Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Home on the Range...

Original List: Black
1st Update: Blue
2nd Update: Pink
updates from today: Green

The moral of this story is "slow and steady wins the race" but I have to admit, living in a house "under construction" really sucks. We're still residing in the basement while we try to fix up the rest of the house and it is getting REALLY OLD. The only saving grace is that the basement is wayyyy cooler (temperature) than the rest of our house thanks to the need for a new AC unit. My signature move is hand-in-gun-shape-pressed-to-temple with the sometimes added bonus of other hand blowing up on opposite side of my head. I'm sure Jay's over it.

Upstairs

  • Paint All Rooms/Hall/Stairwell
    • Ceilings (prime, 2 coats paint) Fix all nail pops in ceiling... GRRR!!! we already fixed, spackled, sanded, primed and painted these in EVERY room and they're back! Talked to my dad and got the inside scoop on this issue - now it's just a matter of time to fix them.
    • Walls (prime, 2 coats paint)
    • Trim (2 coats paint)
    • Doors (2 coats paint) 
    • Closet Doors (spray: prime, paint) waiting for nicer weather so I can spray outside This weekend, it's happening!
  • Stair railings 
  • Chandelier and new lighting for stairwell/hallway shopping for one... can't find anything I love (that Jay agrees on)
  • Carpet in process :) delayed due to unforeseen bathroom troubles
    • bedrooms
    • hall 
    • steps
  •  New hardware on all doors
    • door knobs
    • hinges
    • door stops
  • New Closet doors for Master (french-style), move current ones to office and pantry.
  • Add pot lights to all rooms and hall
  • Bathrooms scheduled for May June?
    • Redo Hall Bath (all white pieces)
      • New vanity
      • New light - loving this one
      • New medicine cabinets
      • New tub (soaker, deep!)
      • New Toilet
      • New tile floor Picked out! check it out here
      • New faucets (sink, bath, shower)
      • New fan
      • Close up wall between bathroom and vanity/closet area (where new bathroom will go)
      • New fixtures (shower curtain bar, towel bars, toilet paper holder, etc) purchased these pretties at Lowes: double towel bar, 3-piece bathroom set, hooks
      • New shower curtain, towels, accessories
      • New cabinet over toilet
    • Add Master Bath scheduled for May June?
      • Run plumbing
      • Change drywall to water-resistant
      • New vanity - has to be a pedestal sink to save space. Loving this beauty because it's taller than normal height, which is great for us since we're taller than normal height ;)
      • New light - up in the air on whether to do oil-rubbed bronze or polished nickle in the master, but I'm kind of obsessed with this light
      • New medicine cabinet 
      • New stall shower with glass door or maybe a curtain... small space doesn't really leave room for a swinging door. bummer - upside - curtains are easier to clean.
      • New tile floor trying to convince Jay to let me use this one
      • New faucets (sink, shower)
      • New fan
      • New cabinet over toilet
      • New towels, accessories. registered for these amazing PB towels... super ridiculously soft and can be bleached - two most important qualities in bath towels as far as I'm concerned.
      • Move existing door to current bathroom to other side to opening between new bathroom and master bedroom.
  • Move furniture upstairs (from basement and storage) after carpet is in
  • Hang plantation blinds, curtain rods, and new curtains in all windows. Planning for this weekend after carpet is in.
  • Decorate. Planning for this weekend, but will most likely be an ongoing venture. after carpet is in Lots of things are already purchased and just hanging out on the guest room floor waiting to be put on the walls...

Downstairs
  • Paint all ceilings (prime, 2 coats paint) leaky upstairs bathroom has put this on hold for the living/dining room area, otherwise it's all done!
  • Paint all walls (prime, 2 coats paint) see above
  • Paint all trim (2 coats paint) see above
  • Paint doors (prime, 2 coats paint)
  •  New hardware on all doors
    • door knobs 
    • hinges 
    • door stops 
  •  Kitchen
    • Take down vertical blinds (and destroy them!) Lead to pulling off trim and replacing with wider, prettier trim that actually covers the gap from the door to the drywall... always something!  New trim is painted and ready to be put up... waiting on the best dad ever to have some spare time to come help us :)
    • Take down ceiling fans (let them go the way of the vertical blinds) New Lights are up! LOVE THEM! Thank you Ikea for our cheap fix to a serious eyesore.
    • Clean and organize cabinets and pantry
    • shelf liner inside cabinets
    • New flooring picked out
    • Add closet doors to pantry (use doors from master bedroom closet) need new doors, different size opening than upstairs closets, Boo!
    • New hinges and hardware on cabinets ordered! Pulls and hinges are in but I have to order new knobs... Anthro kind of screwed me on this one. Still bitter.
    • New stainless appliances (fridge, range, dishwasher, over-range microwave with vent)
    • Bead board back splash boo! was told this was a bad idea because it's super-high maintenance. Looking for pretty tiles instead.
    • New stone counter tops (some light whitish-gray color) our neighbor is redoing his kitchen and giving us his black granite counter tops. BOOM!! (end of summer)
    • New kitchen table & chairs
    • Add moulding around windows and doors + new base boards in process, courtesy of my dear old dad!
    • Add island with 2 stools
    • Decorate: chalk board!! and memo-center stuffins 
    • Paint Kitchen Cabinets white... sounds easier than it is... lots i
  •  Living Room
    • sand walls to remove the lovely faux finish (which also is sand) in preparation for painting don't have to! wooooo hooooo!!! one less step! still need to prime and paint but that has to wait til bathroom plumbing is done
    • Hang plantation blinds, curtain rods (from Shiela and Jay), and new curtains in all windows.
    • Hang TV above fireplace
    • Decorate: need rug and furniture and lamps and everything... got 2 chairs for in front of the fire place. I'm in love. pictures forthcoming :)
  • Dining Room
    • Hang chandelier
    • Recover chairs for dining room set
    • 2 new chairs for table-heads
    • Decorate: Rug, mirror above buffet
  • Powder Room almost done!!
    • Bead board or board and batten - on hold til a million other projects are finished
    • new medicine cabinet/mirror purchased. didn't love it. returned. on the hunt for a new one
    • new flooring  - on hold til a million other projects are finished
    • new fixtures (towel rack, toilet paper holder) scored some pretty Martha Stewart ones and got them hung up last week: towel bar, towel ring, TP holder
    • new lighting vanity style still need new light, not sure if we're moving the electric so that it can be a vanity style instead of overhead... for now the old light is back in place and it'll do.
    • new fan  Jay is going to install this weekend :)
    • Scored some cute accessories at TJ Maxx including a trash can, towels and a soap dispenser.