Monday, January 1, 2007

Long-Term To-Do List

This is where I plan to list projects that I plan to get to eventually, but that simply aren't on the immediate horizon (aka the Current To-Do List).

I'm going to organize the list by room/area.

Whole House

  • Floors refinished
  • Baseboards (aka 1x6 stained building lumber) and window/door trim (big-box store's el-cheapest) replaced with something that looks a LOT more period appropriate. Start with 3rd floor to get practice where my screw-ups won't be so noticeable, then 1st floor, then 2nd.
  • Plastic fake grain cheapo interior doors replaced with real wood doors, salvaged if possible.
  • Honeycomb/cellular shades throughout


  • Paint
  • Half-curtains out of some cute colorful retro fabric once we know for sure about the paint color
  • Tile backsplash behind stove, somehow incorporating two tiles salvaged from my Granny's original kitchen.
  • Put extra shelves in cabinets that hold cups and glasses, to optimize those spaces
  • Put pull-out organizers in the one big cabinet where all of the pots & pans get dumped.
  • Install pantry cupboard that faces into kitchen in place of poorly sized/laid out pantry closet that's around the corner in the dining room; leave reduced-size closet in place as either extra pantry for rarely used pans and such, or maybe a coat closet.
  • Figure out a way to install a dishwasher, since my current one constantly forgets to wear glasses that are much-needed in order to see if schmutz is still on dishes.
  • Do something with the space to the left of the fridge.

Dining Room

  • Get floor repaired then finished
  • Fix basement door frame
  • Replace ceiling fan with ??

Living Room

  • Replace ceiling fan with ??
  • New sofas


  • Patch walls and PAINT
  • Fix drywall seam near old water leak, and paint ceiling.
  • Take down ugly wall cabinet
  • There has to be a better way to organize this room...

Bathroom - 1st Floor

  • Finish paint touch-ups
  • New light fixture
  • Install Triple-switch to give separate controls for light and exhaust fan (wiring already in place)
  • Figure out some way to box in the big pipe in the corner.
  • Long term: Replace El Cheapo shower stall with something that looks much nicer, install a window (frosted glass? high transom?) and get rid of that absurd partial wall.


  • Find the perfect storage bench for just inside the door.
  • Paint
  • Find replacement tile for the broken tiles.


  • Clean up old mold
  • Replace old insulation with new
  • Put a freezer down there


  • Refinish newel post
  • Refinish old railings that were given to us and use to replace current railings (will need new balusters though)
  • Panel wainscoting along wall to hide damage done by previous owners.
  • Repair damaged steps and refinish.

Bedroom #1

  • Paint needs touchups
  • Find a way to fix closet door that won't shut because closet it a teensy bit too narrow
  • Corner TV cabinet with doors that can be closed so that TV isn't visible at all times, and interior shelves so that DVR and DVD recorder don't need to be bungied on top of the tv to keep them from falling off.

Bedroom #2

  • Paint, but only after Granddaughter #1 is over her Pink Phase (but hopefully before she decides to go Goth and wants it black)

Bedroom #3

  • Paint, sometime before Granddaughter #2 is old enough to form opinions on paint color

Bathroom - 2nd floor

  • Refinish then retrofit old dresser to use as a sink base, then get it installed with new counter, sink and fixture
  • New hardware - towel bar(s), tp holder
  • New old mirror behind sink
  • Recessed medicine cabinet to left of sink
  • New lighting
  • Move outlets from on wall behind sink to left wall to side of sink, even though the drywalling alone is going to be a royal PITA, just because it's in a horrible spot
  • Replace exhaust fan; change to a triple switch if the wiring is in place
  • New flooring
  • Recessed shelves or tall cabinet to left of toilet
  • Long term: new soaking bathtub, install a window

Stairway to 3rd floor

  • Install new door (or modify old door) to fire escape landing that allows re-entry from landing, to make that a possible entrance (right now it's an exit-only door with one of the bar handles)

3rd floor bedrooms

  • Paint
  • Box in ducting

3rd floor in general

  • New carpeting
  • Build in some access doors to allow storage in knee-walls


  • Insulate
  • Pull everything out so that we can put that big ugly rug down as additional insulation on the floor, then put everything back in

House Exterior

  • Powerwash siding
  • Scrape/repair/repaint porch floor
  • Tear out awful stuff on porch ceiling and replace with beadboard
  • Get porch roof repaired
  • Powerwash the foundation
  • Install decorative shutters
  • Add an accent color to the porch
  • Install wider and more age-appropriate trim around windows
  • Run all gutters farther away from house (rainbarrel on east side)
  • Dig drywell for sump pump drain


  • Scrape, seal, paint
  • Organize
  • Build a better workbench
  • Fix roof (nails popping on metal roof, otherwise seems in good condition)
  • Repair rotted boards
  • Install gutter on far side of garage, back of shed (hook all gutters to rainbarrels)
  • Long term: get cement floor poured in garage (currently just gravel), run more power out there


  • Move azalea to right of steps
  • Move irises out of front bed to sunnier area
  • Move perennials from temporary bed near garage to someplace that makes sense
  • Annihilate as much privet as possible
  • Widen path along outside of privacy fence
  • Fill in dips in side and front yards where new water pipe was run
  • Cut the tops off the too-tall fence posts
  • Powerwash then water-seal fence
  • Look into alternate hinges and lock for gate

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