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 at the end of 2015. Lots done in the ensuing year.
The living room in 2017.
Living room in 2017.
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula
Coffee bar in the kitchen
Counter in the pantry
Paint wall and ceiling
Hang lighting fixture
Organize pantry food and tools
A new floor was installed last year in the conservatory.
The floor has made a big difference.
Paint floor or lay flooring
Move file safe into closet
Get doors for closet and bathroom
Doors in the conservatory.
Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.
The stairs and landing to the powder room.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.
La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house
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
Tear out closets Erect bookshelves
Shelves to be finished.
Paint walls Blue master bedroom Paint trim
Lay rug Make bed rustic
Refinish tall dresser
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room
Add shutters or curtains
Clear out boxes
Refit closet after ductwork
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.
Clear out boxes
Move large painting to living room
Paint lamp and refinish shade Paint door
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.
Choose outdoor lights/sconces
Choose blue stone or paving Make planters
The westside porch.
Choose outdoor lights/sconces
Choose bluestone or paving Make planter for front edge
Make wood box
Bench or chair
The back stairs to the conservatory.
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
Make a plan for foundation plants
The shed is both charming and useful.
Wee Little House
Clear work bench
Organize garden items
The Cottage has a permanent tenant.
Glade Cottage in Spring
Clear up unfinished projects
Move paint to house
New water heater
Install kitchen sink Cottage kitchen
Move tools to shed
Move and repair drafting table
Clean up old lumber and flooring
Dust and wipe clean
The longest night is over for another year. Did you survive?
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. 2. Pump up curb appeal with landscaping upgrades
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. 4. Move former back door to laundry
Former back door now in storage. 5. Clean closet in 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. 7. Paint master bedroom door.
One of the master bedroom doors.
√8. Strip and repaint front 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. 13. Refinish floor in laundry
and cottage 14. Replace trim in laundry
Finish closet in laundry
The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.
Lighting for master bath
Master bathroom vanity pendants. The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
Vanity and sink for master bath (choose style). 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. 19. Check interior shutters for size
20. Think about bedroom curtains
living room curtains
Working on it.
Paint bedroom The bedroom walls are blue: Virtuoso.
Paint new closet With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
√24. Think about dining room décor
The dining room proper is finished. A few sewing projects remain. 25. Finish cushions in DR
One cushion remains to be sewn. 26. Paint all the trim in the house
Tons of trim needs to be painted. 27. Paint wood trim on exterior of house
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.
√29. Check out overstock.com, Lumber Liquidator, and wood place for
All the floors are installed.
Pick tile for bathroom Conservatory bathroom tall is installed.
Get rid of rubble pile The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
√32. Decide where every lamp goes
Limoges lamps – for the bedroom? 33. Consider terrace or deck
Decide where mirrors go This antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s sink. 35.
Decide where art work goes
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”.
√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.
Paint house exterior Sandy Hook Gray 46. Paint exterior shutters
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?
We have a wealth of colored leaves at The Glade.
The west side yard blazes in the morning.
Red dogwood leaves, yellow tulip poplar, yellow, orange and red, maples.
The Cottage is framed with colorful trees.
It won’t be long before a big wind comes and throws them in waves down onto the grass in the yard.
The trees through the master bathroom window over the vanity.
We can see these colored trees from almost every room in the house.
The kitchen bump-out window overlooks the vegetable garden and the backyard.
The kitchen with its picture window was set up to view the trees.
Red maples and dogwood trees are on the east side of the house viewed from the conservatory.
The conservatory has an especially good view.
We still have not finished trimming the master bathroom window, the stickers are still on the window pane.
Even the master bathroom gets a stunning display.
How do your leaves get picked up?
Charlie and I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, last night but our trip was not without delays.
A walking boot should make me eligible for a wheelchair at the airport.
Since I had broken my ankle the day before we decided to get to the Baltimore airport really early. I got in a wheelchair and a skycap came over to help us.
He took us to get our boarding passes and then on to security where we had TSAprecheck tickets. Charlie went through without a hitch.
Talk about things going wrong. I was passed thru the pre check line then they tested the palms of my hands with a piece of paper which they put into a computer.
The test revealed a dangerous substance which meant I had to be patted down.
I had to take my boots off including the medical one. Go in a special room and get patted down.
All my belongings were tested for the special residue but I guess I passed because I was allowed to priority board due to my injury.
Have you ever had trouble at the airport?
The next area that needs to be cleared is the area around the
big dead tree.
Vines are tangled all over the big tree.
Hopefully the tree cutters will come to saw it down in the next week or so.
Before I can encroach further Charlie needs to move the rain barrel and panes of glass.
I made a 5-foot advance at the base of the tree with the mower.
Wild grape vines get tangled in the branches of trees.
Then Charlie pulled down grape vines that had invaded the nearby maple tree.
The path next to the potager (on the right) had become overgrown.
We found some iris under the weeds. Charlie transplanted the iris.
He whacked down tall grass and weeds.
We have to ask the neighbors to save newspaper for us.
The process is to cover the ground with newspapers or cardboard.
This path leads from the driveway to the back of the yard at the side of the potager.
Then cover the paper with chips.
The yard is becoming more manicured day by day.
This hasn’t been done
What garden weed is your nemesis?
We have 2 oak trees in our front yard which are dead.
Arrows mark the 2 dead trees in front of the house.
They’re not only dead but they’re hanging over the roof of the house.
The tree on the left is dead.
Charlie called our local electric company who indeed agreed to take down these dead trees for fear they would fall in a storm and knock down power lines.
The tree crew showed up with a bucket truck and a giant chipper.
On the first day of July, without warning, the tree removal crew with two bucket trucks and chipper arrived at The Glade to take down the trees that had died along the street .
Charlie’s has been keeping me posted on the progress of the tree removal via texts and emails.
This is a very tricky take-down due to the trees’ proximity to our house and electric/telephone lines.
The branches of the second dead tree were just visible above the roof.
Now only live trees remain.
The process took about 6 hours.
From the master deck the easternmost tree is visible.
The tree from the photo above is also gone.
I’m glad this happened before we put in new foundation plantings which will undoubtedly get more sun than if the two large trees had remained.
Do you have a yard or garden issue that has perplexed you?