Wednesday, September 25, 2013

To Do List, Pre-Renovation

To Do List

It's been awhile since I've shared a To-Do List update. And since we're getting ready to dive into our master suite renovation, I figured it's time to share an update on our never ending list!

We've got a big few months in front of us.

Master Bedroom


Replace or repaint handrail/railing
DURING REMODEL: Close in the room; build a wall & put up a sliding door
DURING REMODEL: Take down sheetrock and re-insulate whole floor
DURING REMODEL: Build a master bathroom!
DURING REMODEL: Update stairs from master bedroom to first floor (remove carpet and finish stairs) 
Update trim
Tear down bedroom/living room wall for one big master bedroom
      Sheetrock connecting walls
      Rewire electrical
      Sheetrock ceiling
      Fix floors so they don't creak
Move hanging bars away from wall & ceiling in closet
Make a jewelry holder/frame for closet wall - using tie rack instead! 
Buy or Make:
      New mattress
      1-2 dressers
      Bench for end of bed
      Night tables

Living Room

Living Room Collage

Install board & batten or chair rail
Install hooks next to front door for a make-shift "mud room"
Paint interior of front door to match with color palette
Update trim
Crown molding?
Tear down walls 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 roomone color
Paint lamp to match color palette
Paint frames & artwork to match color palette
Make/paint the big letter J for above TV
Sand & re-stain entertainment center to match color palette
Paint leather entertainment boxes to match color palette
Buy or Make:
      Coffee Table
      End Table
      Area Rug
      1-2 Side Chairs
      Sofa Table or Console Table

Dining Room

Dining Room Collage

Install board & batten or chair rail
Update trim
Crown molding?
Dining Room chair covers? Replace chairs?
Replace light fixture or paint current one
Paint frames & artwork to match color palette


Kitchen Collage

Fix terrible pipes/plumbing under sink
Fix broken and loose cabinet door handles
Fix sheetrock in uneven spot
Tile backsplash
Fix broken door in fridge
Paint/Replace track lighting above stove
Make/paint EAT letters for above stove
Buy or Make:
      New Fridge (since the renters broke the door...) Fixed! 
      Curtains for window
      Rug & rug liner

Laundry/Half Bath

Laundry Collage

Fix/Buy new TP holder, reaffix to wall
Fix/Clean faucet so it doesn't spray
Fix toilet handle
New sink & vanity?
New mirror?
Install shelf just above the washer/dryer?

Downstairs Full Bathroom


Frame out mirror
Fix/Buy new TP holder, reaffix to wall
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
Paint walls with mildew resistant paint
Buy rug liner to hold floor mats in place 
Clean out grout on tile floor
      Replace sheetrock (current is really bumpy & weird, bubbles from the past owners showering too
          soon after painting?
      Replace water faucet

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom

Clean carpet
Remove door, replace with sliding door for space
Determine style & color scheme
Set up room as a guest room; bed, dresser, etc
Buy (or re-purpose) all furniture
Stop using as storage! Move junk out to the garage.

Office/Dogs Room


Carpet Clean
Fix handle on closet door
Set up room as an office, hang shelves, etc
Make built-ins in that odd corner
Add "Doggy door" so dogs can hang out there while we're at work
Buy or Make:
      Room-sized desk & shelving
      Sofa bed or daybed

Entire House


Replace all the burnt out light bulbs - there's a lot! 
Paint or replace all brass handles with bronze ones
DURING REMODEL: Hire electrician to rewire basement (or whole house?)
Install AC

Front Yard
Pull out the tree growing in the front yard (right next to the house)
Landscape - hire a consultant?
Aerate, level and seed the yard (it's SO uneven it's painful to even mow the lawn)
Replace house numbers
Replace screen/storm door
Paint front door
Paint shutters?
New dormat
Upgrade lighting
Paint fence around flower garden
Add/Upgrade flower pots (and actually use them!)
Create a sitting space on the front porch area (chairs & table?)

Back Yard


Fix or replace the broken back door
Replace tile in the back entrance
Paint walls in the back entrance
Landscape - hire a consultant?
      Add more privacy plantings - bushes, plants & flowers
New sidewalk to garage
Add a patio
Aerate, level and seed the yard (it's SO uneven it's painful to even mow the lawn!)
Fix-up or rebuild garage
      New garage door?
Set up a screen/projector for outdoor movies
Buy or Make:
      Patio Furniture
      Outdoor rug
      Lawn Mower with bag
      Outdoor storage bin/bench
      Flower pots
So who wants to help us cross off items on our list?! I'll take volunteers happily.

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  1. You guys have come such a long way! I have a love/hate relationship with my to-do lists. I can't live without them, but good LORD if I can ever get through them! Looks like you're crossing things off, good for you!!

    1. Thanks so much for saying that Melissa! We have come a long way, but looking at this list, it sure doesn't look like it! Ha.

  2. This is too cute! I love the color in the laundry room/half bath. I’d love for you to link it up at my link party, DIY Weekend!

    See you there!
    Miranda @ Mr. and Mrs. Winslett

  3. I need to create a to-do list like this. I just have this horribly long list stuck in my head that goes "need to work on this", "need to work on that", and "god I hate that light fixture".

  4. Having a pre-renovation list is a good idea, Kayla. It’s a nice way to keep things less stressful because everything is organized. You can easily keep track of your priorities. How is it, by the way?

    Homer @ Pinnacle Group

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