Wednesday, February 19, 2014

10 Projects Under $100

It's income tax time which means it's time to start thinking about how I want to spend my return.  I usually use it to do one major project on my home - something I can't normally afford to do otherwise.  But this year, I decided I wanted to use $1000 dollars and do 10 projects around my house with it.  That leaves me with the challenge of finding 10 needed home projects that I can do for $100 or less.  In today's economy, that can be a challenge, because one only has to make a trip to Lowe's or Home Depot to see how fast the bill mounts up.

 Now I don't really know if I can accomplish all 10 of these projects this year or not, but I am excited to see if I can bring each one in under budget while accomplishing projects I've been wanting to do for some time.
The first of these projects I showed you about a month ago in it's beginning stages - stripping the paint off of the hallway doors, repainting and applying new door and floor trim.
This project is nearly finished and I will be sharing it in a few days.
Some of the other projects I'm considering are:
  • removing carpet from stairs, stripping paint from side wood, sand & stain stair treads, paint kick boards. 
  • remake front porch steps and paint. 
  • apply lattice to sides of front porch.
  • replace soil and shrubs in front of house.
  • reupholster wing back chair with painter's cloth.
  • install bead board ceiling in laundry room.
  • finish cedar shingle siding in greenhouse.
  • paint side of house.
  • build, paint, and attach lattice arbors to side of house.
  • paint garden shed and greenhouse.
  • finish inside of garden shed.
  • apply hoops and netting over raised garden beds to keep chickens out.
It's not very realistic to think I can really get all this done since there are several other projects that need to be done that will require more time and money.  But making a list and setting a budget is a place to start and keeps me focused and on track.  I love crossing things off my list, and it's even more fun to be able to share them you when they are finished.  So . . . in a few days I'll be back with pictures of the finished doors. 
How are you planning to spend your income tax return?


Kathy Moreland said...

I just hope we break even and don't have to pay more!! That will be a gift for us! It won't pay for anything, but we are really tired of sending more every year!! Can't wait to see your doors.

My Garden Diaries said...

I think this is such a great way to keep yourself on track for what you want to get done. And those garden projects...oh I would love to see what you do!!! I am hoping we get something back but I am not sure this I have been tucking bits away here and there for the upcoming spring! I can't wait to see those doors lady! And we are getting serious storms here tonight so please send me some think thoughts that we don't have any flooding! All the best you...Nicole xoxo

Betty W said...

WOW, you have alot to do and look forward to seeing your projects done. This year we are going to buy glasses with ours. Prescription ones and that means four pairs, which can get expensive.

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