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The Big "TO DO" List: Part Two

It’s time for Part Two of our Big “TO DO” list. If you missed the first part, don’t worry you can catch up here.
I’ll start off with the floor plans of the home again for easy navigation:
Sunroom:
You can read a little bit about this room here and here’s a finished view of this room:
To do list:
  • Replace entry door to left
  • Find and refurbish a small dresser to be placed in room
  • re-upholster chairs
  • re-upholster couch
  • move buffet in Sunroom
  • pain walls/trim
  • install curtain rod
  • sew/install floor length curtains 
Main Bathroom:

To do list:

  • paint over the horrible sponge paint job (pictured above) crisp white walls pictured below
  • remove/replace towel bar
  • Eventually gut the entire bathroom and start from scratch.
The Office:
You can read about my office inspiration here. Don’t forget to check out my updates to the office here, here,  here and here.
To do list:
  • purchase office furniture
  • paint walls
  • paint ceiling
  • stain wood floors to match the rest of the house
  • update the window coverings
  • install a window valance
  • install wall shelving
  • update the ceiling fixture, chandelier?
Linen Closet (not pictured)
To do list:
  • install more shelving
  • paint the inside
  • organize
Master Bedroom:
To do list:
  • stain hardwood floors to match rest of hardwoods
  • paint walls (started to think about possibly re-painting??)
  • install draperies
  • make a headboard
  • add art to the walls
Spare Bedroom:
You can read more about this room and see before pictures here.
To do list:
  • replace blinds
  • remove wallpaper
  • paint walls
  • add a feature wall (stencil)?
  • stain hardwood floors to match rest of house
 
Hallway:

To do list:

  • paint doors and moldings
  • paint horizontal stripes on wall
  • add wedding photos
Well that pretty much sums up our “TO DO” list for the main level and exterior of our home. Are you ready for the basement “TO DO” list?? Stay tuned….

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The Big "TO DO" List: Part One

I’ve been putting this off I’ve been putting this off for a while and I’m ready to put it down on paper. The “TO DO” list; as in the wish big list for updates to the home. The husband and I bought our home in the summer of 2012 and didn’t move in until the end of the summer. I’m proud to say that we did accomplish a lot of things in 2013 but we have so many plans for this little house of ours.
Let me first start by saying how we got to this place. We started searching for a home in January 2012 in hopes of being able to have the keys in our hands by summer time, so that, depending on how the house is, we have time to do stuff to it before our September 2012 wedding. We searched homes in several different cities and probably looked at 30+ homes. When we stumbled upon ‘our’ home we both said ‘WOW’ as we walked in the door. We knew right then that we wanted to start our lives together in this little house. The house defiantly met our ‘must haves’, which were:
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • basement
  • newer roof, windows, hot water tank, furnace
  • not completely falling apart
  • charm
We got lucky in that our home was not only in our price range but on the lower end of our price range which is always a plus no matter what your budget is. We were also lucky enough to have a newer roof, windows and major appliances like the hot water tank (2 months old) and furnace (5 years old). One things we both agreed on was that we didn’t want to have to replace these major components right off the bat. Our home has gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the main level and a fairly newly remodeled kitchen (not my exact taste) and an old school looking main bathroom that works perfectly well. The owners prior to the people we purchased the home from did a TON of updates such as waterproofing the entire basement, finishing the basement, new windows, an addition (sunroom) and a newly remodeled kitchen. I would say we were pretty lucky for 23/24 year old’s just starting out.
We have completed a few little things here and there to our home and I’m really excited to do more in 2014. After living in our home for a whole year and surviving our first year of marriage I have a better sense of how our home works for us and what we would like to accomplish in our home.
Here is a little floor plan of our house for you so it’s easy to navigate:

Let’s get started:
Front of House:
I couldn’t even find a picture on my computer, camera or phones of just the front of the house. Do you believe that? I ended up getting this gem off of the real estate listing. I did block out our house numbers from you all. So this is our little house that we love so dearly. And the list of to do’s:
  • remove ivy from front left of house and clean up landscaping beds.
  • remove bush and other plantings on the front right, grow grass here.
Let me start by saying that we found our home in the dead of winter and didn’t know what it would look like come Spring/Summer. We were SHOCKED by what our house looked like when we got the keys. Needless to say, the homeowner did not have a green thumb or the time to call a landscaper to clean up! We spent the first 72 hours just cutting the grass (or weed grass) and ripping out weeds galore and just cleaning the place up. If you don’t believe me check out this picture of the front left landscaping bed:
The back of the house was even worse. Believe it or not but there was a pond back there:
To do list:
  • replace wooden fence and gate
  • re-route gutters/replace
  • fill in the pond with dirt (more room for the dogs) and level the area
  • remove overgrown landscaping
  • plant new landscaping
  • install new sod
Living Room/Front Entrance:
To do list:
  • install new ceiling light fixture by front door
  • paint inside of coat closet
  • remove window valance
  • re-cover window seat cushion
  • install TV above fireplace
  • paint brass/gold fireplace cover
  • get new furniture
  • add wall art
  • paint walls
Dining Room:
To do list:
  • replace ceiling fixture  (new fixture not shown)
  • paint walls
  • add knobs to the front doors
  • install floor to ceiling cabinets on right wall and build bench for seating
Kitchen:
You can read about our kitchen ideas here and see some mini updates here, here and here.
To do list:
  • replace dishwasher (leaks)
  • replace counter tops
  • replace back splash
  • replace sink
  • paint walls
  • paint cabinets
  • remove upper glass door cabinets and replace with open shelving
Well I think I will top here for our “TO DO” list as this is getting pretty long and I’m pretty sure you may have stopped enjoyed reading this masterpiece of mine.
Stayed tuned for my Part Two of this ongoing list.

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The Office: Roller Shade Update

The office is still slowly coming together and I’m pretty pleased that I’m sticking with my checklist. I sometimes get a bit too excited and start other projects! I’m really trying hard not to and this blog is helping me along the way.
If you have missed my previous posts about the Office you can check them all out here:
Let’s see how that check list is coming along:
The office has two windows on separate walls. One facing my neighbors home (brick wall) and the other the backyard. The windows are located higher up on the wall and are medium in size. The previous owners left standard boring vinyl roller shades on each window. I didn’t want to have any curtains or draperies in this space at the moment so I wanted to do something quick and simple that added some interest in the space. I figured I could just paint the vinyl shades or add something to it. If you follow me on Pinterest (button on left sidebar) you will see that I have a board just dedicated to monograms. I love monograms. I think I would monogram just about anything and everything, if I could. I decided I would monogram the vinyl roller shades. I don’t plan to keep the shades forever so why not!
This project cost me ZERO dollars, just some time and effort. I used a large black sharpie marker that I already had.
First, let’s take a look at one of these windows. Isn’t that brick wall just so lovely to look at? This shade is pretty much down 100% of the time.
I took the roller shade down and measured the shade to find the center. I then hand traced my monogram. At first I tried messing around with creating something on the computer but I don’t have huge paper to print on so I just free handed it. I then just filled it in with a black sharpie. It was actually kind of fun, like coloring.
So let’s see how it looks hanging up now:
It looks a little bit bare to me now but with the combination of the crazy chevron walls and the soon to be amazing upholstered valance above the window I think it was all tie together. The windows are on both chevron painted walls so I’m leaning towards a solid fabric, perhaps with a unique texture. I don’t think I’ll be introducing another pattern unless something catches my eye.

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