Master List: The End of 2016

You can read about the Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. Last year I decluttered the list itself.  And now I’ve removed anything that has been accomplished before 2015, retaining things that still need work, and adding projects that require finishing or are just plain FUN. (Our room by room to-do list is here.) Unfortunately we haven’t made much progress on this list.

Projects to Do:

  • 1. Paint green vanity

    The dressing table is still green.
    The dressing table is still green.
  • 2.  Pump up curb appeal with landscaping upgrades

    This total lack of landscaping needs to be graded, seeded, and planted.
    This total lack of landscaping needs to be graded, seeded, and planted.
  • 3. Make a cushion for the piano bench.

    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed.
    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed.
  • 4. Move former back door to laundry

    Former back door now in storage.
    Former back door now in storage.
  • 5.  Clean closet in Treetops room

    The Treetops Room.
    The Treetops Room.
  • √6. Clean and paint side porch door.

    The side porch is painted with the new house color, new door color, and bright white trim.
    The side porch is painted with the new house color, new door color, and bright white trim.
  • 7. Paint master bedroom door.

    One of the master bedroom doors.
    One of the master bedroom doors.
  • √8. Strip and repaint front door.

    Front porch door
    Front porch door
  • 9. Scrape, sand and paint back bedroom door. Repair jamb.
  • 10. Lighting for walk-in closet
  • √11. Clean floor in cottage
  • 12. Paint trim in pink bedroom

    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.
    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.
  • 13. Refinish floor in laundry and cottage
  • 14. Replace trim in laundry
  • 15. Finish closet in laundry

    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.
    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.
  • √16. Lighting for master bath
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.

    The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
    The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
  • √17. Vanity and sink for master bath (choose style).

    The vanity is in place and in use.
    The vanity is in place and in use.
  • 18. Refinish my tall dresser

    My chest of drawers which belonged to my grandmother needs a surface treatment.
    My chest of drawers which belonged to my grandmother needs a surface treatment.
  • 19. Check interior shutters for size
  • 20. Think about bedroom curtains
  • 21. Make living room curtains

    Working on it.
    Working on it.
  • √22. Paint bedroom

    The bedroom walls are blue: Virtuoso.
    The bedroom walls are blue: Virtuoso.
  • √23. Paint new closet

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
  • √24. Think about dining room décor

    The dining room proper is finished. A few sewing projects remain.
    The dining room proper is finished. A few sewing projects remain.
  • 25. Finish cushions in DR

    One cushion remains to be sewn.
    One cushion remains to be sewn.
  • 26. Paint all the trim in the house

    Tons of trim needs to be painted.
    Tons of trim needs to be painted.
  • 27. Paint wood trim on exterior of house

    Charlie started painting on the rear eaves. Upper left.
    Charlie started painting on the rear eaves. Upper left.
  • 28. Paint dining room table and chairs to use in the kitchen or Craigslist current set and buy something more size appropriate (Go to Red Hen’s blog for great inspiration)

    Sold.
    Sold.
  • √29. Check out overstock.com, Lumber Liquidator, and wood place for flooring
    All the floors are installed.

     

  • √30. Pick tile for bathroom

    Conservatory bathroom tall is installed.
    Conservatory bathroom tall is installed.
  • √31. Get rid of rubble pile

    The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
    The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
  • √32. Decide where every lamp goes

    Limoges lamps - for the bedroom?
    Limoges lamps – for the bedroom?
  • 33. Consider terrace or deck
  • √34. Decide where mirrors go

    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie's sink.
    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s sink.
  • 35. Decide where art work goes

    Lots of original art in the living room.
    Lots of original art in the living room.
  • 36. Get rid of art that does not suit
  • √37. Paint hallway

    The upstairs hall is painted "Moonshine".
    The upstairs hall is painted “Moonshine”.
  • √38. Paint stair risers

    Painted stair risers.
  • 39. Paint design on stair walls
  • 40. Hang photo gallery in upstairs hall
  • 41. Put shelves in pink room and paint stunning color at back of shelves
  • 42. Clean basement and add utility shelves under the steps.
  • 43. Design garden plan for back of yard behind the cottage.
  • 44. Open an Etsy shop.
  • √45. Paint house exterior

    Sandy Hook Gray
    Sandy Hook Gray
  • 46. Paint exterior shutters

    Shutters on the house are Duron's "Thunder Grey"
    Shutters on the house are Duron’s “Thunder Grey”

I’m going to clean up the list for 2017.

Thanks to all who serve to maintain our freedom.  I salute you.

What are you trying to finish in this calendar year?

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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.

6 thoughts on “Master List: The End of 2016”

  1. You’ve gotten major things on your list done, Jo. And you got the cottage cleared out with a tenant now in place! I’m still trying to get the house in order. I had a break-in yesterday while I was gone. Very strange – nothing seems to have been taken. But now I have to replace two doors – one damaged when kicked in and another one that is extremely vulnerable and is the one I thought would be the entry point if anything ever happened.

    1. I’m going to remove all the things that happened before this year. Some of the things on this particular list I’ve been working on for over a decade. Jo

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