Sometimes at the beginning of the month, I post a progress report of how I did on the previous month’s house goals, and what I hope to accomplish in the new month. Well, I’m 11 days late on that this month, but since the beginning of July marks the halfway point of the year, I thought now would be a good time for a complete evaluation of how I’m doing on this year’s goals.
Let’s start outside:
So far this year, I had the exterior of the house painted Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray and Extra White.
On the front porch, I had the concrete ramp removed, and then my brother and I built a new wood porch over the concrete porch. Then I turned the plain posts into pretty columns, installed and painted a new ceiling on the porch, installed new porch lights, and painted the front door.
The biggest exterior project of the year, and one we hadn’t planned on tackling this year at all, is the carport. I didn’t DIY this, but it did require my involvement quite a bit along the way. The contractor’s part is finished, and now it’s up to me to finish the rest. Right now, it looks like this…
Excuse my shutters. 🙂 But as you can see, I almost have the shutters for the other two windows ready to install. That would have gotten done yesterday but my table saw didn’t cooperate (it sputtered out on me as I was ripping the trim for the windows), and then the weather didn’t cooperate. I’ll get a new saw today, and if the weather cooperates, those shutters should be finished and installed either today or tomorrow.
So that’s the exterior progress so far this year. The items left on my house goals list from the beginning of the year are:
- Build and install shutters (I’m halfway there and will be finished this week.)
- Built and install flower boxes on five windows.
- Built new front porch steps and hand railings. (Can’t do that until the new sidewalk is poured.)
- Build steps and handrail to the side studio door. (That concrete has been poured and is ready for the steps.)
And now with the addition of the carport, a few items have been added to my “to do” list.
- Trim out the two carport columns to make them look like the front porch columns.
- Caulk and paint the carport and back wall of the house.
- Install the lights and ceiling fan(s).
- Install and paint the beadboard ceiling and trim.
The exterior has been the big project so far this year. It doesn’t seem like much has gone on in the inside of my house…yet.
I did get the baseboards touched up in the entryway, and I repainted and re-tiled the fireplace in the living room.
I got my stenciled walls finished in the music room. Then I made a scalloped mirror to go over the piano…
The things left on my list for the living room are:
- Reupholster two chairs
- Finish making the draperies (I have one panel done, three to go.)
- Install chandelier closer to the ceiling.
- Decorate and accessorize the room.
In the music room, I still need to:
- Reupholster two chairs
- Build cabinet doors for the lower sections of the bookcases
- Repair and refinish the piano bench.
- Touch up the doors.
- Paint the round side table.
- Decorate and accessorize.
The one area of my house that I actually finished this year is the hallway.
Quite a bit of that hallway was done last year, but this year I built the drawers and finished the cabinets, painted the console table, and framed and hung the artwork. I do still have one doorknob to install on one of the bathroom doors, but I won’t stress about that. The doors are usable without it, and I’ll get to it eventually.
The changes in the hallway made it necessary to change the vanity color in the bathroom. I got that painted at the beginning of this year.
I’m still not thrilled with the color, but so far I’ve resisted the urge to put another coat of paint on it. 🙂 I can’t promise that my self-control will hold out, but as far as an actual list of things to do in there, I don’t have one.
I haven’t done anything in the kitchen this year…
…although I did have two things on my list that still need to get done.
- Replace the glass in the four cabinet doors. (They’re still completely open — no glass, no nothin’.)
- Get new appliances.
In the breakfast room, I started the year out with the door leading to the studio looking pretty torn apart and unfinished since the exterior door was removed (during the garage-to-studio conversion) and replaced with a 15-lite pocket door. So I got the pocket door painted, the drywall repaired (where a two-gang switch box was removed), and the trim installed and painted.
The other four rooms on my original house goals list for the year — the pantry, studio, half bathroom, and back studio entry/closet area (which was referred to as the mudroom until plans changed) — haven’t had much done at all.
The pantry still looks like this…
And the studio still looks like this…
There have been some significant changes in the back entry area and the half bath, but only because those changes were the natural result of the carport being added on. The back entry area now looks like this…
And now a large closet has been framed in for me to store my big power tools, and the half bathroom actually has standard-height (8-foot) ceiling joists.
But these areas have so far to go that it gets overwhelming actually writing down an exhaustive list of things that need to get done. It includes all of the basics (insulation, drywall, electrical), flooring installation, trim, tons of caulking and painting, cabinet building, and on, and on.
So I have made quite a bit of progress in the last six months. I’m quite proud of how things are looking on the exterior of my house, and I’ve gotten a few things done inside as well. But Matt is definitely chomping at the bit for me to get focused on the studio and carport and get those things done now that the contractor’s part is finished. I do agree with him that those need to be my priority, but I’ll also need to take breaks for some fun projects here and there. 🙂
There’s still so much to do! But the point of my list isn’t to beat myself up for what I haven’t accomplished. In fact, this has actually been a very encouraging exercise in looking back and seeing just how much I’ve done this year. I’ve been busy! 🙂 And I know that realistically, it’s not humanly possible for me to finish everything on my list this year. But it does keep me motivated to challenge myself and see just how much I can get done. I like a good challenge. 🙂