Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Home Reno Listy McListerson

Here is as photo tour of our new home along with a list of what we are dreaming to do for our future projects. This will become our "list document" to keep you, and ourselves, updated and moving forward in our home updates. Of course this will be a LONG work in progress and I suspect that this list will evolve, change, and grow as we travel along this reno journey, but it's a good spot to start and it helps both ourselves, and you to see the BIG vision that we have for our new home!
NOTE: This is a LONG post! You have been warned!
The Front Yard (40% complete)
Before - right after we bought it.
It isn't the greatest picture to really show the over growness (is that a word?) ... but you can see the two scraggly little pine trees that were blocking the beautiful rodedendrum bush and the random plants in the ivy. Also, a lot of the ivy around the edges was hanging over and looking pretty rough over all.
I actually cannot take ANY credit for the front yard. All of that goes to my handsome and muscular Paul Bunyon, the lumber man! 
Done: 
  • Trimmed the ivy 
  • No scraggly pine trees
  • Cleaned out stragglers in the Ivy
  • Cut down two low hanging branches from the front tree to allow for more sunlight and to see the house better from the road
  • Cleaned up the driveway 
To Do: 
  • Clean out the gutters 
  • Flower boxes off of the deck 
  • Paint the front door 
  • Match the garage door to the color of the house
Front Deck (5% Completed)
Done: 
  • Reinforce the railing with stronger screws (it's a little wobbly)  decided to just replace the whole thing
  • Obtain some deck furniture
  • Tear apart deck 
To do: 
  • Replace the wood on the deck (rotting) NOTE: Inherited reclaimed wood and will be replacing in the Spring Hang flower boxes off the front 
  • Create a box/create herb garden like this
  • Get some sort of lighting out there
                                    Back/Side Yard (45% Complete) 
    Done: 
    • Trimmed all the ivy in the rail ties 
    • Trimmed the bushes 
    • Mowed the lawn 
    • Spread out grass seed in patchy spots
    To Do: 
    • Spread mulch in the flower beds along the edge
    • Plant flowers in flower beds 
    • Get rid of/replace decrepit fence beside the deck 
    • Add flower boxes or hanging baskets to side mini-porch 
    • Clean out gutters
    Back Patio (45% Complete) 
    Done: 
    • Added Tiki Torches 
    • Swept  Sweep every day! stink.
    • Trimmed low hanging branches 
    • Trimmed Japanese Tree 
    • Trimmed Ivy on rail ties 
    • Got the ground lighting working from previous owner (will probably need replacing soon since it shorts) 
    • Hand me down Grill 
    • Hand me down patio furniture

    To Do: 
    • Some sort of drain system because water puddles lakes form on brick if it rains
    • Italian inspired hanging patio lights like this
    • Potted plants 
    • Firepit
    • Mulch along the edges 
    Side Walkway (90% Complete) 
    Done: 
    • Trimmed ivy back from the walk 
    • Raked rocks 
    • Removed sticks and logs 
    To do: 
    • Fix gutter crossing 
    • Add some taller plants to hid the neighbors fence 
    • Fix rock path so that the little rocks are not completly covering them 
    Front Entrance (0% Complete) 
    To do: 
    • Repaint all of the walls 
    • Paint the registers
    • Match the two mixing wood colors? Or change the stair wood color like this? Paint railing white? Put a runner down? Something with the stairs ...
    • Paint the door a bright color (yellow? teal?) similar entry to this orthis
    • Create a photo wall collage like this? OR wall paper with a bold design such as this or this
    Living Room (0% Complete)
    Done: 
    • Brought books up from the basement and added to bookshelves
    To Do: 
    • Repaint walls 
    • Add curtains and rods to the two sets of windows
    • Repaint the fireplace with a design like this
    • Get furniture! 
    • Replace gold fireplace cover 
    Dining Room (40% Complete) 
    To do: 
    • Paint the walls and ceiling
    • Paint the trim .. do a two-tone looks similar to this or this
    • New furniture - matching chair and table set, china hutch, low hutch like this with shelves??
    • Add fabric to the shutters 
    • Get rug
    Kitchen (80% Complete) 
    BEFORE: This is what it looked like when we moved in 
    Done: 
    • Removed cabinet doors 
    • Removed all hardware from doors and cabinets 
    • Cleaned 10 of the 28 door fronts with paint thinner 
    To do:
    • Sand all of the doors and cabinets 
    • Prime them 
    • Paint two coats of paint color (white) on the doors and cabinets 
    • Paint the walls (also white) 
    • Change countertops to ikea butcher block like this
    • Insert new sink
    • New light fixture over the sink 
    • New hardware
    • Put new backsplash in - subway tile 
    • Paint plain far wall 
    • Replace microwave (we have it in the basement already)
    • New floor rugs 
    • Replace stove, fridge, and dishwasher
    Hallway/Basement Stairs (0% Complete)  
    To do: 
    • Remove saloon doors  (I apologize Johnny Depp, you will no longer be finding a western bar in our basement ...) 
    • Tear off wall paper going down to the basement
    • Repaint the walls 
    • Replace the little sign on the bathroom door 
    • Re-shelve the kitchen pantry (add shelf paper etc. like this
    • Repaint the doors thinking something bright like this on at least one of the doors ?? 
    • Add art to the walls 
    • Change the light fixture 
    • Hang something on the walls - Similar to this or this ??
    Main Microscopic Half Bath  (0% Complete) 
    To Do: 
    • Remove the awful shell wall paper 
    • Repaint the wall above the tile 
    • Lower the mirror (I think giants lived here before us - I can't even see my forehead in this mirror!)
    • Replace the scary light fixture!
    • Build/create a little shelf to hold the soap better 
    • Repurpose the towel rack and hand towl ring black
    • Hand towel
    • Curtains over the toilet - thinking yellow? 
    Family Room (0% Complete) 
    To Do: 
    • Remove shelving units doors 
    • Clean doors with paint thinner 
    • Sand doors and cabinets
    • Prime doors and cabinets
    • Repaint the shelving unit and doors white
    • Open up the wall between the kitchen and family room 
    • Replace all the hardware on the shelving unit 
    • Put paper up inside the cupboards
    • Purchase curtain for the sliding glass door and other two sets of windows 
    • Repaint the walls (not sure on a color yet) 
    • Purchase an area rug 
    • Purchase furniture including a couch and TV stand 
    • New lighting fixtures 
    Upstairs Bathroom (0.5% Complete) 
     Done: 
    • Replaced shower curtain hooks (the ones right now fall off every two seconds!) 
    To Do: 
    • Remove wallpaper above tile 
    • Repaint white green
    • New Towels
    • Replace cabinet over toilet 
    • Add trash can 
    • Add mini shelf for soap, toothbrushes, etc. 
    • Organize bathroom closet like this :)
    • New bathroom rugs that match and are less decrepit! 
    Master Bedroom (0% Complete) 
    To Do: 
    • Repaint the walls and shelf unit (I am thinking of keeping the two toned look but changing the color) 
    • Purchase an area rug
    • create cushion for window seat
    • Unpack books and place in shelves 
    • Purchase and put up curtains or blinds for the three sets of windows (especially the one over our bed)
    • New Bedspread eventually 
    • Sitting chair, side table, lamp? 
    Office/Craft Room (10% Completed) 
    Done: 
    • Unpacked and set up desk, bookshelves, and craft table (my old island)
    To Do: 
    • Remove wall paper - all three layers of it!
    • Repaint (not sure on the color) 
    • Change the light fixture 
    • Add area rugs 
    • Create closet space similar to this 
    • Create craft space like this or this
    Guest Room #1 (0% Completed) 
    To Do: 
    • Remove wall paper 
    • Repaint (not sure on the color) Thinking a design like this (I even own those curtains!) or this
    • Purchase furniture, bed dresser, night stand, lamp
    Guest Room #2 (0.5% Completed) 
    Done: 
    • Unpacked clothes and shoes into closet (I am using the walk-in in this room as my closet)
    To Do: 
    • Repaint (not sure on the color) Thinking a design like this or this 
    • Purchase furniture, bed, dresser, night stand, lamp
    So there she is. Our newest baby - and what a lot of plans we have for her! Thanks for peeking into our lives and our home. We will be making updates to this list often, and hope that you tune in to the posts we do as we tackle each project!