Recap…

Here’s the list I wrote some time ago of our to-dos…let’s see how many are to-done.

  1. Master bedroom—touch up paint over the patched and sanded spots on the wall from a wiring project gone awry.  DONE!
  2. Master/hall bath—install, putty, caulk and paint crown moulding. Um. No comment.
  3. Master/hall bath—reinstall a fan in the potty room. Not sure if we’re going to do this now…something about mold in the ceiling and needing to reroute the exhaust tubes?
  4. Office—rip out fugly, but comfy carpeting and install remaining bamboo flooring. We’ve chosen to keep this door closed and pretend the room doesn’t exist thus no work needed here.
  5. Office—finish installing (puttying, caulking, painting) cove mouldings around closet. Again, the room that doesn’t exist.
  6. Upstairs hallway—think of a creative and attractive (which is asking a LOT) way to transition awkward base mouldings. (Then putty/caulk/paint…heretofore known as “PCP”) Can a hallway also not exist?
  7. Main entrance/hall—finish caulking and painting trim. DONE!
  8. Living room—recaulk where the trim contracted from the dry air and broke the caulk seals. That means halfway done.
  9. Dining room—PCP the new trim expertly applied by the Palmer Crew (thanks Dad and baby bro Keith!) DONE!!
  10. Dining room—repaint the walls above the wainscoting chocolate brown and the actual wainscoting white. DONE!!
  11. Kitchen—paint the pine trim by the trash can. DONE!!
  12. Kitchen—lay a new, high end, classy, peel-n-stick “tile” by the dining room door where the current one is peeling up and detracting from the class act. Really, the easiest thing on the list and it’s still not done.
  13. Kitchen–install pocket door hardware on the pocket door. Nope.
  14. Laundry room—paint above the wainscoting gray. DONE!!
  15. Laundry room—paint the wainscoting white (after a coat of primer) DONE!!
  16. Laundry room—create and install a counter for above the washer/dryer DONE and AWESOME!
  17. Laundry room—install 3 new doors (apparently the 70s slab hollow core, faux wood doors are no longer “in”) Not done, but I painted 2 of them and it’ll work for now.  Maybe I’ll paint the last one too and leave buying new doors for when we win a miliion.
  18. Laundry room—replumb the washer DONE by Handy Shanny!
  19. Powder room—remove white and pink sheet linoleum (also no longer “in”) and replace with the classy peel-n-sticks. Not yet.
  20. Family/Play room—reclaim a little of it. Why do the kids get the only room with the fireplace? Buy a sectional. Buy a rug. Make a fire. Read a book. Sip hot tea. Blah. Blah. Blah. Yeah…apparently this all takes money.  Who knew?  But luckily (???) we had a leaky pipe and Shan had to rip a hole in the wall to replace it.  Maybe that was our nudge to get on this one before the winter?
  21. Hallway to kiddo rooms—replace base & door trim (then PCP it) So close to done I’ll call it DONE!  One more coat of paint and one 2 inch piece of trim to install.
  22. Hallway to kiddo rooms—fix track to sliding closet doors Stupid doors.
  23. Callum’s room—clean, paint & organize his HUGE closet  DONE!!  This kid’s got the best closet in the house!
  24. Callum’s room—rehang blackout roller shades Stupid shades. I think I’ll just take them down.
  25. Quinn’s hallway—replace/fix track to sliding closet doors. Nope.
  26. Quinn’s hallway—replace small closet door. Paint all doors. Not yet.
  27. Quinn’s hallway—Paint all doors. Nope.
  28. Boys’ bathroom—hang the ceiling plates back up over the gaping holes. One down, one to go…but we might be getting a whole new fan instead.
  29. Screened porch—finish screening it DONE!!  And it’s the bomb!  New furniture…so nice!
  30. Back patio—dig out a whole mess’a pavers and add more sand. DONE (for us for free by the guy that put it in).
  31. Under screened porch—rip out railroad tie wall and replace with cheapo, but heavy duty wall blocks.  Gotta do before it tumbles down! 
  32. Under screened porch—install (or HAVE installed) concrete pad. Or lay a frame with 6×6 garden timbers and fill with gravel…soon!
  33. Basement—install new back door Not yet…

Ugh.  14 out of 33.  Not so good.  And in fact, we’ve added a considerable number of things to the list.  Here’s a new one that I can pin to the fridge to torture us. 
 
  • Master/hall bath—install, putty, caulk and paint crown moulding.
  • Master/hall bath—reinstall a fan in the potty room.
  • Office—rip out fugly, but comfy carpeting and install remaining bamboo flooring.
  • Office—finish installing (puttying, caulking, painting) cove mouldings around closet. Again, the room that doesn’t exist.
  • Upstairs hallway—think of a creative and attractive way to transition awkward base mouldings. (Then putty/caulk/paint)
  • Living room—recaulk where the trim contracted from the dry air and broke the caulk seals.
  • Kitchen—lay a new peel-n-stick “tile” by the dining room door.
  • Kitchen–install pocket door hardware on the pocket door.
  • Laundry room—install 3 new doors or paint the last one and call it a day. 
  • Powder room—remove sheet linoleum and replace with peel-n-sticks.
  • Family/Play room—insulate, drywall, patch, sand hole in the wall. Paint. Buy sectional. Buy rug.
  • Hallway to kiddo rooms—fix track to sliding closet doors.
  • Callum’s room—blackout roller shades – just take them down.
  • Quinn’s hallway—replace/fix track to sliding closet doors.
  • Quinn’s hallway—replace small closet door. Paint all doors.
  • Quinn’s hallway—Paint all doors.
  • Boys’ bathroom—Get new fan or find a cover.
  • Under screened porch—rip out railroad tie wall and replace with heavy duty wall blocks. 
  • Under screened porch—install concrete pad. Or lay a frame with garden timbers and fill with gravel!
  • Basement—install new back door.
  • Family room—buy/install new door.
  • Cut up and remove MASSIVE old tree that came down in the hurricane.
  • Remove woodburning stove and convert to traditional fireplace.
  • Paint 70s fireplace brick.

 

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