Git ‘Er Done 2009

Eventually this page will link to all my various projects in case you’re feeling crafty or are facing some of the same projects on a limited budget.

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As many of you know, Brian & I bought his family’s farm around Labor Day of 2007. We’ve been working on the house and yard since the early spring of that year, even before we bought it. Things are far from finished as we start 2009, and I don’t want to deal with this again in 2010.

I’ve made a detailed list, room by room, of what projects need to be completed this year.

This will mostly be for my benefit, to keep me motivated and accountable. I’ll try to include some before and after pictures and maybe even offer some good how-to advice. I avoid debt like the plague so these will all be pay as you go projects.

Feel free to read along. If you would like to join in, go ahead and grab the doodad, link over here, and post your updates whenever. I’ll be doing most of my work on Saturdays. I started out working all day Sunday too but got burnout very quickly. I would recommend limiting yourself to one full day per week or a few hours here and there. You don’t have to renovate your whole place, maybe you just have one small project you want to stay on track with.

In any case, I hope this is a valuable addition to the blog!

Okay, here’s my master list. Red = done last year. Black = to be done. Blue = done in 2009.

New bedding (received as wedding gift)
Paint walls & ceiling
Move closet (tear it out and rebuild in a different spot)
New TV (flatscreen – eliminated stand and gave us more floor space)

Mount lamp on wall
New trim
New curtains
Add 2nd clothes rod in closet
Cover hole for access to pipes (we cut this when changing plumbing in bathroom)

Rewire (and new switches/covers)
Curtain on closet
New light fixture

Paint window frames

Paint walls & ceiling
Eliminate old rust stains
New faucets/hardware
New shower curtain & rod

New curtain over window (in shower)
Curtain around base of sink
Recoat the tub
New lighting

Refinish cabinet (in progress)
New trim (waiting on this because I think we’re going to have this room drywalled eventually)
Replace mirror (or make it look better)
Rewire (and new switches/covers)

Find Brian a desk
Get a deal on a desk chair

Paint walls & ceiling
New lighting
New curtains

Removed wallpaper/patched/painted (Thanks Mom!!)
Refinished cabinets/rearranged them
New countertops
New trim (started)
New stove
New (used) dishwasher
New faucet

Paint window frames
Curtains in front of sink/trash
Finish trim
Baseboard for long cabinet
End caps on countertops
Paint baseboard on sink
Paint fridge
Hook up range hood
New lighting


Back Room (entryway):
Paint walls/ceiling
New trim (almost done)
Refinish cabinet door (in progress)
Paint window frames
Build a shoe rack
Clean off/organize stair shelf


Living Room
Paint walls & ceiling
Refinish trim
Have floor refinished
New area rug

New light fixture
New (used) couch

Curtains (almost done!)

Rabbit Room aka Guest Bedroom
Paint walls & ceiling

Move rabbits out
Fix window screen (where rabbits chewed through it)

Touch up paint on trim

Start cleaning/getting rid of everyone’s junk
New washing machine
Buy laundry tub
Build corn storage bin
New corn stove

Finish cleaning (ongoing)
Dust/vacuum rafters (ongoing)
Clean out cistern (Baxter thinks it is his litterbox…gross) (ongoing)

Install laundry tub
Install shower
New cabinets/tables/shelves (build or buy)
Curtain @ base of stairs

Landscape around 1/2 house
Plant 2 pear trees (one died already)
Create garden
New porch roof
Tear our overgrown bushes
Repaired bad spot in shop roof
Built lean-to on back of shed (burned)
Get rid of lots of junk/scrap that is filling backyard
Install fence/plant pasture

Finish landscaping (1 piece to go!)
Plant more fruit trees
Paint foundation of house

New exterior doors on house (purchased both, front door installed, waiting on builder to install back door)
Shutters? (not in the budget for this year! turning blue b/c done for now)
Farm sign/flagpole (Brian tore on the dead trees where this is going so that’s a start)
Repair shed fire damage/build new (in progress) (this feels never ending)
Finish/repair fences
Tear down little red barn
Paint new OSB on shop ceiling

Paint small shop door (not doing this now until we have whole building repainted later on)
Tear down garage
New stonecrete in driveway (got some, not as much as I wanted)

Better plan for black walnuts (help!?) (giving up on this for this year)
Plant corn & pumpkins
Improve pasture (we were hard on our pastures this year so this didn’t work out)
Poultry tractors/fence

I put question marks next to things that I’m not sure we’ll get to or things that need more thought put in to them.


One thought on “Git ‘Er Done 2009

  1. Kathi

    We bought our ranch in May of 2006. Fortunately our lil’ ranch house is only 950 sq. ft. interior…….exterior it’s measurement is 1,150 sq. ft. Why is that? Our adobe walls are 13 1/2 inches thick, that eats up a lot of space.

    We bought a “handy-man” special to say the least. We gutted everything but the ol’ farm kitchen (I like old stuff!), and renovated the ol’ homestead in the decor we thought it would look like in 1925. We have hardwood floors, a lot of nice, natural light, two bedrooms and one bath (all inclusive Victorian claw-foot tub). It also has a very small office off the guest bedroom which works beatifully for our office/sewing room. It has a window that looks out over the ranch so you don’t get that claustraphobic feeling.

    Post some pics of the place as you go, that would be fun to see.


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