DIY A.D.D.: Or how many projects can you start at one time?

I’m afraid I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of home ownership. It all starts with one little project and all of a sudden you’re in the middle of several not so little projects. How did this happen?! We seriously have 3 major on-going unfinished projects right now, and so, so many little ones. Oh, you’d like to hear all about them? Well good, here we go…

As you read this, please note that there are more projects in the house that we are planning and talking about, these are just the ones that are in process and/or that we have the tools and materials for.

Major Projects:

1) Garage: When we bought this house back in February, we knew we would need to do something about the garage. It was wobbly and had some clear structural issues. Also the people doors were breaking apart and the car doors were manual. Oh, the gutters also leak, which caused some rotting wood on the siding.


A few months ago, we had a dude come out and fix the garage so that the people doors closed and weren’t falling apart, the rotting wood was replaced, and the whole structure was fixed so that it didn’t wobble and threaten to come tumbling down every time you opened or closed the doors. Then, in a genius master stroke,  Andrew rewired the entire garage so that we could have automatic openers installed and so we could turn on a light and it would actually come on (what!).



So now to finish the project we need to pressure wash off all the old, cracked, and flaking paint. Then we need to replace the gutters around the entire structure. THEN we can paint… and prime.

2) Basement: In order not to repeat myself see THIS post. Basically we need to paint and finish the floors throughout, and paint the walls throughout.

3) Back Staircase: This is sort of part of the basement, but we have a staircase that goes from the basement all the way up to the third floor apartment. It is the only way for everyone to get to the laundry room, and it is covered in disgusting carpet and linoleum that is possibly as old as the dinosaur bones that my house was built on. We’ve already pulled up a lot of the linoleum, and started fixing and patching the steps, but we are a loooong way from done and well, sad face.



Little Projects:

1) Bathroom switchplate:

Bathroom lightswitch bathroom plug

you wouldn’t think this would take so long, the switchplate needs to be cut so that it fits against the trim, and I want to swap out the current bisque switches with shiny white ones. However, what we really want to do is change the wiring so that all the light switches and outlets are in the same spot. We aren’t super pleased with the precarious location of our current outlets are, so we would eventually seal that one up.

2) Bathroom mirror:


Also, not a terribly difficult project. I hate those 80s star bolts and it took me for-ev-errrrr to find suitable replacements on the internet (as no one even vaguely understood what I was talking about at the hardware stores). Then these covers came from india or the artic circle or somewhere where the mail system also takes for-ev-errrrrr, but now weeks later, I can only blame my own laziness for not changing these out yet.

3) the YARD:


A never ending project of pulling weeds and making pesto. Just LOOK at the basil bushes we’ve inflicted upon ourselves this summer. Also things that are dying and ugly.

4) New Couch:


We finally bought one! It’s set to arrive in 6-8 weeks and IJUSTCANTWAIT! This will probably prompt us (me) to rearrange the living room and go insane. The couch we are currently using is an old teal leather thing. It’s an ok couch, but it isn’t really my style and it definitely doesn’t go with anything else we own. It’s too small, too teal, too stuffed and and I can’t wait to pawn it off on my dad.

5) Painting the front and back doors:

Front Door

Needs to be done. Bought the paint, bought new knobs and locks….but we just haven’t gotten to it yet. It’s difficult, because we have to give notice to our tenants, and repair the doors before we do anything else.

6) New ceiling fans:


I can officially cross this off the list now! But at the time I started writing this, there were 2 ceiling fan boxes sitting in my house, just begging for me to trip over them and take them to the basement, where projects go to die.

7) Blinds in the guest bedroom: I’m just not ready to photograph this at this point, so no pictures for you… yet. This was a stupid decision on my part. I was at IKEA one day and on a whim, bought some blinds, just to see if they would fit in our windows. They didn’t fit in the sunroom windows, but DID fit in the master bedroom and guest bedroom windows. The reason I didn’t immediately install them was because I will have to take down the existing binds and curtains, prime and paint the windows to white, and THEN hang the new blinds I bought. Clearly, I would like to start this in the guest bedroom. I bought blinds for 2 windows, there are 3 windows in the guest bedroom, sigh. These new blinds have been sitting in our office for over 4 months.



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