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. I’m cleaning up this list with hope of retiring it very soon. At the beginning of 2017 here’s what it looked like.
New bench, new rug, same furniture.
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
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
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.
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
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
Do you have plans for next year?
At the end of each year I receive updated insurance policies for our house and cars.
The Glade in 2011.
Like most insurance it goes up a few dollars each year.
The house at the end of 2017.
However, since we have finally finished all the major improvements I thought it was about time to inform the insurance company to increase our replacement-cost coverage.
Floorplan for the additions and renovations for The Glade.
I wasn’t sure how to document the improvements until I realized I had plans to show the new additions.
The west side of the house has changed more than the east face.
When I sent them to the insurance office they doubled the coverage but premium went up about 40%. That seems like a deal to me.
The planned elevation which replaced the west side windows.
I’m happy to transfer some risk for a reasonable cost.
How often do you change insurance companies?
All of a sudden this year we’ve already had 2 snowfalls.
The snow is very visible in the lights.
I was surprised when I left choir rehearsal that the parking lot was covered in snow.
I’m happy to have arrived home safely.
It’s very early for us in Maryland to have snow that “sticks”.
The second dusting.
If it continues snowing all night I’ll be heading to work later than usual tomorrow morning. Or not at all.
Our security lights brighten up the back yard at night especially when it’s snowing.
I can dream.
Do you like snow?
I used the paint sprayer last weekend to
paint a pair of exterior shutters and to prime a cabinet.
My paint sprayer when it was new.
While I had white paint in the sprayer I worked on one more project.
Some branches are prematurely bare because they’re dead.
First I searched the yard for dead branches that needed to be pruned from our Japanese maple and dogwood trees.
The trimmed branches neatened the yard and will come in handy for a holiday project I’m contemplating.
Then we cut a pile of them.
The pile of branches is being stored on the porch.
I sprayed them white then added a little silver for bling.
Have you guessed
what I’m up to?
You can read about the
Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. In 2015 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.)
When I recently looked at this list I realized we were making progress in spite of ourselves.
Projects to Do:
I’m going to clean up the list for 2018 soon.
Do you plant grass in spring or fall?
In the Cottage on the front wall between the front door and big window is a tall narrow
The curio in the front of the Cottage.
Sug decided it was time to lighten it up.
The doors are still drying.
First she primed it then gave two coats of semi-gloss paint in 2 evenings of work.
White seems to be more in line with the Cottage vibe.
Before and after.
Before and after
Filled with curiosities.
Everybody has a little collection that needs to be displayed.
Are you afraid to paint your good wood furniture?
In the Cottage is a piece of furniture that fits perfectly between the front door and large window.
The curio cabinet was one of the first pieces of furniture to move into the Cottage with the tenant.
It is a tall slender curio cabinet.
Its owner is thinking of getting rid of it but I suggested she might paint it.
Black or graphite
To that end I sent a bunch of inspiration photos.
Similar cabinets transformed by paint.
Does one stand out as perfect?