House To Do List

While 2017 has been the hardest year we have endured yet, we are starting to see the light. Starting to get fired up about doing projects again and ready to learn new things. Maybe some of that is because I started bullet journaling. (I'll do a whole post on that soon. It's freaking awesome).  But really, I think I need to see some changes in my physical space. It's time to take this builder grade house and make it into OURS. 

Basement Walkout

The priority number one that we are doing is making the basement a walkout on the side by the dart board. This window shall magically become a door. 

Basement Before

Basement Before


We are doing this primarily so that we can AirBNB out the basement. We LOVED that we were able to rent the basement in our last house and it allowed us to do all sorts of renovation projects. We will also add a small "kitchen" area: toaster oven, micro, coffee, mini fridge. No sink though. If we really get cranking on this stuff, perhaps we will add a full kitchen down here. 

Master Bath

While I'd love to do a full gut of this space- I HATE the tile with a passion- I think we will start with new hardware on the cabinets and painting them. I have gone over and over and over what color to paint these cabinets because eventually, I WILL GUT THIS SPACE. So trying to find a color that may work when I eventually demo out the whole right side of the bathroom is causing me designing angina. 

Offensive cabinetry. 

Offensive cabinetry. 

Offensive tile AND offensive cabintry. 

Offensive tile AND offensive cabintry. 

"Kids Bathroom"

It's cute how I have it decked out for Lyla, but boasts much of the same offensive paint and cabinetry as our bathroom. Just blah. And naked... with no hardware. 

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We've only painted the first floor common spaces, LB's office, our master bedroom, and Lyla's room. I LOATHE THE PAINT THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE HOUSE. Flesh is not a color. But somehow it is. And I hate it. 

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Crown & A Rug in the Living Room

What is clearly the most done space is the living room. We love it so much we basically live in it... get it? Hilarious. But it needs crown molding... that's right, I said NEEDS. And it just calls for a rug to tie the room together. I wish that was meant to be a Big Lebowski pun, but it wasn't. It really does need a rug. 

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The Main Floor Bath

Just add some board and batten and paint it. Immediately. It's so boring. And replace the blinds. Woof. 

Stack of toilet paper anyone? 

Stack of toilet paper anyone? 

The Kitchen. The God Damn Kitchen

This kitchen needs: painted cabinets, new countertops, new hardware, a backsplash and window casements. So just a few VERY EXPENSIVE THINGS. And don't worry... I have already replaced those fugly lights. 

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So yeah. We've got quite the to-do list. It's a tad ridic. But what also is ridic is the amount of updated house tours that I owe you kind folks. We've changed a lot. I am adding a blog page to my bullet journal... which means... this shit is gonna get done. :) 

Wall Progress: The Opening of all Openings

Here was the plan: Wall Plan

On day one while I was sitting at jury duty, this happened:

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Here they are building out the header.. when it was all framed out I started to understand the plan even more.

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All framed up:


The next day they got it all drywalled and one coat of mud put up. I just can't get over how open this has made the house already. The header is going to house the two pendant lights that came in from Ballard Designs. And the butcher block countertop is going to rest on the cabinets that are going into the nook that has been created by the little half wall that was built. IMG_4798

Here you can also see the switch that was put in for the pendant lights. Jeff also installed an outlet over on the side: perfect for crockpots, smoothie making, and juicing. IMG_4800

Looking down you can see the notch on the right where the butcher block is going to go. IMG_4802

Here's a shot of the heating vent that is going to get routed through the toe kick of the wall cabinets that are going to get installed.


All that is left is a round of sanding, mudding, sanding, painting, toe kick platform building, heater vent running, cabinet install, pendant light install, and then countertop install.

We are also taking the opportunity to install can lights in the living room and kitchen. Which means that the light box in the kitchen is finally getting removed.

So, I've got a math riddle for you (cough, cough, Ashley, cough): we need 64 linear inches of cabinets. We originally assumed that we would get two 32 inch cabinets, but wouldn't you know it.... Lowe's and HD and everyone else only carry 30s or 33s. So, math people, what combination of cabinets could we get to have 64 linear inches of cabinet love using these widths:

Oh, and I already know we could a 33 and a 21, but I think that would look lopsided and silly. I'd like some combo of two smaller flanking a larger one. May the math gods be with you!