The NeverEnding List 2018

Whelp – the NeverEnding List of 2017 came to a screeching halt when we moved to ND at the beginning of 2017 and I did not make a new one for our ND abode. …Until now.  As a refresher the NeverEnding list came about when I realized that things were falling on and off my To Do list at an alarming rate and I was never sure what I was going to work on next.  Hence NeverEnding.

2014 List

More Updates

2016 List

More Updates

2017 List – Surprisingly, before we moved we finished half of this list.  A complete change up from the year to year and a half timing we had in the past.  Basement Bathroom – Done;  Guest Bathroom – Done.

Now that we are somewhat settled in.  I have been trying to nail down what I would like to accomplish first.

  1. Storage Solutions – There is 1 (!!!!) true bedroom closet in this house.
  2. Home Office – In MT I had a whole room to dedicate to an office/library.  Not so in ND.
  3. To Rug or Not to Rug – I am waffling on rugs in the living room and my bedroom.
  4. Paint the upstairs bathroom.
  5. Cabin stuff
  6. Not sure that I would get there- but a nice place to put my patio furniture would be great.

7.  And finally – some art in the hall downstairs.

I am trying to keep it reasonable for 2018 as my work schedule is incredibly full – not to mention all the kid activities.  What do you have planned for 2018??

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How we live in this house

One of the things that does not happen when I take photos, is staging. Would the house pictures look better if I added some things in and moved others around in order to get a great shot? Of course! But that is not how we live in this house and it would not give you an accurate view into how we make this house work for us.  The only thing that really changes is the level of cleanliness.  hahahaha.  Seriously though.  I try to take pics after we have picked up the randoms that have accumulated over the course of a few days.

I ran home at lunch yesterday to take a few phone pics of how this place can look at any random time.  and poorly lit…sorry peeps

Kitchen is pretty good in comparison to some days.  🙂  Wine left out from book club the night before, dishes left out to dry, Jane’s glass on the counter and my glass on the bar

Jane’s room is looking good.

Main bathroom is so-so.  FULL garbage and Jane’s necklace left out on the counter.

The master is the worst.  I have a container full of old, small toys to sort through (next to my bedside table). Dave has a pile of clothes that needs to be put away….I think this is Day 3….no Day 4

As a contrast here is the same shot – but clean and lit well.

the happy crazy hosue white bedroom ikea

Brutal.

If you follow me on Instagram – you see the house as it really is on a day to day basis.  Here is a pic of Jules dancing; coat on the floor, paper on the chair, etc.

jules-dancing-the-happy-crazy-house-instagram

I love the pics that show the house well lit and clean…but I will continue to add in some pics on Instagram and here that represents our day to day life, mess and all.

Exterior Front Entry

In my last post, I was focusing on some of the items that we would like to complete before year end.  This past weekend Dave and I completed the last portion of our exterior front entry.

Previously:

the happy crazy house exterior

the happy crazy house front walkway

It is incredibly flat looking, right?  Did someone cut its nose off?  Oh yeah….that was me!!

That roof was a rotten mess, so out with the old rotten, yucky roof and on with the new.  I’ve said it before…what’s with the offcenter roof line????

Supplies

  • 2 4×4 – cut to 9 feet
  • 2 2×6 8ft
  • 1 2×8 8ft
  • 3 2×6 12ft
  • 4 1×5 8ft
  • 2 12ft steel panels
  • flash sealant
  • flashing
  • drip edge
  • lag screws and roofing nails
  • 2 4×4 post base

Just over halfway

The happy crazy house front porch

Right before we called it quits at dark

The happy crazy house front porch

12 total hours of work- mostly done by 1 person.  I helped a little…so maybe it could be counted as 1.5 people??

Putting on the last details

the happy crazy house exterior front entry

The best part is the day after we finished….it rained.

Totally protected under this roof

Totally protected under this roof

For a weekends worth of work and $260 we were able to get that extra layer of protection for the front door and those of us that use it 🙂

At dusk

At dusk

It has a nose again!!!!  hahahahaha

Year End Push on Projects

It’s the beginning of November and I am getting ready to plan for 2017!  Can you believe it?  2016 can pretty much suck it.  I mean that in the nicest way possible, but 2016?  You really got to me.  It’s not you, it’s me.  I love you but I am not IN love with you. I really just need to work on myself.  You deserve better.  Can we be just friends?

Enough cliches!!!  I am tired of this BS and I want out.

Dave and I are in the home stretch on our 2016 projects.

Front Walk Way Still need a roof

Back fence

Back Gate

Master Bathroom

Basement – Bathroom and Family Room

A few things that we will be working on between now and the end of the year:

1. I need to finalize the furniture placement in the basement.  When it is cold out, we use this room way more.  Winter is Skyrim and Assassins Creed time.  This is what it looked like after the new paint job.

This is what I changed it to……just to see.

I am not sure…..

The couch visually encroaches on the door to Jules’ room.   Besides that, the placement works with where the TV’s are.  I am not ready to purchase another couch for the basement.  Say What?  I know!!  I am a couch hoarder, but this couch works for the kids.  It folds out and is the perfect place for massive kid sleepovers.  Maybe if I moved the guitars?

What do you think?  Should we take a vote?

I should also let you know that THIS wall is destined for a fireplace insert.  Centered under the window.

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2.  Putting an awning/roof over the front door.

the happy crazy house front walkway

Our front walkway is looking amazing, but I am looking forward to getting a roof over the front door.  Not just to protect us and those that use this door, but also to give us one more layer between inside and the elements.  It gets cold and snowy here, peeps.

3.  Completing the basement bathroom.  The bathroom has been fully functioning since we put in the pricey upflow toilet.  What we need to do is finish the sheet-rock and the tile work.  We demoed the tile at the bottom of the stairs in the basement, so that we could have one type of tile downstairs.

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So close, yet so far.

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That sliver of tile at the top of the stairs is what was at the bottom as well.  they will all match by the end of this!

With Dave’s travel schedule this will be a challenge, but one I think we can conquer.  Wish us luck!  Anything we do not finish in 2016, I will quietly slide over to the 2017 list 😉  you know, cause 2016 has been a b*&#@.

1:09  Oh Danny McBride, you sure know how to make a girl laugh.

Butcher Block Table

For many moons I have been Facebook stalking this regional for sale page for months.  There was this butcher block tabletop that was super rough looking that popped up, but I failed to flag it, like it, comment on it – anything that would have let me track it down.  Miracle of Miracles, it showed up again – for a lower price. Yeah!

Messages were sent, a drive was taken and the tabletop belonged to me.  Dave took it on as his project.  I am happy about that….don’t get me wrong….but this is all his work.

First order of business was taking off all the old weird hardware and putting some putty on the holes.

IMG_2961Dave used Donald Durhams Rockhard Water Putty

Legs were a problem.  I had a ton of ideas on what to do for legs, but couldn’t quite find what I was looking for.  I took to Pinterest to explore the interwebs and found a great inspiration table that had industrial pipe legs.  Decision. Made.

IMG_2963We decided to use the bottom as the top, since the top had a serious low spot that Dave would not have been able to sand out.  He could have taken a layer off but it would have interfered with the bolts that went all the way through the table holding everything together…..so bottom becomes top.

IMG_2967There was a lot of sanding.

IMG_2968I purchased the above rectangles and cut them to size to keep my floor protected from those fittings.

IMG_2986Looking good legs, looking good.

IMG_2988To protect the table top…and us, Dave used Watco Butcher Block Oil and FInish.

DIY Butcher Block Table

 

Decluttering OR Living with Less – The Plan

Depending on who you follow on Pinterest…this could be a topic you have seen so many times you could puke.  Well…me too.  Until I came across this site and this article.

http://www.lifeedited.com/residential-behavioral-architecture-101/

Now, over the past couple of years I have heard the terms downsizing, decluttering, small living, etc.  It sounds so freeing….for other people.  I never thought I would drink the Kool Aid.  A few articles that I was drawn into later and I realized that there are things in my house that I haven’t touched for months.  I decided to take a step and worked on my closet.

https://thehappycrazyhouse.com/2014/06/12/organization-shoot-me-now/

Here is my ‘After’:

closet

Not gunna lie…..I let it get super messy again.  BUT I have not added to it, which is good.  I was able to get it cleaned up in 10 minutes which is a miracle and a testament to keeping only the things you wear.

So – I have decided to start working on each room in the house.  I hope to get through the whole house by mid October.  My plan is to do an initial run through that mimics this……http://redefinedmom.com/how-to-declutter-your-house-in-five-minutes/  and then do a second round that is a more cut throat.

declutter

 

Move from the back to the front….Front entry redo

In the spirit of outdoor improvement, I have moved from the back to the front.  The backyard improvements have gone so well, that I decided to tackle the yucky front entry.  Here is a long distance shot.  There has not been very many nice spring days yet, so very few of my plants have begun blooming.  It looks rather desolate with my front garden torn all apart (I’ll get to that soon).

DSCN1631I try not to get to close in – don’t want to scare myself.  I purchased a new front door and in order to make sure that it is the focal point of the front I am redo-ing the porch.

DSCN1735First order of business is to take down that railing.  Check out my mad carpenter skills!  I want a clear sight line to the front door – the new sexy front door – the new awesomely sleek looking front door, the front door that will be put on next weekend (I hope).  The door that the house currently has, was an addition from the previous owners.  I wanted to find something that would be more true to the house itself (but sneaking in some mid-century modern) …….more to come on that.

DSCN1737Scrape some loose paint, substitute the vertical slats for horizontal….good times.

DSCN1738Here is an unflattering shot of the base coat stain, old front door, and the front garden all torn apart.

DSCN1739Here is a better shot of the work in progress front entry…….I have the slats up to ensure that the short ones don’t fall off.  There is still a larger drop off (larger than I am comfortable with) on the front left side – I will be using those half barrels as planters on the high side.

Next up – finishing the front door and the front garden!