When people visit our house for the first - or fifth - time, they tend to get a little lost. When my dad was helping us move, I'd say, "That goes in the front bedroom," and he'd go to each bedroom in turn and say, "This one?" No, Dad, the front
It's not like four bedrooms is so very many, but I think the layout of our house confuses people. To me, the wide center hall spanning the length of the house with bedrooms lined up on one side and laundry, office, kitchen, dining, living in orderly succession on the other seems perfectly natural. But to people who've never lived in an old house, I guess it feels like a labyrinth ... all the doors in each room leading to who knows where (our bedroom, the office and the kitchen each have three doors).
Now I'm beginning to understand how they feel - only in a figurative sense. I feel lost in my own house. The rooms, of course, are second nature to me now, and I navigate them nightly in the dark after Darwin has gone to bed.
But we have so many projects - all in various stages of planning or progress - that I can't see a clear path through them anymore. So I'm going to make a list to be my map back to sanity. What's finished, what's half done, what's left to be done (the urgent things are starred). Here goes:Finished:Workshop cleaned out and rendered usable
Ugly '70s built-in desk demolished.
Removed old stove vent and installed microwave.
Installed dishwasher (thank God).
Removed old sink and faucet and installed new.
Installed trim on kitchen cabinet faces.
(Gee, this list is impressive)
Guest bathroom painted and towel bar installed, but trim needs painting
Stripping wood trim in entry hall
Pulled up hideous green rug in master bedroom and waxed part of the floor
Red living room needs another coat of paint (one day ...)
Got a little more painting to do on the kitchen trim*
Installed most of the cabinet knobs in kitchen*
Installed disposal but need to hook it up to electricity*
Fixed leaky gutter (twice), but it still needs more work
Gutted overgrown yard, but still have more weeds to deal with in front bed
Left to be done:
Choose and install kitchen countertops and backsplash*
Rewire and install vintage lighting in kitchen (bought from eBay)*
Rip out vinyl in kitchen and refinish original pine floors
Paint or wallpaper kitchen walls and ceiling
Paint dining room (because the living room is really showing it up now)
Scrape and paint front porch floor*
Paint front door and window trim
Repair and paint shutters
Insulate under the rooms that weren't insulated by POs (but it's too darn hot for that right now)*
Rip out master bathroom tile and tub, cabinet and dividing wall
Install new master bathroom tile, clawfoot tub/shower and pedestal sink
New master bathroom lighting
Build walk-in closet adjacent to master bath
Rip out horrible added-in closet in master bedroom
Paint master bedroom
Paint center section of hall with mold-resistant paint. (yum)*
Paint back section of hall grey to match the color it used to be.
Repair a piece of outdoor cornice that fell off before rodents decide to move into our attic.*
Remove horribly ugly half-bath countertop and cabinet; replace with something less hideous, please
Oh this is a biggie ... jack up foundation in guest bedroom.*
Repair giant crack in guest bedroom wall and paint the room a non-pukey color.
Sandblast and repaint cast iron fireplace cover we found under the house
Plant flower bed beside driveway (this is gonna be next year, I can see that now)
Okay, I'm feeling really depressed now because this list keeps growing longer and longer and longer.
I'm sure other folks have much more horrendous lists than mine. It's not so bad. It's not so bad. It's not so bad.
I think I would feel better if we were actually going to do some work on it this weekend. But tonight I'm scrapbooking with the girls, while Darwin does whatever guys do with the guys. And tomorrow I'm going to an antique auction (yes, finally! And I'm going with experienced auction-attendees, thank goodness), while Darwin goes to a singing.
So the only day left is Sunday. I was hoping to buy paint for the dining room this week and persuade Darwin to help me paint this weekend. But once I found out about the auction, I thought maybe I'll find a rug or something to be my inspiration. I'm having serious struggles with the dining room color, and if I don't find inspiration, I'll be posting photos here and
asking begging for advice.
Okay, now I'm going to comfort myself by reading about other people's projects.