Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 Year in Review: the long version

In the middle of December, I started freaking out or getting tired of the amount of time and energy P was spending in the crawl space or getting antsy to hold a paint brush again or something, and started complaining that we had barely made any progress on the long list of projects we needed to do on our house.

Then we spent Christmas with the folks, and P discovered an envelope of pictures we had sent his mom when we put a bid in on the place.  My, it was nearly unrecognizable!  (Well, not quite--not nearly so much as it will be when we're finally done with the place.  :-) )  It served as an excellent reminder of how much we really have accomplished this year.

Especially considering that for us, the year had only nine months: we closed on our house March 31.

So, without further delay, what you've all been waiting for:  the pictures!

Guest Bedroom

Before:
  • removed carpet
  • refinished flooring
  • repaired drywall
  • painted ceiling, trim, walls, and door
  • replaced door knob
  • removed sliding closet doors
  • installed new baseboard and quarter-round
  • hung curtains
After:



Office

Before:
  •  removed carpet
  • refinished flooring
  • repaired drywall
  • painted ceiling, trim, and walls
  • removed sliding closet doors
  • installed new baseboard and quarter-round
After:

Hall

Before:





  • removed doors to dining room and living room to open up floor plan
  • removed carpet
  • refinished flooring
  • stripped wallpaper
  • skim coated drywall
  • painted ceiling, trim, walls, and doors
  • replaced door knobs
  • butchered newly painted attic hatch
  • installed new baseboard and quarter-round
  • installed new closet shelving
After:



Hall Bath

Before:

  • stripped wallpaper
  • replaced light fixture
  • replaced exhaust fan
  • replaced toiled
  • skim coated
  • painted ceiling, trim, walls, and doors
  • replaced door knobs
  • installed closet shelving

Living Room

Before:

  • removed carpet
  • refinished floors
  • knocked hole in the wall with floor buffer
  • filled it with boxes and used it as a storage locker
After:

Yeah, not nearly ready to go there yet.

Kitchen

Before:


  • bought refrigerator
  • bought washer and dryer
  • painted countertops
  • painted panelling, walls, and trim
After:

Dining Room

Before:


  • removed carpet
  • refinished existing hardwoods in half of room, lived on subfloor in other half
  • painted panelling, trim, and built-ins
  • removed coal stove
  • removed stove pipe
  • installed chimney balloon
After:


Master Bedroom

Before:




  • removed carpet
  • lived on subfloor
  • removed TV shelf
  • patched drywall
  • painted walls
  • painted faux headboard
  • hung curtains
  • hung vacation photos
  • reupholstered thrift store chair 
 Master Bath

Before:

  • threw away icky carpet remnant
  • discovered water damage to floor
  • stomped through floor
  • repaired rotting subfloor
  • hung new drywall and ceiling in closet
  • laid new laminate flooring
  • painted ceiling and walls
  • hung shelves in closet
  • spray painted yellowing fan
  • hung NYC map poster
After:


Attic
not very photogenic.  P spent a good bit of time up there laying down planking so he could work on wiring, etc., without worrying about falling through the ceiling

Crawl Space
 P will have creepy crawly pictures for you at some later date.  But he's been busy down there.
  • removed a surprising amount of random junk that every tradesman who's been in there since 1975 must have contributed to
  • repaired some leaking plumbing
  • encapsulated 1/3 of crawl space
Garage
  • removed old shelving
  • started organizing space to work for us
Exterior
  • removed wheelchair ramp to side entrance, uncovering existing stairs
  • removed dead azaleas (and some live ones)
  • planted new plants
  • had good herb garden and a bumper crop of sweet peppers
  • painted stairs
  • replaced furnace
  • planted chaste tree to shade A/C unit, and swamp magnolia just for fun
  • installed new mailbox
  • created new planting beds around mailbox and furnace/A/C unit

What a (9 month) year!  Next time: our 2011 to-do list!

1 comment:

Julie Shilane said...

Your house looks so much brighter with the light colored paint and hard wood floors! Great job, L & P!! You can be proud of your hard work!