Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A To-Do List Update

The To-Do List

It's been a slow winter on the home remodeling front. The cold weather (its -6 degrees today...) has cursed us with lack of motivation as well as the impossibility of truly doing much since Justin's 'work station' is out in the unheated garage.

But none the less, we've been making some progress. Albeit slow progress.

Here's a glimpse as to where we're at on our never ending to-do list

Immediate List
Master Bedroom - DONE! 
Tear down bedroom/living room wall for a master bedroom
                Sheetrock connecting walls
                Rewire electrical
                Sheetrock (?) ceiling
                Fix floors so they don’t creak
Re-carpet
Paint
Move hanging bars away from wall/ceiling in closet
Make jewelry holder/frame for closet wall – using a tie rack instead!

Dining Room/Living Room
Tear down wall for one, big living-dining space
Fix flooring
Sheetrock connecting walls
                Rewire electrical
                Move heating vents
Fix storage closet door so it stays on the track
Paint the room one color
Replace the dining room light fixture or spray paint current one
Paint lamp to match color palette
Paint frames & artwork to match color palette
Make/paint the big letter J for above TV
Paint end table to match color palette

Kitchen
Fix terrible pipes/plumbing under sink – THIS WEEK!
Fix broken and loose door handles
Fix sheet rock in uneven spots
Paint or tile backsplash
Fix broken drawer in refrigerator
Paint/Replace track lighting 
Make/paint the EAT letters for above stove

Laundry/Half Bath
Fix/Buy new TP holder, reaffix to wall
Fix/Clean faucet so it doesn’t spray
Fix toilet handle
Paint problem spots on walls

Bathroom
Fix/Buy new TP holder, reaffix to wall
Fix broken faucet handle (can we fix this?)
Buy replacement sink plug
Fix door on cabinet (won’t stay closed)
Un-mildew-ify the ceiling
Replace overhead fan with a stronger one
Paint ceiling with mildew-resistant paint
Sand down walls (really bumpy and weird)
Paint walls with mildew resistant paint
Clean out grout on tile floor
Buy rug liner to hold floor mats in place

Guest Bedroom
Carpet Clean – NEXT MONTH!
Remove door, replace with sliding door for space
Paint
Set up room as a guest room, bed, dresser, etc.

Office
Carpet Clean – NEXT MONTH!
Fix handle on closet door
Set up room as an office. Hang shelves, etc
Make “built-ins” in that odd corner. Possible?
Add “Doggy Door” so dogs can hang out & not eat the entire house while we’re at work

Entire House
Replace all the burnt out light bulbs – there’s a lot!

Long Term List
Entire House
Paint or replace all the brass door handles with bronze ones
Hire electrician to re-wire entire house
                Involves taking down sheet rock in whole house…
Add-on in the back? Larger bedrooms/bath?

Bedroom
Replace or repaint handrail/railing
Put up a wall & door
Build a master bathroom!
Update trim
Add a window or two?
Buy or Make:
New mattress
Headboard
1-2 dressers
                Bench for the end of the bed, or chair
                Curtains

Dining Room/Living Room
Paint interior of front door to match with interior color palette
Replace the coat closet somewhere/how
Move front door 5+ feet to the right
Put in a new window in place of door
Take out strange beams in the walls. One smooth wall on all four sides.
Update trim
Put chair rail around the entire room
Crown molding?
Dining Room chair covers
Buy or Make:
                Couch –Gets delivered Friday!
                Coffee Table or Ottoman
                1-2 Arm Chairs
                Lamps
                Floor rug
                Curtains
                Side Table
               
Kitchen
Buy or Make:
New Fridge (since the renters broke the door…) Fixed!
Curtains for window

Guest Bedroom
Buy (or repurpose) all furniture

Office
Buy or Make:
                Room-sized desk & shelving
                Sofa bed or Daybed
                Floor mat for office chair

Bathroom
Frame out the mirror
            
Exterior
Fix or replace the broken back door
Replace tile in the back entrance
Paint walls in the back entrance
Pull out the tree growing in front yard (right next to the house)
Landscape front and back yard
New sidewalk to garage
Gut deck and rebuild with [not wood] or build a patio
Plant grass
Fix-up or rebuild garage
Buy or Make:
                Patio Furniture
                Outdoor Rug
                Grill
                Lawn Mower with bag
                Outdoor Storage Bin/Bench
                Flower pots for front door
                Flower pot for back door


Whew! We've still got a lot to do, but I'm optimistic about the Spring and Summer months. We'll get our butts in gear. But in the meantime, we've done what was necessary to make the home livable, so we're perfectly content hibernating until it starts to warm up! 

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