…about housiversary no. 1 + listy mclisterson update.

you guys, guess what?! today is our first housiversary, meaning it’s been one whole year since we’ve moved in to our house! we can’t believe how quickly time has flown by – i guess that tackling DIY projects, working hard to make our stamp on our first home, raising a rambunctious two-year-old, and feeling gleeful about a baby on the way makes a year feel like a minute.


after just a year of living here, dear reader, nothing has changed about the way that we feel about our home – in fact, we still feel SO blessed to call this space home. if anything, we’ve fallen in love with our home base even more as we’ve made it feel more like “us” – plus, it doesn’t hurt that we’re growing our family in this space, which instantly gives us the warm fuzzes about this place.

anywho, in honor of our first housiversary, we thought we’d give you all an update on good ol’ list mclisterson {our house to-do list, as coined by Sherry and John over at Young House Love}. hang on tight – here goes!

overall look + layout of our home

– install crown molding in all rooms

– replace standard light fixtures/fans in all rooms in favor of lanterns and chandeliers

– eventually install hardwood floors in common areas, and install tile in kitchen + bathrooms

– eventually add a fourth bedroom in the lower level by closing off part of the large family room

– eventually repaint exterior of house in grey with white trim


– add some nice hardware to the garage doors to beef them up {like this}

– convert space in garage {just off entry way of home} to a mudroom; add a bench, cubbies/lockers/wainscoting with hooks {repurpose/reposition existing hanging shoe storage?}

– eventually replace garage doors with ones with windows/molding/character


front yard

– add a few planters in front of the garage

– paint the front door {Blue Lake}

– paint the exterior entry door{s} to the garage {Blue Lake}

– paint the storm door?

side/back yard

– build a pergola over {stained} concrete patio

– add Adirondack chairs in a fun color {red? coral?} to the concrete patio space

– DIY a sandbox for Lionel and future sibling(s)

– add potted tall grasses around perimeter of deck for privacy {multiple planters? one long bench-like planter?}

– add an outdoor table and chairs to the concrete patio {paint our old pub table + stools with outdoor paint? store inside the garage in the winter}

– plant lilacs

– plant a food garden

– eventually refinish the back deck in a light grey color; modernize/replace deck posts?

entry way

– add a bold stencil/wallpaper treatment

– paint inside doors: front door, garage entry door {Blue Lake}

– eventually add a fun lantern or chandelier

– add hooks for coats, art


– paint

– paint a chalkboard wall in the eat-in area of the kitchen

– spray paint {Mint? Coral? White?} and hang empty frames on chalkboard wall {write notes, quotes inside}; also add upside down drawer pulls to hold chalk; also draw a family calendar on the chalkboard wall

– add curtains/blinds of some sort to sliding glass door for privacy? Frost the doors for privacy?

– find a cute vintage cake stand and use it to hold soaps/scrubbers beside sink in the kitchen

– add vintage chairs in a fun pop of color

– add art, decorator items above cabinets

– eventually replace the sliding glass door with double French doors {unpaned} or a Dutch door

– eventually add a farmhouse sink

– eventually install tile flooring in a neutral tone

– eventually install subway tile in a neutral tone above counters? {white with dark grout?}

– eventually paint/upgrade to white cabinets {or a tuxedo kitchen, with white upper cabinets and darker {navy, gray, etc.} lower cabinets?}

– eventually take down some upper cabinetry to try out open shelving?

– eventually upgrade appliances to stainless steel?

hallways + stairways

– paint horizontal stripes on the walls {Gray Owl and White Dove? Behr Cracked Pepper and White Dove?}

– add decorator items in lighted nook above the upstairs hallway

– organize upstairs hallway closet: main use for upstairs hallway closet = linens and board games

living room {upstairs}

– add safety gate to stairway before baby #2 comes along {find a style that doesn’t damage the banister and/or is visually pleasing}

– paint

– add an area rug

– add curtains

– mount the television on the wall



– touch up paint in both bathrooms {upstairs is painted a terracotta color, while the downstairs bathroom is charcoal grey}

– paint {Hale Navy}

– add white beadboard to walls {make sure to use bathroom-safe beadboard + adhesive made for damp spaces}

– replace white waffle weave shower curtain in upstairs bathroom with a ceiling height curtain in the same style

– update linens

– add art

– remove builder-grade mirror in upstairs bathroom and hang heavy black mirror horizontally in its place {possibly dry-brush white/silver after painting the walls?}

– eventually replace tub in upstairs bathroom with a claw-foot tub

– eventually tile the entire back wall {behind the tub upstairs}

– replace vanities in bathrooms {repurpose vintage dressers?}

– install sinks with character {double “bowl” sinks?}

– install tile flooring in a neutral tone {grey? white?}

– install new lighting {pot lights above the tub/shower?}


– touch up paint in both bathrooms {upstairs is painted a terracotta color, while the downstairs bathroom is charcoal grey}

– purchase hand towels

– add art

– bring in a vintage dresser in each bathroom to utilize as vanities

– install sinks with character {white basin sink downstairs?}

– install tile flooring in a neutral tone {grey? white?}

– install a tiled {grey penny tile?}, walk-in shower

master bedroom {upstairs}

– paint {indigo}

– Craigslist/sell IKEA Hemnes bed + replace with a DIY upholstered headboard

– add accent pillows/recover existing accent pillows

– add end table

– remove and Craigslist/sell the ceiling fan; add a chandelier

– purchase vintage dresser in a fun pop of color

– add closet organizational system

– create a nook for Baby Boy No. 2

L and Baby Boy No. 2’s bedroom {upstairs}

– remove and Craigslist/sell the ceiling fan; add a warehouse-inspired light fixture

– add white vinyl decals (triangles?) to one wall to create a focal wall in the room

purchase/make + hang new artwork

– order crib bedding for Baby

– paint big wooden rocker and little wooden rocker, both from my childhood {!!}, as well as a twin bed for L that we inherited from my Mom’s younger days {!!!} {my parents are again tackling the furniture painting for us, since my painting time is limited by the pregnancy; they’ve already begun the sanding + priming process – yay for progress!}

– personalize L’s bed with a monogram {wood? vinyl decal?}

– build, paint + attach a simple bed rail for L’s big boy bed out of 1x3s

– purchase twin mattresses, bedding, sheets + accent pillows/blanket for L’s big boy bed

– build + hang wood shelving on either side of the window {2-3 shelves per side} for additional storage

– purchase curtains

– hang another clothing rod in the closet for Baby’s clothes?

family room {downstairs}

– paint

– bring in TV {at least 55″} and TV stand

– add a wood accent wall behind TV {made of pallet wood?}

– add a sideboard/buffet {with doors for DVD/toy storage} under TV {Craigslist/sell 2×4 black/brown Expedit?}

– add large area rug near/beneath sectional

– add wood blinds, graphic curtains, art

– add built-in shelving {white} with glass doors above ledge

– add playroom for L and future sibling(s) – until fourth bedroom comes along…

– add leather armchair with nailhead trim, sheepskin, ceramic drum table, pillow; hang farmhouse lantern over the armchair {in red? yellow? teal?}

laundry room {downstairs}

– add drywall

– add a folding screen door to hide appliances {furnace, water heater, etc.}

– paint {White Dove}

– stencil a focal wall

– prime, paint {White Dove} and hang open shelving above washer & dryer to hold laundry soaps, baskets, etc.; use 12” shelves {with fun/large brackets spray-painted gold!}

– paint the floor {use Valspar Oil Porch & Floor Paint}

– place washer in a water-safe metal tray

– “build in” washer and dryer, add folding shelf made of MDF {or DIY a faux bois counter}

man nook {downstairs}

– mount two computer monitors on the wall

– mount/bring in a desk

– bring in Operation Nerd Mode PC and Xbox One

– create a cool way to hang/hold accessories, games, etc.

– find a cool chair

– address the drywall situation {while the space has been drywalled, it is need of sanding before painting}

– paint the room a light and airy color

– give some love to the concrete floor (paint it? add rugs?)

– add/build concealed storage furniture {for baby items, holiday items, etc.} in smaller space under stairway {beyond the “man nook” area}?

third bedroom {downstairs} – remember, this space will likely serve as a guest bedroom/be in flux until it becomes L’s big boy room in three years or so!

– paint

– bring in full bed, which is currently housed at my parents’ house

– DIY a headboard

– purchase fun duvet color, solid color Euro shams, colorful throw pillows

– replace light fixture with a chandelier/drum shade

– bring in a dresser, a chair/chaise

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