To Do List

This section is mostly for our own benefit, a list of what we hope to accomplish (as well as a running log of what we already tackled).

From Apartment Therapy, seen on YHL


  • Mailbox
  • New doorbell (installed, but we need a new door chime.)
  • House numbers
  • Repaint exterior (painted the front porch, slowly working our way around the house)
  • Spanish tile on front steps
  • Spanish tile door surround
  • Back porch fan
  • Replace storm door
  • Light over pool table
  • Caulk living room windows
  • Outdoor shower (built surround, need to plumb)
  • Stock tank pool
  • Make stairs for shed
  • Reclaimed brick patio (begun collecting brick and pricing other materials)
  • Plan of attack for back porch floor
  • Beadboard & paint back porch ceiling
  • Do something about plywood back porch walls
  • Remove dying oak tree
  • Build carport
  • Landscape


  • Console table
  • Hallway light fixture
  • New interior doors


  • Paint
  • Build-ins
  • Fireplace
  • Fix ceiling
  • Crown molding

Dining Room

  • Paint
  • Rug
  • New chairs
  • Faux transom
  • Crown molding
  • Paint below chair rail
  • Build-ins around doorway
  • Add second light switch


  • New stove & dishwasher
  • New curtain
  • Light over sink
  • Install bridge faucet
  • Install new flooring
  • Chalk or  memo board
  • Smooth ceiling
  • New refrigerator
  • Radiant heat floor
  • Concrete countertops
  • Under cabinet lighting (Ikea trip?)

Living Room

  • Paint
  • Buy rug
  • Sofa table
  • Trees on wall in living room
  • Back door curtain
  • Living room curtains
  • Make stump table(s)
  • Plexi for liquor cabinet
  • Patch over unused switches
  • Light fixture over round table
  • Caulk between boards on ceiling
  • Remove carpet and lay hardwood
  • Remove fan and put up light fixture (and it has a switch!)
  • Screen/something to camouflage erg
  • Replace windows (newer, more energy efficient)

Guest Room

  • Paint
  • Curtain
  • Build bedframe
  • New doors
  • Crown molding
  • Tubular sky lights
  • Remove carpet and lay hardwood

Guest Bath

  • Hate it
  • Paint and live with
  • Unexpectedly discover black mold after pipe bursts
  • Demo everything enthusiastically
  • Save up and buy supplies
  • Put everything back together

Laundry Room

  • Paint
  • Install sink
  • New flooring
  • Smooth ceiling
  • Tubular sky light?
  • Tankless water heater
  • Add window overs sink
  • Platform for washer & dryer

Hall Bathroom

  • Paint
  • New faucet
  • Remove closet door
  • Change flooring
  • Radiant heat floor
  • Change out sink
  • Change out toilet


  • Paint
  • Bedframe
  • Second sconce
  • New curtains (again)
  • Wide crown molding
  • Plexi for shoe cabinet
  • New doors or curtain for closet

Art Room

  • New curtains
  • Refinish wood chair
  • Hang pulldown map
  • Refinish metal chair
  • Refinish PB-ish chair (needs casters and a coat of poly)
  • Wide crown molding
  • Paint inside closet office
  • Make coffee bag pinboard
  • Make new surface for desk
  • Add shelf over closet desk
  • Add Ekby Alex below desk
  • Pinboard above closet desk
  • New curtain for closet office
  • Wood top for flat files (it’s bowing)

Not Blog-Sexy

  • New air handler (our home warranty provided by the seller helped with this)
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Better insulation
  • Replumb

Dream Projects

  • Remove T111; stucco addition
  • Bathroom addition off master
  • Half bathroom off living room
  • Build garage with studio above
  • Enclose porch to make sunroom

Check out some of the items we check off on our Projects page.

9 Responses to “To Do List”

  1. My husband and I have had a running list since 2006! When we made it, we each ranked on a scale of 1-10 everything on the list. On some things we were way off (he doesn’t dream of a pool like I do!) and on others we realized our early priorities. Seeing the checked off tasks has been a good way to feel the prgress!

    • I think it will be interesting to see how Robert wants to order things in terms of what we should do soon versus later. I feel like we agree on most things, but when we first bought the house a shed was WAY higher on his list that mine.

  2. Good luck! My list is always growing also =) it’s cool to have a visual to keep you on track! =)



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