our version of HGTV

Today we spent most of the day cutting wood. No, that’s not a euphemism for anything, contrary to what my 12-year-old husband would like to think. We were measuring and cutting the trim for the kitchen and dining room so I can paint it tomorrow so we can nail it up next weekend and hopefully get this kitchen Completely, Officially Finished by Maggie’s birthday party in 2 weeks.

Doing house projects with a baby is interesting. She only napped for about an hour today, ALL DAY LONG, so that didn’t leave us with much time to do the work we needed to do. Less than half-way through, she woke up so we took her outside and she sat like a Good Girl in her stroller, watching Mommy and Daddy do something complicated with that big noisy thing they called a ‘saw’. (Don’t worry, we kept her far away from the nasty sawdust and scary metal blade!)

watching Daddy

All this house-project stuff has me all in a tizzy now, much to Dan’s disappointment. Here, he thought he might be able to get away for a day here or there to go golfing. Little does he know I have many, many things planned for our weekends in the coming months. I can’t help it though. House projects are like crack: the more I do, the more I WANT to do. I always have ideas for things I want to work on. But I need to keep it under control because 1) we aren’t planning to live here more than 2 more years and 2) um, where’s all this money coming from? My butt??!?!

Here’s my list so far:

INSIDE: The Kitchen/Dining Room (this stuff will be done in the next few weeks. Or at least it BETTER BE.)

  • cut, paint, and hang trim and baseboards
  • touch up black paint under cabinets
  • wipe down cabinets (they have a really nasty dusty film on them from the Floor Destruction, argh)
  • fix cabinet door under microwave (the panel is separating for some reason… nothing a little caulking and paint can’t fix!)
  • re-caulk countertops, because they sank a bit after being installed. DANG IT.
  • fill in seams and paint under countertop/island overhang (just an annoying thing that I notice, probably nobody else will)
  • figure out thresholds/transitions going from wood to the new tile floors (The new floors are A LOT higher than the old ones; I’m supposed to call one of our wood floor installers to have him explain some things we can do for this.)


  • new mailbox post and mailbox, with new house numbers (my Dad will help with this!)
  • new stone retaining wall (4 rows high) for the flower bed by the driveway (The wooden one that’s there now is dangerously close to collapsing onto the driveway. And while it’s not very high, it would still be a mess of dirt everywhere. Plus, it looks like crap.) (my Dad will help with this too!)
  • stone borders to match retaining wall around flower bed, mailbox, and tree ring
  • bark mulch for all the flower beds
  • figure out what to do with flower bed on the side of the house by the chimney
  • plant my usual spring/summer flowers
  • paint garage doors
  • get new garage door openers (We have 2 doors, and 2 completely different opener systems. The opener for my side is from 1946, I swear.)
  • clean out garage; possibly get new shelves for back wall

INSIDE: The Basement / Laundry room

  • baseboards
  • replace carpet (doesn’t have to be fancy, just clean and NOT DARK BROWN.)
  • patch/spackle laundry room walls; paint
  • new laundry tub and faucet
  • new shelves above dryer for storage (We have NO storage in this house)
  • curtains for laundry room
  • vinyl tile for laundry room floor? (still trying to decide what to do here. I don’t really want to spend $$$ on my laundry room floor…)
  • move the lightswitch in the laundry room (We are dumb and when we put a new door in, we got one that opens from the opposite side of the lightswitch… meaning I have to go into the room, shut the door almost all the way, and THEN turn on the light. We didn’t realize this until it was already in. DOH!)
  • re-face the fireplace (again, not sure exactly what to do here that won’t cost $$$)

Lordy. I’m tired just reading that list.


  1. janet

    March 15, 2008 8:03 pm

    that is an ambitious list, but I totally agree that the more you do, the more you want to do! I just want to be DONE PAINTING. Gah.

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  2. Melissa

    March 15, 2008 8:28 pm

    That’s quite a list – made my head spin!! You are so ambitious, AND you always follow through… I am a huge slacker in comparison. Then again, I have no help, which is why I always end up starting things and quitting halfway through. George says, “I don’t know what I’ll do with myself, once I’m done with school!” and I tell him with a smile, “I have PLENTY of ideas for you!” :P

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  3. Jen

    March 15, 2008 9:40 pm

    @Melissa: I do have help… though it’s reluctant help ;) heehee Poor Dan just wants to relax on the weekends and today he saw my list and I think he peed his pants.

  4. Corrie

    March 15, 2008 9:41 pm

    I made a list similar to yours and posted to our fridge. Jon got the hibbie-jibbies and made me hide it. Lists make me feel better. On my list I included garage door openers, yard work and lots of paint. My OCD is on overdrive.

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  6. mel

    March 16, 2008 11:09 am

    Lol, hey, look there. It trackbacked.
    Anyway, you inspired me to make my own list, as you can see. :)

    mel’s latest blog post: 5 year long to-do list

  7. Jeanelle

    March 16, 2008 8:14 pm

    The best thing about to-do-lists are the part where you get to check things off! You should seriously consider a trip to IKEA – anytime we have big projects on the horizon, we go there for ideas.

    Good luck!

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