In case you haven’t noticed, J & I have been furiously trying to get our house all primmed, trimmed, and ready for its closeup, Mr. DeMille – i.e. Christmas 2009! And if you recall this post from a few months ago, we had a pretty ambitious “Quest” to complete all of it before the Yuletide Cheer descended upon Tell’er All About It. In a manner of speaking, it was truly the Quest for the Holy Grail: A Completed House for Christmas! But, as with all things, life intervened, and we found ourselves scrambling just to get the simplest of tasks completed. Now that I am back to work, our time (and energy) is much shorter than it used to be, though the extra cash certainly helps us complete projects that have otherwise festered for far too long. So we thought now would be a good time to “Return to the Quest” and figure out if our projects have shaped up like we planned.
We had divided the projects up into three fairly essential categories (Safety, Functionality, and Cleanliness). For the most part, we were just looking to get some “basics” completed and the “aesthetics” were simply bonus points. If you look below, we have updated the list with some handy dandy links to point you towards the projects we have completed (along with the words crossed out like so to indicate they are finished) and updates in italics on some of the things we *have* completed but didn’t necessarily report on here at Tell’er All About It.
- Buy and install (by ourselves, of course!) a new Hot Water Tank! That should be fun! (Update: Unfortunately, we still have not been able to get this done, however, it is tops on our list for 2010!)
- Buy and install a garage door opener (our house never had one installed – what gives?) (Update: Santa actually gave us one for Christmas – hooray for celebrating Christmas early when presents need to be shipped from 3,000 miles away! Installation process and photos to come!)
- Window Dressings for a minimum of 4 more windows. Is privacy a safety factor?
- Caulking our outdoor “leaks” and repainting almost all of our window aprons before winter sets in.
- Replacing the seals on our front door and our garage entry door so that they don’t leak – and while we’re at it, see if we can fix our “leaning tower of Pisa” doors. (Update: We are pretty much finished with this project, though the pictures weren’t as interesting as simply telling you about it)
- Service the Furnace – we can’t turn it on until we do! Could be a cold winter…Brr…(Update: Actually, the furnace is almost *too* efficient – we are boiling at night still trying to figure out what the best temperature settings are).
- Find a better way to set up our television so it doesn’t look like a really sloppy Tetris game. Another built-in, perhaps? (Update: No progress on this front)
- Find/create a “drop-zone” without a mudroom – challenging, to be sure. (Update: No progress on this front)
- Buy or repurpose a nightstand for the Guest Room – we’ve been lacking this for years – now is the time to do something about it! Also, lamps, hang pictures, and find a way for guests to actually feel like “guests” and not inmates.
- Bookcases need to be purchased, assembled, and books filed away so the Room of Requirement can lose its Harry Potter distinction and become a bona fide Library! Flying and man-eating books optional.
- In addition to that, we need to actually HANG pictures so that the Room of Requirement doesn’t look like a Library meets Art Dealer.
- Hang beadboard on the back of the island in the kitchen.
- Replace the baseboards in the family room and any other room that we paint!
- Laundry Room needs cabinetry so that we can actually have a home for cleaning supplies and detergent. We also need a sink and countertops, but that’s for a later date…(Update: This is another project that has been tabled for 2010. However, we are not sure where it stands on the priority list!)
- Paint the guest room and hang a little some’in-some’in to really take it up a notch! (Update: As a result of our schedules changing so drastically in November on account of my new job, this painting job has been tabled to 2010).
- Paint, Paint, Paint!! Basically, the whole house needs to be painted – all 2200 square feet of it! We probably won’t get it all finished before Christmas, but we can hope, right? (Update: Well, it’s not completely finished! However, we only have two upstairs baths, the Room of Requirement, and the Guest Bedroom left to paint, so I’d say we are doing really well!)
So out of 16 Bullet Points, we were able to complete 9 Full Bullets and two are halfway completed (we simply need to install the garage door opener and the painting of the house is almost completely done). I’d say those are all pretty good odds and considering I was doing much of the painting on my own, it was a successful first 5 months in our new house! Yes, only five months, can you believe it?! Can you imagine what this house will look like after one year of us living in it?!