Our Fall To-Do List

Posted by John on September 11th, 2012

Hey everybody!  Another busy work week here for us means less project doing and more project planning.  Since we’re more or less into the whole Fall thing by now (I’m going along with it, although my feet are still in the beach sand), it’s time to post about all of our Fall projects.  What better way to kick off Fall on OHFS than with a to-do list.

We love chores (no, no we don’t).  Here’s the ones we’re most looking forward to crossing off our list this autumn. You can expect at least one post on each of these.fall-mantel


1.  Fall Decor.  Every year it’s the same thing.  Lisa buys more and more pumpkins and pumpkin paraphernalia, puts them EVERYWHERE and I try to pretend that we don’t have a galactic number of orange tribbles around the house.  Aside from the squadrons of black triangle eyes staring at me in every room, Lisa also just finished a pretty sweet pumpkin-less wreath for our front door.  I’m sure she’ll be posting on that one soon as well as her favorite pumpkins.

2.  Built-ins.  You may have seen this idea in our guest post at Decor and the Dog.  We’ve been thinking about making some proper built-ins for our home office.  While we’re probably not actually going to start the office demo and floor installation until right before or after Christmas, the built-ins can be made well ahead of time and then installed once the room is ready for them.  Just like kitchen cabinets.  Beats waiting around for them!photo


3.  Car stuff.  I’m going to have some gnarly dude stuff on here.  I’m behind on some much needed car maintenance.  The work will vary from things everyone can do to things that I’m not sure I can do myself.  It’s going to be fun and we’ll all learn something.  I’m in need of an oil change, I’d like to clean up and paint my alloy wheels and repair some rust, which may or may not involve welding.

4.  Paint more stuff.  We haven’t showed your our master bedroom or our master bath yet.  Plus, we have a small sitting room in our master bedroom that’s got zero stuff in it right now.  Nada.  It needs furniture, paint, the works.  Hopefully, we’ll get to some of these.  We still have a LOT of white, unpainted walls.

5.  Yard Updates.  We haven’t had a yard post here in a long time since we were pretty much consumed with wainscoting.  We owe you one.  Even if we don’t actually do any projects out here while it cools off, we’ll show you where we’re at.  We’ve got some ideas to help improve the look and ease the maintenance.

So, that’s what’s coming your way before the holidays.  Yikes.  Christmas will be here in three months!!  Too soon, too soon.

What’s on your fall agenda?


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  • We've been house slackers lately so we need to make a list. First up is a backsplash in the kitchen. Our problem now is that we're to the point where we mainly only have big things to cross off our list. If only money grew on trees!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Big projects cut both ways. They're fun, but expensive. Looking forward to your backsplash. We are still without one ourselves.

  • Kristen

    We have yet to learn how to do an oil change (one day, right?). We just made a big item purchase (the post will be up in a little bit) so there's no immediate projects on the agenda…. maybe finally painting the bedroom? I still need to finish decorating for Fall, which has taken priority.

    Our house has a lot of pumpkins, ravens, and owls about 🙂

    • John_OHFScratch

      Big purchase? Cool. Will have to check that out!

  • I definitely need to get my fall decor game up…ASAP! Then we need to get new tires for hubby's car…and we are doing a couple things to the lawn to prep for winter/help make our grass reappear lol.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Sounds like you\’ll be busy!

  • casadechristine

    I have so many to do lists I need a list to organize them! lol. We have two big projects on the go (ensuite bathroom reno and a deck restaining) so that seems to be occupying most of our time. Along with work being busy and life being crazy! Good luck completing your list- I'm excited to read about it!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Christine, good luck with yours!

  • Lots of stuff to do. Looking forward to what you do with your rust (we have rust on our car too) . And I agree, Christmas is going to be here too soon! 😉


    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Lisha! California cars aren\’t supposed to rust! Oh well.

  • lisaallen482

    Your list seems do-able. I am loving the fireplace decor. Now I'm inspired to say goodbye to summer and get out the Halloween stuff.

  • That's quite a to-do list! But it seems strangely familiar haha. We want to build a faux built-in desk and paint some rooms, plus lots of decorating/accesorizing 🙂

    • John_OHFScratch

      Sounds fun!