We brought Jayan in to the doctor this morning. He had woken around six, at about the same time I did, with a constant cough that hadn’t been there the day before. My husband and I were both concerned that his pneumonia was back – fortunately, only croup, so he was well enough to go back to daycare. That being said, I missed a half-day of work and the rest of my day was full of meetings, so I still have work left to do tonight. Blah.
In the meanwhile, I’m taking a break and decided to write a bit.
I’ve been looking at the January Cure at Apartment Therapy. Why, yes, I was looking at the January Cure in February – at the close of February – hey, I never implied that I was prompt! :) Anyway, for Day 1, it involves going from room to room and making a list of projects that need to be done and then narrowing them down to a few main points that would improve the look and function of your space.
So, I’m going around, making mental notes and I’m noticing that most of the things that need to be done? Are projects that I did, but didn’t complete or I’m not completely happy with the outcome.
Formal Living Room / Entry
1.) Hang star light fixture in the entry.
The star light fixture has been in a box in the garage for five months because the current light fixture would leave a big hole in the ceiling.
2.) Bring in a console table to better define the entryway.
This is more of a “nice to have.”
3.) Caulk around threshold of front door.
Not the funnest, but a necessary.
4.) Replace the front door.
We have a set of double doors right now and the draft is ridiculous. Planning to replace with a single door and sidelights this summer.
5.) Add a coat rack near the front door for guests’ coats.
I have just the one picked out. :)
6.) Add hooks for our own coats, like a mini mudroom near the garage door.
Now, just to figure out where exactly to put them.
7.) Finish painting the door casing on the front door.
Who looks at the casing from the side, anyway?
8.) Re-work the flooring.
We have wall-to-wall tile in our entire lower level. And the tile is a light grayish white, which, while easy to clean, it’s also always looking dirty. Plus, the floor is cold (especially with our drafty door) and hard (we worry about head injuries if any kiddos would happen to fall down our stairs.) We’d like to either replace with natural slate heated flooring or to go over the current tile with a vinyl hardwood-look floating floor.
Office (Future Guest Bedroom)
1.) Touch up messy paint job in the office.
I don’t really care for the color in the office – it’s a yellow green and is kind of sad looking. I’m really picky about undertone. I couldn’t tell you which undertone is which, but if it’s off, I’m not liking it.
2.) More vertical storage.
Because absolutely everything ends up on the desk.
3.) More file storage.
Again, because everything ends up on the desk. Our current file cabinet was super cheap and is showing it. We need more storage that looks good and an easier filing solution, so we can avoid the piles we have now.
4.) Add the wall.
Right now, this room is only separed from the Formal Living Room by a beam in the ceiling. Because the rooms have a continuous floor of tile, it makes it complicated to add that wall without completely changing the floors.
All Lower Level
1.) Caulk around trim on the lower level.
I should have done this when we moved in and the grout was cleaner.
1.) Finish touch-up paint around the windows in the living room.
Do I have enough paint to do this? Thinking not…
2.) More plants!
I have a brown thumb…maybe synthetic? Loving succulents and maybe a big ficus plant by the window?
3.) A new rug, more traditional-styled.
But not too traditional…I’m picky. Note to self: Remember your “no word” of trendy when shopping. The current rug? Trendy – and now, you like it, but you don’t. Stay true to your style, not to someone else’s!
4.) A leather sofa, preferably a sectional or with a chaise. Stronger furniture lines, so it doesn’t clash with our mid-century modern fireplace.
This isn’t happening anytime too soon, but would be nice. Just more kid-friendly. Also – don’t buy in a rush, note current sofas that I don’t like.
5.) Adding a mantel above the fireplace.
Thinking a simple box-beam type, spanning the full length of our off-center fireplace. Chunky, dark stain? Possibly an old barn beam or railroad tie?
6.) Something to put above the fireplace to break up all the brick.
Thinking a mirror, but am picky, once again. Probably not the worst thing in the world. :) Some unique vases or sculpture for the longer side.
7.) Hardwood floor or possibly cork?
We are not fans of our carpet AT ALL. But it is in good condition, so steam cleaning of our carpet is a must. It is super gross.
8.) A side chair to have by the fireplace to round out the conversation area.
It would help to make sense of the brick and would break up the room, a bit.
9.) Drapes – in a color to break up the blah in the rest of the room.
Maybe an amber or gold to play on the color in the fireplace?
1.) Touch up paint where the curtain rod was by the slider window.
Hmm. I’m sensing a trend, here.
2.) Finish painting the beam between the living room and dining room.
3.) Finish painting the trim/baseboards along the stairs.
This is more of a “started good, but lost steam” project.
4.) Find a pair of drapes that you like and re-hang.
Maybe in a harvest gold?
1.) Rehang the smoke alarm in the upstairs hallway.
Husband will need to do this – heights!
2.) Put the doorknob back on the hall closet, now that we can get it to close, again.
Mental note – when removing a door and painting it, be super careful to not have too much paint on your hinges or behind your hinges or it won’t hang right!
3.) Paint hallway.
Maybe the first step would be to choose a color?
1.) Rehang the smoke alarm in the master bedroom.
Want to say that we also have combination smoke alarm / carbon monoxide detectors in all of our bedrooms, so are not completely out of line with our smoke alarms!
2.) Put up the center support on your curtain rod.
Again with the heights?
3.) Steam out the wrinkles in your $8.00 drapes.
Best deal ever – four silk-looking heavy-weight lined panels for $8.00 total? Yeah, Savers. It was like hefting a wedding dress when I took it to the counter. Best Savers trip ever.
1.) Finish painting the trim and door in the bathroom.
Did you notice that much of these involve paint?
2.) Find a non-cream-colored rug, so it stays clean-looking longer.:)
Because laundry never was your strong suit!
1.) Make this into Jayan’s room.
His room is way too cold and this room is the largest bedroom in the house and unused!
2.) Find homes for the ironing board and for the fan, so they’re not out all the time.
And tell your husband where they are, so that they can be put away!
3.) Part with the dollhouse?
It was handmade for me by my grandpa. It is my one, singular “guilt” item. I was going to donate it to Goodwill, but my husband stopped me. He will grab things out of the trash, too. He is my saver, while I am a thrower. I’ll need to think on this.
1.) Sort through his baby/outgrown clothes and donate a bunch of it.
Bittersweet. I have been saving for the in-case we have another little boy. A topic for another day, I guess!
This is getting done this summer. Absolutely must get done.
3.) Rehang the curtain rod that has semi-fallen down.
This time with a stud finder.
4.) Line the red curtain with white blackout liner, so have the same color facing from the street.