2022 Year In Review

Hello! Anyone out there? *tap, tap* Is this thing on? 😀

Matt and I had such a wonderful, relaxing time over this last week, and after our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad final two weeks of 2022 (if you missed that story, you can read about it here), we desperately needed last week to ourselves. I did absolutely no work on the house during this last week. I watched more movies than I can count, took a nap just about every single afternoon, and ate way more yummy food than I should have.

So after checking out completely for a whole week, I’m finally feeling rested, ready and excited to get this new year underway. I’m ready to get back to the home gym and get that room finished, and move on to finishing my studio. I’m ready to get some smaller projects done that have been hanging over my head for a while now. I’m ready to start taking the needed steps towards getting our addition started. It should be a fun year!

But before that, let’s take a look at what my goals were for 2022, and see how I did on those. Spoiler alert: I didn’t make very good progress on my goals for 2022. 😀

When I was reading back over my 2022 Master List of Home Goals, I thought to myself, “I could really just copy and paste this post and use it for my 2023 Master List of Home Goals.” It’s true. On my list of home goals for 2022 were to (1) finish the home gym, (2) finish the master bathroom, and (3) finish my studio. I also planned to do some outdoor projects, like some maintenance on our front porch area and finally getting that completely finished.

In the end, the only finished room I crossed off of the list by the end of 2022 was the master bathroom. But I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I did make progress during 2022, and that’s what matters. And not only did I make progress, but I finished one of the biggest room remodels I’ve taken on to date.

At the beginning of 2022, the master bathroom looked like this…

I had a lot of things started in that bathroom, but literally nothing was finished. Not a single project in that room was finished at the beginning of 2022.

And as of December, the bathroom is completely finished and looks like this…

If you missed that final before and after post, you can see the whole thing here.

While the master bathroom was the only room/area I finished in 2022, it was a huge project, and I’m so proud of how it turned out. I’m also very proud of the fact that I used that room to stretch my DIY abilities and learn new things.

One of the biggest ways I challenged myself on that bathroom was by building the table-style vanities and the middle storage cabinet.

I’ve built tables and storage cabinets before, but I’ve always built them to be painted. That means that I can rely on loads of wood filler and caulk to make up for my lack of perfect building skills before painting them.

But 2022 was the first time in all of my years of DIYing that I removed that safety net, and built the items for one of the two main feature walls in the biggest and (probably) most expensive room in our house out of walnut. I used walnut lumber, turned walnut legs, and walnut veneer to create these pieces.

I was so intimidated by that project, but looking back on it, I’m so glad that I pushed myself to flex those new DIY muscles. I now feel totally comfortable working with expensive lumber, working with high quality wood veneer, and working without the safety nets of wood filler and caulk. (To be clear, I did use some wood filler, but not nearly so liberally as I generally would on a piece that is to be painted. But caulk was out of the question.)

If you missed those projects, you can find them here:

I had hoped to get a lot more accomplished on my C.O.P. (cleaning, organizing, purging) journey through our house in 2022. But while I didn’t get everything purged and organized that I had hoped, I did finish up those last remaining organizational projects in the kitchen.

I am happy to say that the organizing solutions that I put into place for our refrigerator have stuck. At the present, our refrigerator could use a little cleaning and tidying up, but for the most part, it has stayed pretty organized. I haven’t gone back to my previous open-and-shove method that resulted in our fridge looking like the pictures on the left below…

And I also organized my cabinet where I store my four skillets by building this very easy DIY vertical skillet organizer.

That has made it so much easier to reach into that cabinet and grab exactly what I need rather than having to pull out a whole stack of skillets to get the one I want.

And finally, I got the whole back wall of cabinets cleaned out and organized.

Some of these cabinets had missing shelves because I had taken them out the last time I painted the cabinets (back in 2017), and I think some of the shelves accidently were placed on my scrap pile that got loaded up and hauled off with the construction debris. So I finally cut new shelves, edge banded them with wood veneer edge banding, and got all of the cabinets on this wall organized and useful.

I’m the type of person who isn’t naturally organized and tidy, but once systems are put into place, I’m pretty good at sticking with them. So having my whole kitchen purged and organized now makes it so much more efficient and easier to use. I hope to continue putting these systems into place in 2023 and beyond until every area of our house has been purged and organized.

While 2022 seemed a bit slow in the home projects category, the biggest and most life-changing thing happened for us in 2022. We bought a wheelchair van.

And after 13 years of being homebound and never leaving the house, Matt finally decided that he wanted to venture out and join the outside world again. For the first time in 13 years, he ate at a restaurant, went to a move theater and watched a movie, went to a park, went to church, and did several other things that he hadn’t done on well over a decade of being homebound.

I still get a little choked up when I watch the videos I took of our first outing. Matt and I were both emotional about it, and he and I both cried as we went through the line to order our food at Rosa’s. I’m sure the people there were wondering what the heck was going on. 😀 You can read all about our first week with the wheelchair van here.

The final big thing that happened in 2022 was that Matt bought me an appointment with a landscape designer for my birthday. After meeting with him, walking our property, and sharing my vision and dreams, the designer came up with a beautiful plan and drawing for me. This thing looks like a work of art that should be framed and hung on the wall.

You can see all of the details of the landscape design here. I didn’t actually make any progress on implementing any of the ideas in 2022, but at least we have a plan and know what we’re working towards now.

So that pretty much sums up 2022. It was a slow year overall, and I don’t feel like I ended the year with a whole lot of progress to show. But at least I got the master bathroom done, and that was a huge accomplishment.

I do hope that 2023 has a whole lot more variety, though. I need variety to keep myself interested and motivated.

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  1. Good luck with your projects and especially Matt’s health in 2023. I’m a fairly new subscriber and am really impressed with your taste, inventiveness and skills!

  2. You finished your amazing bathroom, and you and Matt started exploring–I would say that makes 2022 a win, regardless of anything else!

  3. Doesn’t sound or look like a slow year at all, to me! The bathroom is a HUGE project and it is SO beautiful! (There were many projects in there — You also built a cabinet for the toilet closet.). Your kitchen organization is so inspiring! AND you had a wonderful, wonderful year building experiences with Matt outside the home and with many others as guests in your beautiful, welcoming home. Not a slow year at all, IMO.

  4. Frame that design plan. Put it up in your studio as inspiration of what is to come. I have a draft from an architect for a front porch addition that we want to do in a few years that I keep in my home office (although it is just taped to the wall). It helps me keep goals in mind.

  5. 2022 was a year of God’s hand upon your lives in a powerful way, as you know already. While I love seeing your beautiful bathroom and marvel at your skills, the high light for me was the personal stories. The world that opened up for you both beginning with the wheelchair van and I wept to hear of your outings. I still get chocked up at the picture of Matt at the movies and out for lunch and in church. I was beyond horrified to read of your year end nightmare with hospitals stays and alarming treatments which could have cost you the loss of Matt. Kristi, you were amazing with your wisdom and intervention. May God bless you both in 2023 with health, guidance, and joy!

  6. I’d say 2022 was a very successful year for y’all. I’m looking forward to 2023 and everything you will accomplish. You do know that you “Goals” list every year is impossible don’t you 🙂 You know better than anyone that home improvement always takes more time that we think it will. And that combined with the fact you are a perfectionist (that’s good) makes your list a bit ambitious…LOL. I’m glad you are rested and ready tackle 2023 and everything that it will bring.

  7. Excuse me? You say you didn’t get a lot accomplished? No, no, no……….you really accomplished a lot!!! Pat yourself on your back for all you did in your home and with Matt! Congradulations!

  8. As usual you’re too hard on yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your results are (as usual) stunning. Be proud, Kristi. I bet Matt sure is. I’m not a natural organizer either and my goal for ‘23 is to tackle my art room.
    Oh and I would definitely frame the landscape plan. I’d put it in the workroom if I was lucky enough to have one that big!!

  9. Holey moley, girl! What you have accomplished in 2022 is more than many people accomplish in years! Your home is lovely, comfortable, stylish, and functional for a wheelchair-bound husband. Acquiring the van and getting out and about is worth at least a year of accomplishments on your home, lol. To have gone through the horrific last two weeks of last year and come out on top is a worthwhile accomplishment in and of itself. Glad to hear you are both rested and recouped, and ready to tackle another year of projects on your home. May you both have the happiest of New Years, with blessings from above. Keep on keepin’ on, Kristi and Matt!

  10. I still tear up at the thought of Matt being able to leave the house to go on adventures! All your projects were fantastic, and I agree about the landscaping plan for your property. Frame that and hang it somewhere! I’m looking forward to see what you do in the coming year. Happy New Year to you and Matt.

  11. Sounds like a winning year to me! Wishing you and your husband a happy and healthy 2023, full of fun adventures. You both sure deserve that and more!

  12. I’d say you made FANTASTIC PROGRESS in 2022… the van, the outings and all the work on the bathroom (way less important) it was a great year… awesome year! Here’s to a blessed 2023 😊

  13. My fav for every year I’ve followed you is the van and pics of Matt enjoying. Of course I still love your decorating

  14. I don’t think you have any idea of how amazing you are and the accomplishments you have made With your hubby. Be proud, both of you. You have incredible talent and you have incorporated it into your lives. I continue to be blown away with your talent and ideas. Keep it coming!!!!!!!

  15. I was so happy to hear that you finally rested and chilled, enjoying movies, and naps. You deserved a little rest after all that you have done this year. The bathroom was an amazing project, and the results are stunning. New year, new goals. But now mixed in with a fun, personal life with Matt….And, friends and family, and church. You may not get as much done every week, but your life will be fuller, and Matt will get to enjoy your outings together too. AND, each week we can look forward to seeing your projects too. That studio is something we are all excited about! The BEST to you and Matt for 2023!

  16. You have done amazingly in 2022, the nightmare of Matts setback is behind you , you deserved that rest, now it`s a new year and your energy is recharged and I am really looking forward to you completing you other Projects you have planned for this year,, and hopefully that includes trips out for you and Matt in your amazing wheelchair van,,,

  17. HI, Kristi. IMO, you should not be so hard on yourself. You accomplished a lot. People underestimate how much mental energy it takes to work on large projects daily. Additionally, you document and share it with all of us. From what I can see, your huge win for 2022 is the ability to get Matt out and about. I have so much admiration for you, well the both of you. Warm Regards,

  18. Maybe (??? I’m far from convinced) it was a slower year project-wise, but people-wise it was a BOOMING year! Huge steps forward! That AND an amazing DIYed bathroom?! Well done!

  19. I can just see you and Matt on a beautiful late spring evening taking a turn around the garden path! What a beautiful sight!! God bless your sweet family with much love a good health.