My Projects

Let’s be honest, this house will always have a new project. But as much as I like design blogs I’m not the gal who is going to paint a kitchen island 9 times just to “freshen things up.”

I know what I like and aim to improve the house one little step at a time so when it’s time to sell or rent out there’s much less work to be done. Here’s a list of projects by room along with the date of completion for the ones I’ve managed to finish!

Front Yard:

  • replace front door screen done July 2011
  • cut back grass around sprinkler heads done Aug 2011
  • create a rock layer in walkway flowerbed for gardening hose done Aug 2011

  • replace the garden hose holder in the front yard done Aug 2011
  • replace gate latch pull string done Aug 2011
  • re-replace gate latch pull string because it broke. again. done July 2013
  • dig up rose bush that hasn’t produced since 2008 done Oct 2011
  • limb up sugar maple done December 2011
  • repair gutters and downspouts removed July 2017
  • buy or make rain barrels
  • grind down the tree stump done May 2013
  • paint trim around kitchen windows done August 2017
  • paint trim on front door done August 2017
  • replace 2 outdoor lights – done March 2014 here
  • re-secure and repair lattice porch cover – removed for good
  • run a string of lights from the lattice to the fence done Dec 2013
  • replace windows
    • garage done May 2017
    • 3 in the kitchen done June 2017
    • living room done February 2017

Side Yard:

  • install compost bin done July 2011
  • remove the layer of small rocks done July 2013
  • 20130507_133146replace gutters and downspouts – done
  • buy or make rain barrel (purchased May 2013)
  • build planter boxes and fill with soil – done July 2013 here

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  • rig a hose to water the side yard – done August 2013
  • build a second patio done May 2013
  • 2013_05_22 (04)hang tool storage outside and weatherize tools – done August 2013

Backyard:

  • wire the sprinklers to the automated system done Aug 2011
  • plant something pretty under the guest room window done Aug 2011 here
  • plant more pretty things under the guest room window done June 2013
  • replace the backyard light – done March 2014 here
  • cut down tree and grind down stump done July 2013
  • even out dirt in the corner and build a patio done July 2013
  • replace the wood and brick border around the flower beds – done May 2013 here
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  • replace the too short sprinkler head
  • fill in bald spots with sod or grass seed – mostly done April 2014
  • reinforce the fence, secure boards
  • take out the dead tree – done July 2013

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Main Bathroom:

  •  finish painting the door – done Aug 2011 here
  • replace door hardware done Aug 2011
  • remove broken door hook done Aug 2011
  • replace towel bars done August 2011 here
  • buy and install new low flow toilet  done May 2012 here
  • replace vents – done January 2013
  • paint the ceiling to match the walls – done January 2013
  • paint inside bathroom cabinets– done January 2013
  • replace the broken shelf in bottom cabinet done July 2013
  • cover the shelf floors with vinyl done July 2013
  • touch up caulk around bathtub – done April 2014
  • touch up caulk around baseboards – done June 2014
  • touch up caulk around cabinets- done
  • demo old, ugly tile floors – done August 2013
  • replace the floor with vinyl tiles – done September 2013!
  • remove funky frog decal on the wall – done Feb 2015
  • replace light fixture with something lighter – done March 2014 here
  • replace the sink faucet – done Nov 2014
  • install new shower head with detachable piece – done Nov 2013

Master Bathroom:

  • paint door and trim white done Aug 2011 here
  • install new towel bar and hand towel hook done August 2011 here
  • upgrade the door hardware done Sept 2011
  • install new low flow toilet – done May 2012 here
  • demo old sink, faucet and cabinet – done July 2013
  • paint the ceiling rice grain – done February 2013
  • replace vents – painted in Feb 2013
  • sand and paint in-wall cabinet exterior done July 2013
  • demo old, ugly vinyl tiles – done August 2013
  • replace vinyl tiles on the floor – done September 2013
  • install bead board on walls – done Feb 2015
  • replace baseboards – done Feb 2015
  • replace the sink and faucet – done October 2013
  • replace light fixture – purchased Dec 2011, installed March 2013 here
  • install can light in shower stall – done March 2015

Hallway:

  • paint doors done Aug 2011 here
  • touch up wall paint done Oct 2011
  • scrape ceiling done Feb 2012
  • texture and paint ceiling done November 2012 here
  • finish adding baseboards done December 2o12
  • touch up baseboard with caulk done January 2013
  • touch up door frame paint – done June 2016
  • paint the walls – done May 2014
  • remove the doorbell done April 2014
  • remove carpet and install tiles – done Jan 2015
  • install baseboards – done Feb 2015
  • install outlet in the closet – done March 2015

Kitchen / Dining Area:

  • replace the door and drawer knobs – done May 2012
  • buy a new fridge/freezer  done (got a used fridge in Aug 2011)
    • continue to test the new fridge/freezer to ensure it’s safe to use – done Sept 2011!
    • purchase or repurpose containers to organize the freezer spacedone Oct 2011
    • swap units (old fridge/freezer to garage) done Sept 2011
    • use chalkboard paint on the old fridge/freezer to track food outside done Oct 2011
  • replace the window blinds with roman shades – done April 2013
  • re-seal the corian seams (which are showing and sagging in places)
  • spray paint or replace the return air grate – done January 2013
  • paint the ceiling – done December 2014
  • replace light with can lights – done January 2015
  • Replace the dining room ceiling fan – done April 2014
  • replace kitchen faucet – done November 2014

Living Room:

  • paint front door white done August 2011
  • replace front door frame – fixed April 2014
  • touch up paint and baseboards – repainted walls and baseboards April 2014
  • touch up missing grout around tiles on the fireplace – done April 2014
  • paint the fireplace tiles and seal done May 2014

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  • test the fireplace for utility
  • replace grate on A/C – done May 2014
  • install hanging light in living area – done Aug 2014 here
  • scrape the ceiling – done March 2014
  • re-texture ceiling and paint – done March 2014

Office:

  • purchase one more CD size bookshelf for library done Aug 2011
  • hang new photos frames – done Oct 2011
  • paint and rehang the door – done May 2012 here
  • finish scraping the ceiling – done November 2012 here
  • paint the ceiling – done November 2012 here
  • finish baseboards around the closet done December 2012
  • caulk and paint the boards in the whole room done December 2013
  • paint and reinstall air vent done December 2012
  • remove warped drywall piece (on ceiling) and replace – fixed October 2013
  • paint the patched drywall on the ceiling done December 2013
  • secure bookshelves (earthquake proof) not needed – moved them out
  • repair phone jack replaced November 2013
  • install lights in the closet done November 2013
  • replace the ceiling fan – done March 2014
  • touch up the ceiling paint around the new light fixture
  • repaint the walls done June 2014

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  • repaint the closet – done June 2014
  • add shelving to the closet – done September 2014

Guest Room:

  • remove closet doors – done December 2012
  • Paint top of closet & shelves – done August 2014
  • install lights in the closet – done January 2014
  • install baseboards in the closet – done Feb 2015
  • paint ceiling – done January 2013
  • repaint walls – done September 2014

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  • replace ceiling fan – done March 2014

Master Bedroom:

  • paint the doors white – done Aug 2011 here and here
  • update door hardware – done Aug/Sept 2011 here
  • scrape the ceiling – done Feb 2012 here and here
  • replace last two outlets and cable plate – done May 2012 here
  • Remove the old baseboards – done May 2012 here
  • paint ceiling – done July 2012 here

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  • prime and paint paint the walls – done July 2012 here
  • paint the bookshelf – done July 2012 here
  • update the headboard – done July 2012 here
  • paint nightstands for additional storage – done July 2012 here
  • replace ceiling fan bulb cover – done August 2012
  • finish black frame photo wall – done August 2012
  • install new baseboards – done December 2012

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  • seal baseboards with caulk – done April 2013
  • paint baseboards white – completed December 2013
  • paint closet header white – completed May 2013
  • paint interior of closet – completed May 2013
  • install lights in closet – completed May 2013
  • replace the overhead light – done April 2014

Garage:

  • reorganize holiday containers done Aug 2011
  • reorganize dog stuff done Aug 2011
  • move out boxes of rocks done Aug 2011
  • replace the door handle on the screen door (done Sept 2011)
  • finish painting the walls with primer – in progress!
  • hang ladder on the wall – done October 2014
  • cut and cap off copper pipes for water softener
  • replace dryer with more efficient model – done July 2014
  • paint the door to house – done March 2015
  • replace the door frame going into the house – done Jan 2015
  • look at flooring options around the washer/dryer – done May 2016
  • add more outlets to the garage – done March 2015
  • consolidate boxes of papers – scan, organize & re-box – done June 2016

Larger, Whole House Projects

  • repair or replace the heater/AC
  • power wash siding done June 2017 before painting
  • replace the hot water heater – replaced April 2014
  • paint the house exterior – started July 2017
  • replace window framing – done June 2017
  • replace windows and frames – done June 2017
  • check roof for repairs, possibly replace – repaired March 2017
  • replace the gutters and downspouts – removed old ones July 2017

Floors!

  • Install hardwood floor in the master bedroom,
  • office,
  • guest room,
  • hall and hall closet
  • living room,
  • kitchen
  • dining room
  • Add room transitions at sliding glass door
  • door to master bath
  • master bedroom to hallway
  • office to hallway
  • front door
  • hallway to guest bath
  • door to garage
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