House To-Do List – End of the Year 2014

More or less -- the look I'm going for in the living room.
More or less — the look I’m going for in the living room.

I used to organize the house to-do list in one long list that I added to as I thought of something new.  Here’s the updated room by room view.

Some of the furniture has been rearranged for Christmas.
Some of the furniture has been rearranged for Christmas.

Living Room

 

The dining room in 2011.
The dining room in 2011.
The dining room looks into the kitchen from one direction and into the conservatory from the other.
Now the dining room looks into the kitchen from one direction and into the conservatory from the other.

Dining Room

  • Clean paneling
  • Paint paneling

    The paneling in the dining room is partially painted.
    The paneling in the dining room is partially painted.
  • Paper top of walls
  • Clean floors
  • Paint chairs
  • Get a rug
  • Finish cushions
  • Move piano
  • Paint trim

Kitchen

The kitchen
The kitchen

 

Kitchen island and cabinets
Kitchen island and cabinets
  • Take down ceiling fan
  • Remove cabinets
  • Remove pantry
  • Move and replace lighting fixture in mud room
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Decide on storage – closet, bench, doors
  • Repair holes in ceiling
  • Paint and move dining room table to kitchen
  • Make curtains
  • Buy rugs and runners

Pantry

  • Add shelves
  • Add counter

    Counter in the pantry
    Counter in the pantry
  • Add cabinets
  • Paint wall and ceiling
  • Hang lighting fixture
  • Organize pantry food and tools
The conservatory.
The conservatory.
From the bathroom corner of the conservatory the dining room  and the kitchen can be seen.
From the bathroom corner of the conservatory the dining room and the kitchen can be seen.

Conservatory

  • Paint floor
  • Lay rug
  • Hang drywall
  • Mud walls
  • Paint walls
  • Move furniture
    • Love seats
    • Bistro set
    • Oak dresser
  • Get TV
  • Move file safe into closet
  • Drywall window
  • Mud closet
  • Paint closet
  • Get doors for closet and bathroom
Besides roughed-in electric and plumbing the conservatory bathroom needs everything.
The conservatory bathroom framed.
The back wall of the conservatory bathroom is Hardiebacker.
The back wall of the conservatory bathroom is Hardiebacker.

Conservatory bathroom

  • Choose tile
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose sink
  • Get shower installed
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Powder room

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Add paneling at bottom of wall
  • Paper top of wall
  • Paint lighting fixtures
  • Rehang towel bar
  • Fix hole in wall
The stairs and landing to the powder room.
The stairs and landing to the powder room.

Stairs

Looking down the hall from the bathroom to the far bedroom, the doorway on the left will be closed in to become a long wall.
Looking down the hall from the bathroom to the far bedroom.
The doorway was drywalled back in December but the hall still needs to be painted.
The doorway was drywalled back in December but the hall still needs to be painted.

Hallway

  • Repair wall where door was removed
  • Paint wall
  • Hang gallery
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

Laundry Room

La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house

  • Finish floor
  • Hang closet door
  • Add hanging pole to closet
  • Add baseboard trim
  • Add chair rail trim
  • Paint and install inside shutters
  • Paint and install old kitchen cabinet above dryer
The master bathroom needs lots of decisions and lots of work.
The master bathroom needs lots of decisions and lots of work.
The master shower is almost 8 feet long.
The master shower is almost 8 feet long.

Master Bathroom

  • Choose tile
  • Choose sink
  • Choose shower
  • Choose vanity
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose placement
  • Design linen closet
  • Buy toilet
  • Have shower installed
Lots of finishing details for the master bedroom.
Lots of finishing details for the master bedroom.
The ceiling is painted in the master bedroom.
The ceiling is painted in the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom

  • Tear out closets
  • Erect bookshelves
  • Patch holes
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls

    Blue master bedroom
    Blue master bedroom
  • Paint trim
  • Lay rug
  • Make bed rustic
  • Refinish tall dresser
French doors in the master bedroom lead to the second story private deck.
French doors in the master bedroom lead to the second story private deck.
the exterior of the deck off the master bedroom has been finished.
The exterior of the deck off the master bedroom has been finished.

Master Deck

  • Rug
  • Paint vintage garden furniture
  • Have railing built
  • Have deck surface finished
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

Diva Room

  • Paint trim
  • Add shutters or curtains
  • Clear out boxes
  • Refit closet after ductwork
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

Treetops Room

  • Clear out boxes
  • Wash windows
  • Move large painting to living room
  • Reorient bed
  • Paint lamp and refinish shade
  • Paint door
Front porch
Front porch

Front entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose blue stone or paving
  • Make planters
  • Add landscaping
  • Paint door
  • Door mat
Side porch
Side porch

Side entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose bluestone or paving
  • Make planter for front edge
  • Make wood box
  • Bench or chair
  • Door mat
The conservatory is one of our favorite spaces.
The conservatory is one of our favorite spaces.

Back entrance

  • Paint railings
  • Stain steps
  • Plant grass
  • Lay stepping stones or temporary deck
  • Door mat
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

Garden

  • Make a plan for foundation plants
  • Plant grass
The shed is both charming and useful.
The shed is both charming and useful.

Wee Little House

  • Organize tools
  • Paint shutters
  • Clear work bench
  • Organize garden items
The Cottage in November
The Cottage in November

Glade Cottage

  • Clear up unfinished projects
  • Move paint to house
  • New water heater
  • Install kitchen sink
  • Move tools to shed
  • Move and repair drafting table
  • Clean up old lumber and flooring
  • Vacuum well
  • Dust and wipe clean
  • Rent

Exterior

  • Paint shingles
  • Paint and install shutters
  • Paint trim
  • Hang gutters and downspouts
    New gutters and downspouts on the entire house
    New gutters and downspouts on the entire house

     

     

We’ll be adding and crossing off as time progresses.

How do you manage your lists?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “House To-Do List – End of the Year 2014”

  1. I manage them by losing them and making new lists. After 6-12 months I gather up all I can find and put them in the office to add to the computer. This creates yet another pile in the office to work around. Every once in a while I get cracking and clear up the office. I do manage to get a lot done over time.

  2. I love how you named all of your rooms I have to steal that idea. I have grandpas room but grandpa went back home and other such boring names. That powder room would drive me crazy. So busy. When you paint your paneling don’t be afraid to use color. It looks very interesting. Here’s an example in my soon to be renamed side room. Link coming In Next comment

    1. Like your red paneling. I’ve lived with “natural” paneling for almost 2 decades and now I am going to paint it white because I have want something WOW above the judge’s rail. Jo

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