May 3, 2012

Our Crazy To Do List

I’m back!  Well, kind of…I’m really just ready to share our plans!

I am happy to report that I submitted my last paper two nights ago and I have my last college class to teach tomorrow (which has been the most fantastic experience)…and with only 14 days left of school (but I’m not counting), things are starting to wind down around here.  Winding down for me means winding up for home projects.  So, I started thinking again, and a lengthy list was born.  This list has been lingering back there in the back of my brain – Justin wonders if I ever turn it off.  And I have to be honest…no it doesn’t.

Special occasions usually get me going on getting our “to do” list completed…at least started.  I’m hosting a baby shower for one of my dear friend in two weeks, and it’s time to start thinking about sprucing this place up and some “summer projects!” 

So, here is our list in no particular order:

1.  Paint the dining room – Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage
2.  Paint the den – Sherwin Williams Ancient Marble
3.  Curtains in the den
4.  Curtains in the dining room
5.  Stain the deck
6.  Finish the new flower bed out front
7.  Plant all my annuals in their pots
8.  Plant an ornamental tree in our front flower bed
9.  Add wainscoting and built-ins in the dining room
10.  Organize the play room
11.  Add built-ins in the den
12.  Do something with the kitchen island – I’m thinking paint
13.  Add more cabinetry in the kitchen…with glass and the same paint as the island
14.  Paint the master bedroom – color is undecided
15.  Paint Jack’s room – color is undecided
16.  Paint the laundry room – Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
17.  Add cabinetry in the laundry room
18.  Change up the mirrors in the master bathroom
19.  Build a chalkboard calendar for the mudroom
20.  Build wooden flower boxes for the summer mantle

And this is my Wish List
(Which really means: probably not happening now, this summer, or anytime soon for that matter…because funds need to be saved!) :
1.  Honed travertine countertops for the kitchen.
2.  Butcher block wood countertop on the island.
3.  Hardwood floors in the family room and play room.
4.  New sofa for the den, with linen upholstery.

We haven’t been just sitting around here writing papers…we’ve done a lot outside!  I’m almost ready to take some pictures to share with you all.  Justin laid about 8 yards of mulch last weekend (front and back), and relocated sod.  It was a BIG job, but it looks fantastic!



  1. That is pretty inspirational! As a teacher I totally get having to finish up the school year before you can concentrate on the house stuff. I look forward to seeing your progress!

  2. Wow, sounds great! Very inspiring...I was about to start my to do list...the ideas keep coming and i'm losing track! We just moved into a new home as well, trying to give it life!

  3. Ahh, your "to-do" list looks very much like mine! Just found you via pinterest and I am happy to be following you now!
    Lovely blog!

  4. Found your blog via Pinterest - love it! Great ToDo list! Funny story about the Restoration Hardware Silver Sage to share. I also chose that color for my dining room. Love it! Well, when it came time to paint, I didn't feel like going to the actual RH store because it's about an hour from my house. I thought I could go to my local Benjamin Moore dealer and have them color match it. They said they could and I came home with a gallon of it to paint (after my DIY husband had just finished adding lovely wainscoting to the bottom of the DR walls). Well, after painting about half of one wall I stepped back and it just looked WRONG. Not at all like the original RH Silver Sage (of which I had a sample -- so I knew the exact color it should be). I called my local store and they said to come back and they'd fix it. Another trip, another mix, and back home again to paint some more. Painted another half of wall and STILL it was a bit off. So I spent another half hour hemming and hawing about whether to live with this slightly different color or to call the last four hours a waste and spend another two hours driving back and forth to RH to get the real Silver Sage. Thankfully, I decided that a few extra hours was a small price to pay for the exact look I wanted so I ditched the BM copy, drove to RH, got the real Silver Sage and started again the following day (because by that time my kids were home from school and all projects were done for the day). Gotta say that it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I absolutely LOVE this color and apparently no one can replicate it. It's been more than four years and I still love it as much as when I first picked it out. You'll be so happy with it!!

  5. Hi Charming Nest: I miss your post. What's up???? Please give us and update,


    Katia & Sergio


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