Dude, Get On That Already: A DIY Home Project Update

When you buy or build a house, you can't help but start day dreaming of what it's going to look like once you've made it your home.  The new furniture, the special touches, family pictures on the walls.  Maybe you've got a "honey-do" list of improvements or upgrades that you want to add over time.  We built our house from the start, and I've had a running list going since before we moved in!

For me, interior design is a way of life.  It's a hobby, it's a job, it's a passion.  As much as I think I'll be happy and can relax when the list has been checked off (so satisfying!), I've come to the conclusion that I will never be done!  But that's okay!  Whether I'm plugging away at a DIY furniture project, revamping a kid's room, or researching what to plant in our yard, this sweet little home of ours is with us for the long haul, and I'm going to do my very best to enjoy the process!

Listed for your enjoyment and disbelief (it's a lot to-do's, I know), here's the latest version of our "Dude, Get On That Already" list...and for you curious folks, you can read the previous list here.

Entry / Foyer

* address shoe hatchery (they're multiplying!) in entry area
* entry table - (preferably 12" deep), white, modern, DIY?
* entryway runner - flat woven, grey trellis style
* board and batten in entry hall
* doorway case molding in foyer
* replace builder lights in foyer (mini chandeliers? star pendents?)
* hang art in foyer
* hang black mirror in foyer?

Entry Closet

* throw pillows / bench seat pillow
* add baskets / functional storage for shelves
* decide on function for shelves (gift wrapping, seasonal, etc?)
* organize / donate old coats, boots, etc.

Great Room

* add cabinets / built-ins flanking fireplace
* install molding and mantel to fireplace box
* find sofa table
* paint new sofa table (driftwood? white?)
* large area rug (8'x10'? 9'x12'?)
* permanent draperies
* bamboo blinds for lower windows
* paint side tables
* paint coffee table
* hang art over built-ins
* repair and paint toy storage armoire (mint green?)
* add molding to windows (x9)

Kitchen / Dining

* paint & reupholster dining chairs (x8)
* paint dining table
* window treatment (draperies / valance)
* kitchen runner
* finish capiz chandeliers
* install Expedit buffet
* paint island
* cabinet hardware / pulls
* paint / stencil accent wall
* rug for dining area


* find narrow drop zone table
* repaint chalkboard frame
* small area rug
* bench seat pillows
* replace builder light fixture
* organize drop-zone kid baskets/mail drop/etc.

Master Bedroom

* hang white draperies
* buy / DIY king sized bed frame
* add white flokati rug
* swap dresser for living room "console"
* new fan (Home Depot)
* fresh duvet
* hang ocean waves canvas art
* replace lack side dressers (move to dressing room)
* twin lamps for bedside tables
* ottoman/bench for foot of bed
* fireplace pass through (2nd phase)

Master Bath / Dressing Room

* install runner in bathroom
* paint cabinets (white? orchid? sea glass?)
* add valance over window
* install chandelier over tub
* install shelving in water closet (spray paint brackets gold)
* add linen storage in corner (phase 1)
* built-in linen storage with pull outs (phase 2)
* frame builder mirror
* upgrade faucet
* cabinet hardware / pulls
* replace builder lights in dressing room
* add lack dressers to dressing room
* add shoe storage
* replace all old hangers

Chloë's Room

* paint loft bed white
* new rug (5'x8')
* assemble bed
* add curtains to bed loft section
* hang drapes
* paint Ikea table with game board (buy 2nd chair)
* paint vanity table and paint/reupholster bench
* paint princess wardrobe
* hang crystal chandelier
* create organized toy and book storage
* add window seat

Ryker's Room (move to basement?)

* new drapes
* add bamboo shade
* playful rug
* install birch Expedit
* toy storage
* new light fixture
* hang art
* install driftwood inspired plank wall
* new bed (Ikea hack?)


* paint vintage console
* paint/re-imagine coffee table to game/Lego table
* install two Billy bookcases (phase 1)
* install doors and upper extension Billy units (phase 2)
* build window seat
* diy valance for window
* daybed / sofa bed for seating and overnight guests
* colorful rug?
* chalkboard wall

Laundry Room

* hang art
* board and batten
* hang shelving (phase 1)
* install cabinets (phase 2)
* colorful runner
* fill void at entry with table and laundry basket (phase 1)
* fill void at entry with base cabinets/laundry basket storage (phase 2)

Kid's Bathroom

* hang beach / ferris wheel art
* new towels
* add bath mat/rug
* frame builder grade mirror
* cabinet hardware / pulls
* board and batten with towel hooks

Future Guest Room (Ryker's old room?)

* queen bed (previous queen mattress set & frame)
* DIY upholstered headboard
* new bedding / pillows
* nightstand(s)
* window treatment (curtains and shades)
* art
* board & batten
* patch and repaint (Repose Gray or new color?)

Future Nursery (basement)

* repaint white crib
* new mattress
* window treatment (curtains and shades)
* dresser (old Ikea birch & white?)
* repair rocking chair
* colors: orchid & coral pink? palm beach inspired?
* hang art


* heating / air estimate (HVAC)
* finish framing office/storage rooms
* kitchenette?
* drywall
* mud
* plan / blueprint kid's hideout
* install low pile carpet
* install firebox
* install faux brick wall
* install water softener
* new sofa / sectional
* TV entertainment unit
* paint vintage hutch (white with fun insert)
* hang family gallery wall

Basement Bathroom

* paint vanity
* flooring (tile? vinyl?)
* install tub / shower
* adult height toilet
* vanity lighting

Cold Pantry

* add shelving for food storage and extra toiletries
* install insulated door
* add more light fixtures

Exterior / Yard

* install sprinkler system, add sod to front yard
* add gravel to 3rd bay side yard for truck
* design landscape layout concept for front and back (trees, rocks, sod, bushes, veggie garden, fire pit, etc.)
* DIY glass fire pit in backyard (phase 2)
* lay patio behind 3rd bay, build pergola and add climbing vines, bistro set?
* build deck (phase 2)

You know we're going to keep adding to the list, but that's part of the fun!  Besides, what's more fun than crossing things off a list?  Nothing. The answer is, nothing. ;)