Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Our massive house to do list

Although I've been chipping away at it little by little since we moved in last year, our to do list is still enormous. Of course, when we decided that we were going to do our best to stay here forever (we'll see how those stairs are treating us in fifty years) it got a lot longer. There are lots of things that I wanted to do that I wouldn't have done if we were going to sell in five years or so.

So I thought I'd post the most current version of the to do list here, partially to give you guys a peek into our plans and partially so I have a record of it all. I'll try to include stuff that's already been done, if I remember it. I know that the “to be done” part is going to be a lot longer, though. I'll try and break it down into sections and not be too wordy. Easier said than done.

Crossed out is done, red is in progress, and plain text is not started yet.

Exterior (including front yard)
1. paint the house a gray-blue
2. paint the shutters dark charcoal or dark navy blue
3. make a “no soliciting” sign
4. hang the new front door
5. add shutters to lower level windows?
6. do stacked stone around front door to make entry stand out
7. beef up the column to the right of the driveway
8. add a half column against the house at the edge of the concrete entry pad
9. add a screened porch where the deck off the back door is
10. cut down bushes in front
11. add a pathway next to the driveway
12. make a small hanging sign with address numbers to hang at the front of the garage?
13. add flowers in pink rock bed next to front door
14. add impatiens bed around maple tree
15. edge impatiens bed with stone

1. paint walls and trim
2. replace railing with wood—white spindles, gunstock-stained handrail (maybe)
3. faux paint stair treads to look like wood
4. paint stair risers white
5. faux paint entry floor to look like tile
6. eventually replace faux painted floor with actual tile
7. faux paint floor at bottom of the stairs
8. make electric candle sconces to hang next to mirror

Living Room
1. paint walls and trim
2. build half wall (floor to ceiling) to take place of half of the railing
3. make wall unit out of plumbing parts and old boards with X-pattern on the sides, maybe baker's rack or hutch/buffet style
4. make two bolster pillows for either end of sofa
5. make four throw pillows for the sofa—felt ruffled pillow, embroidered linen pillow and ??
6. hang gallery wall
7. large area rug
8. paint door frame between living room and kitchen pink
9. hang floating shelves (2/3)
10. paint armchair pink
11. make chair cover for pink armchair
12. make chair cover for bentwood chair
13. make one throw pillow for each side chair
14. spray paint garage sale lamps for console
15. find a side table and paint green

Kitchen/Dining Room
1. paint walls and trim
2. paint cabinets
3. find something to hold the microwave
4. paint rug for under the table
5. paint two chairs red
6. replace carpet with sticky tile
7. replace sticky tile with ceramic tile
8. replace chairs with fully upholstered chairs—upholster with fabric covered with vinyl?
9. replace current cabinets with cabinets that go to the ceiling, with Shaker-style inset doors
10. replace sink and faucet
11. replace countertops
12. install under cabinet lighting
13. install two new ceiling fans
14. take out cabinets near door and built floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet
15. change shelves at the end of the peninsula to something more bookcase-like, with sides

1. tear out linen closet, kitchen pantry, and bathroom closet; add powder room where linen closet and pantry currently are or make main bathroom larger
2. make a door opening from bathroom to our room and close up current opening
3. move bathtub plumbing so it's against the exterior (build a small “bump out” to hold plumbing so it's not actually against an exterior wall)
4. build smaller vanity and top with antique butcher block and white ceramic vessel sink
5. retile shower with 4x4 white tile in running bond pattern, edged with white subway tiles
6. replace shower doors with curtain
7. build small storage closet that looks like an antique cabinet; paint blue or turquoise
8. make terrycloth bath mat
9. paint walls dark brown
10. paint or replace floor
11. paint vanity

1. paint artwork for end of hall
2. paint walls and trim
3. hang globe light fixture
4. frame and mat antique postcards with typed transcriptions underneath; gold frames, navy blue mats

Master Bedroom
1. paint walls and trim
2. make new curtains
3. make new curtain rods
4. hang new curtain rods
5. hang shades—painted roller shades, maybe
6. find a table for B's side of the bed
7. make a ladder from bamboo, stand in corner behind peacock chair and hang antique linens over it
8. find artwork to hang over dresser
9. make Instructables Moresque hanging lamps for either side of the bed
10. make tall upholstered button-tufted headboard with grass green cotton duck from Hancock
11. repair Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
12. make pillowcases with crochet trim
13. make pillow shams
14. make one or two throw pillows
15. small rug for main part of the room?
16. change closet doors to either bifold doors or doors that open out into the room instead of sliding doors

Yaya's Room
1. paint walls and trim
2. do paintings of Batman heroes and villains
3. find a second lamp or buy a new set of matching lamps
4. refinish dresser top, repaint dresser bottom
5. get new pulls for dresser
6. find a rug—painted berber?
7. nightstand—something wood-toned, possibly floating?
8. move desk out or get smaller corner desk
9. buy or build a bookcase to fit under the window
10. change closet doors to either bifold doors or doors that open out into the room instead of sliding doors

Mr. Man's Room
1. paint walls and trim
2. cover window
3. build cornice from foam core, cover with green fabric from Hobby Lobby
4. hang faux Roman shade, made from white fabric with green ribbon trim
5. make a few Amish puzzle balls in different sizes
6. make two floor cushions from Living With Punks
7. make weighted blanket
8. have him paint three abstract canvases and hang
9. hang Japanese paper lanterns from the ceiling?

Toy Room
1. put up shelving—the only placement I'm sure of is one shelf low to the floor, maybe 12-18” from the floor
2. build play kitchen
3. make new curtains
4. make activity board for Mr. Man

1. paint floorcloth for under cutting table
2. build wall to separate studio from rest of basement
3. paint walls pale pink
4. reuse baseboard from upstairs
5. figure some configuration of furniture using Ana White's Modular Office Collection

1. add screened porch (three season porch)
2. tear up cement patio
3. lay patio of pavers alternated with squares of grass in a checkerboard pattern?
4. remove landscaping timbers; replace with either stacked stone walls or just leave open
5. put square lattice with access door around bottom of deck
6. move perennials around
7. take out landscaping timbers
8. rabbit-proof garden bed

Whole House/Multiple Rooms:
1. replace windows
2. replace baseboard with something more substantial
3. add crown molding
4. replace doors with five panel doors

One hundred and twenty-four items total, which should keep me busy for a decade or so. I don't even want to think about the total cost.


  1. holy schmoleys! i thought my list was massive!!! you go girl tackling that huge to do list!