Just like last year, we plan on divulging our 2010 DIY To-Do list to you all so that we can keep motivated, inspired and on track for our home improvements. Sure, Twenty-Ten is over half way done but all the more reason to share this honey-do list pronto. And just like 09er (sorry the “er” is necessary when you say nine…er), I walked through the house with such vigorous excitement levels that they would have Richard Simmons sweatin’ with pride. Obviously we had to narrow down the thousands of items to a more manageable list (one that wouldn’t give my sweet husband a coronary or be too hard to handle during Will’s naptime). So here it is – the items that we plan on tackling with our True Value store credit (and some of our hard earned cash too).
#1 – Guest Bedroom
First up is our highest priority – the guest bedroom. When we moved into our house, we brought Jeremy’s old Room’s To Go bedroom set with us and stuck it into the guest bedroom. Sortof like an outta-sight-outta-mind kinda move. It was fine…a complete set with an outdoor woodsy theme that was ultra rustic for our taste. Fast forward to last year and we realized that this room was fairly gross. It was embarrassing. Whenever we had guests, we would be all like “Welcome to our home…please enjoy this fugly room.” The walls were sprayed by the previous owner and the paint job was sloppier than a blind pie-eating contest. Not only does it not reflect our personal style and have nasty paint (or lack thereof), it also has a dinky fan that barely works, furniture that although relatively new, is too large for the space, and bedding that desperately needs replacement.
#2 Upstairs Hall
Our upstairs landing and hall received a little update recently with a couple framed art pieces, a new chair and a little sidetable. But do you see those walls? Of course you do. I mean…seriously…it’s a carwreck that calls for rubbernecking. Those walls fell victim to the same sprayed-with-antique-white-sloppiness that took out our guest bedroom. It’s hard to tell, but believe me, they need more work than siamese twins. I’m thinking new paint and maybe an accent wall?
#3 – Kitchen Cabinets
Throw me a guitar, I am jumping on that white cabinet bandwagon. Don’t stop me. I knew it would happen someday. And since I am not really a jump-in-with-both-feet kinda girl (hey, I used to work in insurance!) I figured that maybe testing the waters with the upper cabinets first would be the best bet. I also think it would be great to remove the doors on one or more for open shelving. And maybe add a little beadboard backing to the open ones? We will see. Anything will be better than my bad stain job that currently takes place on the doors.
#4 – Laundry Room
Remember how we wanted to finish a beautiful laundry room fit for a spray-n-wash fiend? Didn’t happen. We got distracted with a little thing called Will. So now that we are finally coming back up for air after near drowning in babyiness, we decided to bite the bullet and summon in the pros to help us with ductwork and plumbing (aka – Jer’s friend and my brother). Then we can finish out the drywall, install cabinetry, throw in a sink and a workspace…plus paint, lighting, and accessorize!
#5 – Basement Steps
This was actually on the list for last year. OH THE SHAME. We need to finish the banister and railing, the trim, the storage door, and the walls. And when I say walls, I mean we are re-painting (the green doesn’t look right next door to the green living room)…and staining and painting the steps. It’s gonna be, in the words of Katy Perry, so hot, we’ll melt your popsicle.
We have alot to get crackin’ on, huh? Lots of paint. Lots. Looks like we are gonna need to get our sleep so that we can cut loose on these projects…if that’s possible with an almost five month old. Maybe we should go on vacation just to get our strength up. You know…sleep till noon, put our brain on bedrest and stock up on carbs so that we can kungfoo these to-do items right away. Keep us to it, ok? We need your support…because it would be just plain embarrassing to see that basement stairway for a third year in a row.