and free winter decor idea!