05 Jan

A DIY Baker’s Dozen ~ Bucket List Projects Revealed

I’ve found when working on projects that what I see isn’t quite what others may see when looking at the same thing. That’s especially true when I am über focused on the project subject and not at all on its peripheral environment. It’s amazing how the naked eye will completely overlook things like dirty dishes or a rogue sock but the camera – well the camera doesn’t lie.

Once I realized this phenomenon, I started taking photos (of absolutely everything) and practicing the whole “outside looking in” exercise to gain perspective. I also became a crop-master.

The other day I ran around the house snapping photos of my unmentionables {you know, those spots in my house that *just* narrowly escape the camera lens} posting them to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as my 2013 Bucket List.

If you missed those posts here they are again:

Underneath (one of the) kitchen cabinet(s) Bucket List Trash Cabinet
Project Complete!)

Dining room table top (find out how I did this here) Bucket List Dining Room Table

Dining chair cushions
Bucket List Chair Cushions

Master closet – his side
Bucket List His Closet

Master closet – her side (yes, my shirts are color coordinated) Bucket List Her Closet

Bedside tables
Bucket List Bed Side Table

Bedroom nook
Bucket List Bedroom Nook

Boring board & batten walls Bucket List Built Ins

Ripped out closet (future mudroom) Bucket List Mudroom

Laundry area
Bucket List Laundry Room

Office closet
Bucket List Office Closet

Teenager’s wall (of shame) Bucket List Kids Wall

These were taken with my smart phone so the quality isn’t the greatest (sorry! I’m working on that as we speak). Perhaps that’s for the best considering the subject content.

These are the projects highlighted on my ever expanding To Do List that just never seem to get done. (They are also the areas of my home no one who visits ever gets to see.) I thought maybe photographing them – thereby exposing my secrets to the world – would entice me to actually get ‘er done. I also plan to print them out & post them on my office wall so I don’t pretend they don’t exist keep ignoring them.

On Monday Thursday, I am planning to post the first reveal of one of these projects (most likely the easiest one to knock out & feel accomplished but we’ll see!) so be sure to subscribe/link up to be witness to the first completed project of 2013!

Enjoy your weekend!

8 thoughts on “A DIY Baker’s Dozen ~ Bucket List Projects Revealed

  1. Haha! I'm with Pia…I think I may do a photo Honey-Do list and start posting them on the fridge! This is great for those of us that don't "see" the areas that need work after seeing them for so long. Thanks for sharing!

    • How right are you? I am a tunnel-vision expert. What mess? I don't see it (as I step over it 200 times a day!) Let me know how that pictoral To Do list works for ya! 🙂

  2. I think we all have areas like that!! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my bucket list and linking me back to yours!! Just added you on G+ so now I can see if you follow your bucket list like I have yet to follow mine 😉



  3. I love the idea of taking photographs to gain perspective. I really need to do this. I'll bet you anything that a WHOLE lot of stuff that I've been putting off will get done then.

    • Now that Pinterest allows for "Secret Boards" I'm thinking I'll post all of my "befores" in there all at once. That way I don't forget to take them when the mood hits me to actually DO a project and I won't have to remember where I left the camera. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by & commenting. It means a lot to me!

  4. What a great idea to take photos of to do projects! I think I am going to do this for my husband (for all those projects he keeps telling me will get done next week-end….)

    Thanks for sharing.



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