02 May 2016

The Grand To-Do List (Welcome to our home!)

Alright ya’ll…gear up for a long one.

If home décor and DIY are your thing, this post is for you. Over the last month, I have gone though each and every room in our house to photograph it for an updated home tour.

If you’re ready for the big kahuna, the large marge, the epic eric (I made that one up) of project lists, you’ve come to the right place! Because this house is just so much bigger than our last, this list will be updated as I go. I’ll check in periodically to give you progress updates, and I’m sure I’ll change my mind, add to it, take away from it, and scrap some things along the way. So lets get started, shall we?! Let me preface by saying I did not edit a single picture you're about to see. There is no way I will find the time to edit 96 photos, and they're all before pictures anyway so we'll save the nice ones for the future :)

Exterior (Front):

This space is pretty good as it stands. I think that one day we would like to have the exterior painted, but I’m not sure enough about that to add it to the list, so for now here is our “to-do”

-Power wash brick, patio, and driveway
-Hang “welcome” sign
-Change out screen door for glass door
-Add some potted plants
-Updated Wreath

This garage is epic, which is SO super exciting for us as it’s where the majority of our projects happen. For now it just needs:

-A good cleaning
-2 garage door openers
-Add garage door safety laser
-Organize tools/scrap lumber

Entry Room:

DIY In progress!

When you first walk in the entry, you have this cool little room that really opens up the space. We’d like to:

-Update drapes/rods
-paint-in progress
-paint banister white- in progress
-rip up carpet/tile, continue hardwood
-Replace outlets with white

-Decide on décor
-pick out runner
-paint all doors white
-rip up tile, continue hardwood
-Replace outlets with white
-Replace light fixture

Hall Closet:
-Fun Wall paper
-Paint Door
-Organization System to be determined

Laundry Room/Mud Room:

-Vinyl waterproof flooring
-Build laundry roll-out shelves on opposite side
-Build Mudroom cubbies
-Build Axl Cabinet
-Replace outlets with white

Laundry Room Bathroom Transition:

So, just opposite the wall of this large and bizzare layout, is a bedroom, so since we already have a random shower/sink in the room, we’d like to add a toilet, build up a wall, and create a guest room suite attached to the 2nd floor bedroom.  This will be awhile down the road but here is the plan for now:

-Build wall to create bathroom
-Close off wall to living room
-New Shower
-New Sink
-New Toilet
-Lay flooring
-Add door to bedroom
-Replace outlets with white

Living Room Hallway:

-Rip up carpet/continue hardwood
-small runner
-Build baby gate for upstairs
-build baby gate for downstairs
-Replace outlets with white

That takes you to the revolving nursery/guest room. Because it is directly at the end of our stairs, its going to be Sawyers nursery/all our babies nurseries for awhile! It will probably be a good 6-7 years before this becomes a guest room, so for now the plan is:

-Paint trim/doors white
-Hang Décor
-Organize closet
-Replace Carpets with hardwood
-Buy rug
-Replace outlets with white-in progress

Outside of the bedroom you’ll find our main living space that I LOVE and there just isn’t much I need to do, but we do have a short list-

-Replace carpets with hardwood
-Large Rug for space
-Decorate coffee table
-Paint walls- in progress
-Paint Built-ins white
-Organization system in cabinets
-Decorate Built-Ins-in progress
-Replace outlets with white

Dining Room:

I don’t really have anything to add in here. I love love love x100 this space and the beautiful table my dad built for us. My only adjustments are:

-Change out shades on light fixture
-Build/Buy dining bench
-consider bar cart? –worried about this with toddling hands! We’ll see what the solution ends up being
-new bar stools
-Replace outlets with white


The kitchen layout is amazing! We absolutely love it.  Having lived with it for a few weeks now, it’s totally ideal and I love being able to do dishes and still interact with the room. We do have some plans in this room though, as it’s just not really our style.

-Paint/repair cabinets (I think we decided on deep charcoal grey!)
-New quartz countertops
-subway tile backsplash
-new fixture above island
-Add farmhouse sink
- New faucet
-Replace outlets with white

-Line in pretty paper
-New flooring
-Organization system
-Replace outlets with white

Kitchen Bathroom:

Its completely bizarre that we have a random bathroom in the kitchen area of this house, but as of now it’s the only bathroom on the main floor which means it’s used constantly!  It has a little mermaid seashell sink, and a wobbly toilet so this room is going to be a fun little gut job

-Add wainscoting
-New bathroom vanity
-new toilet
-Add  fun shelving above toilet
-Replace outlets with white


I’m getting tired and we haven’t even gone up or downstairs yet! PHEW! This room is gorgeous. It needs nothing except a tiny bit of TLC.

-Paint-in progress
-Find coffee table
-Replace outlets with white

That wraps up the entire 2nd (main) floor! I am now wishing I decided to break this post up into multiple entries because it’s getting nice and lengthy, but lets continue…

Top Floor (Master Suite


-Replace Carpet
-Paint Walls
-Paint Banister


-Paint Built-Ins white
-Decorate Built Ins
-Plank Ceiling
-Install new light fixtures
-Paint Doors

Master Bedroom:

-Hardwood Flooring
-Reupholster window seat
-Build/Buy side tables

Master Closets:

- Organize system
-Paint/Wall Paper
-Additional Shoe Shelving

Master Bath:

Gut Job to be determined :)

The bath upstairs leaves a bit to be desired, but it will work for a few years until we've saved up enough for a complete gut job. I'd love a stand alone bath, a glass enclosed shower, new flooring, a double vanity...the list continues! I'd also like to gut our master closets and see if we can move them to the master bath. I absolutely HATE having a closet on either side of our bed! It doesn't leave room for a side table and it is quite honestly the worst. I'd like to gut this completely and move our bed to the back wall, extending the bathroom and adding closets...but you know, money. So for now, we're living with it!

Okay...moving downstairs. This entire space is basically going to be just one big "to be determined" because it's impossible to even think what we want to do with the space as we haven't grown into it yet. But I do have some ideas floating around in my head. :)


-Remove Mirror
-Remove carpet on stairs


-New hardwood flooring

Guest Room:

-New Carpeting

Guest Bath:

-New Flooring
-double bathroom vanity
-new glass shower door
-new shelving
-new toilet seat
-new shower head
-paint trim/door

2nd Guest Room:

-TBD I cant even begin to think of what to do yet

Downstairs Mud Room:

-Also TBD...but i'd like to add some french doors :)

Downstairs Bath #2:


Unfinished Basement Space:

-Another TBD, but we'll finish it off into a playroom hopefully sooner than later!

We're rounding the finish line, folks! Lets hop outside, shall we?

Top Deck:

-Replace Safety railing every 3 inches apart
-Replace deck board
-reinforce under deck
-buy rug
-plant herb garden
-outdoor sectional
-order outdoor pillows
-install bulb lights
-powerwash outside
-plant additional plant

Bottom Decks:

TBD- I haven't even begun yet! Everything does need a good powerwash, though

Boathouse/Party Deck:

-New outdoor rug
-bulb lights
-outdoor lanterns
-outdoor drapes

Swim Deck:

-Storage solution for rafts
-Storage for towels

And folks...that just about wraps it up! Was that thorough enough for ya? Hey, at least you got a ton of pictures out of this post! As you can see, our new place will keep this blog afloat for YEARS to come! I feel so proud of how far it has come in the month we've lived there. It really does feel like our house now. Although i'm sure we'll be pulling our hair out through some of the work, I feel pretty darn blessed to get to enjoy the view along the way. :)

Until Next Time,


  1. Love love love it!! Can't wait to follow along 😉

    1. It's coming along even moreso! Can't wait to share even more. Im glad you'll be there for the journey :) xo!

  2. It's coming along nicely. Such a beautiful house! Do you have links for your dining chairs, the grey chair in the sunroom, dresser and large mirror in your bedroom?

    1. Thank you so much! If you check out my post on building our dining table, everything is linked up :) xo!

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