New House; New To Do List

Here is the much anticipated house tour/to do plans (yes, this is for you Kim :-)).  We moved into this 1950s house at the end September 2013.  It has been a well loved house, but is in need of a little updating.  Especially the floors, as in I can vacuum the carpet everyday of the week and still get 1-3 canisters full of dust and dirt in just one or two rooms, ewww.  Plus, the air filter was BLACK (yes, black, not a gray, and definitely not a spot of white on it).  Anyway, the point is we have a lot of work in our future.  On to the “good stuff.”

Whole House

To Do:

  • New HVAC
  • Foundation repairs

Outside – Front

To Do:

  • Trim trees (well pay someone to do it)
  • Install new front door
  • Paint front door (bright green?  blue?  or more traditional red or black?)
  • Remove boxwoods
  • Remove raised beds
  • Add new plants under trees
  • Add new plants in beds in front of house
  • Add sprinkler system
  • Resod lawn
  • Paint house
  • Add furniture to porch (possibly rockers? bench? planters?)
  • Add outside lights under eves and on trees

Outside – Back

To Do:

  • Replace side fence and front gate
  • Have trees trimmed
  • Replace back fence
  • Replace gate – install motorized gate
  • Remove ivy and monkey grass
  • Remove unused wires under the eves
  • Fill in holes in brick and siding
  • Add a garden
  • Level patio or remove and add a deck
  • Fix cracks in driveway
  • Add sprinkler system
  • Resod/seed yard
  • Replace siding
  • Paint outside of house
  • Add a basketball goal, playscape or something else fun
  • Add furniture

Foyer

foyer

Foyer

To do:

  • Remove chipping faux brick tiles (possibly salvage original tile underneath for a while)
  • Replace front door
  • Replace door hardware with something more modern
  • Paint walls
  • New light fixture (possibly a drum shade? maybe homemade?)
  • Paint trim (possibly replace trim depending on it’s salvageability – there are places where the trim is flat paint and is chipping/peeling and does not match the rest of the house)
  • Install hardwoods
  • Remove chair rail (possibly add wainscoting)
  • Remove pillars, possibly add shoe shelves to the half wall
  • Widen doorway to family room
  • Widen walkway to living room
  • Add a pocket door to the bedrooms

Living Room

Living Room

To Do:

  • Paint walls
  • New window treatments
  • Create a console for large wall
  • Add overhead lights (recessed lights?)
  • Install hardwoods
  • Sand and paint trim

Dining Room

living room

To Do:

  • Paint walls
  • New window treatments
  • Replace chandelier
  • Install hardwoods
  • Sand and paint trim

Kitchen

kitchen

kitchen

kitchen

To Do:

  • New window treatment
  • Replace window
  • Add microwave
  • Replace fan with a new light
  • Sand and paint trim
  • Add recessed lights
  • Re-shelf pantry
  • Add a breakfast bar
  • New floor
  • New cabinets
  • New hardware
  • New countertops
  • New sink and faucet
  • New appliances (dishwasher, stove, oven, vent)
  • Possibly open up into the dining room or into the addition to add breakfast area

Family Room

family room

To Do:

  • Remove sconces (there is no switch for them, so you have to hand screw in the light bulb to turn them on, which is a little to hot for our tastes)
  • Have fireplace fixed so it’s useable
  • Paint
  • Repaint fireplace (the firebox was spray painted and there was some overspray)
  • Mount TV
  • Remove cabinet/bar
  • Add insulation and batch mirror cabinet
  • Repair paneling or replace it
  • Remove carpet
  • Install hardwoods
  • Sand and paint trim and doors
  • New mantle
  • Add recessed lights
  • Possibly take out the sides of the fireplace and add build-ins
  • Possibly redo fireplace (new stone or tile?)

Hallway

hallway

To Do:

  • Paint walls
  • Remove cabinets
  • Paint doors and trim
  • Add recessed lights
  • Remove carpet
  • Install hardwoods
  • Replace baseboards
  • Add hall closet (if possible)

Guest Room/Future Nursery

guest room

To Do:

  • New window treatments
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Sand and paint trim and doors
  • Install new light
  • Replace window
  • Replace carpet
  • Close in bathroom doorway
  • Add new closet (new shelves, new paint, etc.)

Jack and Jill Bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

To Do:

  • Replace window
  • Knock out and convert into closet
  • Turn into a hall bathroom (new tile, tub, vanity, toilet, hardware, etc)

Nursery

nursery

To Do:

  • New window treatments
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Sand and paint trim and doors
  • Install new light
  • Replace windows
  • Replace carpet
  • Remove cabinets behind door
  • New closet (new shelves, new paint, etc.)

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

To Do:

  • New window treatments
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Sand and paint trim and doors
  • Install new light
  • Replace side window
  • Replace carpet

Master Closet

master closet

To Do:

  • Remove cabinets
  • Replace floor
  • Remove shoe shelf
  • Repair wall (there is old termite damage)
  • Possibly combine with vanity area for a larger master bath/closet

Master Vanity, Bathroom/Hall Bath

Vanity

master bathroom

To Do:

  • Fix leaky faucet
  • Remodel bathroom (new vanity, toilet, tub, floors, lights, etc)
  • Close in doorway
  • Repair wall (old termite damage)

Addition

Addition

Addition

To Do:

  • Repair shelves in closet
  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim and doors
  • Add A/C to room
  • New lights and fan
  • Replace back door and hardware
  • Replace windows

Laundry Room

laundry room

To Do:

  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint wall
  • Replace garage door (it has a window right now, so weird)
  • Replace double doors with a pocket door or single door
  • Sand and paint trim and doors
  • Replace cabinets and add a “table top”
  • Replace floors
  • Possibly add a sink
  • Add in little nooks for purses, brief case, coats, and future backpacks 🙂

Garage

garage

To Do:

  • Remove cabinets
  • Move water heater to closet
  • Possibly level it (do you see the slope on the right?) – the garage door gaps there
  • Add a workbench
  • Add storage shelves

There you have it, our rough plan for turning our new house into our home.  Anybody else have fun house to home plans of their own?

The Buffet

The buffet is FINALLY fini! It was not that time consuming to finish, minus the crazy 1 hours turned 5 in reassembling it…

Here is the wonderful oak buffert before it’s makeover. Unfortunately I forgot to take true before pictures, so this one with the missing drawers and door will have to do. Yes, it took up my garage parking spot for a while…I don’t think I’ll have that spot back until all my crazy furniture pieces are finished, sniff, sniff…Back to the point, the dresser before:

BEFORE

PROGRESS - stained, still has a green bottom and no back

I’m very professional with my work you see, I use leftover cardboard to hold my dresser, drawers, and doors, see:

aw the wonders of using cardboard to better the world...uhh...furniture....

Alright, so here is what you have all been waiting for. Drum roll please…(thank you for all of those who banged there desks (banged, that sounds funny, maybe bunged sounds better??)).

AFTER - buffet

The colors are a little off in the picture above, so here’s a picture that better shows the colors, but it is kind of blurry.

AFTER - buffet

I really need to work on my shaky (non-flash) picture taking hands. Here’s a close up on the hardware. I LOVE these knobs.

AFTER - new knobs

Here’s a little side by side before and after picture for those who don’t like to scroll.

BEFORE - buffet

AFTER - buffet

Just a little improvement. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll have the shelves finished and mounted above the buffet to share. Progress, small or large is always nice.

Summer’s Half Way Over

Well, I thought I’d give a little update on the things I’ve completed or started working on for my summer to do list. Hopefully they are half way completed…

Things to complete this summer:
1. refinish the buffet – FINISHED!
2. refinish our “new” dresser (from craigslist) – started, I need to figure out the hardware and stain the legs once they come in
3. refinish my childhood furniture and move into the guest room – this is may be put on hold until the bed is done (please, honey :-))
4. complete “art” for office – COMPLETE
5. find a place for all of the gazillion photos in the office – they are sitting on the floor waiting to be hung and a few still need to be filled, it’s a slow process….
6. hang mirror above dresser in bedroom – still hanging above our mantle…I’ll move it once the new dresser is in
7. figure out art for above the mantle – Ordered a picture, waiting for it to come in
8. purchase new duvet for master bedroom (queen size really isn’t large enough for a queen bed, we’re going king…I don’t know what we’ll do if we upgrade to a king though…) – Ordered, waiting for it to come in. The comforter has been sitting our bedroom for a month now waiting on this. I was just a little indecisive (but it paid off, because it was on sale!!).
9. create headboard and footboard for master bedroom – once our dresser’s finished I plan to start this (yes, dear I will need you too)
10.  sew curtains for master bedroom (I need to purchase fabric first) – Postponed. I have yet to find something I really like for in there.
11. get everything on our new computer and consolidate – started, I still need to move things over from my old, old computer and a few more CDs…EKK!
12. be more consistent with budgetting – need to get info from Chase to start this
13. post at least 3 times a week on blog (and keep this up when school starts back) – sort of accomplished this more like 1-3 times a week. I’ll get there…I become kind of boring in the summertime. I think it’s the lack of human interaction (not sure I could do the stay at home mom thing).
14. work out at least 3 times a week – fail…I have been walking/jogging in the neighborhood more though, so it’s progress.
15. catch up on brothers & sisters (I’m on season 3 right now and just can’t stop) – DONE! I just have to wait for season 5 to become available on Netflix to finish the series. 
16. find something to volunteer with (I use to do this ALL the time and now that I’m a “grown-up” I just don’t. I think I shall try to remedy this soon) – not yet
17. read at least one “grown-up” book (being an elementary teacher I tend to read mainly children novels) – fail for now…I’ve got a few ready

I  need start adding a few posts on here since I’ve accomplished a few things on this list and started a few more. I’ve been working on using shutterfly for my photos instead of flickr. I’m about to run out of storage on flickr already…I will be updating the “our house” page once I complete this transition.

I’ve added a few more things on my to do list that I will post about in the following weeks. I really have enjoyed refinishing furniture: I think I’ve found a new hobby (yes, dear, I will try to only work on pieces of furniture we already own for now or I acquire very cheaply).

 

Anyone else accomplished any goals? Or set any goals recently?

Advise Needed: Dresser

As part of my summer to do list I am working on our Craig’s List dresser we purchased in May. I’ve figured out what color I’m going to stain it (darker brown with a hint of red, if it goes according to plan…there have been a few kinks, but I’m working on it) and the legs (I think), but I have no clue what type of hardware to put on it. HELP?!?!

Here’s the dresser (before stain):

And I believe I want a leg like this:

Anyone have any ideas? I had been thinking possibly something like this:
1. a ledge on top as a handle like this Crate and Barrel dresser (I think I can recreate this type of pull)

2.  Or some more curvy ledge pulls (I love this type, but have NO idea how to recreate, anyone?!?)
 3. Or add some hardware like these
I just want something that will stay in style for awhile, which is why I think I’m leaning a certain direction already….Anyone else have any ideas (I’m up for other suggestions too)? Or draw dilemmas of your own? 

Summer To Do:

David always gives me a hard time about summer. He says that he does not understand how someone can be so productive for ten months and then basically fall off the face of the earth when summer rolls around. So, I am going to make a list of things I need to accomplish before I head back to work in August.

Things to complete this summer:
1. refinish the buffet
2. refinish our “new” dresser (from craigslist)
3. refinish my childhood furniture and move into the guest room
4. complete “art” for office
5. find a place for all of the gazillion photos in the office
6. hang mirror above dresser in bedroom
7. figure out art for above the mantle
8. purchase new duvet for master bedroom (queen size really isn’t large enough for a queen bed, we’re going king)
9. create headboard and footboard for master bedroom
10.  sew curtains for master bedroom (I need to purchase fabric first)
11. get everything on our new computer and consolidate
12. be more consistent with budgetting
13. post at least 3 times a week on blog (and keep this up when school starts back)
14. work out at least 3 times a week
15. catch up on brothers & sisters (I’m on season 3 right now and just can’t stop)
16. find something to volunteer with (I use to do this ALL the time and now that I’m a “grown-up” I just don’t. I think I shall try to remedy this soon)
17. read at least one “grown-up” book (being an elementary teacher I tend to read mainly children novels)
18. install a pool in our back yard

WOW!! I keep thinking of more things that I want to do…maybe I need to save some of those for the fall or next summer. I’m starting to sound WAY too over zealous. And I’m totally KIDDING about the pool. I was just wondering if David will actually read this thing.

Anybody else enjoy projects? Maybe a good summer novel? Lounging by the pool?