Upcoming Projects

Studies show that people who publicly announce their resolutions are more likely to keep them. Over the past few years we've accomplished a lot, but we have a lot more we'd like to do! Some of these things are for the short term, others for the long term, but we'll just keep slowly plugging away. 

  1. Have electrician add circuits, bring up power to rooms, add outlets
  2. Have plumber replace broken piping, fix bathroom drain, and install bathroom fixtures
  3. Install a programmable thermostat
  4. Install new carpeting on stairs, upstairs hall, and in master
  5. Build radiator boxes with screens and reflector shields for all radiators123456789, 10, 11
  6. Replace windows throughout the house (eventually)

  1. Tile the shower stall floor to ceiling with white subway tile
  2. Install new vanity, have the plumber hook up the sink and faucet
  3. Install a new medicine cabinet
  4. Install new bathroom hardware - towel rods, etc.
  5. Have the plumber install new shower and bath fixtures
  6. Replace the vanity light
  7. Fix up and repaint linen closet
  8. Sand and repaint shower curtain rod
  9. Scrape, sand, prime, paint the bathroom window sill and trim
  10. Cover window with film for privacy, install roman shade
  11. Repair plaster walls, prime and paint
  12. Re-glaze the bathtub
  13. Add vinyl molding to the top of shower tile
  14. Add crown molding around the room
  15. Reorganize linen closet, fix shelves to accomodate cart
  16. Add vent fan to pull moisture from the bathroom
  17. Repair ceiling, paint the ceiling with a color tint

  1. Replace current worn out counter tops with butcher block
  2. Replace backsplash with leftover subway tile
  3. Paint cabinets White Dove
  4. Fill current hardware holes with wood filler, drill new holes and install new cabinet hardware
  5. Remove strange table-height counter top
  6. Replace kitchen sink
  7. Replace kitchen faucet 
  8. Repair plaster, prime and paint walls
  9. Replace country style sconce with utilitarian spotlight 
  10. Scrape and repaint windows, install new curtain hardware 
  11. Add crown molding
  12. Add a kitchen island for additional counter space 
  13. Paint ceiling with color tint to make trim pop
  14. Build radiator cover for radiator
  15. Add shallow shelving above radiator cover
  16. Figure out how to add in a microwave and dishwasher... most likely this will require a redo the kitchen (eventually), but a girl can dream that there's a cheaper ingenious solution out there... 

Front Yard/Porch:
  1. Replace side door for energy efficiency (and bringing in the dryer)
  2. Add landscaping - plants and  trees
  3. Remove the fencing in the side yard and front yard
  4. Paint front door dark gray
  5. Add a door knocker to front door
  6. Add a doorbell to front door
  7. Install house numbers in the front
  8. Replace ceiling light on front porch
  9. Add a motion sensor lantern light and additional outlet to side door
  10. Finish and seal mahogany on front porch
  11. Repaint mailbox  and Repaint Mailbox post
  12. Repair and repaint front porch posts and stairs
  13. Refresh paint on posts, stairs and re-oil mahogany flooring
  14. Install shutters on front windows (4)
  15. Add a trash can shed to hide the trash cans on the driveway
  16. Move mailbox next to driveway (so parked cars stop blocking it and infuriating our mailman)
  17. Create a garden around the new mailbox
  18. Replace the rotting porch posts and stairs with composite 
  19. Replace storm door with one that's full glass
  20. Add window boxes (2 in downstairs windows)
  21. Add a sconce light next to front door for more light

  1. Add sliding doors in dining room out to backyard
  2. Build a deck in the backyard from sliding doors, stain deck
  3. Add slates to the bottom of the deck stairs
  4. Add additional fence pieces with a gate and a driveway gate to finish the fencing in the backyard
  5. Build raised garden beds behind the garage 
  6. Build a patio around the deck
  7. Repair cracks and seal driveway
  8. Get a grill
  9. Build a compost binBuild a bigger compost bin
  10. Build a pergola over part of the patio
  11. Build a trellis against pergola, plant vines for shade
  12. Style outdoor pergola space: seating, curtains, lanterns, smaller table, etc. 
  13. Add lattice pieces below deck to finish it, build a lattice door for under-deck storage
  14. Add lighting around deck and patio
  15. Buy and setup a swing set for Oliver
  16. Rectify water problem in the back with trees (in progress)
  17. Build a rain barrel
  18. Place a small arbor/archway over garden path, plant a climbing rose for decoration

Stairwell and Upstairs Hall:
  1. Paint stairwell Edgecomb Gray
  2. Install attic drop-down ladder and new door
  3. Install new carpeting in hallway and stairs
  4. Repair wallpaper with new roll, paint hallway Edgecomb Gray 
  5. Decide on and hang wall art in upstairs hall
  6. Build a gallery wall of photos and art going up stairwell wall
  7. Add lighting to stairwell (long pendants)
  8. Replace hanging brass light with new one to match stairwell
  9. Repaint the trim and doors
  10. Repair cracks and paint ceiling
  11. Add crown molding
  12. Replace roller shade with blinds, rehang curtains

Master Bedroom:
  1. Demo the current master bedroom closets and built-in
  2. Have carpenter add doorway in master bedroom, convert hallway into closet
  3. Install new carpeting in master bedroom
  4. Sand, repair plaster, prime and paint new closet interior
  5. Paint the master bedroom Palladian Blue, paint ceiling a light blue tint
  6. Add ceiling fan in master bedroom
  7. Add master closet lighting, shelving and flooring
  8. Add outlets and light switches in master bedroom
  9. Add new window blinds 
  10. Install curtain rods
  11. Find floor length mirror
  12. Find and put up matching curtains 
  13. Get a new dresser to replace the brown one
  14. Put up picture ledge over my dresser
  15. Find matching nightstands 
  16. Add crown molding

Oliver's Room:

  1. Paint the ceiling dark blue
  2. Add crown molding
  3. Put together twin bed and find bedding
  4. Decorate the room (artwork, etc.)
  5. Find new window treatments 

Office (now Oliver's Room):
  1. Paint the office Weston Flax
  2. Sand, plaster, prime and paint closet interior, sand cedar walls to refresh the smell
  3. Add closet lighting
  4. Add second closet shelf
  5. Replace overhead light fixture with ceiling fan
  6. Add additional electrical outlets
  7. Remove carpeting
  8. Install new beige carpeting 
  9. Replace roller shades with blinds
  10. Hang curtain rods and curtains
  11. Paint office ceiling
  12. Add organizational shelving
  13. Decide on and hang wall art

Nursery for the new baby:
  1. Build built-in bookcase
  2. Add crown molding
  3. Build pocket shelves
  4. Put up wallpaper
  5. Set up gallery wall of art prints
  6. Assemble crib
  7. Refinish rocking chair
  8. Refinish dresser
  9. Put up window treatments
  10. Make a Mobile (and then a smaller one)
  11. Decorate and accessorize the room
  12. Make accommodations for a growing kid: toddler bed
  13. Replace the mobile with a new one
  14. Update artwork and decorations
  15. Rebuild the crib

Guest Bedroom (now The Nursery):
  1. Paint guest bedroom 
  2. Paint guest room ceiling
  3. Sand, plaster, prime and paint closet interior
  4. Add closet lighting
  5. Add second shelf in closet
  6. Add overhead ceiling fan
  7. Add additional outlets 
  8. Replace mismatched molding
  9. Remove carpeting
  10. Have new carpet installed
  11. Replace roller shade with blinds
  12. Hang curtain rods and curtains

Dining Room:
  1. Paint dining room Salisbury Green
  2. Replace dining room windows with sliding glass doors
  3. Install curtain rods and curtains in dining room
  4. Install picture ledges in dining room
  5. Hang bamboo shade in living room
  6. Install hooks in dining room by sliding doors
  7. Spray paint chandelier oil rubbed bronze
  8. Add a big 9x12 rug under the table 

Living Room:
  1. Paint living room Rockport Gray
  2. Install wallpaper and molding in living room
  3. Replace ugly outdated ceiling light in living room
  4. Install bamboo shades on windows
  5. Install curtain rods and curtains in living room
  6. Move sun room light switch from living room to sun room
  7. Find and buy console table
  8. Find new couch and move current couch to sun room
  9. Replace coffee table with new one
  10. Temporarily replace coffee table with toddler friendly ottoman
  11. Refinish the marble table, the wood side table, the other wood side table
  12. Figure out a new seating solution/couch that holds 2 adults, 1+ toddlers/kids, dog
  13. Find second rug for behind the couch/console table, or one giant rug
  14. Swap out black outlets for fresh white ones
  15. Build built-in bookcases on living room wall by the sun room/playroom
Sun Room (now the Playroom):
  1. Paint sun room Palladian Blue
  2. Install thermal shades in sun room (it's boiling hot in there!)
  3. Fix and replace hardware on sun room doors
  4. Replace ugly ceiling light in sun room with chandelier 
  5. Decorate the room and add a rug 
  6. Refinish the family kitchen set 
  7. Refinish the family rocking chair 

Half Bath:
  1. Repair plaster walls
  2. Replace missing wall, reinstall sink
  3. Paint bathroom walls
  4. Install wallpaper
  5. Replace ugly medicine cabinet with a new one
  6. Replace light fixture, add a light switch instead of a pull cord
  7. Install drop ceiling to accommodate new pipes in ceiling from upstairs bath
  8. Repair and repaint window, install roman shade
  9. Install new bathroom hardware (towel rods, etc)
  10. Install bathroom shelving
  11. Add artwork to walls
  12. Build radiator cover 

Basement and Basement Stairwell:
  1. Install shelving in the basement
  2. Organize the basement
  3. Replace the hot water heater 
  4. Figure out how to live without a coat closet or build a substitute 
  5. Install a freezer chest in basement, add an outlet
  6. Reorganize the super messy basement AGAIN, move heat-safe stuff to attic, downsize
  7. Rearrange furniture, storage, etc. 
  8. Block off utilities/safety hazards in the "living space"
  9. Improve basement lighting
  10. Paint basement stairwell walls
  11. Install hooks and cubby shelf in basement stairwell
  12. Add light in basement stairwell (it's so dark!)
  13. Replace ugly furnace switch 
  14. Paint stairwell stairs a darker color (white shows all dirt)

  1. Install attic drop-down ladder and new door
  2. Install attic fan
  3. Add new attic insulation to floor
  4. Board up attic floor with plywood so we can store stuff up here
  5. Add light(s) in the attic and an electrical outlet
  6. Build safety railing around door opening

  1. Paint garage door
  2. Paint the outside walls of the garage (I did the front for now)
  3. Replace side door to garage (the frame is completely rotted)
  4. Clean out and organize the inside of the garage (AGAIN)
  5. Build garage shelving 
  6. Set up a work bench/wood shop area for building things
  7. Fill garage floor with cement
  8. Build floating pergola over front of the garage door 
  9. Bring electricity out to the garage