To-Do List Update

A couple weeks ago, during my lesson’s learned post, I promised an update on our Home By Hanley To-Do List, first seen here.  I think the only thing we made an real progress on was adding items to our to-do list.  That’s just the nature of the course life takes.  Whenever you have the time and energy to tackle a project, you lack the funds.  If it’s not the money, maybe you just don’t feel like doing it this weekend.  Both instances and many more apply to me and getting things done, both on my to-do list and regular “adult” responsibilities like cleaning house.  Either way, I’m still having fun tackling projects when I’m able and mulling over and planning out future endeavors.  Without further ado, our updated Home by Hanley To-Do List:


  • Replace locks on front and back doors
  • Paint front and back doors
  • Weatherstripping around front and back doors
  • Replace front storm door
  • Install new light fixture in front
  • Paint mailbox
  • Purchase new shutters for front windows
  • Wash windows
  • Replace roof over family room addition

Dining Room

  • New (to us, at least) dining table and chairs
  • New dark wood stools for breakfast bar
  • Purchase hidden desk/storage furniture for under front window
  • Rug for under dining set
  • Maps and frames for gallery wall above dining table
  • Bamboo matchstick shades in three windows
  • Additional lamps for non-overhead lighting
  • Refinish bar cabinet – We found that lemon oil did the trick here!
  • New cushion for papasan chair
  • Recover ottoman cushion


  • Hang pictures and art
  • Occasional table for landing
  • Entryway organization at bottom of stairs


  • Install mosaic tile back splash
  • Seal granite counter tops
  • Install cabinet to cover dryer vent
  • Bamboo matchstick shade in kitchen window
  • Repair ceiling over dryer (post-plumbing leak)

Utility Room

  • Replace water heater (not yet, knock-on-wood!)
  • New A/C condenser unit installed

Family Room

  • Fabric window treatments – maybe – to soften the wooden blinds
  • Hang pictures and art work
  • Plan and install DIY built-ins on empty wall
  • Storage solution for music equipment
  • Remove existing and ineffective baseboard heaters
  • Find new heating solution
  • Install ceiling fan

Stair Closet

  • Install one or two shelves for additional organization (Me and my obsessive organizing tendencies)
  • Install hooks to hang brooms and mops
  • Screw bag dispenser to wall
  • Install light

Linen Closet

  • Install shelves
  • Sand door
  • Caddy bathroom cleaning supplies


  • Sand door
  • Install floating wall shelves above toilet
  • Install dual flush tank converter on toilet
  • Purchase rug
  • Replace trim around window in shower
  • New light fixture
  • Install new towel bar, towel ring and toilet paper holder seen here
  • Paint walls

Our Bedroom

  • New bedding (We still need Euro Shams, a throw blanket, and a throw pillow) Just revealed here
  • Window treatments – light blocking Roman shades?
  • Custom storage bench under window?
  • New hampers
  • Frame and hang Cherry Blossom painting
  • Full length mirror
  • Additional art work for walls
  • Jewelry box for Allison’s dresser
  • Install organizer in closet for ironing board, etc
  • Clean out and donate clothes
  • Nightstands
  • Bedside lamps or wall sconces
  • Chandelier to replace overhead boob light


  • Clean up fence (remove extra pieces and hardware)
  • Paint fence so it’s all one color
  • Install rain barrel  Probably my favorite project so far!
  • Install deck/patio
  • Purchase and install shed
  • Build compost bin
  • Dig up ginormous dandelions and monster weeds
  • Till, fertilize and plant grass
  • Remove old wooden shed pads
  • Cut down tree (it’s growing at an angle because it is too close to another tree)

Front Yard

  • Remove chain link and lattice from fence
  • Paint wooden and metal fencing
  • Remove paint from walkway
  • Edge sidewalk
  • Re-do retaining wall along driveway
  • Level out ground and replant grass – Instead, fertilize grass and kill weeds.  Work with what we have
  • Remove garden under front window and replace with a small front patio
  • Create and plant garden along fence with neighbors

Notes about the to-do list:

Some projects I just did real quick and didn’t bother posting about.  I figured sticking weatherstripping on door frames was about as exciting as well…sticking weatherstripping on door frames. If you have questions about anything I haven’t posted (or anything I have) feel free to ask!

I also added a category to the list: Stairway/Landing.  I was just thinking we need to come up with something to make that area as interesting as the rest of the house.  After living here for six months, I’ve also realized we desperately need functionality around our front door (space to stow keys, bags, shoes) which is at the base of the stairs.

Conspicuously absent from the list is our second bedroom.  The second bedroom is pretty much a place for our furniture odds and ends to live together with my American Girl doll collection and Shane’s music equipment.  Since we would love to fix it up as a nursery for future children, we’re leaving it as-is for now.  No sense in making it a great guest room and then having to change it all over again.  We just don’t have that kind of time, energy or money.

We’ll have to see how the next 6 months go in terms of the to-do list! Here’s hoping for some progress!


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