The {big, huge, overwhelming, scary} house to do list

I have some big plans for our house this summer, but it will be A LOT of work! I'm thinking posting this list will help me be organized and hopefully keep me working too!


-finish painting walls gray (project stopped 2 years ago when I found out I was pregnant...oops!)
-frame Jack's Taste of Home photos together
-find (or make) quote or word art for space above photo frame
{long term} find someone to help us redesign the kitchen space

Dining Room

-new rug for under table (preferably cute & durable)
-possible new (junker) table that will hold up to the kids a little better & look a bit cuter
-table centerpiece decor


-new shower curtain
-possibly repainting mirror trim/wall shelving from cream to a COLOR!
-new towels
{long term} complete remodel

-sort & weed through toys
-organize keeper toys in new bookcases
-put everything back in the playroom
-new wall frames up with kids' art in them?
{long term} paint trim white (window trim is holding me back...anyone have a trick to make that easier?)


-sell futon
-clean unused things out
-reorganize layout of desks
-create jack's desk space
-create kids' reading area
-new organization system for my craft/office stuff

Stairs/Upstairs Hallway

-paint beige walls light yellow
-frame kids' outfits in shadow boxes
-spray paint big scroll frames
-create silhouettes of the kids for the big frames
-one more frame for each kid - either felt initials, hand prints, or ?

{long term} new carpeting downstairs & on stairs

Living Room

-sell all our old furniture & tv
-buy out IKEA & hope they deliver quickly
-spend some time on etsy finding the perfect pillows for the new couches
-spend some time on etsy finding fun decorations/accents & wall print stuff
-move cable tv connnection (this one is matt's job)
-find baskets/boxes for living room storage
-figure out wall art & layout with the new room layout

Writing that all out is both overwhelming and exciting! I can't wait to get started though! Now to decide where to start...

P.S. Anyone have opinions/advice on selling items (craigslist, ebay, rummage sale)?
Stunami said...

we need a futon much?

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

woooooo!!!! i'm SO excited for you!! can't wait to see it all fresh and lovely!!

Bridget said...

Darn you, Heather! Now I am going to have to make one of these lists! Although, my problem is usually figuring out how I want to do everything without going completely broke in the process...

Rachel said...

i'm certain that if i had a blog (...someday...) and tried to post a similar list, blogger would have my head for taking up ALL of their server space.
Ah the joys of a brand new-to-you fixer-upper!
now if only we had the Budget to tackle said projects!

I've had great luck selling stuff on Craigslist. Take good photos, and list for a fair price, and it'll be out the door!

heather said...

Rachel & Bridget- That's why I need to sell all the finance the purchases (and I've gone "cheap" on most things).

Also...I realized I left a couple things off the list that I can't even think about right now (cause they scare me that badly):
-clean out my clothing & donate the ugly/non-fitting items
-paint the trim on the exterior of the house (i believe if this ever happens it will be subcontracted)
-clean out & organize the basement (that one keeps me up at night!)

Jackie G said...

Craigslist will be your best friend!! We've had great luck there! and you can also use my garage sale that I swear I will have this summer!!

I'm excited for you but yikes...sounds like a ton of work! Um, if Matt needs help with the cable thing, Tony rocks at that stuff (oh and we might be related to a cable guy too :)

AND...I still want to go to Ikea :)

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

just had to come back and let you know you've inspired me to work on some things/organize around here too!!

and hey! i'd love another trip to ikea! ;)

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