January Goals Report and 5 Specific Goals for February 2017

Happy Friday friends!

I’m happy to report that I accomplished 4 1/4 of my Specific January Goals. What’s up with 1/4? Well, you’ll see in a minute. Even though I didn’t quite make it to 5 I do think this monthly goal setting thing is really going to work for me.

Breaking it down into smaller time frames seems to help keep me focused.

repainting kitchen cupboards after pic

I painted my kitchen cupboards happy, as well as the trim and doors. The walls and ceiling also got painted a lovely creamy white, which you’ll see in the final reveal.


Cardinal on a snowy tree branch

I wrote Stillness, a new poem and I shared it here on the blog.


hot pink china cabinet makeover

My living room china cabinet got a very hot pink makeover, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

I just finished filling it with my silver treasures, which I’ll share next week.


potato and corn chowder / thriftyrebelvintage.com

I made a new cream soup recipe that Julia from Vintage With Laces recommended. It’s potato and corn chowder with ham. Julia was so right. It’s delicious! Thanks Julia! I’ll definitely be making this again and again.

If you want to try it you can find the recipe here.


making a snow angel / thriftyrebelvintage.com

And yes that’s me attempting to make a snow angel. It was a beautiful sunny day, but my it was cold.


making a snow angel / thriftyrebelvintage.com

It’s really hard getting up from making a snow angel without messing it all up.

Especially when you’re dressed up tight in your snowsuit like Ralphie’s little brother in A Christmas Story, and you’re not as young as you used to be. lol.

So this is where the 1/4 comes in.

I have to admit that I only made one snow angel over the whole month of January, and I was supposed to make one each week. Oh well, the important thing is I made one and I had fun. I was just too busy having fun painting inside. 🙂

One thing that I love about setting goals is that there’s something so satisfying about checking them off as you get them done.

How did you do with your goals? I hope you were able to accomplish all that you wanted to.

Now on to February, in no particular order.

My 5 Specific Goals for February 2017

Give my kitchen counter tops a makeover.

My faux marble laminate kitchen counter tops are looking really dated these days. Oh, who am I kidding? They’ve been looking really dated for years. lol.

faux marble laminate kitchen counter

New counter tops aren’t in the budget right now so a makeover it is.

I already know what I’m going to do, and I’m very excited about getting it done and sharing it with you.


Give the kitchen back splash a makeover.

I loved the tile kitchen back splash when the cupboards were sage green, but now… not so much.

kitchen tile backsplash

John and I DIY’d the back splash ourselves about 10 years ago, and I really don’t want the mess of removing it and starting again so it’s getting a makeover too.

I have a few ideas that I’m toying with, but I’m waiting until I’ve done the counter tops before finally deciding. I want to make sure that what I envision in my mind is what the counters actually look like when I’m done.

99% of the time all is ok, but every once in a while things don’t turn out the way I saw them in my brain.


kitchen counter and backsplash

Here’s the back splash and counter with the newly painted aqua cupboards. Both definitely need a new look to tie in better, but I knew that going into this makeover so it’s not unexpected.

I’ll be donating that ceramic canister set. I have a repurposing idea for new storage in this area.


Write another Poem and Share it here on the blog

You all were so wonderful about my sharing a poem in January, that I’ve decided to go for it again in February. There’s a specific one I’ve been working on one for a few weeks now and my goal will be to get it done in February. I just want to say thanks so much for all the kind works for Stillness. I really appreciate the encouragement. You guys make it easier for this introvert to put herself out there.


Repurpose this Wooden Filing Cabinet

I just found this piece at the ReStore yesterday for $10. It’s perfect for the end of the cabinet area in the kitchen. We used to have a little half moon table here, which was rather useless.  We donated it a few weeks ago to the same ReStore where I found this.

wooden filing cabinet

It’s most definitely getting a makeover.


Give the Kitchen China Cabinet a Makeover

Now that all the cupbaords are Enchanting Evening blue, and I’ve packed away all my Old Country Roses China it’s time for this baby to have a new look.

kitchen makeover before

Before painting I have to decide what my new china pattern will be, and then I have to start collecting it like yesterday. The colour of the china will be the deciding factor in what colours I’ll use for my china cabinet.

I think I might have to make a trip to the larger thrift stores and see what I can come up with. I’d love to find some red transferware. That would be awesome! I’ve already started looking, but haven’t found anything yet.

So there are my 5 specific goals for February 2017. It looks like I’m in for another month of makeovers, and I’m so excited to get started with them. I have to say that I’m really having a blast this winter, and I think this goal setting thing is a big part of that. I’m loving it! 🙂

Do you have any specific goals for February? If you want to play along just write your own list in a comment or just for yourself, and we’ll see how we did at the end of the month.

Wish me luck! And if you’re joining in I wish you luck too!

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. You did great Tuula! I didn’t even set any goals but I think your idea of monthly goals would work better for me too, I’ll have to try making a list of things for February. I cannot wait to see what you do to those counters and the backsplash… oh, and that china cabinet!!


    1. Thanks Tania! I’m really liking this monthly goal thing. I hope it works for you too. 🙂

  2. Great work on your January goals and your February goals will get you even closer to completing your kitchen redo. Everything looks fantastic so far. I love the china cabinet.sb

    1. Thanks so much Sharon! I’m really enjoying the project journey with this kitchen makeover. It’s making this winter a breeze to deal with.

  3. Mother Deer says:

    Great job…can’t wait to see what you accomplish next. I am in awe of your schedule and sticking to it 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Mother Deer! I wasn’t entirely sure this goal thing would work for me, but I tried it and I’m really liking it.

  4. You did so great, Tuula! Your kitchen looks very happy indeed. Good luck with the backsplash and counter top makeover and your other February goals! Making the snow angel must have been fun. I’m glad you liked the soup. Thanks for linking back! 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo Julia

    1. Thanks Julia! The chowder recipe is a keeper. 🙂

  5. You are getting your goals accomplished & you should give yourself an “A” for January! My goals are to start & finish some projects waiting in the wings here. It’s a lot of trial & error though.
    I could save a lot of time if I knew what I was doing…LOL.

    1. Thanks Florence! There are times when I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing so I can relate. DIYing is full of trial and error, but when things turn out it’s all worth it. Good luck with those projects. 🙂

  6. I think I recall you mentioning that you work full time…..is that right? Because completing all your goals is amazing, but add in working….well, you are SuperWoman!!! And your projects are so FUN! I did get my January goal finished….the wedding sewing…..and for February my plan is to empty the BIG bag of patching/hemming/whatever things I’ve had for, well, years. The stuff in it has changed, but the bag has always been there. I want it GONE!!! Right now, with everything else in my life, I’m going to shoot for one goal a month. Or two, if I can think of something! Thanks for the inspiration! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I recently cut back to 4 days a week, so now I have more time for doing much needed and long awaited projects around here… and for blogging about them too. Good for you for getting all your wedding sewing done. It sounded like a ton of work! I envy your ability to sew. It’s a skill I’ve never acquired, although I can sew a mean straight line. lol. Good luck with going through that bag of odds and ends. 🙂 I know for me it always feel good to go through stuff that I’ve had lying around for years.

  7. I think you did great with the goals you set and finished and I absolutely love the poem you wrote. It really is beautiful. Good luck with your February goals. Judy

    1. Thank you so much Judy! I really appreciate your kind words. 🙂

  8. Wow! You have been BUSY! Congrats on completing your goals! I know what you mean about breaking the list down. I sometimes set up a weekly goal or two and it feels very manageable that way. Can’t wait to see your countertops and backsplash!

    1. Thanks Cecilia! February is going to be a fun month around here. I’m so looking forward to these projects.

  9. I like the idea of monthly goals. Your January makeovers are great.

    1. Thanks Marion! The monthly goals are really working for me. I can sometimes be a little all over the place with projects, and this seems to be keeping me much better focused. We’ll see how February goes.

  10. You are doing the exact right thing in the middle of winter…accomplishing things inside! Great makeovers and goals met so far. Can’t wait to see the final reveal of your kitchen. I have not made any goals, other than get into a full room booth at the vintage warehouse I am renting in. Accomplished, as of February 1st! Now my goal is to sell, sell, sell so I can buy, buy, buy! Until I get both wrists with carpel tunnel taken care of, there won’t be any makeovers in my immediate future 🙁

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I’m so sorry to hear about your carpel tunnel problems. I had a wrist issue a couple of years ago and wore a brace for quite some time. It worked itself out after a few months and I have no idea what caused it. I wish you all the best with your booth and your wrists. 🙂