Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The List: Starting 2014 right

To Do List

It's been awhile since I've shared a To-Do List update. The last update I gave was right before we dove into our master suite renovation in October  (which we're still toiling away on), so I think that means it's time for another update to start out the new year!

Here's where we're at.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Remodel

Replace or repaint handrail/railing
Close in the room; build a wall & put up a sliding door
Take down sheetrock and re-insulate whole floor
Build a master bathroom!
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, Console Table or "Built-in Bookshelf" behind the couch.

Dining Room

Dining Room Collage

Replace sheetrock (+ mud and paint) dining room wall that was taken down during remodel
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

Ikea Guest Bedroom Update Collage
Clean carpet
Remove door, replace with sliding door for space
Determine style & color scheme. Freshen up decor & bedding.
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

White Christmas

Replace all the burnt out light bulbs - there's a lot! 
Paint or replace all brass handles with bronze ones
Hire electrician to rewire basement & new master suite (or whole house?)
Get our scary-old electrical panel replaced
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


I don't have a winter photo of our backyard, so I'll just have to dream of summer with this one. 

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
We've got a BIG year ahead of us with a lot of things to take care of, but boy will it be nice once we've got our master suite remodel done. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

What does your to-do list for 2014? Is it as long as ours? Anything fun you're looking forward to?

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  1. Your home looks beautiful! I love how you incorporate pops of color in every room. I'm looking forward to seeing you tackle this list!

  2. may i suggest in the downstairs bath, that you rehang the mirror so that it's centered over the vanity, and lower it? it seems like it's way too close to the light right now, and it's much too far to the left of center.

    though i see that the light is also pretty far off centered, so hmmm. :/

  3. your home looks fabulous already kayla, don't worry girl we all have "the never ending list"☺


  4. I think a new garage door should be installed this year. You still have lots of things to renovate in your place, but I think it's best to prioritize the facade of your house. Repainting can also be considered for your garage door, but it's only advisable when you think the door itself is still efficient. Well, I’ll be looking forward to seeing all these plans materialize in the next months. :)

    Marcia Griffith @ AAAGarageDoorInc.com

  5. Oh my gosh you've brought back haunting memories of our To Do List of 2012 & 2013. I feel your pain and exhaustion as I remember the excitement every time I put a line through one of the items on the list. Hang in there...it feels so good when you get to the bottom of the list! Ha, is there ever an "end to the list" when you're a DIYer as I sit here drawing up plans for a master bedroom closet makeover. LOL Kudos to you - your house looks great!

  6. I blogged about my 2014 house list and it's big, but not near as big as yours! We will overwhelm ourselves together!

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  7. I am in love with the mint color that you used of you living room. It is very retro but also relaxing. It feels like a very beach-like color but it also seems like something that could be used in Chicago. I do not know where in my house I could put that color of paint but I want it.

    Giovanni @ Coastal Contract Hardware