Sunday, June 28, 2009

What home project are you putting off?


What's the thing you know you really need to do or fix, and you've been putting it off? Why?

My list is a mile long, but deciding on lights for the kitchen is my current #1 irritation because I have been in indecision-land about that one for months. We still have bare bulbs in there. Glamorous.

What's your thing? And what's the hold up?

If your project is stuck because you're not sure what to do or you need design advice, email a photo and a few sentences about your dilemma and I will post as many of the questions/photos so that readers can offer up advice to help you kick start your project.

47 comments:

susie q said...

New roof. Repave driveway. Putting off both because they are mind-numbingly boring and cost waaaaay too much money.

Anonymous said...

We bought a serious fixer upper 5 years ago. We have redone one room a year ourselves. My husband ripped the living room, TV/playroom and library/den down to the studs, put up new drywall and plaster, new ceilings, crown moulding and canned lighting in all of these rooms. He replaced closet doors and put in french doors, and refaced our ugly brick fireplace with a wood surround. I am the painter/decorator. We just finished having the outside of the house painted.
Now he wants to start in on the landscaping. I, however, want a to start on the two bathrooms and the kitchen. With the current economy, those may take longer, because we will have to outsource. We like to have the cash in hand when we do these projects, because we don't want to take out a loan. We joke that by the time we finish, we will be off to an old folks home.

red ticking said...

kitchen lights....going up soon. ridiculous...my house is always the last to get done... have a great day...

The Townhouselady said...

We bought a house that's 119 yrs old so we have a laundry list of need to do's. Nothing baring us from living and enjoying the home but it never seems to dwindle down.

-Replacing all the windows in the house.
-Removing the asbestos from the pipes in the basement so we can use it for something other than storage.
-Repairing the main staircase that is sinking away from the stringer.
-Replacing all the plumbing from the top floor down (we've had 3 leaks in 1 year).
-Reinstalling the bathroom from the first floor that the previous owner removed (you heard me right. Who removes a bathroom to make a storage room??).

buying furniture to fill it!

It's a labor of love.

Anonymous said...

bought some kick ass lights from the exterior of an ocean liner when i was last in Paris. Need to get them rewired and have them hung on the outside of my house - preferably before July 14th when I'm having a garden party.

all my 4 decks are rotting and need to be replaced but, yeah, it's boring, expensive, and i need to love the design since I hope I won't have to do it again in this century.

Ceiling fan with light: find one that doesn't make me vomit and get it installed.

RLG said...

Renovations are a bottomless pit. I'm exhausted and officially waving the white flag. We have to start saving for a new roof. Boring but necessary.

Decorno said...

Anon - we want to see those lights. Will you send a photo?

bebojo said...

We bought our house five and a half years ago, ripped out the kitched wall and renovated it when I was 8 months pregnant. We broke the ugly white floor tile during the process thinking it would be replaced within months of moving in.
Two kids and five and a half years later it is still on the floor.
Mark my words -this summer it will be replaced!

DawnMarie said...

I need to paint and officially decorate our bedroom. I was foolish and put it off until last as it is a room no one else really ever will see. I have lost steam and am burnt out from all the other renovations to this 100 year old home. We also need to repave the driveway. Can wait but on the list. And we need to do structural work to our non working barn. We use it as a shed and it has a rotten wood floor. If I pull the car into it, I will be towing the car out. It is non functional other than housing the lawn mower, snow blower and furniture waiting to be sold on Craigslist.

Bonnie said...

Great question! My list is a mile long and money's the hold up! I live in an old 1930's Spanish home that I love with all my heart. I want to fix it so bad but money is just too tight now and its just up to me. My list includes a lot of things to fix:
* slight architectural remodeling if i win the lottery
* landscaping
* water damage along side of house
* a foundation crack
* kitchen cabinet repair
* bathroom window repair and install, ah... just redo that whole bathroom
* paint house inside and out
* some electrical tweaking
* plumbing
* set up antique bed (really want to do this!)
* get new curtains, etc.
* go thru more "stuff" to keep, sell, or toss and organize even more than i already have! (i like doing this)

Townhouse Lady you are my inspiration! Wow! 119 years old?!! RGL you are the reality for many.

I love my place nonetheless, and hope you love your place too!

Anonymous said...

The north wall of my garage is rotting and somebody implied it's asbestos siding. I've primed replacement vertical siding, but now I'm wussing out about the tear down. and its unbelievably hot.

My very first wallpaper project in the kitchen is now curling and the seams are obvious. Dark steel gray paint would be cool, but medium apricot is tempting.

I have a composite front door with a kuntry etched-glass oval window. I'd like to install something colonial with a peephole so I can avoid Jehovah Witness motherfuckers, but I need permission from the historical society before I pay for a permit.

The house only cost 150k in 2006. I've spent more bringing it up to date. It will never earn its keep. I need to stop.

Anonymous said...

Painting my kitchen walls. Too many things to tape up and move. I'm the world's slowest painter as it is, and this is a project I have to have a whole weekend to complete. Easier said than done.

Anonymous said...

Replacing the soffits and sagging gutters are at the top of the to do list. After that, we have two bathrooms to renovate and then the rest is just decorative stuff. The big ticket items are the things that make me sick to my stomach with worry.

That Other Jean said...

New gutters and soffit. Wooden deck repairs. Exterior painting (we may do this ourselves). Ceiling fan in the bedroom (a bigger project than it sounds--there are no existing ceiling lights in the house, except in the kitchen, which we had installed when we moved in). If I won the lottery, they'd be started tomorrow. As it is, they'll take a while.

Vanessa said...

in no logical order:
making an inset shelf to hold the flatscreen tv
new kitchen countertop
new drought-resistant front yard
new bedroom paint color

sigh.

Anonymous said...

What'd wrong with me? I've been in my home for four years (after three years of design and construction). We STILL have no window treatments- anywhere. My husband so wants the drapery and cabinetry in the Study. He's the only husband I know who is BEGGING me to spend some money so we can get out of boxes. And I won't/can't do it. It's impossible for me to make a decision since I might really mess up, though in truth, I designed our entire house and it's lovely. So why am I paralyzed???

Ivy Lane said...

Pinking a new paint color for my front door and hiring my brother -in-law to paint it!!!!

RobtW said...

For a 175-year-old Virginia farm house:

~painting the outbuildings (one down, six to go);

~finding a plaster to repair the center hall walls so they can be painted, finally;

~having the library floor torn up and the joists reinforced (then doing something with the room which has become a catchall for furniture moved out of the way of other projects);

~wrapping up my 2-year project of scraping two layers of 1970s latex paint off the original faux marble painted finish on the drawing room chimneypiece (razor blades and dental tools);

~and a project finally in the works, having the original painted zinc date plaque replicated in enamel (for all of £48 -- why did I wait?)

home before dark said...

The roof last year just about killed me. Had to do it. The roofers said walking on our old shake roof was like walking on potato chips. I call it my 6-burner roof because I was just about to order my long awaited Wolf and the new roof cost that much. Will wait much longer for kitchen remodel.

David said...

If someone would buy our damn condo then we can buy the house we want, which needs everything, and my list will be insane.

If nobody buys it, or that house sells and we decide to stay put, then I'm painting our bedroom.

...love Maegan said...

buying a home.

Anonymous said...

Back porch. We have a fantastic wrap around porch on our new house. It is filled with a jumble of mismatched pieces from our previous homes. What to do? What to do? Start over? Better not ...too expensive.. Thoughts??

Nikki said...

My Husbands the problem, any advice ;)

jennifer said...

Dear Decorno,

Oh, I have a few on my list. We remodeled our home, almost a do-over adding a second floor to house our expanding family of six.

One item at the top of my list is a blank wall in our dining room that needs some help. This is our everyday room, we don't have a formal dining so our family spends a lot of time here. i'd like it to feel more warm and livable. would lOVE your help.


http://studiofreas.blogspot.com/2009/06/design-delimma.html

jamieofalltrades said...

Hanging a poster in my living room and taking down two shelves in my kitchen that are too big.

Elaine said...

Pubic hair maintanance - totally out of control.

Reggie said...

Our house has already been a huge money-sink and we've put much more into it than we'll ever be able to recoup. So the last big project is going to wait, maybe for years or maybe for the next owner. That's replacing the 1960 kitchen and the 1931 master bath directly above, BOTH of which have to be done at the same time according to our architect. Otherwise we have a perfectly restored Federal house with new roof, electrical, rebuilt chimneys, retored windows, plaster, etc., and that's not so bad, believe me. I can live with the old kitchen and MB bathroom, they work fine just aren't "perfect".

Penelope Bianchi said...

If I did what I want to do: read all these comments, then I would get no sleep! I love my favorite blogs...and I love their comments!

I am old...and I can tell you from my experience the things that made a HUGE difference to me! My opinions........

1)do not underestimate the importance of the driveway! I am a fan of gravel......burglars hate it...I love it.....and it is the most evocative romantic way to come home........crunch.......quickest way to make a romantic house.

2)paint everything......paint that dumb wood (only if it is new and wood)! paint it all! Any house built after 1940 (unless it is antique beams( has several different colors of very inferior wood! PAINT! (some men have a religion about this......do not listen to them....send them to play golf....and paint the damn things out!)

3)Just stop being indecisive....it will make you miserable for your entire life......so just stop it. it is easy. Make your first bold decision.....do it.......and sit back and listen to the compliments!

There is my advice!

Penny
ps
I am putting off nothing! (we can afford.....that is key) No sense joing to jail....or into debt......just prioritize!

CDS said...

I am going to black board the door to my bathroom in my home office...I've been putting it off...have the paint and EVERYTHING!

severedgrrl said...

Other than putting in landscaping/grass in both my front and backyards (too expensive but inevitably have to do it-inevitably means no later than 8/31 per the HOA)....

The most easy one to complete would be selecting, purchasing, and installing a chandelier for the home office.

birdy said...

So many things. Sigh.

Deciding on a color for the house. Painting the house. Never ending landscaping. My son's bathroom. My office. Cleaning out and reorganizing the garage.

Anonymous said...

Staining the upstairs deck. Like Nike in the 90s, need to just do it. Sometimes the only way this stuff gets done is for me to go on a crazy tear. Maybe i'll just hit the adderall and have at it ...
Meanwhile, your kitchen light made me think of this (a little)
http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/galleries/13-interior?page=2
The lights might be the world's most boring. But they're hung in a grid which is sort of genius. I think. Anyway, for your viewing pleasure.
C.

Jamie said...

I've been putting off a master bath remodel - it's the largest project I've ever taken on and I want it to be done right - but I don't really know where to start. The bath has a long vanity with only one since (and I dislike the cabinet) a long shower with no tub and I'm the kind of person who likes a bath now and again. Lots of wasted space, wallpaper straight out of the 90s with light fixtures to match and worst of all - it is carpeted!

With falling house prices I'm also now a bit hesitant to spend too much - but every time I walk in there I shudder.

DianaObando said...

Connecting the gas to the stove!... We moved abaout 2 months ago and still haven't cooked!!!...
Why we haven't done it? We are take-out people and cereal and sandwiches kind of couple!... jijijiji

Anonymous said...

In a fit of this-kitchen-is so-ugly-I-can't-take-it-anymore I started ripping up the layers of vinyl and linoluem to unearth (insert halelujah chorus here) original wood floors. Of course it's ridiculously hard work to rip it all up(which is why professionals get good money to doo the job) and after three night's of sweating over an iron to loosen the vinyl, a knife to tear off the linoleum, and a scraper to scrape off the black crud I gave it up. Sysiphus I am not. So now the patch I stupidly pulled up is covered in a swath of oilcloth - making the ugly kitchen even uglier. Why is it still there? Money, money, money. Sigh. There are worse things of course- fire, flood, plague, but I kick myself every time I see that patch, which is about a bazillion times a day. Adding insult to injury are my three year old twins who keep saing "Mama, is the floor broken?"

leni said...

Is moving considered a home project?! I'm moving out at the end of the month and I'm already dreading it!

mosey said...

There are many things I'd like to prettify but we don't own this place so I don't want to put too much into it. I did just start making our balcony/room more inviting by buying some flower window boxes and moving the small love seat near the sliding doors. I'm having trouble making the room appear classy as opposed to college like. I want to add string lights to give softer lighting but yet that could contribute to the college effect. How do I make this tiny balcony room cozy yet nontrashy without spending too much money and time?

Jesse Lu said...

@Elaine: LO...freakin' L.

My home project that I will find anything else to do as an excuse to procrastinante? Refinishing my antique dresser, mid-century nightstands, and rustic tallboy. I'm scared to screw it up, what can I say?

Anonymous said...

I borrowed that exact fixture from a showroom and tried it out in the kitchen. I didn't want cookie cutter or too common and thought it would fit the bill. While I liked it the whole way home, it somehow just looked strange in place. I ended up going w/ the large Randolph polished nickel pendant (factory style light) http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/107609.htm
Everyone loves it and I couldn't be happier.

Hanako66 said...

I may take you up on this....

Robyn said...

My home is 140 years old and the list in infinitely long. Refinish wood floors. Patch/paint drywall under 3 formerly leaky windows. Paint guest room, remove built-in shelving, and replace light fixture. Turn upstairs apartment into master suite. Reconfigure current master bedroom. Remove current master bath/closet and turn into screened porch with hot tub. Build new covers (screen? solid doors? lattice?) for crawl space under access house between brick pillars.

riye said...

I just bought a new apartment. I am terrified of doing anything because somehow I'll do it "wrong." (sigh) I don't want to end up like one of those whiners in the comment sections of design blogs. My plan is to start with a new lock for the front door, regrouting the bathtub, and then paint. After that... I think I'll read the post on this blog about what to buy for your first place. Good luck everybody!

Anonymous said...

I'm feeling insecure about my job and feel like I can't do the kitchen remodel and backyard patio that I'd otherwise do in a heartbeat.

Actually, I can easily afford both of these, but because of my emotional anxiety about the economy and my job situation, I feel like I must horde extra money.

Sad, I know; but the truth--for me.

Anonymous said...

I am working now on repainting and decorating my nieces rooms. still have tons of sewing left to finish that project.
I have about 15 tiles that still need to be installed around my clawfoot bathtub.
I also have an outside stairs that needs redone.
I really lack the time to do the projects.

Kate F. said...

Same as you, Decorno. We redid the kitchen in October 2007 (though not a gut renovation like you did) and we still have done the lighting. Also haven't figured out how to get a hood installed over the stove. And now money has dried up, so we may never get around to it.

parisienish said...

i can't bring myself to remove the cute country wallpaper in my cottage. trust me, i'm not attached to the pukey pink and blue hearts, i just can't wrap my mind around the task seeing that the wallpaper covers half the cottage walls.
does anyone know a good cocktail that encourages wallpaper removal? i have a feeling i'll have to be drunk to take this on.

mary said...

Hi! So glad that you are back...much missed.