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We’ve made enough home improvements now to warrant a page detailing the projects and some easy references to posts regarding said improvements.

[My apologies to those of you who have OCD tendencies like myself – there was really no good way to set this up and I know things are inconsistent and, well, it’s just going to have to do.]

Exterior:

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Gray peeling paint, ugly red door, and some dying bushes in front.

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Original front door – red,leaking, very old.

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New front door! 11/2009

Back yard:

north_yard No improvements yet. (Neighbor cut down tree along back fence Summer 2010, so there’s a lot more sunlight now. The grass looks better, and we raised the mound of dirt around the tree to re-bury the roots. No pics.)

Deck:

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Table and chairs (falling apart) came with the house.

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Grill repainted by Prince Charming. 7/2010

Garden:

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The original forest growing in the garden.

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Dying rosebushes removed and replaced with hydrangea.

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Tree pruned, lamb’s ear planted. Summer 2009

Front yard:

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Upon moving in, the front “garden” was a mound of years-old mulch that was decaying. It contained one bush and one hosta.

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Started to add  ground cover. Summer 2009

Living room:

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The bench under the window and two lamps, the coffee table, and the couch came with the house. The wood floors look good, but need to be refinished.

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Those lamps and that chair also came with the house.

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Family heirloom piano comes home. 6/2009

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Made some pillows, hung some artwork.

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Cleaned up, decorated a bit.

The lamps and bench were given away on Craigslist. The space is currently being used as a temporary family room while the basement is under construction. 12/2010

Dining room:

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Hung up wine glass rack. No real decorations to speak of.

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Paint color TBD. The small unit by the closet door (on the left) is slated for removal once I find decent baskets (with lids). We have yet to find a good dining room table for this space, as it is small and a thoroughfare.

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Took the chairs apart and re-glued them (they are no longer wobbly). Recovered. 9/2010

Kitchen:

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Originally there was a very tiny dryer here. It was given away on Craigslist.

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Drawer for cleaning supplies installed, shelves for baking sheets and microwave. 5/2009

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Originally the washer was here, but it was non-working. Trashed.

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Wine fridge added. 5/2009

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Original dishwasher. It worked, but wasn’t anything special. Given away on Craigslist.

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Purchased with credit card points, picked out to match the rest of the appliances, installed by Prince Charming. 5/2009

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Original sink. Not pictured: The leaky faucet and the rusted-in non-working garbage disposal. Trashed.

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New Swanstone sink! Custom order (not ours, but a return) from Menards. Super deep and scratch/stain resistant. Lovely! Also added new faucet, new garbage disposal, and under-counter water filtration system. 5/2009

Master bedroom:

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Original paint color: burgundy (on wood paneling). Two windows pictured don’t work (don’t open). Floor is in excellent condition.

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Painted! It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but it made a major difference. 8/2010

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Nightstand finally repainted. 8/2010
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New headboard (thank you, Craigslist). 8/2010

My office:

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Original paint: blah.

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But, the room gets excellent light.

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Painted! Soon after, I decide I don’t like it. Haven’t fixed that yet.9/2009

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Despite my dislike of the paint job, I made curtains to match. Or started them.

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Custom-made (by us) cutting table. Fits my 36×72 cutting mat. Folds down against wall when not in use (if I ever clear out the space beneath it). The TV antenna has since been removed (and the pile on top of the table has grown). 12/2009

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Finally hung some mini quilts up, while I ponder repainting.

Prince Charming’s office:

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Original walls: faux-textured wood paneling on top, real pine on bottom. Matches the hallways in the basement. Ugly as sin. Insufficient lighting, wood blinds on window that gets almost no light.

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Stripped it down to the cement block.

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New ceiling (Ceiling Max – love it!) and lighting (yes, it’s fluorescent, but it works great in this space). 9/2010

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Drywall, paint, trim. 3/2010

Two new desks (via Craigslist). 11/2010

My bathroom:

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Original paint: blah, with water stains. Too much white tile. Dated, but functional. Mini-blind on window that faces the main street.

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Frosted film applied to bottom half of window, new window covering made. 9/2009

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Old glass-doored shower. Too narrow (always hitting my elbows on it) and leaked all over the place.

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Replaced with curved rod. Very swank. Replaced shower head with rain-style. 6/2009

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Prince Charming and his dad added a GFI outlet, since the only outlet in the room was on the light fixture above the vanity. No, we haven’t replaced the missing tile yet. 5/2009

Family room:

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Cheap wood paneling. Two built-ins (only one pictured) with hollow-core doors (quickly removed).

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Insufficient lighting, lots of black furniture and accessories. Very den-like.

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Cleaned the plywood shelves and unpacked our books.

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Library has been temporarily relocated… to the bathroom (seriously).

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Pulled down two layers (yes, two) of wood paneling.

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Stripped it down the the cinder block. Currently a WIP.

Guest bedroom:

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More wood paneling, but this time it’s real and less crappy. Still dark. The I-beam that supports the house runs through the middle of this room, so half of the room has a ceiling height of 6′. My old twin bed and a quilt I made were all we had for guests.

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Old queen bed frame from master bedroom brought down, mattress from Craigslist frame (master bedroom), hung artwork. 8/2010

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Added a little sitting area. 8/2010

Basement bathroom:

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Most awkward bathroom ever. And ugly. White peeling paint, but this small part of the vanity has bright turquoise paint. There’s potential here… kind of.

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Again, awkwardness. Just to the right of the vanity and stall shower… the toilet and another sink/vanity. New toilet installed (old one had cracked). 5/2009

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Hung some artwork. Added frosted film to the window. 8/2010

Last updated 12/2010.

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