We’ve bought our current home after 2 years of living in Austin. Our rent at our apartment complex was going up for the second time, and I was tired of throwing money away every month. We started looking casually in January, and more seriously in February. By Spring Break of 2016, we were moving in! In our first year here, we’ve painted every room except one, replaced an entire floor of our home with new bamboo hardwoods, survived our first major appliance failure (I’m looking at you AC), replaced a ton of door knobs, changed out locks, built cabinets in our office, and made lots of little updates!

The Front Yard and Side Yards (15% Complete)

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Our front yard honestly looked better when we moved in. I didn’t want to water the lawn because our water bill was already so high, but that caused the entire yard to die. Lesson learned for next time! We have a ton of stuff we’d still like to do out here to up our curb appeal, but a few updates have already cleaned up the look of the house a bit.

Phase One
  • Paint the front door white to brighten everything up
  • Paint all the trim white
  • Replace the front door handle with something prettier
  • Replace the doorbell button
  • Paint the house numbers on the curb
  • Label the breaker box
  • Craigslist the cherubs
  • Cut down the weird mismatch trees on the side of the driveway
  • Plant new flowers in the planters around the live oaks
  • Rip out and replace the bushes in front of the big window
  • Take out the security light and replace it with an outlet
  • Replace the light next to the front porch with something prettier
  • Replace the light next to the garage door with something prettier
  • Mulch everything
  • Powerwash all the things!
  • Add plant on the front porch and wreath to make it happier
  • Plant hydrangeas next to the magnolia tree
  • Plant boxwood hedge next to driveway
  • Replace the rusted out garage door headers with new galvanized ones
  • Install gutter to above garage doors to prevent rust on headers
Phase Two
  • Replace the front door with something with a lot more glass to get more light in the entryway
  • Add shutters
  • Tear out the brick planters in the yard
  • Replace the screens that are falling out
  • Replace the single garage door with a double
  • Build a garage pergola and plant climbing plants to create a green ‘eyebrow’ on the garage
  • Replace windows
  • Reseed the lawn
  • Add landscape lighting

The Back Yard (8% Complete)

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The backyard looks pretty much the exact same. I don’t think we’ve changed a single thing back here besides plopping down some furniture. But I’ve got big plans, guys! This is going to be an expensive space since the entire yard needs re-graded, there’s a giant mud pit (not pictured) and the foundation is settling on the back of the house. You can kind of see it in this picture if you look at the corner of the porch overhang and how it’s just a little lower than the other side.

Phase One
  • Powerwash all the things!
  • Paint the back door
  • Paint the siding
  • Take out the brick path that leads to the mud pit
  • Craigslist the planters
  • Replace the security light with something prettier
  • Replace back door hardware
  • Buy more permanent patio furniture
  • Hang cheap IKEA curtains to make it cozier
  • Add tall grasses against the back fence for more privacy
  • Add mosquito-repelling plants
  • Reseed the lawn
  • Swag lights
  • Fix weak fence boards
  • Cut down a few of the trees that are too close to the house
  • Replace hose
Phase Two
  • Add shutters
  • Move all the stone out of the planters and into the new shed area
  • Rebuild the steps out to the porch
  • Screen in the porch
  • Build shed in back corner
  • Add flagstone patio right off of the main patio
  • Beadboard the ceiling of our covered porch
  • Add ceiling fans to the ceiling of our covered porch
  • Beef up the columns with something heftier
  • Fix fence gate
  • Install porch swing

The Entryway and Downstairs Hallway (22% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Valspar Rocky Slope

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

Not a lot of change here, either.But we painted, which made a huge difference! I love this part of our house, and I wish we used it more. We tend to enter through the garage, though, so this is more for guests and taking Tabby on walks. There are a couple of big upgrades that would really change the space, but for now, we’re all about making it functional

Phase One
  • Paint all walls
  • Replace light fixture with pendant light
  • Replace doorbell with something that doesn’t ring as long
  • Hang art
  • Hang something for Tabby’s leash
  • Paint trim
  • Build table for next to front door
  • Paint front door
  • Add mirror next to front door
  • Add umbrella holders
  • Hang coat rack next to front door
  • Stain the railing darker
  • Re-do the stairs in bamboo
Phase Two
  • Replace front door
  • Add lights in hallway leading back to the living room
  • Put down bamboo floors
  • Add wainscoting to hallways
  • Replace windows

The Dining Room (53% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

This room has seen a LOT of change, which is great since it’s the first one you see when you walk in! The pictures before are a little photoshopped by the realtor, and really don’t do it justice. It was a green metallic gold color that is too hideous to even describe with cream trim. Painting over it with any color was a welcome change, but I’m glad we chose what we did. The windows look so much bigger without all the heavy drapes, and replacing the light fixture with something we already had was cheap and really updated the room.

Phase One
  • Replace chandelier
  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim
  • Fix paint on french doors
  • Hang curtain rod
  • Put up sheers
  • Hang curtains
  • Fix ceiling drywall
  • Build bar and fancy plates storage
  • Hang art
  • Buy new lamps for additional lighting
Phase Two
  • Add crown molding
  • Build round table
  • More art – huge gallery wall?
  • Add light switch on wall adjacent to kitchen
  • Add bamboo floors
  • Replace window

The Kitchen (21% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Valspar Rocky Slope

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

What cracks me up about this room is that the realtor photoshopped the big square light. It was gold, just like everything else in this house! We quickly ripped it out for a flush mount LED fixture and painted everything we could find white. Organizing the pantry and adding additional shelving was a great choice, and changing out the big, heavy table for a smaller island was such a good change! It was actually empty for awhile, but trash and random junk kept collecting in the open space.

We decided to add some function with a cheap IKEA island and I’m so happy we did. It’s gonna be a LONG time before we’re ready to re-do this kitchen completely, so making it work in the meantime is going to be essential. One future update that came a little sooner than expected was the new range. There will be lots more updates in the future though! I can’t wait to get rid of that backsplash and repair/replace the countertops. I’m not even really letting myself dream about what it’ll look like after the big remodel though, since it’s so far in the future!

Phase One
  • Paint cabinets
  • Add cabinet pulls that are label-able
  • Tear down gold box and chandelier
  • Replace chandelier and 80s light with flush mount lights
  • Frost windows
  • Add under cabinet lighting
  • Add built-in paper towel and trash bag holders
  • Glaze backsplash white
  • Fix sticky doors
  • Paint walls
  • Paint ceiling
  • Add appliance garage
  • Paint trim
  • Organize pantry
  • Add organizer to back of pantry door
  • Build organizers for all the drawers
  • Fix soggy boards under the sink
  • Use Cricut to label fridge and pantry
  • Replace the range with one that lets the spice drawer open
  • Replace the dishwasher with a quieter one, in stainless steel
  • Fix loose sink
  • Stain the IKEA countertop darker
  • Paint backsplash white
  • Replace the steel stools with comfier ones
  • Phase Two
Phase Two
  • Fix or replace the broken range
  • Replace the microwave
  • Replace the dishwasher
  • Build massive eat-in island
  • Replace countertops with crisp, clean white one or maybe butcher block
  • Retile backsplash with white subway tile
  • Add cooktop and in-cabinet oven
  • Tile the floors with pretty marble herringbone pattern
  • Replace sink with white under mount farmhouse sink
  • Re-do all cabinets with IKEA ones?

The Living Room (31% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Valspar Rocky Slope

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

This room had its quirks, too. The trim in the Realtor’s before picture was actually photoshopped. It was gold and hastily painted cream before we moved in. At night, if you were sitting in the right place, you could see some interesting things painted on the wall before the previous painters did their final coat since it was a metallic paint. I’m so glad this room isn’t metallic green/gold anymore.

Phase One
  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the trim
  • Buy giant sofa
  • Frost back door
  • Build sofa table
  • Add media storage option
  • Curtain rods
  • Curtains
  • Fake logs for the gas fireplace
  • Paint fireplace insides black
  • New fireplace screen
Phase Two
  • Buy bigger TV
  • Retile the fireplace
  • Add bamboo flooring
  • Beef up mantle with some kind of reclaimed wood
  • Replace windows

The Master Bedroom (56% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

No Photoshop in this picture as far as I can tell. That bed was absolutely mammoth, though. A coat of paint made a huge difference in here, as did some new bedding. Adding some more light and art helped a lot as well. So did switching out the massive furniture for something that’s a little smaller.

Phase One
  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the trim
  • Replace the ceiling fan
  • Hang white mirror on the wall
  • Buy bedside lights
  • Put up curtains
  • Hang curtain rods
  • Buy new throw pillows
  • Remove metal blinds
  • Buy new bedside tables
  • Hang TV
  • Hang art
  • Buy new bassinet mattress
  • Buy bassinet linens
  • Hang baby art above bassinet mattress
  • Add molding to the ceiling
  • Fix door to closet
  • Add magnetic door stoppers to doors to bathroom
  • Paint accent wall?
Phase Two
  • Buy bigger TV
  • Rip up carpet
  • Buy chair for next to mirror after bassinet is gone
  • Replace smoke detector with Nest Aware
  • Add bamboo flooring
  • Replace windows

The Master Bathroom (41% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

Not much photoshop in this one either – that trim was the real color that most of the trim was painted before we moved in, though a lot of it was gold before that. I’d love to do a huge re-think of this bathroom, but I know plumbing gets expensive. I want to squeeze in a tub in here somewhere, but I’m not sure how we’d do that. A problem for later in life!

Phase One
  • Replace toilet paper holder
  • Add toilet paper holder with shelf
  • Paint cabinet
  • Frame out mirror
  • Frost the window
  • Remove metal blinds
  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim
  • Curtains
  • Curtain Rod
  • Fix shower that fell off track
  • ORB shower doors
  • Add towel hooks to the back of the closet doors
  • Remove towel holders
  • Fix/Replace sink faucet
  • Rebuild toilet and replace toilet tank handle
  • Replace bathroom light fixture
  • Replace water closet light fixture
  • Paint/Replace shower head and shower trim
  • Add drawer organizers
  • Organize linen closet
  • Replace drawer slides with fully extending type
  • Organize the other closet
  • Add drawer pulls
  • Add lighting to closets
Phase Two
  • Add crown molding
  • Replace double standing shower with single shower and tub (ripping out the linen closet)
  • Fix/Replace window
  • Replace countertop with something more modern

The Master Closet (50% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Builder Grade White

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Builder Grade White

No before picture on this one. It’s a small space, but a little organization would go a long way. Sorry for the very non-specific picture. It’s hard to photograph such a small space – this is my makeup desk, but just imagine a pretty small walk in closet with haphazardly installed shelves and clothing rods and a GIANT wire pet crate.

Phase One
  • Move makeup desk into closet to conceal getting ready mess
  • Rip out a few of the shelves to give more storage space
  • Move Tabby’s crate in
  • Buy shoe storage
  • Take out broken door and put in temporary sheers
Phase Two
  • Custom IKEA closet with inserts
  • Add new lighting
  • Fix door so it swings out instead of in
  • Built Tabby a more permanent crate solution
  • Add laundry collection area?

The Half Bathroom (65% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Valspar Feeling Blue

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

Of all of the rooms in this house, this one winds the ultimate ugly prize. Gold sponge painted over skim coated wallpaper walls, gold fixtures, a broken toilet, and gold everything else that you can think of. Plus they skim coated the wallpaper not in a smooth pattern, but with lots of little, stippled edges, not unlike a bad popcorn ceiling. Thank you, Mom, for helping to fix this. You truly made this house better!

Phase One
  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the trim
  • Replace toilet paper holder with ORB one
  • Fix running toilet
  • Paint mirror white
  • Add shelving above toilet
  • Replace light fixture
  • Add toilet paper storage
  • Add toilet phone shelf
  • Replace or spray paint vent cover with a white one
  • Replace hand towel holders
  • Paint door
  • Replace door knobs
Phase Two
  • Replace pedestal sink with cabinet
  • Re-tile floor with white herringbone pattern
  • Replace mirror with something heftier and prettier
  • Wood plank the wall behind the toilet

The Laundry Room (43% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Valspar Feeling Blue

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

It’s a little room, but we see it a lot since the garage is the door you see in this picture. We use this as our daily entry and exit area, and it still needs a bit of love. It tends to get pretty messy in here quickly, but a few little paint updates have made it a little bit prettier! Someday, I’d like to rip out those cabinets and add some pretty stacked washer and dryers so we can have a little more storage, but that’s way down the road.

Phase One
  • Build shelving next to washer/dryer
  • Take out clothing rod
  • Install drying rack
  • Paint cabinets
  • Add cabinet pulls
  • Replace door knobs
  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim
  • Replace light fixture
  • Rip out old security system
  • Add another shelf above the dryer
Phase Two
  • Replace washer and dryer with stacking models
  • Create a cleaning closet
  • Tile the back wall?

The Garage (0% Complete)

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This is going to be an expensive one, guys. I don’t really care about the inside of the garage – it’s where we store stuff, but the outside is going to be the money pit. The home was in pretty rough cosmetic shape when we bought it, but overall the structural aspects were fine. However, there was a bit of rust in our garage door header. I was curious, with Emma’s room now above the garage, how much it would cost to get the beams replaced. After having about a million contractors out to look at it, we’re talking structural engineers, garage door guys, gutter people, etc. we’ve decided we have to delay it if we want to do it right.

A few quotes came in low-ish ($2,000 and below), but I don’t trust that it would really be done correctly the way they were describing completing the project. The best contractors were a bit higher, and we just have a lot more things to finish and pay off before then. Someday (probably sooner than I want to admit) it’ll get done, though. In the meantime, here’s the list.

Phase One
  • Finish putting up pegboard
  • Hang all lawn equipment
  • Hang ladders
  • Label screws
  • Take down wire shelving by door
  • Spackle holes by door
  • Label cabinets
  • Paint garage entry door
  • Add umbrella holders with umbrellas
  • Replace light fixture
  • Rip out cabinets on the right of the garage (it’s SO hard to get in and out of our cars)
Phase Two
  • Replace garage doors
  • Replace garage door openers
  • Add threshold weather seals
  • Paint cabinets/replace them
  • Build mudroom next to entryway
  • Retractable screen?

The Office and Upstairs Hallway (50% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Valspar Rocky Slope

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

Lots of progress in here! We really worked on this room a TON right after we moved in since Aaron needed a place and a way to work from home. And I guess I was a little excited to tear down a wall in my own house! It was also the first room that we laid those beautiful bamboo floors in. Even if it did take a few tries to get it right after a LOT of planning, and we ran into some hiccups along the way 😉 Replacing the ceiling fan was one of the best decisions, but something’s wrong with the remote, so it’s still on the list. It’s a lot of gray in here right now, but there are bigger things to pay off and take care of at the moment. Someday!

Phase One
  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the ceiling
  • Replace ceiling fan and light fixtures
  • Figure out why ceiling fan remote doesn’t work
  • Add insulation in closet
  • Add closet organizers
  • Build built in cabinets
  • Paint gold inset
  • Tear down old wall
  • Rewire light fixture
  • Move old sofa upstairs
  • Buy piano
  • Add shelving for books and toys for Emma
  • Wire printer into built ins
  • Hang curtains from Target
  • Vent computers for enclosed computer solution
  • Finish trim on upper cabinets
  • Build, stain, and hang shelf between cabinets
  • Put in accent wallpaper behind desk
  • New throw pillows
  • Hang art
Phase Two
  • Install bamboo floors
  • Replace baseboards
  • Build safety solution for banister/sofa issue
  • Add crown molding

The Kid’s Bathroom (37% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

This room is almost done! It’s small, which makes that easier, but the bones were pretty good. A coat of paint, replace some fixtures, and we are good to go.

Phase One
  • Replace toilet paper holder
  • Fix/Replace sink faucet
  • Replace toilet tank handle
  • Install diaper sprayer
  • Replace light fixture
  • Replace shower head
  • Paint shower trim ORB
  • Paint cabinet
  • Install towel hanging solution
  • Install drawer pulls
  • Add cabinet above toilet
  • Frame out mirror
  • Add crown molding
  • Paint vent white
  • Paint door white
Phase Two
  • Replace countertop
  • Install white tile floors?
  • Add light above the shower nook
  • Add speakers?

The Nursery (63% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams HGTV Haven

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

This nursery is probably the most ‘finished’ room in the house right now and gets the least amount of use. We did lots of dreaming, more dreamingput in new floors and painted, dreamt about new knobs and paint for the Craigslist dresser we bought before Emma was even a twinkle in our eyes, replaced the ceiling fan, and put in some finishing touches. And yes, that purple wall of squares is still hiding behind the brick wallpaper. If we ever want to just paint that wall, it’s gonna have to be skim coated. Who puts glue that will NEVER come off on a wall?!?!?! Emma doesn’t sleep in here yet (it’s super far away from our bedroom), but someday she will and it’ll be ready. I had so much fun putting it together.

Phase One
  • Paint the walls
  • Hang brick wallpaper
  • Replace all outlets with white ones
  • Hang art
  • Replace light switch with white one
  • Replace cable jack with white one
  • Put in prettier ceiling fan
  • Replace door knobs
  • New door stop
  • Curtains and curtain rod
  • Paint closet doors
  • Build crib
  • Paint dresser found on Craigslist
Phase Two
  • Install bamboo floors
  • Replace smoke detector with Nest Aware
  • Add crown molding

The Eventual Second Nursery (25% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

This is the messiest room ever. It has a giant saw, lots of paint and drop cloths in it. I’m not proud, but it is what it is. No second baby yet, so it’s fine that this room is more than a little bit unfinished. But hey! We replaced the ceiling fan!

Phase One
  • Paint the walls
  • Remove chair rail from the ceiling (Chair rail and Crown molding are NOT the same)
  • Replace all outlets with white ones
  • Clean out all the construction stuff
  • Switch out light switch for white one
  • Replace cable jack with white one
  • Put in prettier ceiling fan
  • Replace door knobs
  • Paint door
  • New door stop
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rod
  • Paint closet doors
Phase Two
  • Install bamboo floors
  • Replace smoke detector with Nest Aware
  • Add crown molding

The Guest Room (26% Complete)

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Wall Paint: Previous Owner’s Choice in Beige

Trim and Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams White Core

The biggest of the three extra bedrooms, this one needs the most work. Basically, I’ve just plopped down some furniture, replaced the ceiling fan, and called it a day (besides the floors, but that was part of a larger project).

Phase One
  • Paint the walls
  • Replace the ceiling fan
  • Replace door knobs
  • New door stop
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rod
  • Paint closet doors
  • Add legs to bedframe and repair upholstery
  • Attach headboard to the wall
  • Buy new bedside lights
  • Replace curtain rod
Phase Two
  • Install bamboo floors
  • Replace smoke detector with Nest Aware
  • Add crown molding
  • Replace the trim

So there you have it! This seriously took me three months to write. I’m glad I did though – it really puts into perspective how much work we’ve already put into the house. How about you guys? Do you keep a running list of everything you’ve done and want to do? Or is it just mental? Tell me in the comments below!