As many of you know, we moved late last year and bought a new-to-us home in early 2014. Our house was fairly nice already, but we did set aside money for a few upgrades that would ultimately make it livable for us.
For the most part, those upgrades included new carpet and tile flooring to replace the carpet that was over ten years old and in really bad shape, but we also did a little DIY before we moved in.
For example, we painted the entire freakin’ house ourselves, and I think you know why. Hiring painters is crazy expensive! I will gladly paint the entire interior of my home off-white if it means saving $5,000 thank-you-very-much. Speaking of that, if I ever quit writing for a living, I am definitely starting a painting business! I am awesome at painting entire rooms, including trim, and I am also efficient. I could make a ton of cash!
My Dream List of Home Upgrades
Let’s get back on topic, shall we? It’s Christmas Eve so I thought it would be fun to create a wish list of home upgrades I would splurge on if I wasn’t so cheap. Actually, these are all things we *might* do once we pay off our stupid mortgage. Until then, I can only fantasize about them and make plans for the future. Here are the upgrades I would seriously consider if money were no object:
New Wooden Floors
As I mentioned last year, I sanded and re-stained every single one of my kitchen and bathroom cabinets myself. The entire project cost less than $25, but took a few weeks to complete. Anyway, you know how improving one thing can make the things next to it look like crap? That’s basically what happened in my kitchen. Improving the look of the cabinets and counter tops made the wooden floors look pretty bad, and now I wish I could upgrade to better hardwood floors that would be more consistent with the wooden cabinets and trim them. First world problems, I know.
Tile Floor in the Master Bathroom
No one would ever know, but we actually have peel-and-stick flooring in our master bathroom. I am not a huge fan at all, but it’s hard to justify replacing it when it looks nice and is fairly easy to care for. One day I hope to replace it with ceramic or porcelain tile similar to the tile floors in our other bathrooms. Until then, it will have to do. Honestly, no one ever goes into our bedroom anyway. So, who cares?
Tile Shower Surrounds
This house came with standard bathroom features that have never been upgraded, and that includes the basic tub and shower surrounds that you see in most homes. I recently visited a family member who had just redone both of their bathrooms in tile, and it looked soooooooooo nice. One of these days, we might look into redoing our showers in ceramic or glass tile. In the meantime, it’s hard to complain too much about what I have. At least it’s easy to clean- and at least everything works.
Furniture in My Living Room
We’ve been living in this house for almost a year now and my living room has been empty the entire time. Even though it is a fairly spacious room with excellent overhead lighting, we mostly use it as the kid’s playroom and as storage for my giant armoire and all of the stuff that is in it. Once the kids get a little bit older, I hope to find a nice L-shape couch and desk on craigslist and use the living room as a place for the kids to hang out and do homework. But with so many toys in our lives, it seems pointless for now.
Putting My Dream Upgrades On Hold
All of these dream upgrades sound nice, but it’s hard for me to justify improving our home when we still owe money on it. Like I said before, I seriously hope to kill this mortgage sooner rather than later. Then, and only then, will I consider pouring any money into superficial improvements.
But it’s still nice to dream, and it doesn’t cost anything to fantasize about the many home improvements I would make if money were no object. Hopefully one day my dream upgrades will become a reality.