Call it a House Bucket List if you will. There are a lot of things Devon and I want to do to our house – or have done, depending on the job. Here’s where I’m storing all of our objectives, and as we tick things off the list, we’ll update you on the blog – then link to the results post here. Are you ready for the laundry list?
- Purchase and install new, more modern house numbers.
- Paint door a brighter, more cheerful color.
- Paint house, if needed, to support new door color.
- Rip out dying hydrangeas in shaded area and plant new, more shade friendly plants (can absolutely not be hostas).
- Remove landscaping under window – replace marigolds with peonies.
- Plant marigolds in modern planters for the front stoop so Devon’s mother isn’t worried about our mosquito bites (heh).
- Build a planter box/raised bed for next year’s vegetable garden so that all the cotton tails in the neighborhood don’t feel they’ve been invited to a Smorgasbord.
- Plant vegetables.
- Plant fruit trees and bushes.
- Plant a wisteria or lilac tree (ideally white) in the backyard near the little circle indentation in the cement patio.
- Purchase outdoor furniture including seating, tables, a barbecue, solar string lights (or similar lighting).
- Redo cement patio as soon as we have the money to – it slants towards our foundation per our inspector and needs to be redone.
Purchase dining set. Paint walls. Buy a rug.
- Design, silkscreen, and hang art for wall near entrance to kitchen.
- Purchase and install the Firefly pendant lamp from CB2.
- Paint walls.
- Purchase the Reese sectional from Room and Board. Preferably at the outlet to save some serious money (thankyousomuchforhavingitinMinnesota!).
- Construct mid-century style end tables.
- Purchase accessory decor in color palette, including lamps, pillows, and various display pieces for over the display mantle.
- Sew a cushion for the area where there used to be one (according to the BH&G issue the house was in).
- Design, silkscreen, and hang art for area of wall that is to the right of the TV and console.
Buy a rug.
- Install a tile backsplash.
- Refinish/restain/reseal all kitchen cabinetry to walnut and to remove the evident wear.
- Install new shelf liner.
- Remove or reconfigure the little frame on the cabinetry that says something or other about the Lord watching over us. File that under “not our thing”.
- Paint the wall by the eating island in chocolate brown with paint finish striping.
- Refurbish the cork board and chalk board area. It’s getting old and needs a little lovin’.
- Eventually – remove the vinyl laminate and
the dirty teal marbleized linoleumin the kitchen and immediate hall and replace with hardwood similar to other areas of the house.
- Repaint pantry and add kitchen liner.
- Remove existing wallpaper; replace with Cole & Son Woods wallpaper.
- Paint walls that are currently white a light blue.
- Repaint cubby drawers in closet – current paint is outdated and showing its wear.
- Remove built in mirror if possible.
- Build or purchase two side tables for the lamps we bought from Homegoods.
- Design, silkscreen and hang artwork for the far wall (on my side of the bed).
- Wallpaper the back of the curio shelf directly outside of master bedroom.
- Design, silkscreen, and hang artwork.
- Repaint – not a huge priority, but some scuffs are evident.
Replace shower head.
- Repaint bathroom. Salmon pink is retro, but not retro chic.
- Retile. Not a priority.
- Replace tub. Not a priority.
- Replace cabinet and towel hardware.
Replace shower head.
Nursery / Second Bedroom (with Cork Wall)
- Remove vinyl (I think?) wallpaper and replace with wallpaper.
- Purchase and set up nursery furniture and decor from this board.
Buy a rug. Buy office chairs.
- Restain/reseal the orange mid-century chair to a walnut to change color and remove evident wear.
- Remove weird textured grunge-meets-faux-cork wallpaper and replace with paint or new, not gross wallpaper.
Remove carpeting and replace with cork flooring and rug. Not a priority. Purchase a guest bed for company.
Basement Family Room
Figure out how to use this room – for something other than storage.
- Add molding to the bottom of the paneling so it doesn’t cut off weird. Not a priority.
- Repaint the storage cabinetry a similar color to remove evident wear.
- Replace the (unfortunately) painted hardware on the cabinetry.
- Paint door to studio so evident (and sad) wear is better covered.
Remove carpeting and replace with a rug.
- Replace hardware and repaint retro storage units to clean up wear.
- Paint and decorate shelving to be more inviting storage space.
- Paint and decorate work bench to be more inviting work space.
- Find a good lampshade to cover the bare bulbs in both work areas.
- Buy works stools.
- Buy a rug for work bench area.