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2017 Project/House/Life Goals

Everyone is posting their 2017 house resolutions and we’re over here like “Is it Wednesday or Thursday??” (spoiler, it’s Tuesday).

So we’re a little late to the share-your-goals game, but it got us to sit down and talk about some of the bigger projects we are really excited to tackle this year (aka here’s a post with all the not-pretty rooms in the house!)

Garage

I kinda feel like everybody and their mom has the garage on their things-to-be-dealt-with list, but we really reallllllly want to get to ours. After turning half of it into a workshop to create products for our shop, we’ve got scrap wood, spray paint, boxes, concrete mix, and power tools everywhere. For the photo below we actually tried to pick up! (and by pick up we mean shove everything we could onto/under that worktable)

We plan on taking everything off the walls and patching them, epoxying the floor, and coming up with storage solutions for all of our stuff.

Office

Ahahaha. Ye olde office. This is the hardest room to figure out in our house. We are currently using this room to house a couple computers, a 3D printer, tools we don’t want outside, an extensive collection of photography gear, art and craft supplies, and hey lets just throw in our workout stuff while we’re at it too.

The reason we haven’t put more time into this space yet is because we don’t know where out office is going to end up down the line. Will it stay in this room? Will we go back to using the breakfast nook? Will the garage absorb some of it once we fix it up? Will we move it into the guest room once we turn the guest bed  into a murphy bed? Which brings me too…

Murphy bed

Guest rooms are awesome when you have people stay overnight. But most of the time, our guest room is just the room that Mochi hangs out in/houses extra decor and hand-me-down furniture.

We’d really like to build some more functionality into the space, so we are hoping to DIY a built-in Murphy bed  (kinda like this, this, or this).

YouTube Channel 

So this one isn’t a project for our house per say… but we plan on starting a YouTube channel! We love taking videos (we put together a one-second-a-day video each year, just to have) but we’ve never done it for the blog before.

We’re already working on a couple video tutorials and we plan on making the channel live once we have a few more done. Super excited to dip our toes into this world!

More products

Working on some more products, specifically lots involving concrete right now. We 3D print models of the products, make a silicone mold from the print, and then pour the concrete into the mold. It’s super fun! Keep you eye out for things from coasters to candle holders.

New art for living room

After posting about our hallway gallery last week, I’ve got art on my mind. We’ve slowly but surely been painting over canvas prints we’ve had since the apartment days.

See the pink one in the upper left? New. The one of our kitty Mochi poking her head up? New. The black one above the TV? Errrr, in progress haha.

Outdoor lights

Lastly, we plan to finally give our exterior a little love! Starting with replacing our outdoor sconces by the front door and the back door. These, these, and these are a few options we’re looking at.

As you can see, what we’ve currently got going on is nothing special. Of course we could also use a new front door, new window screens, a different paint color… and taking the Christmas lights down would help too.

Putting all this down on (digital) paper makes me want to do ALL THE THINGS right now! Can’t wait to keep sharing, learning, and being our goofy selves with you guys in 2017.

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I realized that the last time we shared our big to-do list with you guys it was the beginning of May! Oh how things have changed in the past three months. Lots of things have been crossed off the list and even more have been added. But man crossing things off is satisfying! Here it goes:

HOUSE EXTERIOR

  • Secure loose wiring on outside of house
  • Add solar lights to walkway
  • Paint exterior white/cream (need HOA approval first)
  • Clean gutters
  • Add new sconces by front door
  • Spray paint door handle/hardware oil rubbed bronze

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  • Paint front door a fun color (need HOA approval first)
  • Shave off bottom of front door so that we don’t have to slam it shut (when the previous owner had foundation work done, it messed up the door alignments)
  • Replace back door and garage door knobs/locks with the new ones we bought months ago
  • Replace weather stripping on exterior doors
  • Replace all window screens (they are super beat up)

FRONT YARD

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  • Add big planters on either side of the door and plant something with flowers
  • Add mulch beds around pine trees?

BACK YARD

  • Dig up bush roots (the bushes we cut down are pretty much all grown back)
  • Build a fence (should we DIY or hire?)
  • Demo old patio and build new one (should we DIY or hire?)

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  • Build pergola for shade (again, don’t know if we should DIY or hire)
  • Put rocks around AC unit so we don’t have to mow around it
  • Clear out all the tree branches from our big tree trimming

LAUNDRY ROOM

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  • Fit Mochi’s cabinet in a way that we like (it will probably just stay where it is though)
  • Add wall hooks to hang purses, laptop bags, and scarves I don’t use but just look pretty on display :P
  • Build shelf along side and top of washer/dryer
  • Paint cabinets white (they’re currently cream, like the trim)
  • Add shoe rack
  • Add mirror
  • Add window treatments (?)

OFFICE

  • Add more storage (Bestas)
  • Style the built ins
  • Replace fan with light fixture
  • Caulk along baseboards where we cut it
  • Replace curtains with some that are long enough (and raise curtain rod)

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  • Get new chairs or keep dining room ones? Or put dining chairs back in dining room and use old office chairs? We have not had luck Craigslisting our old office chairs
  • Add more art and/or a big chalkboard
  • Add a circular rug maybe?
  • Get desk lamp for Evan’s desk
  • Put handles on Besta cabinets so they’re easier to open
  • See if any other desk arrangements work

KITCHEN

  • Caulk along where counter meets back splash
  • Replace light bulbs over bar
  • Caulk around cooktop
  • Paint the cabinets white… if I grow the balls to do so
  • Add window treatments to window
  • Replace recessed light over sink with some sort of pendant light

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  • Replace white fridge with a stainless steel one
  • Get a faucet that doesn’t leak (or try again to fix ours)
  • Make recessed lights prettier with bulbs meant for recessed lights (we currently have the squiggly energy efficient ones but they don’t look so pretty up there)
  • Get some kitchen towels with a pop of color
  • Maybe get a new kitchen rug
  • Paint pantry door a fun color (?)
  • Cover corner of wallpaper showing at edge of cabinets
  • Seal granite? Maybe not, not sure if we need to
  • Paint unused yellow phone jack cover black to match back splash

LIVING ROOM

  • Craigslist old couches
  • Add curtains
  • Get a better media center
  • Add art onto walls
  • Remove loose insulation above damper in fireplace
  • Add damper stop (c-clamp) in fireplace (don’t even remember what that is… just something our inspector told us)
  • Replace fireplace grate with something more contemporary
  • Get modern round stones (like these) for fireplace (to use instead of fake logs)
  • Make some art for above fireplace
  • Stain or paint wood above fireplace?

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  • Mount TV?
  • Figure out how to conceal wire along wall (it used to hide under the carpet before the floors were installed)
  • Replace light bulb that shines onto fireplace
  • Replace fan with a cool statement light fixture?
  • Replace plastic blinds in entry way with wood or faux wood blinds
  • Organize media center and get all our wires in order
  • Hook up surround sound
  • Craigslist old bar stools and get new ones?

DINING ROOM

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  • Buy two more chairs if we end up using the dining room chairs in the office
  • Paint cabinets white (they’re currently cream, like the trim)
  • Get something for bottom shelf of built ins (baskets? more art and vases? I don’t know what to put there)

GUEST BEDROOM

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  • Replace plastic blinds with wood or faux wood blinds
  • Move bedside tables from master to here
  • Get table lamps (or take lamps from master)

WORKOUT ROOM/JUNK ROOM/PROJECT ROOM

  • Add curtains? (Window might be too close to corner for curtains)
  • Replace plastic blinds with wood or faux wood blinds
  • Organize and put away everything just leaning on the walls

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  • Maybe get a work table for projects (it’s turning more into a project room than a workout room after all)
  • Hook up TV (to watch while we’re working out or working on a project)

MASTER BEDROOM

  • Hang curtains
  • Raise curtain rods and put up more curtains (we just put some curtains on the previous owners curtain rods)
  • Buy/build a new bed frame and headboard (maybe the tall Ikea Malm bed?)
  • Do some sort of cool accent wall behind bed
  • Get bigger bedside tables

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  • Possibly get new lamps
  • Fix crack in closet door frame
  • Remove alarm system control panel on wall
  • Hang mirror between his/her closets (it’s currently just leaning)
  • Add more art

HALLWAY

  • Add transition into guest bathroom
  • Paint old water stain on ceiling

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  • Fix carpet transitions where the wood meets the carpet (some are starting to fray a little)
  • Remove door between entry way and hallway (and use it in master bathroom if it fits)
  • Remove alarm system control panel on wall

GUEST BATHROOM

  • Fix low hot water pressure in sink
  • Secure toilet, nobody wants a wobbly potty
  • Re-caulk the whole shebang
  • Fix broken tile shelf in shower
  • Get a bath mat
  • Fix flusher (the tank makes a hiccup noise when it’s refilling. Not good)
  • Decorate and add art

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  • Seal all grout and tile? (If we need to)
  • Paint cabinets white (they are currently cream, like the trim)

MASTER BATHROOM

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  • Install new GFCI outlet
  • Remove hard water stains in shower (any tips for this? I have not had much luck)
  • Add hallway door to bathroom (if it doesn’t work we need to brainstorm a new solution)
  • Decorate those built ins and add art
  • Down the line, trade our pedestal sinks + counter situation to a full length double vanity

GARAGE

  • Clean garbage cans
  • Clean garage so both cars can fit
  • Put all the scrap wood up in the garage attic

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  • Patch/repair holes in drywall
  • Organize, clean, organize, clean
  • Craigslist the old table hanging out in there

ATTIC

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OVERALL HOUSE

  • Replace carpet and tile with wood floors
  • Remove alarm system wires
  • Paint trim white (it’s currently cream)
  • Paint walls
  • Replace all old/missing rubber doorstops
  • Adjust interior doors so they don’t open/close on their own
  • Switch out old yellowed outlet/light switch covers for new ones

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  • Paint/switch out old yellowed AC vent covers
  • Replace light bulbs that are out
  • Windows need a crazy deep clean
  • Replace old fans in bedrooms with new modern fans
  • Hem our curtains so that they all hang nicely and don’t pool
  • Try to do all this AND plan a wedding AND keep our day jobs AND not go crazy :)

That’s a pretty intense list, and I’m sure it will grow faster than we can cross things off. But that’s the fun of owning a house!

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We’ve been bad about updating lately. I’m sorry! We’ve been caught up in conference-attending and wedding-planning and baby-shower-attending and Houston-Austin-SA-traveling. Whew! But we are ready to hop back on this house thing, and what better way to get motivated than to make a giant spreadsheet with all the things you have to do?! What you guys don’t make spreadsheets to get pumped? We are nerds..

nerds Well to show you guys that we are back on track (and to help motivate ourselves to get things done) we are posting the mega-list. The list that eats all other lists. Here goes nothing.

MASTER BATHROOM
Remove hard water stains
Scrape up old grout and caulk, replace with new caulk
Seal all grout and tile
Replace tile we popped off
Untitled-1 Add plastic water guard to shower door
Secure loose sink
Install new
GFCI outlet

GUEST BATHROOM
Re-caulk the whole shebang
Fix broken tile shelf in shower photo2 Seal all grout and tile
Fix low hot water pressure in sink
Secure toilet, nobody wants a wobbly potty

KITCHEN
Replace faucet with one that doesn’t leak
Cover corner of wallpaper showing at edge of cabinets
Caulk around cooktop
Caulk backsplash tile photo(4)2 Replace light bulbs that are out
Seal granite
Paint unused yellow phone jack cover black to match backsplash

ATTIC
Attach new insulation to walls and to attic hatch
Improve attic flooring
Organize spaghetti mess of wires up there

GARAGE
Patch/repair holes in drywall
Organize, clean, organize, clean
Clean garbage cans

HALLWAY
Fix carpet transitions
Get transition into guest bath installed photo(1)2 Remove hallway door
Paint over ceiling stain
Replace light bulbs

EXTERIOR STRUCTURE
Secure loose wiring on outside of house
Paint exterior white/cream Untitled-12 Clean gutters
Add new sconces by front door
Add solar lights to walkway

EXTERIOR LAWN
Pull weeds
Do weed and feed
Dig up bush roots in backyard
Dig up palm roots in front yard
Replace previous palm spots with something pretty photo(2)3 Demo old patio to make way for a new one
Get/build a fence
Re-grade backyard
Plant more grass in bare areas

DOORS
Replace all old/missing rubber doorstops
Paint front door
Shave off bottom of front door so it doesn’t drag
Shave off bottom of garage door so it doesn’t drag
Install new doorknobs/locks photo(3)2 Patch hole in door frame of garage door
Adjust interior doors so they don’t open/close on their own
Move hallway door to master bathroom
Repair water damage on back door frame
Replace weather stripping on exterior doors

WINDOWS
Clean the crap out of them
Remove metal cubes that block them from being opened all the way
Fix/replace all the screens
Remove old alarm system wires
Scrape away old gross caulk and add new caulk

ELECTRICAL
Repair open grounds on outlets
Replace all outlet and light switch covers

MASTER BEDROOM
Fix crack in closet door frame
Patch holes in wall
Build new bed frame
Build new headboard
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OFFICE/ENTRY
Caulk along baseboards where we cut it
Replace fan with light fixture
Build entry way hooks/shelf

LIVING ROOM
Figure out how to conceal wire along wall
Replace light bulb that shines onto fireplace
Remove loose insulation above damper in fireplace
Add damper stop (c-clamp) in fireplace
Add art onto walls
Craigslist old couches

LAUNDRY ROOM
Add tile
Fix part of baseboard we broke Untitled-13 Caulk along baseboards where we cut it
Vacuum dryer vent
Thoroughly clean washer/dryer
Replace fluorescent light with something pretty
Fit Mochi’s cabinet in there somehow
Build shelf above washer/dryer

MISC
Paint trim
Paint walls
New fans in all rooms
Replace/paint old yellowed AC covers, smoke alarm covers, doorbell cover, etc
Hang curtains

You’ll notice a few things are crossed off the list- that’s the stuff we’ve been working on! We’ll make posts on those items when we get a chance. Also, I’m sure we’ll be adding new things to this list about as fast as we can cross off old ones! Owning a home really is a 24/7 job haha.

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