Home To-Do List: Downstairs UPDATE

So, half way through the year I thought it time to do a little update on the Home To-Do Lists:

Entry Hall

  • Replace banister and newel posts with something far more modern
  • Eventually repaint with a more interesting colour but only when it needs repainting
  • Paint built in shelf unit to make it disappear – DONE
  • Fill in holes in the wall where electrician made a mistake with a new light switch -DONE


  • repaint walls in a pale beige to tie in with the rest of the house and look cleaner (currently sporting a relatively inoffensive peachy colour wash)
  • repaint ceiling to cover watermark left by old leak
  • replace spotlights and maybe add a pendant over the breakfast bar/table
  • fix dripping tap – you know when it’s dripping but not enough to do anything about it?
  • install blinds and/or other window dressing – we recently had a new window fitted and I refused to put the scabby vertical blinds back up
  • replace side door into porch for better security and to hide the piles of recycling in the side porch
  • do something with the breakfast bar/table – it doesn’t look substantial enough at the minute and it may be the bar itself or the cheap looking chairs – POSSIBLE NEW CHAIRS SOURCED AND MEASURED AND THEY DIDN’T FIT BOO!
  • Replace sockets/switches to match the rest of the house (black nickel) – SOON!

Dining room

  • Replace patio door with bi-folding door – WE MIGHT HAVE CHANGED OUR MINDS ON THAT


  • Add a rug – the problem with this one is that my husband hates rugs and this is his “man zone”
  • Buy either freestanding shelving unit or install built in shelving against one whole wall
  • Get a computer chair that matches the desk and doesn’t squeak
  • Get a second lounging or club chair for when we’re both sorting through finances/house plans etc. so I don’t have to perch on whatever kids ride-on toy that happens to have been left in there
  • Install a pelmet to disguise the fact the door trim is very wonky


  • This is a long room with the TV as the focal point – I’m not bothered about the TV being the focal point but I am struggling to fill such a large space without adding too many pieces of furniture – INTERIOR DESIGNER SAID THE CURRENT LAYOUT WAS THE BEST OPTION
  • Possibly add a feature wall treatment
  • Upgrade old settees with a corner or ideally a U shaped suite – DONE (ALTHOUGH WE MIGHT NEED TO BUY AN EXTRA CHAIR)!
  • Replace curtains depending on settee choice – CURRENTLY LOOKS OKAY
  • Replace patio doors with bi-fold doors – expensive!
  • Get photos of my daughter put on the wall
  • Buy a large coffee table or get one made as we can’t find what we want anywhere – ACTUALLY FOUND SOME CONTENDERS AT LEAST

Downstairs WC

  • Upgrade radiator to a modern design or buy a radiator cover to hide the current one
  • Repaint the walls in grey as per our master en-suite – that looks really smart and has the same tiles so we know it will look great
  • Buy a new towel and art/vase or something in a funky colour
  • Possibly upgrade the mirror or frame it 

Laundry room

  • Fill in hole in ceiling where electrician made a mistake with the position of the light – DONE!

Family Room

  • Move old lounge settees in here eventually – DONE!
  • Buy large storage unit of get fitted shelving and cabinets installed – expensive!
  • Put up mirror once seating is in place – DONE AND LOOKS FABULOUS!
  • Re-frame and put pictures up


  • New flooring
  • Plaster walls
  • Paint walls
  • Paper feature wall – we already have the Nina Campbell paper as it was a bargain from eBay
  • Buy new pots
  • Buy new settees and furniture
  • Possibly replace polycarbonate roof with glass depending on structural calculations
  • Buy new doormats – possibly insert them into the new floor
  • Install new sockets/switches – BOUGHT AT LEAST!
  • Install new lights/fans – sort out wiring since roofer nailed though the existing cable – SOON!

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