Anyway, this post is not about my efforts to be more patient and more tidy in 2014. This post is about all the stuff I want to get done around the house! So let's make a list, shall we?
1. Repaint the living room. I know, you guys. I KNOW. This will be the third coat of paint in less than one year. But after painting it lavender-gray and then painting it the exact same shade of gray without the lavender undertone and not being satisfied with either of those options, I've decided to go with a blank, fresh canvas and paint it the same white as our entry way and stairs. (Dover White by Sherwin Williams). It makes the wood trim pop intentionally, it will let my patterned curtains show off, it will keep me from painting the wood-trimmed fireplace and mantle, and it will also show off the new bookshelves. (See #2) Plus, you know I've got free child labor to put to use.
2. Get bookshelves up in the living room. So we ordered three bookcases from Target over the summer, to at least get my
|image from here, photograph by Brian Covey Photography|
3. Paint the kitchen cabinets. So in addition to the original stained wood trim and doors, we also have decidedly-un-original dark oak cabinets in the kitchen.
|old photo, before we got rid of the bulky, in-the-way trash can and put in our table|
|kitchen from Domestic Imperfection, originally discovered here|
5. Organize craft/sewing area after painting basement. I will have to psych myself up to take on this project, but I'll be so happy when it's over. Maybe I can cajole Crafty Cousin Amanda to come up for the weekend and help me...
6. Spruce up the laundry area. A coat of paint and some shelves are really all it needs. Maybe a fun new rug and a curtain hung up to block the water heater? I need to get on this because Lord knows I spend enough time down there.
7. Tile the fireplace hearth and surround. Right now the heart and surround are brick. Two different kinds of brick. Different shapes, different textures, and slightly different colors. The orangey-red brick does nothing for the stained wood except make it look orangey.
I think we could tile right over the brick, but as David has very limited tiling experience and my tiling experience consists of the YouTube videos I have watched, David says that we need to consult a pro on this. Which is fine with me--sometimes DIY is great, and sometimes it's totally worth it to just pay someone else to do the same job better, faster, and with less of a mess. Oh--I also think I'm going to paint the gold/brass surround. I'm not positive about this because I like shiny gold things but in this instance I think it looks pretty dated in a not good way. But if I painted it, it would probably have to be painted black (my research is telling me I need to use heat-resistant paint, like for a bbq grill) and I'm not sure about that.
8. Locate a sideboard/buffet for dining room. This one is kind of a maybe. It's not absolutely crucial, but at the same time, I don't have any storage in the dining room now, except for a small cabinet that used to be in the entry way of our old house. Zuzu has taken over that cabinet entirely--we can't keep her out of it, so we can't store anything useful in there. It's currently housing a roll of duct tape in one cabinet and a panty liner in the other. Occasionally I'll find a missing shoe or book and some of her plush nativity figurines inside it--Hey, there, Baby Jesus! The problem is that I'm not sure exactly what I want in terms of storage in the dining room. Our dining room table is very contemporary and eventually I'd like to replace it, but I don't hate it (not at all) and it's totally functional and that's not where I'm interested in directing my discretionary income at this time. So basically I'd like to find a sideboard or buffet that would work with what we've got and also work with a dining table I might like to have in the future (although I really don't know at this point what that might look like). Ideally, I'll find something midcentury on Craigslist for not much money. We shall see.
So those are the Top 8 Projects. Thing have definitely slowed down around here in the project department. Working really takes away from Other Stuff I Want To Do. I'm still working in the spring semester, obviously, but most my classes are repeats so I'm hoping there won't be as much prep work as there was this semester and maybe we can knock out some of the stuff on this list (or outsource it, if David gets his way).