DIY To-Do List 2011

I promised to give ya our To-Do list today.   And I’ve decided that in honor of my past days of cheerleading, I am going to cheer it to you.  I have a mean high V. 

Ready?OKAY! (clasps hands in front of chest)

On second thought, I don’t want to cheerlead ever again.  It required way too much…umm…bouncing.  and stretching.  and energy.  And I need to save all the energy I have for our upcoming projects.  So here we go…

#1 – Will’s Pinkapalooza Room.  Dee-sgusting.  Seriously yuck.  Grosser than the symptoms of a yeast infection. But you know what they say about nasty rooms?  Well, they are the ones that benefit the most from a couple cans of paint.  I’m thinking this is gonna be the most appreciated transformation. 

#2 – The dining room.  I can’t wait to repaint this room.  As much as I love red (and I do LOVE red), this is too much for me.  I’m feeling something easy, breezy beautiful…like a green gray.  

#3 – The brass light fixture and the table need an overhaul to tie in with the rest of the room.  I’m feelin’ a little country charm…

#4 – Along with the kitchen table makeover, I will need to add some different chairs.  My mom gave me these freebies from her old kitchen set.  At twenty plus years old, they will definitely need a little lovin’.

#5 – The painting marathon will continue in the basement – where the entertaining room (e-room for short) and the bar area will need several good coats to cover up that maroon. 

#6 – Our front entrance is beggin’ for a mini makeover.  I think some exterior paint on the doors and a little spraypaint on the light fixtures will take this sucker from blasé to HOORAY!    

#7 – I’ve never actually painted cabinetry before that never had been painted before.  Catch that?  Yeah.  I am gonna start small – laundry-room-four-door-and-a-nook small.  Colored cabinetry here I come!    

#8 – A little unorthodox but one of my projects is gonna be painting some art for the reading room.  Hopefully it will balance out that uncentered window. 

#8 – This stone column needs fixin and I plan to figure out how to get those unstuck stones stuck again.

#9 – See that little light in the center of the tennis court above the fence line?  We need an outdoor outlet there for the upcoming nuptials of my sis.  So that is definitely going to be a little project that gives big bang for the buck.

#10 – BIGGEST PROJECT PLANNED – The deck.  The big partially stained splattered splintery moldy warped board deck.  It needs a lot of work.  Pressure washing (we don’t have a pressure washer), flipping the boards (gotta bang out all the nails & screw em back in), staining (never done that before) and sealing…that makes this our by far the most extensive project in our plans.   

So there you have it…what’s on our docket for our True Value partnership.  What’s on your To-Do list? 

psst…Here’s the lists from years past if you wanna check out the oldie projects.  (2009 List) (2010 List)



    • says

      I wish. Some of the boards are so warped that they have pulled the nails out and need completely replaced. Plus, the tops of the boards were left unsealed and it shows whereas the bottoms are in great shape. I’ll be sure to share all the nitty-gritty when the time comes…that will probably be our big fall project (because it is hot as hades here in Georgia during the summer!)
      xo – kb

  1. Randi says

    Excited to see how you get that deck gets a face lift. The same thing is on my To Do list. Although, maybe I’ll wait until you guys figure that one out.

  2. Carla says

    That’s an insane list but it’s going to be so worth it!! Can’t wait to see how everything turns out!!!

  3. Stephanie says

    Ugh! That deck sounds like mine, but we have no excuse; we’ve lived here for 12 years. When is your sister’s wedding?

  4. says

    So much to do! Its going to be stunning- I think the dining room will look great in a green gray shade :)
    Cant wait to see the progress

  5. says

    can’t wait to see all these project unfold. seeing the transformation will be awesome. you’ll also be inspiring me to tackle some of the project our house is in need of.

    and one thing i REALLY appreciate seeing is that not all bloggers houses are perfect masterpieces from the start. it will be fun to see how you all make every nook look great.

    good luck!

  6. says

    Well, one thing’s for sure, Will’s room will make for some good before and after shots! Do you plan on doing something similar to Will’s room in the old house, or will this just be a bucket of paint and window treatment quick fix? Excited to see the transformation!

    • says

      Hi Karen,
      We are definitely planning a major overhaul of his room. And sadly…no…his room won’t be the same look as the last house. I loved that room but am ready to move on to a new challenge :)
      xo – kb

  7. Ann says

    Katie, I can see why you chose this house! It has really great features and doesn’t look like it needs major updating, just paint. I am eager to see the colors you choose, it should be fab. You’ve got quite a list, but it’s totally do-able. Love the light in the dining room, it’s a great start! I really like the paint color in the “reading room”.

  8. Sharon says

    I love this list! I’m very interested to see the cabinet painting process and the final result of Will’s room – I’m sure it will all be beautiful!

  9. jenn says

    a tip for when your staining you deck, reaaaaally read the label and how that specific stain needs to be brushed on.
    a few years ago my dad stained the front and back deck, sadly without my supervision. he was suppose to rub it in as he went along but he just painted it all on, did a few coats and let it dry. it looked like he just painted it with pooh coloured paint. yeah, i could have said brown but it was poopy and sad.
    only a year later rain and distorted almost all of it and now its barely there at all. it didn’t set because he didn’t rub it with a rag. its soo soo important to rub it in or your just staining stain and not the wood.

  10. says

    I love reading BP for all your awesome DIY projects, but I love you more for the fact that you showed us your dirty laundry – literally. You’re awesome! Looking forward to the amazing ways you’ll transform your casa with the True Value support!

  11. says

    you have a bar?! i am so jealous! i’m not even much of a drinker but i would feel soooo luxurious with that bar in the e-room :)

  12. says

    I love reading your posts about decor and design. You are so talented! I do have a random question that hopefully you can answer! I have some pretty ugly particle board cheapo end tables in my living room and I would LOVE to get them painted. I was wondering if you sand all of your pieces before priming/apinting and if you do, where do you do it? I live in a small apartment in IN and have no outdoor space to work on projects so it would literally need to be do-able in my living room! Part of me just wants to spray primer and paint on them and pray it sticks. What do you think? Sand or not to sand?

    • Heather says

      Go to Lowes, buy Liquid Sandpaper. It’s killer awesome, works great! You just rub it on your project and presto, the paint will stick like magic. :)

  13. says

    Can you tell me what color paint is on the walls in the reading room?? It’s beautiful and would look perfect in our living room. Still trying to convince the hubby it needs a major facelift….Joan Rivers style!

    Is it the same color as the laundry room and breakfast nook? They are all beautiful!

    Andrea @

    • says

      Hi Andrea,
      I’m sorry to report that I have not yet color matched any of the hues in the new house. BUT when I do, I’ll definitely post a big ole lengthy post about it!
      xo – kb

  14. says

    Can’t wait to see the changes as they take place! We’ve been taking our time with our new home too, and it’s exciting to see ideas as we move along slowly as well!

    p.s. As a mommy of a little boy, I love seeing all your Will posts and pictures!

    • Kelly says

      Yes! I second painting Will’s nursery FIRST, those pictures are so scary! I just know what ever you have planned will look fabulous, so please end the suspense for us and Will! :)

  15. Stephanie says

    You didnt even post Fri and still no post today. Where are the home decor posts?

    I have been reading for two years and you never post home stuff anymore and now I guess you dont even post regularly.
    Whats up with that?

  16. Christine says

    We are doing our kitchen this summer. We moved in 2 years ago and I think we have decided on the final cabinet arrangement and may even place the order today. I may cry after living in a 30 year-old-falling-apart-kitchen.

    Good luck with the deck. If anyone offers to help – take them up on it. We have been married 12 years and some of our biggest fights were while we were staining the deck. Haha.

  17. vicki says

    Our deck is 25 years old and in need of a major overhaul. I was thinking we would need to replace it but would love to try and salvage it. I know you said you weren’t going to work on yours until the fall, but is there any chance you could steer me in the direction of how to flip the boards? That had never occurred to me and I’ve never heard of that solution. I would love to give it a try!

  18. M says

    You said you would like the kitchen?/dining table are to have a little bit more rustic charm. Have you thought about wrapping Lumiere in twine or rope? Cheap and looks great!

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