The Big, Long List of Home Improvements!

We knew when we bought this house that there would be some work to do, but I might have underestimated just how many things I would want to change. It’s kind of a domino effect… you start to change one thing, and then it makes something that was seemingly unnoticeable before more apparent. For example, we’ve painted the entire downstairs white, and suddenly our white outlet covers don’t look so white anymore (and now that detail has been added to this list)!

I thought compiling everything together so that I can track my progress would be smart, so that is how the list below came to be! Keep in mind, I don’t plan on doing all of these things at once… this list will likely span MANY years that we are in this house. I’m also willing to admit that not everything on this list may get completed, but I’m okay with that. This is more of a “wish list” of things I would want to change/fix/adjust.


  1. Replace the air conditioner
  2. Save for (and replace!) the roof
  3. Clean and repair gutters
  4. Replace locks
  5. Replace back door This took waaaaaay too long, but it’s done and it’s beautiful! And secure, which is important.
  6. Have carpet cleaned upstairs Had this completed before we moved in!
  7. Replace all “boob” lights (why do they even make these?!)
  8. Replace all lamps (bulb in a light fixture) with LEDs
  9. Replace all switches/cover plates with upgraded options
  10. Replace all door hardware with upgraded options
  11. Have the ducts cleaned
  12. Refinish Hardwoods

DSC_0585This is what we started with… gotta love the green paint!


  1. Clean
  2. Fix the dishwasher – J ordered the part for this… it was only $20 and was a quick and easy fix.
  3. Fix the garbage disposal
  4. Paint (everything… walls, ceiling, trim, doors, temporary island) – Almost there!
  5. Clean up and repair butcher block on temporary island
  6. Replace closet carpet with something intended for wet areas
  7.  Kitchen Renovation (eventually… not any time soon!)
    • Cabinets
    • Backsplash
    • Counter tops
    • New, custom island
    • New sink and faucet
    • New range hood

Powder Room

  1. Clean
  2. Remove wall paper (and maybe replace with new wallpaper?)
  3. Replace Mirror
  4. Replace all hardware (towel bars, toilet paper holder, etc) – These are ordered… not complete yet though…
  5. Paint (everything… walls, ceiling, trim, fireplace, doors)

DSC_0581.jpgThe living room before move in. The wall decals were interesting, but I decided that they weren’t exactly my style… ha! You can see here that even the dogs aren’t quite sure about what is going on.

Living Room

  1. Deep Clean
  2. Replace fireplace tile – I’ve ordered some samples for this and have a good idea of what I want. Budget is the only hurdle.
  3. New furniture and rugs for living room
  4. Paint (everything… walls, ceiling, trim, fireplace, doors)
  5. Replace ceiling fan with accent lighting

DSC_0584.jpgThe dining room has this awesome board and batten detailing. When we finished painting it all white, my mom said it felt like an old house back when one of the only paint color options for inside was a clean white. I kind of love that idea!

Dining Room

  1. Deep Clean
  2. Purchase dining room furniture/rug/art – We got the table last weekend… making progress!
  3. New light fixture
  4. Paint (everything… walls, ceiling, trim)


  1. Powerwash deck
  2. Fix gate
  3. Powerwash porch
  4. Powerwash driveway
  5. Paint entire house
  6. Remove rocks (there are a bunch in the backyard)
  7. Add fence to enclose back door
  8. Landscaping
  9. Patio furniture


DSC_0594.jpgThe guest bath was painted this lovely shade of teal, which made it very dark in there!

Guest Bath

  1. Clean
  2. Paint (everything… you know the drill!)
  3. Replace tile
  4. Paint vanity
  5. New counters
  6. New faucets/bath hardware
  7. New Mirror
  8. New hardware (towel rods, toilet paper, etc)

DSC_0608Pros of this bathroom – High ceilings, two sinks, big shower. Cons? Basically every finish. I have big plans to change this room eventually!

Master Bath

  1. Clean
  2. Paint (everything… you know the drill!)
  3. Replace tile
  4. Paint vanity
  5. New counters
  6. New faucet
  7. New Mirror
  8. New hardware (towel rods, toilet paper, etc)



DSC_0604.JPGAll of the bedrooms need lots of paint and new window treatments. Eventually we will also take out all the carpet. I’m looking forward to that day!


  1. Clean
  2. Paint – Painted the Guest. Office needs to be painted still… soon enough!
  3. Window treatments
  4. Closet systems
  5. New lighting/fans
  6. Furniture
  7. Eventually replace floors with wood

Quick poll… how many of you own your own homes? Did you have a list this long when you moved in? I was never into the idea of building a home before buying this one. I might understand the appeal now!


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