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Master List: 2015

You can read about the Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. Now it’s time to declutter the list itself.  I’ve removed anything that has been accomplished before 2014, 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.)

Projects to Do:

  • 1. Paint green vanity

    I'd like a more neutral color on the green dressing table.

    I’d like a more neutral color on the green dressing table.

  • 2.  Pump up curb appeal with landscaping upgrades
  • 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
  • 5.  Clean closet in Treetops room

    The Treetops Room.

    The Treetops Room.

  • 6. Clean and paint side porch door.

    I haven't decided if this door should be painted white or another color.  Maybe I'll wait until the shingles are painted.

    I haven’t decided if this door should be painted white or another color. Maybe I’ll wait until the shingles are painted.

  • 7. Paint master bedroom door.
  • 8. Strip and repaint front door.

    Yes, the front door needs to be painted since we switched sides with the doorknob.

    Yes, the front door needs to be painted since we switched sides with the doorknob.

  • 9. Scrape, sand and paint back bedroom door. Repair jamb.
  • 10. Lighting for walk-in closet

    A small fixture we found at the salvage yard for $10 might work in the master closet.

    A small fixture we found at the salvage yard for $10 might work in the master 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
  • 17. Vanity and sink for master bath (choose style)
  • 18. Refinish my tall dresser
  • 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
  • 23. Paint new closet

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

  • 24. Paint living room
  • 25. Think about dining room décor
  • 26. Finish cushions in DR

    One cushion remains to be sewn.

    One cushion remains to be sewn.

  • 27. Paint all the trim in the house
  • 28. Paint wood trim on exterior of house

    The old fascia boards are in bad need of primer and paint.

    The old fascia boards are in bad need of primer and paint.

  • 29. 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)
  • √ 30. Choose cabinets for kitchen – price, finish, design

    The kitchen cabinets are tuxedo style -- dark on the bottom and white on the top.

    The kitchen cabinets are tuxedo style — dark on the bottom and white on the top.

  • 31.  Choose countertop material for kitchen
  • 32. Check out overstock.com, Lumber Liquidator, and wood place for flooring
  • 33. Pick tile for bathroom

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile -- Snow Frost glass subway tile

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile — Snow Frost glass subway tile

  • 34. Get rid of rubble pile
  • 35. Decide where every lamp goes

    Limoges lamps - for the bedroom?

    Limoges lamps – for the bedroom?

  • 36. Consider terrace or deck
  • 37. Decide where mirrors go
  • 38. Decide where art work goes
  • 39. Get rid of art that does not suit
  • 40. Paint hallway

    The upstairs hall is painted "Moonshine".

    The upstairs hall is painted “Moonshine”.

  • 41. Paint stair risers

    A small job that makes a big difference -- painted stair risers.

    A small job that makes a big difference — painted stair risers.

  • 42. Paint design on stair walls
  • 43. Paint railings
  • 44. Hang photo gallery in upstairs hall
  • 45. Put shelves in pink room and paint stunning color at back of shelves
  • 46. Fix the front door knob so it works and you can open and use front door
  • 47. Clean basement and add utility shelves under the steps.
  • 48. Design garden plan for back of yard behind the cottage.
  • 49. Set up the iron headboard in the treetops rooms.
  • 50. Open an Etsy shop.
  • 51. Paint house exterior
  • 52. Paint exterior shutters

    Shutters on the house are Duron's "Thunder Grey"

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

I’d better print off this list so I can get started.

Do you have a long list for spring?

I Never Has Seen Snow

Oh, yes, I have. (“I Never Has Seen Snow” is a song from the musical, House of Flowers.) I’ve seen lots of snow this winter and I’m usually unmoved by it.

A month ago Charlie weeded the vegetable garden to get it ready for early spring planting.

In early February Charlie weeded the vegetable garden to get it ready for early spring planting.

From approximately the same viewpoint, the garden is covered with an early March snow which predicts another weekend of indoor projects.

From approximately the same viewpoint, the garden is covered with an early March snow which predicts another weekend of indoor projects.

The morning sunlight in the tops of the trees promised a sunny, if cold, day.

I joined 3 photos to get one view of the back yard.

I joined 3 photos to get one view of the back yard. (Click to enlarge.)

The entire back yard can be viewed from the small porch just off the conservatory French doors.

West yard reference.

West yard reference.

The various outbuildings at The Glade and their proximity to each other can be seen although the snow camouflages each element.

The shed has looked like a little house in the woods during the recent snow events.

The shed has looked like a little house in the woods during the recent snow events.

I don’t want to leave out our shed which we call the “wee little house”. (We used to call the Cottage the “little house” then the shed was rebuilt after an oak tree fell on it so we renamed it , too.)

The morning light warms the corner of the cottage seen from the kitchen bump-out.

The morning light warms the corner of the cottage seen from the kitchen bump-out.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead tonight. We’ll all be tired tomorrow morning.

What’s your favorite season?

Yesterday Was My Anniversary

Not my wedding anniversary, but my blog anniversary.  WordPress reminded me it’s been 4 years since I started Let’s Face the Music.

One of the first photos I posted was this groundplan of the first floor..

One of the first photos I posted was this groundplan of the first floor..

 

Now the first floor has a kitchen addition to the left of the dining room, a conservatory with full bathroom the right, and a covered porch outside the mudroom that used to be the kitchen.

Now the first floor has a kitchen addition to the left of the dining room, a conservatory with full bathroom the right, and a covered porch outside the mudroom that used to be the kitchen.

There’s been a lot of nonsense during that time and things have really changed at The Glade which is the name of our house.

The living room before the renovation.

The living room before the renovation.

Before the renovation the front door opened into the living room.  We had a lot of furniture in there including the 2 love seats which are now in the conservatory.

The blue chairs French style wing chairs from the 1950s (when my mother and grandmother each bought one) are still in the living room.

The blue chairs French style wing chairs from the 1950s (when my mother and grandmother each bought one) are still in the living room.

The blues chairs are still in the living room.

Secretary and Windsor chair inherited from my grandmother.

Secretary and Windsor chair inherited from my grandmother.

The window behind the child's rocker used to be the front door.

The window behind the child’s rocker used to be the front door.

Although the coffee table is the same, the new sofa is from Ikea.

I love the fireplace mirror so I'm keeping it there just as it has always been.

The secretary and its Windsor chair have moved but the fireplace mirror is just as it has always been.

We also moved the secretary to the wall between the living room and dining room.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.

The living room used to be painted a creamy yellow something like the Waterbury Cream of the current kitchen but now it’s Revere Pewter.

Please ignore the clutter on the floor.

Please ignore the clutter on the floor.

Earlier this week it looked like this.

Earlier this week it looked like this.

We’re really delighted with the new rooms, the new colors, the old furniture at The Glade

Do you mix old and new?

The Master Suite Is Primalicious

Charlie has finished priming the master suite bathroom, hallway and closet.

Charlie finished up and cleaned up all the sanding before he started priming.

Charlie (in the master closet) finished up and cleaned up all the sanding before he started priming.

It went from bare bones

The view from the bed (which has been removed) back in November, 2013.

The view from the bed (which has been removed) back in November, 2013.

to a field of drywall

From approximately the same vantage point as the above photo, the master suite addition has been completed.

From approximately the same vantage point as the above photo, the master suite addition has been completed.

to a bright white, clean canvas

The drywall has been primed and is ready for paint.

The drywall has been primed and is ready for paint.

ready for some color.

Before the drywall mudding and primer was complete in the master hall.

Before the drywall mudding and primer was complete in the master hall.

The master suite hallway connects to the main upstairs hall.

The master suite hallway connects to the main upstairs hall.

I have plans to paint the hallway and closet “Moonshine” by Benjamin Moore.  I have also used this color in the mudroom and main upstairs hall.

Inside the master closet before.

Inside the master closet before.

Inside the master closet after the priming is complete.

Inside the master closet after the priming is complete.

The upstairs hall ceiling and master bedroom ceiling are pale pink.  I may continue with that these or commit to Edgecomb Gray on the ceilings (which I used downstairs).

A reminder of the Master Suite floor plan.

A reminder of the Master Suite floor plan.

That’s the next decision and paint project.

Do you have a favorite, go-to paint color?

I Never Get My Whole List Completed

I’m not sure if I’m a pessimist or an optimist.  I always have more on the to-do list than I have time and energy for.

The blue ceiling in the conservatory ties to the curtains in the kitchen.

The blue ceiling in the conservatory ties to the curtains in the kitchen.

I wanted to paint the conservatory and the attached bathroom this past weekend. The conservatory is finished but the bathroom has not been started yet.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore's "Tea Light" on the walls and Valspar's "Hydrangea" on the ceiling.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Tea Light” on the walls and Valspar’s “Hydrangea” on the ceiling.

I also wanted to get the conservatory furniture set up again.

The view standing near the bathroom looking toward the French doors into the back yard.

The view standing near the bathroom looking toward the French doors into the back yard.

Even after all the painting was finished every piece of furniture needed a major dusting.

The conservatory has a television and, hopefully, a sound system (in the future).

The conservatory has a television and, hopefully, a sound system (in the future).

That included washing the windows which were covered with drywall dust.

I really don't know how Charlie can move furniture by himself.

I really don’t know how Charlie can move furniture by himself.

Charlie wouldn’t let me help with the heavy furniture so he carried the hope chest and 2 love seats into the room by himself. Grrrr!

All of this furniture has been stashed in the dining and living rooms. Chaos!

All of this furniture has been stashed in the dining and living rooms. Chaos!

This room still needs flooring, doors, and trim, none of which will happen until the bathroom floor is tiled.

A cute little corner bistro set with a dedicated pendant light.

A cute little corner bistro set with a dedicated pendant light.

I love that it is painted. And I still love the blue ceiling.

Are you a good estimator of time and resources?

Ma Bell is Back

We had just enough changes made to the house that we had to pull out the existing phone jacks. Only one station remained intact and we couldn’t really access it due to piles of clutter in that particular room. (The clutter has now been cleared; thanks for asking.)

The wires hanging across the living room window are just visible in this photo but very visible in person.

The wires hanging across the living room window are just visible in this photo but very visible in person.

The wires outside have been hanging across the window for over a year.

The phones have been trapped in the Diva room since the renovation began in the fall of 2013.

The phones have been trapped in the Diva room since the renovation began in the fall of 2013.

We made a couple of false starts to rectify this situation but each time we could not locate the phone jacks we had removed. (You know they’ll turn up one day.)

Simple phone jacks cost between $3 and $4.

Simple phone jacks cost between $3 and $4.

I bought Charlie two RCA brand simple phone jacks from Lowes and asked him to install them.

Of 4 wires available wires only 2 are necessary for a dial tone.

Of 4 wires available wires only 2 are necessary for a dial tone.

In order to actually figure out how they worked with our wiring we had to take apart the one working jack.

The wires from the phone service are totally different colors from the ones on the jack.

The wires from the phone service are totally different colors from the ones on the jack.

The new jack has 4 wires: red, green yellow, black. There were 5 wires coming from the wall: blue on white, white on blue, orange one white, white on orange, white on green.

Only two terminals were necessary to produce a dial tone.

Only two terminals were necessary to produce a dial tone.

White with blue dashes matched to green and blue with white dashes matched to red.  Yellow and black were unnecessary.

We'll mount this jack on the baseboard after the baseboard is installed.

We’ll mount this jack on the baseboard after the baseboard is installed.

Voila! A phone by the bed.

I haven't used the landline for over a year.

I haven’t used our landline for over a year.

Now if I could keep the telemarketers and politicians from calling I’d have it made.

Do you still have a landline?

One Step Further

My plan was to get rid of the clutter in our bedroom hallway. ( Unlike the red oak floors downstairs, the second floor has pine flooring which is much softer.)

We had a few bags and boxes blocking the upstairs hallway.

We had a few bags and boxes blocking the upstairs hallway.

Our upstairs hallway is now officially decluttered except for Charlie’s shirts hanging in the doorway.

This is not a bowling alley -- it's our narrow upstairs hallway.

This is not a bowling alley — it’s our narrow upstairs hallway.

They won’t actually have a permanent home until the master closet is finished.

From the other end of the hall looking toward the bathroom door at the end of the hall, stairs on the left, and master suite on the right.

From the other end of the hall looking toward the bathroom door at the end of the hall, stairs on the left, and master suite on the right.

But I took the other unsightly bags and boxes and put them in a spot where Charlie (his stuff, you know) can address them at this early convenience.

I set up the rug shampooer in the dining room because it's convenient to the kitchen faucet.

I set up the rug shampooer in the dining room because it’s convenient to the kitchen faucet.

I had taken the hall runner downstairs with the intention of shampooing it. (My method is here.)

The rug is clean and still damp but back in place.

The rug is clean and still damp but back in place.

Believe me, the rinse water was filled with black silt .  Ewww.  I laid the clean rug back in the hallway on an anti-slip pad and let it dry thoroughly.

The rug will dry overnight.

The rug will dry overnight.

Hallway and stairs finished. Check and check.

What room are you focusing on next?