(Closed) What home projects are you currently doing or paying to have done?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
5797 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re getting fence estimates this week but prepping the yard for install ourselves. So if anyone has tips for what to ask the fencing guys or how to tell if a hydrangea bush is alive or not I am all ears ๐Ÿ˜‰

Having paid someone else to paint I don’t think I’ll ever paint myself again. They do it so quickly and neatly.

Post # 4
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are doing SO MANY home projects… luckily Fiance is a contractor so we are doing all the work ourselves! Laughing


We have done:

  • Put up a wall between dining room and living room
  • Tore out tile in dining room/carpet in living room and put down hardwood floor
  • Rocked in around the woodburning stove and added built in entertainment center below mounted TV
  • Entire kitchen appliance remodel: put in stainless GE dishwasher, fridge, double oven, range, microwave, and wine fridge

Currently working on:

  • Tore out the downstairs bonus room (house is one story but had a downstairs room added to it) and are remodeling into a bar room
  • Refinishing deck (almost done!!)
  • Fencing in yard (about halfway done)
  • …and I don’t know if it counts but I’m restoring some craigslist furniture for the guest room

And then the upcoming projects:

  • Replace Pergo in kitchen with tile
  • Redo pantry! Currently have open shelving but we want to put closed cabinets
  • Carpet in bedroom needs to go
  • The ENTIRE outside needs landscaping…

Fiance likes to start a log of projects at once, lol. I don’t know about you but I feel like the ‘to do’ list is never ending…

Post # 5
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LGenz:  I hate painting!! We painted our entire inside of the house and I refuse to do it again. It’s such a pain. SO worth the money to pay someone else to do it.

Post # 6
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@BreezyBride24:  My Fiance is in the trades, so he does all the work himself. So far, he has done our office, bedroom, and spare room (this involved painting, flooring, and decor). The spare room depresses me because it is painted light blue for a baby room, and then we had a MC ๐Ÿ™ I want him to re-do it again! lol He is working on the kitchen and our ensuite. Eventually we will also replace the flooring downstairs.

For outside, he has completely re-done the front and back yards. It will need a refresh after winter, but the foundation is there ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 7
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We havent moved in yet but i think the first thing we will do is put up a fence

Post # 8
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

FH and I have done everything in the house ourselves for the most part. He had renters in here who absolutely DESTROYED the place. It took forever to get the place back to being livable. We painted every wall and ceiling, painted the kitchen and bathroom cabinets with Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations. Oh, we did get new carpet installed and had that done by a pro, but FH has installed carpet before. He installed the storm door, and the sliding basement door himself. Next will be installing a new slider off the kitchen and new double window in the LR.

He is currently finishing the basement and doing it all himself. All the electrical, framing, floors (carpet nad tile) will be done by him. He impresses me with how much he can do! His mom’s Boyfriend or Best Friend has a drywall business so he will be doing the drywall for us. FH refuses to pay someone else for things he knows he can do, even if he has to study up on it before he tries it!

Post # 9
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BreezyBride24:  what was your quote for the french doors? are you replacing a sliding door?

Post # 10
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We have a TINY place in NYC so you wouldn’t think there would be so much to do but so far…

* painted kitchen, bath, livingroom, bedroom, office

* hung a “mantle” over the TV

* Ripped out and replaced a wall in the bath

* Refinished the tub


We are currently

*putting in built in bookcases in the living room

* building a long desk for the office 

I can’t wait to get the bookcase done, the place is a madhouse with books hidden everywhere. 

Post # 11
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@BreezyBride24:  If you get work done, pay the extra money and join Angie’s List. Seriously best money we ever spent!

Post # 12
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

This summer, we’re going to pay someone to paint our finished basement and our deck.

I’m going to work on sewing curtains/valances for our windows on my own time (all the windows already have blinds).

Post # 14
2685 posts
Sugar bee

Over the weekend we relocated a hanging light fixture from our kitchen to the dining room.  The fixture was getting in the way in the kitchen, and the dining room fixture was super ugly, soooo we got to kill 2 birds. We bought a nice flush-mount light for the kitchen which works much better.  We’ve also been filling in some holes and marks on the drywall.  The original owners really loved using drywall anchors and we probably removed and patched over 30 of them throughout the house.  Painting still needs to be done, but I already love the way the patching looks.


Next weekend we may start expanding our concrete patio.  Our current patio is tiny compared to the rest of the yard and we want to pour a new section of it.  First, we’ll need to dig out the new section and lay down a base of sand or gravel.  Concrete will probably happen later in the month, but we’re definitely paying for a mixer truck for that part.

Post # 15
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Things we’ve done:

  • Painted the living room, dining room, garage entry, bedroom and master bath.
  • Put up curtains in family rom, master bath and bedroom, and guest bedroom. 
  • Stained the decked
  • Fixed a leaky tub and replaced lots of drywall due to several leaks. 
  • Built a hearth pad and installed a wood pellet stove.
  • Replace entry, dining room and two hallway light fixtures
  • Replace patio light fixtures

This year we will be

  • Hang dining room curtains
  • Painting the second level of the house
  • Painting the bathroom vanities and replacing the counter tops and paint walls
  • Paint the laundry room cabinets and walls
  • Refinish the deck completely (the stain sucked and didn’t do much)
  • I’d like to replace or paint the kitchen cabinets at some point



Post # 16
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I come from a construction background. In our family we have 7 contractors including my husband (owner of a residential construction company), my dad (owner of a commercial construction company), my brother, and 4 uncles all of whom have worked in construction for numerous years. We do most repair/remodel projects ourselves:


Guest house (in my parents’ back yard, my dad, brother and I spent a few weeks renovating it before I moved in several years ago) – built a walk-in closet; installed solid hard-wood floors; intalled new bathroom sink, cabinet, toilet, and mirror; painted walls, doors, and trim; installed new laminate flooring in the kitchen. 


My parents’ house – we tore down half of the house in 1998 and rebuilt it from the foundation up. Seriously, I would get home from school and help my dad hang drywall, pull electric wires (with a licensed electrician’s help, of course), sort marble tiles for the kitchen and dining room, texture and paint walls, install cabinets, appliances, light fixtures, install hardwood floors, etc. The only thing I didn’t do was the roof and the exterior plaster (stucco). 


Our house – (it’s a rental so we’re not putting a lot of money into it); painted the 2 kids’ rooms; re-landscaped the front and back yards; painted the wood trim on the front porch. Upcoming projects: rebuild the deck next to the jacuzzi, rebuild the wood support post for the front porch; reconfigure our master closet; replace the side door to the garage and add a doggy-door. 


Also on our to-do list is the patio and yard at my in-laws’ beach house. It’s uneven, has a poor layout, and needs to be razed so we can start from scratch. We’re going to work on it very soon so it will be ready for the summer. 


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