summer project list

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, My House20 Comments

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When I originally made my summer project list, I think I might’ve been delirious.  As I read back over it with a clearer head, I realized I was planning to not have to do any other work or feed my kids or leave the house.  So, I’ve simplified the list to the big projects I’d like to get done.   These are the projects that made the cut…

repainting the studio floor

This really needs to be done!  When the large hardware cabinet was under the window, I didn’t paint under it.  I did prime under it, so right now, I have a big rectangle of floor that is primed, but not painted.  Other than that, all of the furniture scooting that happened in this space has been rough on it.  Now that things are settled, a fresh coat of paint will make a big difference.  It is a studio, so some paint splatters and nicks and dings are okay, but I’ll add a new coat every few years, so it doesn’t get too rough.

My plan is to move all of the furniture (except the large hardware cabinet piece) to one side of the room, paint one side, let it cure, and then do the same on the other side.  It’ll probably take a few days to a week for the whole process.

paint the living room wainscoting

I put the wainscoting in when my mom visited in March and still haven’t painted it, yet!  So, that’s going to happen.  I need to prime and paint the trim and the wall behind it.  I plan to work on it in small sections over a few days.

prime/paint bathroom window trim & install shutters

The master bathroom has been relatively untouched since we moved in.  We did replace the faucets because the existing ones were severely damaged by hard water.  I also finally removed the beige valance.  But, since February, we’ve had plantation shutters leaning against the wall, just waiting for me to prime and paint the window trim.  This is one of those annoying projects that I just don’t want to do!  I know it will look so much better when I get it painted and we get those pretty white shutters installed.  So, that’s happening this summer.  I just need to suck it up, put on some good music, and make it happen.

Eventually, I’ll paint the rest of the bathroom, too, but it’s not a priority yet.  There are some things that we would like to upgrade and/or replace, so we need to figure out the proper order of doing all of that.  The good news is that this bathroom doesn’t need a major renovation, but even small changes set off a series of dominoes and we need to make sure we’re ready to tackle it all when we knock the first one over.

sewing room

And, of course, there is the sewing room!  I’m excited that all of you are so excited about this project!  In here, I’ll add wainscoting, a chair rail, starch fabric on the walls, reupholster the bed, and do a whole heap of sewing from curtains to pillows to a bed crown.  Some of this might involve a visit from mom, who is great at ironing curtain panels while I pin and sew!

convert playroom to exercise room

Some of you probably didn’t even realize we have a playroom!  It’s down in the basement off of our family room.  Other than the guest room makeover, we really haven’t done much in the basement, so I don’t share it often.  It’s our hang-out space and, well, it looks like a hangout space!  Eventually, I’ll get my hands on it, but there are plenty of other projects to keep me busy.

One thing we are planning to do, though, is change the playroom to an exercise room.  The boys aren’t playing in there like they used to, so it’s basically a glorified toy storage room at the moment.  We’re going to donate the toys they’ve outgrown, pack away the ones that are worth keeping for the next Parsons generation, and organize the things they still play with in a smaller area or in their rooms.

We’ll move the treadmill and workout gear in here and change out the light fixture (so we don’t hit our heads).  This will give us the room to set up a “jam session space” in the family room.  Marshall has started playing drums (and we’ve been given a drum kit), so he needs room for that and Calvin is playing electric guitar.

Other than that, I have some little fix-it projects, gardening, and Jeff and I are working on organizing the garage (most of it is done).  I have some other sewing projects, ideas for the 1/2 bath, and I’d love to paint the boys’ rooms, but those will probably wait until the fall…or spring…or just later.

Man, writing all of this out gets me excited to start knocking some of these things off the list.  I’ll give you updates on the progress I’m making!

summer project list

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20 Comments on “summer project list”

  1. You really really should do the sewing room first, ya know….It’s just screaming out to all of us, to hint to you….to do it FIRST! 😉

  2. Man, I’m inspired. I need to corner my hubs and get a list going before we just twiddle the Summer away. 🙂

  3. Is there some reason the playroom will not become the hangout/”jam session space”? Just curious, as drums & guitars make lots of noise!!!!

    1. We had considered that, but it’s a space issue. The space in the family room is better suited to the instruments whereas we could use the extra room in the playroom for working out. Honestly, I grew up in a musical family and I love hearing them play!

    2. I think the problem with the playroom is that it is dark. From what I can tell from the photos, it doesn’t have any windows. Psychologically, people like to hangout where there is natural light. I think the “man cave” craze is kind of nutty. My husband loves his office/man cave with two large windows and lots of natural light. My kids would rather play on a cold, enclosed porch than a dark basement.

    1. Ha, I guess that stuff isn’t as exciting! I’m a little weird, I guess, in that projects are fun for me! The stuff I do that’s not project related, though, is painting, reading, hiking & going on walks, and we’ll be doing some pool trips and other fun things for the boys outside of their activities.

  4. You and your mom are so talented. I tweaked your starching fabric wall idea for my bedroom. The material I chose was upholstery weight so I used a regular stapler & black staples to adhere it to the wall beneath my chair rail. I love it & always enjoy reading your posts.

  5. I spy Thundercats! My son, and now my grandson love them! Wishing you plenty of energy for all these pretty projects.

  6. I had to go take a nap after reading your list. It wore me out. 🙂 I’d love to have your energy. I cannot wait to see all the projects come to fruition, especially the sewing room!

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