A little recap. Okay, a big recap.

We’ve been in our house for almost five months now, although it feels like about one. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of things on your to-do list, especially if you don’t take the time to sit back and reflect on all that has been accomplished so far. So. We’re going to make some lists, including what we’ve accomplished and what we have yet to do. By no means are these to-do lists exhaustive- they’re just hitting the major points.

But we’ve done a dang lot of projects in the meantime. Without further ado, the house as it is today.

The living room:livingroom

  • Remove paneling, insulate wall, install drywall
  • Paint
  • Crown Moulding
  • Built-in unit along wall
  • Cut hole between LR & Kitchen
  • Remove Carpet/ refinish flooring
  • Install new ceiling fan

The Cabin/ Man Cave:


  • Paint walls (almost complete- need touch-ups)
  • Paint trim
  • Install new ceiling fan
  • Repair hole where intercom was
  • Paint ceiling
  • Window treatments



  • Prime/ Paint/ Add trim to Cabinets (almost done!)
  • Paint Cabinet interiors (1/2 done- they’ve only been primed)
  • New lighting (remove fluorescent, install recessed)
  • Flooring
  • Countertop
  • New Sink/ faucet
  • Dishwasher/ New Range (Remove cooktop & wall oven)
  • Tile backsplash
  • Light above sink
  • Paint
  • Crown Moulding

Dining Room:


  • Cover the ceiling swirlies
  • Remove the pocket door between the kitchen/ dining room
  • New Chandelier
  • Window Treatments
  • Paint
  • Crown Moulding

Guest Bedroom:


  • Paint
  • Crown Moulding
  • Install new ceiling fan

Craft Room:


  • Fix hole in wall
  • Paint
  • Add Board + Batten
  • Crown Moulding
  • Install new ceiling fan

Hall Bathroom: (haven’t touched this space yet)hallbath

  • Paint walls
  • Remove poorly-installed linoleum/ tile floors
  • Add an electrical outlet
  • Change single light fixture to two
  • Do something with the vanity. Anything.

The exterior (includes the garage):


  • Trim up bushes
  • Remove uglybricks from flower beds
  • Add shelving/ storage in garage & shed
  • Add fence along sides & rear corner
  • Paint front door
  • Add window boxes
  • Change exterior lights (one more left!)
  • Add landscaping
  • Flowers! Plant lots of flowers!
  • Demo out ugly broken patio bricks, add a new patio
  • Make a fire pit
  • Make/ plant a garden
  • Remove trash/ trees
  • Fix the spot to the right of the shed where the dogs have created a muddy trench (Woooo post on this coming soon!)

Basically, this means we have TONS left to do, but it also means we have come a long way! Hooray for progress, warmer weather, and parents coming to visit!


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