Two Years in Our First Home

Front Door Painted St. Lucia Teal by Benjamin Moore

Wednesday marked two years in our home. It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years when with the amount of projects we’re tackling feels like we still just moved in.

Back in January I put together a list of projects we want to accomplish. Here’s our updated list of the things we want to do, in the process of doing or have done.

Front of the House

Painted Front Door

  • Put sod in
  • Fill center circle in with white rocks
  • Add shrubs
  • Add weatherproof furniture and decor to front porch
  • Replace front light with sensor one
  • Add solar lighting around walkways
  • Add custom address decal to mailbox
  • Create a sign so people won’t park so close to our mailbox
  • Add shrubs or plants to the area next to the garage


New Front Door

  • Replace front door
  • Add a welcome mat to the outside
  • Repaint the walls
  • Replace carpeting in the closet with laminate flooring
  • Replace the light with a shorter one that doesn’t interfere with the closet door opening
  • Add a bench and/or more storage
  • Organize closet
  • Add a table + charging station?

Living Room

Updated Living Room

  • Paint trim
  • Repaint walls
  • Replace vertical blinds with energy efficient blackout curtains
  • Add more art to walls
  • Paint table from shed and replace LACK side tables with it
  • Replace gas fireplace with pellet stove
  • Replace carpet with laminate flooring
  • Add wall paneling and shelving to create a mantel
  • Mount TV to wall
  • Replace speakers with sound bar
  • Clean out and organize sideboard
  • Replace scratching post (carpet material is coming apart)

Dining Room

Dining Room

  • Replace carpet with laminate flooring
  • Replace artwork above bookshelf?
  • Paint trim
  • Repaints walls
  • Make a chalkboard wall?
  • Remove swinging door to kitchen



  • Clean out and organize under the kitchen sink
  • Replace cabinets
  • Replace countertops + backsplash
  • Replace sink + faucet
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace dishwasher
  • Replace the over-the-hood range

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

  • Create a command center
  • Repaint walls
  • Replace flooring
  • Paint trim and door
  • Add shelving
  • Replace cabinets
  • Make a designated pantry area
  • Create built-in litter box
  • Replace door going from kitchen to laundry room with pocket door


My Side

  • Add blinds to window
  • Replace side door
  • Fix cement walkway next to side door to prevent flooding into the garage
  • Add gable vents and roof vents
  • Add additional shelving

Media/Entertainment Room

Updated Media Room

  • Mount TV and speakers to wall
  • Move satellite connection to the wall
  • Organize and add to home gym corner
  • Paint over orange walls
  • Replace laminate flooring that matches the rest of the house


The Hallway

  • Paint ceiling
  • Replace smoke detector with Nest Protect
  • Continue adding art to the wall
  • Paint linen closet doors
  • Organize linen closet
  • Replace carpet with laminate flooring
  • Touch-up paint the walls

Guest Bedroom

The Guest Room

  • Replace handles on dresser
  • Paint dresser
  • Paint trim and door
  • Replace closet doors with mirror doors
  • Add either a wall clock or digital clock to nightstand
  • Add a couple more guest amenities
  • Replace carpet with laminate flooring

My Office

My Office

  • Fix area on desk where pieces of wood are coming off
  • Paint inside of closet
  • Organize closet
  • Paint door and closet door
  • Replace closet handle and hinges
  • Organize desk drawers
  • Replace carpet with laminate flooring

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

  • Repaint walls
  • Paint trim
  • Add shelving
  • Replace toilet
  • Add a couple more guest amenities
  • Accessorize and organize
  • Paint or replace vanity
  • Update flooring

Master Bathroom

New Colors for the Master Bath

  • Replace shower head
  • Replace vanities
  • Replace closet doors
  • Turn vent into a floor vent
  • Paint trim
  • Repaint walls (closet/vanity area)
  • Replace print on shelf above toilet
  • Organize vanity drawers
  • De-gold shower
  • Replace pocket door
  • Replace carpet with laminate flooring

Master Bedroom

Bed in the Master Bedroom

  • Create a make-up vanity
  • Add more art/prints to walls
  • Add décor to dresser – vase, flowers, pictures, etc.
  • Replace curtains with white energy efficient blackout curtains
  • Paint trim
  • Repaint walls
  • Add another coat of paint to the ceiling
  • Replace carpet with laminate flooring


The Backyard

  • Finish pulling out unwanted plants, trees, shrubs, etc.
  • Remove stone fountain and other stone planter boxes
  • Create a fire pit + seating area
  • Put in irrigation
  • Add new shrubs and ground-cover
  • Remove garden beds
  • Acquire more chairs and umbrella for table on deck
  • Get new table to go with outdoor furniture on deck
  • Add more outdoor lighting
  • Fix electrical in the shed
  • Paint, clean-up, and organize shed
  • Get a hot tub

One Comment

I love that you are doing so much to make this the perfect home for you two. You are making it just the way you want it! Even though there are still a lot of projects to do, it is looking great so far.

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