New Years Goals

New Years Eve…what better time is there to go through what all you’ve accomplished in the past year? Since we bought our house in May, we have done a fair amount of work…but there’s still soooo much to do! Here’s a review of some of the house projects we’ve accomplished this year.

Removed wallpaper from kitchen and master bathroom

Painted interior of house (ceilings, walls, trim, everything!)

Knocked out a room in the house.

Re-carpeted 2 rooms.

Installed a sink in the garage (hooray for messy paintbrush cleanups!)

Set up a dog pen in 1/4 of the garage.

Installed reverse osmosis water filter in kitchen.

Installed cabinets in the laundry room (errr…closet).

Installed new light fixtures in 2 bedrooms, kitchen, and guest bathroom.

Installed wood privacy fence on the side of our house.

Re-finished metal clothesline poles in backyard.

Replaced knobs on 2 closet doors

Replaced toilet seats.

Tiled guest bathroom floor.

Added pulls and knobs to kitchen cabinets.

Painted exterior of house- cedar siding and shutters.

Planted 6 fruit trees, 8 berry bushes, 11 grapevines.

Re-landscaped front garden beds (extended beds, dug up old plants, planted new plants).

Pruned tree in front yard.

Painted cabinets in guest bathroom and added knobs.

Painted guest bathroom countertop.

Made frame for guest bathroom mirror out of trim moulding.

Installed new satin nickel bathroom hardware in guest bathroom.

Caulked exterior of house.

Caulked bathrooms and kitchen.

Hung new curtain hardware, bamboo blinds, and curtain in living room.

Refinished second-hand metal file cabinet.


Here are a few things I would like to accomplish in 2010:

Install crown moulding on half wall around dining room.

Take out banister in entryway and build a ledge with crown moulding in it’s place.

Renovate master bathroom (install new floor tile, make a mirror frame, new light fixture, make shelving unit, polystain the cabinets, add cabinet hardware, make a concrete countertop, replace faucets)

Tear up wood laminate in kitchen and tile the floor.

Make concrete countertops for kitchen.

Make daybed frame.

Buy used real wood master bedroom furniture and refinish.

Re-paint storage barn in backyard.

Re-seal pool deck.

Replace all doorknobs in house.

Replace entryway chandelier and hallway chandelier.

Build fireplace surround/mantle and install wood burning stove insert.

Re-finish old bench for front porch.

Install exterior door (with a doggie door) from dog pen in garage to side fenced-in yard.

Run phone line from the kitchen to the living room (through the attic/walls).

Paint lots of art for house.

Look into new flooring options for dining room, small living room, and 2nd and 3rd bedrooms.

Make GIGANTIC vegetable garden in backyard.

Re-finish piano and buy or make piano bench.


And I’m sure so much more…

Happy New Year!

Thanksgiving Checklist- Results

I’m  back with the results of what we managed to get done before our house gets overstuffed for Thanksgiving.

1. Caulk bathrooms  CHECK

2. Caulk windowsills  CHECK

3. Paint windowsills  CHECK

4. Clean garage  CHECK (at least to Chris’s standards…maybe not mine, but we’ll let that slide for now)

5. Clean house  CHECK

6. Clean out cars  CHECK

7. Finish closing the pool (yes, we realize we are a little behind schedule here)  CHECK

8. Decorate Christmas tree (more to come on that later)  CHECK (this actually happened after my sister came, but it was fun decorating it with her!)

9. Re-seal bathroom countertop  CHECK

10. Buy fish for fish tank  CHECK

11. Fix truck (It only starts after 2 or 3 cranks) FAIL- haven’t even attempted…

12. Hang blinds in living room  CHECK

13. Hang pictures around the house  CHECK

14. Install cabinet knobs on kitchen cabinets  CHECK

15. Make baby shower invitations for Hilary’s baby shower  CHECK

16. Spray paint lamp  CHECK

17. Paint touchups around house  CHECK

18. Pick up poo (ewwww. But even grosser when you step in it.)  CHECK (we got an entire 5 gallon bucket full. nasty!)

19. Plan meals for Thanksgiving weekend  CHECK

20. Buy/set up console table under window for plants  CHECK

21. Replace outdoor light fixture  CHECK

22. Take books out of storage and stock in new bookshelf  CHECK

23. Refinish and wax kitchen cabinets  FAIL- Chris and I are currently debating whether we should just lightly sand and re-polyurethane them, or should completely sand and stain a chocolate brown. So, this project is on hold for the time being.

All in all, I’m very pleased with how much we got done. We worked like mad dogs for 2 weeks straight, but our house looks much better for it! Now it’s on to cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 20ish people…!

Pre-Thanksgiving projects

This year we decided that it would be fun to host Thanksgiving at our house. It sounded like a great idea at the time…no traveling for us, getting to use our new house for entertaining, and, most importantly, not having to find someone to watch the dogs. Our little family holiday quickly spread to having 18 people (and 4 dogs) for Thanksgiving, and 10 of them are staying with us! I love entertaining, so no problem there, but I quickly realized how much I want to get done before then…which is now only a little over two weeks away. Yikes! So here’s the breakdown of my to-do before Thanksgiving list!

1. Caulk bathrooms

2. Caulk windowsills

3. Paint windowsills

4. Clean garage

5. Clean house

6. Clean out cars

7. Finish closing the pool (yes, we realize we are a little behind schedule here)

8. Decorate Christmas tree (more to come on that later)

9. Re-seal bathroom countertop

10. Buy fish for fish tank

11. Fix truck (It only starts after 2 or 3 cranks)

12. Hang blinds in living room

13. Hang pictures around the house

14. Install cabinet knobs on kitchen cabinets

15. Make baby shower invitations for Hilary’s baby shower

16. Spray paint lamp

17. Paint touchups around house

18. Pick up poo (ewwww. But even grosser when you step in it.)

19. Plan meals for Thanksgiving weekend

20. Buy/set up console table under window for plants

21. Replace outdoor light fixture

22. Take books out of storage and stock in new bookshelf

23. Refinish and wax kitchen cabinets

How much of that do you think I’ll get done? I’m aiming for all of it, but that seems pretty lofty…

Since we made this list we’ve gotten 7, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, and 21 done. Just 16 more to go!