Summer to-do list

Summer officially arrives this evening. While I have grand plans of sunshine and hammocks and hikes and gardens and lots of time outdoors, I also have a handful of projects that I’ve been saving up for my favourite season.

Build a closet in the basement

Enamel basins and infant sleepers hanging in the laundry room

Our house has fabulous storage. However, none of it is a match for my husband. I’m not sure Matt’s office ever successfully contained all of his stuff. Over the winter I had a brainwave. Remove some of the cabinets that are tucked between the dryer and the freezer in the laundry room (they’re already filled with his stuff anyway) and replace them with a full height closet. I think I can just about triple his storage space. And it should be a pretty simple build with some basic framing, drywall, bi-fold doors and shelves.

Sand scrabble tiles

Scrabble art for the basement

Source: insideways

One of my Home Goals for 2016 is adding some art to the basement. Going with our fun and games theme, I want to DIY some Scrabble tiles. I’ve had the wood cut for months. Months, I tell you. I just need to sand them and then paint the letters. Sanding sounds like a good way to enjoy some time outside in the sunshine, doesn’t it?

Strip paint off the guest room bed

Robin's egg blue country guest room

The only thing missing from our beautiful guest room makeover is a proper bedframe. I have a great rustic metal frame in the barn, but the finish isn’t the greatest. I’m planning to strip it back to bare metal and see what it looks like. Paint stripping is an outdoor job IMO, so another good way to enjoy the outdoors.

Makeover office cabinet

Vintage china cabinet

Last week, you saw the china cabinet I’ve bought for my office and heard about my plans to rebuild the upper hutch. I’m so excited to have my office organized that I can’t wait to get started on this project. However, I have to put this lower down on the list, as other projects have been hanging around much longer. So this one’s a maybe summer project.

Puttering on some projects, keeping up with the gardens and relaxing on the farm. That’s my recipe for a good summer.

What’s your recipe? Do you have a summer to-do list? What are you looking forward to this season?

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8 thoughts on “Summer to-do list

  1. That sounds like a lovely relaxing summer!
    We have a busy summer coming – I’m running four week-long camps and my son is getting married on July 24th. We’re hosting the rehearsal dinner (for 25+) here in the garden, and then a few days after the wedding we’re going camping with my friend, who will be here from Alberta for the wedding. So lots of big plans! I’m still hoping to get some good relaxation in, however.

  2. I have so many little projects planned this Summer. One of the biggest projects is: I am getting chickens! **Spoiler Alert for future posts from me.😉
    We are beginning to overhaul our pole barn into a garage/woodshop. And the garden of course, feels like a very rewarding but full time job.
    So there will be a lot of action around here this Summer!

  3. What a great idea to list your goals like this and then revisit them! Although we would just be amazing at how little we got done. Your laundry room is so light and pretty! Mine is a dungeon right now 🙂

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