- reupholster antique chair
- install closet doors
- fix hinge-bound door so it will actually close
- make and hang curtains
- reupholster footstool
- put laminate on top of craft table
- paint and hang door
skim coat walls a little more repaint walls
- really, really scrub grout--and if that doesn't remove yellowing, try one of those grout pens
- hang at least one picture/piece of art
install closet door knob install hooks where I can hang my work clothes install new light fixture
Hall/Living Room/Kitchen/Dining Room
- knock down walls to make these all a single space
- install structural beam to replace structural wall
- patch existing oak flooring where walls were removed
- make new attic hatch
- replace textured ceiling in kitchen--texture is gone, but it will be a while before we're ready to make it pretty again.
- remove wood panelling and replace with drywall
- remove vinyl floor in kitchen, and lay new hardwoods there and over exposed subfloor in dining room
- commit to new kitchen plans we've got the general idea down. I think we'll be figuring out the details (e.g., exact size of cabinets, placement of lights and outlets, etc.) as we go along.
- build new kitchen cabinets (at least the lower ones)
- get/make new countertops
- install backsplash
- run plumbing for gas range
- install new sink
- remove windows in dining room, and replace with french doors out to backyard
buy fireplace screen and make the occasional fire
- replace hearth tile
- make living room curtains (purely ornamental)
- figure out window treatment for front windows that will maximize both light and privacy (plantation shutters?)
- install new baseboard and crown molding
- install doors on coat closet
- fix draft under front door
- install lots of new outlets to bring house up to newer codes for required number of outlets per room
- install new lighting
- build utility room--we gotten a start here--have uninstalled all the kitchen cabinets, shelves, etc, and are concentrating our efforts here for the time being
- buy and install new tankless water heater--got a lot of research done. Next need to call the water company: tankless water heaters need a 3/4" diameter feed line, but our lines are all 1/2". What do they recommend we do?
- run plumbing and install utility sink--P has all the drain plumbing installed, and has begun work on the incoming water lines
- run plumbing and vent lines for washer/dryer--again, drain lines done, and incoming begun. One of the things that slowed work down this month was that I waited until P had the new drain lines in place before asking "where will the dryer vent go?" Rerouting ensured. Some times it is one step forward, two steps back.
- lay hardwood flooring over exposed subfloor
- give ugly medicine cabinet a cosmetic face lift
- complete encapsulation 99% of the way there....
- test house for radon
- enjoy running lots of plumbing and wiring for new kitchen/utility room/great room in new, dry, clean space--begun!
- fix roof leaks
- continue to work to make this a functional wood shop for P (so he can spend lots of time out there building me new kitchen cabinets!)
paint foundation to complement new stair color
- figure out how to make exterior brick look good after we cut into it to install afore-mentioned french doors
- paint front door a more lively color (it should be easy to beat white)
- work with P's brother A, a professional landscape designer, to come up with an actual design for our landscape
- remove a few more azaleas
- add more plants and beds to continue moving toward cottage garden look seedlings had a rough month, and I'm terribly late on the direct-sow ones, but summer will arrive eventually!
- grow a tomato that doesn't rot before it ripens I pretty much killed the tomato seedlings. :-( Might just buy plants.
- try to agree on privacy plantings for west property line, and plant them so they have some time to grow arguing with our landscaper.... I guess the customer isn't always right when she's your sister-in-law :-)
- buy and plant Yaupon hollies on east property line see above