February Goals Report and 5 Specific Goals for March 2017

How are you doing on your goals so far this year?

I have to admit that I totally underestimated how much time my projects would take this past month so I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to.

Does that sound at all familiar to you?

It’s easy to get down on ourselves when we don’t accomplish everything on our list, but we just shouldn’t go there.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve become a much more glass half full kinda gal. I choose to look at everything from a positive perspective, so I’m going to celebrate what I did accomplish instead of feeling bad about what I didn’t.

You should do the same. 🙂

So what did I get done in February?


Decoupaged kitchen counter and kitchen backsplash makeover using electrical tape faux tiles

It was really  my decoupaged kitchen counter makeover that took the most time this past month. Even though I’ve never been afraid of putting in the sweat equity, if I had realized how long this project would take I might have thought twice about doing it.

I honestly think it was a good thing that I had no clue because I’m over the moon happy with it, and I feel like it’s really me.

Sometimes ignorance really can be bliss. 🙂

I guesstimate this counter makeover cost me about $10: $4 for the cookbook that I cut the recipes from, and $6 for the ModPodge, Poly, and foam brushes that I used… which I already had but I’ll count the cost anyway. Since my budget for this kitchen makeover is next to nothing I’m thrilled with how little this cost me.

And on that same note, my electrical tape faux tile backsplash was a fun afternoon project that gave me a lot of bang for just 2 bucks.


aqua and red kitchen china cabinet makeover


My $4  kitchen china cabinet makeover was another big project, and it didn’t help that I had a false start with some red paint.

I’m not really sure what I was thinking, but I’m so glad that I came to my senses and changed my mind and went with my own mixed aqua instead.

I was so lucky that the dollar store gods smiled on me and let me find the polka dot wrapping paper because it couldn’t be more perfect for me.

I love polka dots. 🙂

So altogether these three projects cost me just $16.

For me this is awesome because there may be a few projects down the line that will be cost a bit more , like flooring, and I don’t want to spend all my pennies too soon.

So, what else was on my February list?


wooden filing cabinet

I was supposed to give this vintage wooden filing cabinet a makeover, but John asked me it he could have it for his office. He works from home sometimes now, and this wheeled cabinet works perfectly for him. He likes it just the way it is, and it’s his office so that’s totally his call.

Honestly, I was quite happy to not have to work on this makeover so it worked out just fine.

I have the rest of the house to have my way with, so his office is his to do with as he likes.

Sounds fair to me. 🙂

And lastly, I was supposed to finish a poem that I started in January, but I’m still working on it. Some poems just take longer than others. Some even take years. My January poem, Stillness, came quite easily, but it doesn’t always happen that way. Even though I haven’t finished it yet it for me it was a great idea to put it on my list because I’m so happy to be working on poetry again on a regular basis. So even though I’m not done I’m counting this as a positive.

So, if you’re right on track with all your goals. That’s awesome!  I applaud you!

If you’re not… don’t beat yourself up. There’s always going to be stuff to do, and life’s too short to stress out about what’s not getting done.

Approach your list from a positive place and celebrate what you did accomplish.

So on to my 5 specific goals for March.


5 Specific Goals for March 2017


kitchen makeover before

Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

This set matches the kitchen china cabinet and is my main priority for March. This is a photo of it in my before green kitchen.

Now that the major makeovers for my aqua and red kitchen have been done this set sticks out like a sort thumb.

You’ll get to see a before of the table when I post this makeover.


repainting kitchen cupboards after pic

Three Window Treatments

My second priority is new window treatments, and when I say new I mean I’m making them in some way out of something.

You can see the vinyl blind in the window above. There are two other windows that will also need the same window treatment. The blinds aren’t very attractive, but they serve a very practical purpose… keeping out the heat on hot and humid summer days.

We don’t have central air. In the summer we have window air conditioners in the master bedroom, the guest room, and the family room and we only have them on when necessary. The window treatments in the house have to do the rest of the work of keeping us cool.

I have several ideas, and since each one is a bit time consuming I’m counting each window as a goal in itself… so the 3 windows are 3 goals. Is that cheating? lol.

Now all I have to do is decide which idea to go with.


vintage jewelry box / thriftyrebelvintage.com

Vintage Jewelry Box Makeover

I had hopes of getting this jewelry box makeover done in February, but the kitchen projects on my list took priority.


vintage jewelry box / thriftyrebelvintage.com

I’m putting it on my March list since I really want to start using it, but for me it’s much too neutral. It desperately needs some colour. It needs to be happified!

So that’s it for my goals for this month, but I might just squeeze in a few smaller projects along the way. You never know. Quick ones are always fun!

What about you?  Do you have any specific goals in mind?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. I think you did great at accomplishing so much in February. How nice to not have to do the cart/shelf! Everything is looking good. My goal, until done, is to clean out everything in sight! I am doing it according to “the book” so it is going ok so far.

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! It’s nice to see some progress each month. I did a lot pf purging in January that I didn’t post about, simply because I seem to purge every Janaury. lol. I’m hoping I broke the cycle this time for good. Even though I didn’t use it I’m pretty sure I know “the book” you mean. Good luck with your clean out. It does feel good when you’re done.

  2. You did great!!! As for me, I still have 4 or 5 items in my ‘to fix’ bag that didn’t get done. But I have a list as long as my arm of things I did get done! I take in sewing to make spending money, so that is always my first priority and I did get all of it done. So, I think for March, which is going to be a busy month, I’ll try to get the rest of the bag done and maybe get the top of the baby quilt I’m working on done. Yeah, that sounds like a good goal. Go, us!!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! Good for you for accentuating the positive. We should always concentrate on what we accomplished rather than what we didn’t. You did great too! Go us is right! 🙂

  3. I love reading your goal lists. Can’t wait to see that table makeover!


    1. Thanks Tania! I’m looking forward to removing that tablecloth once and for all.

  4. Great projects… A question about kitchen cabinets…Did you do the punch tin inserts on your cabinets?

    1. Thanks Bonnie! I did the punched tin inserts myself about 15 years ago. It took a long time, and there are even more cabinets than what you see in the photo in this post. I did them all with a hammer and a finishing nail, one hole at a time. Very time intensive, but very worth it in the end.

  5. Hi Tuula! Very interesting to see your goals. I’m afraid I haven’t made any, other than personal goals. You are to be congratulated for doing all those huge jobs already, which I figured would take months. Big goals for March, and I’m waiting with anticipation to see what you do with the jewelry box! (Since I have a similar one). Also interested in what you do with your window treatments. Whatever you do, I know it will be cute.

    1. Thanks Florence! Even though I haven’t made every goal each month listing them is really helping me. I really want to start using the jewerly box. It’s going to be a fun project. Good luck with your personal goals. 🙂 I have a few myself.

  6. lol….somebody told my husband the other day, your house is a work in progress
    he told them “it’s my house”.

    I said good for you. But, the problem is me. I want to change things. He’s the grunt. He tells people I come up with the ideas, he’s the labor. And, like I tel him that works out wonderful.

    I think the top of the jewelry box would be beautiful mosaic. But, I do a lot of mosaics, so I’m always looking at it from that point of view.

    I have a public mosaic blog. I also have a private blog about our everyday life, animals, family and stuff.

    I found you thru the Vintage Charm meme thing.

    1. I think my house is always a work in progress. lol. That’s the fun of decorating and changing things. I love your idea of a mosaic on the jewelry box. I’ve never done that before, but now I’ll have to give that some thought. Thanks so much for the suggestion. 🙂