Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Listy McListerson

Let me preface this by saying if long to-do lists make your blood pressure rise like current gas prices ...this post is NOT for you.  Joe usually really likes lists but this one is causing him some heart palpitations.  I told my parents when I was little and wanted to do something extravagant for my birthday, "Don't think about the money, think about the fun".  I hold tight to this adage although sometimes reality comes and bites me in the butt.  What do you mean I can't fly first class to Hawaii for 2 weeks with all my friends while staying in their best suite?

I LOVE reading through this list seeing all the fun projects that we have to take on and dreaming of what others I can add.

This will be a working list that we will revisit every few months to cross things off and I'm sure add to it.  I've already noticed that in the short three months that we have been here my taste and ideas have changed so this list will undoubtedly change over time. 

Without further ado...

*Anything with a strikethrough has already been completed! happy dance*

Outside House

  • Build shelves in small shed
  • Wire a light outside the patio door for deck
  • Paint/stain deck
  • Rip out concrete in backyard 
  • Build raised garden beds
  • Build seating around fire pit
  • Build paver walkway to fire pit
  • New pavers around flower beds
  • Paint house and both sheds
  • Plant trees on east side of yard
  • build a privacy fence
  • Take down dog run
  • Put screens on the gutters to guard against leaves
  • paver walkway to front steps
  • Paint/stain front steps
  • Paint front doors


  • Matching shingles for garage and sheds
  • Locker cubbies in garage
  • Garage storage
  • Paint garage walls
  • Paint garage floor
  • Work bench

Man Cave

  • Paint floors in Man Cave
  • Old fashioned lights for overhang
  • Put knotty pine up in Man Cave
  • Move propane heater
  • Build bar for Man Cave

Kitchen/Dining Room

  • Paint
  • Paint trim
  • Paint toe kicks
  • Build kitchen table
  • Buy 6 or 8 mismatched chairs for kitchen table and paint
  • Touch-ups on cabinets
  • Wall art
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Tile backsplash
  • New wood floors
  • Paint cabinets
  • New hardware in kitchen
  • Toe kick for tall cabinet
  • Baseboards
  • Crown molding
  • 2 more handles for island
  • Paint island
  • Paint hutch/buffet
  • Paint radiator
  • Crown molding on kitchen cabinets
  • Command station for kitchen
  • Buy new industrial style lamp for kitchen
  • Paint curtains
  • Caulk all baseboards and trim
  • Paint windows
  • Quarter round by baseboard

Living Room

  • Paint
  • Paint trim
  • Curtains for living room
  • Karlstad couch in dark grey
  • Paint radiators
  • Accent chair for living room
  • Paint curtain rods
  • Paint bookshelf entertainment center
  • Blanket ladder
  • Gallery wall in living room
  • Caulk all baseboards and trim
  • Paint windows
  • Quarter round
  • Wall art


  • Paint
  • Paint trim
  • Fix porch closet doors
  • Board and batten upstairs hallway
  • Geometrical light fixture for entry way
  • Paint porch
  • Rug for porch
  • Paint windows
  • Chairs for porch
  • table for entryway- a sort of 'landing area': place to put keys, purse, etc.
  • Finish stairs (paint risers, attach laminate on treads)
  • Install runner on stairs
  • Board and batten in stairway
  • Caulk all baseboards and trim
  • Quarter round by baseboards
  • Wall art


  • Paint
  • Paint trim
  • Chevron wall in office
  • Build desk for office
  • Bench for Teddy in office
  •  Reupholster chair and ottoman for office
  • Shelves in office
  • Paint dresser for storage
  • Caulk all baseboards and trim
  • Paint windows
  • Wall art
  • New Carpet

Upstairs Bathroom

  • Paint
  • Paint trim
  • Paint bathroom vanity
  • Shelves in upstairs bathroom
  • Tiles upstairs bathroom
  • Build baskets for bathroom
  • Shelves for downstairs bathroom
  • Board and batten upstairs bathroom
  • Change door on upstairs bathroom
  • New floor upstairs bathroom
  • Curtains for upstairs bathroom
  • Caulk all baseboards and trim
  • Paint windows
  • Wall art
  •  Mirror cabinet over shelf in bathroom wall

Laundry Room

  • New washer/dryer
  • Change laundry room floor
  • Paint laundry room walls
  • Paint trim
  • Paint laundry room cabinets
  • Laundry art for walls
  • New curtain for utility room
  • Wall art

Guest Room

  • Paint trim
  • Paint windows
  • Paint
  • Paint upstairs ceiling fans
  • New carpet
  • Reupholster bench for guest room
  • Paint guest room furniture
  • Door on guest room closet
  • Curtains for guest room
  • Caulk all baseboards and trim
  • Wall art


  • Finish trim in downstairs bathroom
  • New carpet on stairs and basement
  • Paint walls at bottom of steps
  • Paint faux brick wall in basement room

Master Bedroom

  • Nightstand for Amanda’s side of bed
  • Paint
  • Paint trim
  • Caulk all baseboards and trim
  • Paint windows
  • Wall art
  • New carpet
  • Paint radiator
  • Accent wall

There you have it!  I hope you made it through all that.  Joe's looking a little pale so I'm going to go check on that. 

Until next time,
NoDak Newlyweds 


  1. Oh I know how scary a long house list can be ha. We've been pulling stuff from the big list and putting them onto a smaller list for each season. It makes it seem much more doable!

  2. That's a great idea! I should start making my 'Summer List'. With the whole summer off (yay for working at a school!) there will be plenty of time for fun stuff!

  3. Wow, that's quite a list! Sometimes it's nice to have a slew of projects to keep you creating and nurturing your home :) Best of luck!

    1. Idle hands make for devil's play haha No downtime at this house! :)


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