A few days ago, I read a post on The Peacock’s Nest entitled The ‘Little Job’ List. I liked it because it was relatable: when you’re renovating, there are so many small things that need to be done alongside the bigger things, but these get swallowed up by dealing with broken boilers and bathroom floors falling onto downstairs neighbours’ beds.
But that’s a story for another time. Here is my Little Jobs List.
The study is pretty much done. The walls have been replasted (some entirely rebuilt) and repainted, the old manky carpet has gone, the beautiful new flooring is down, the bookcases have been built and filled with books, and there is a sofabed for guests.
The things that remain to be done are:
- Take down the useless wooden shelf. Once I’ve done this, I can scooch the bookcases up and make room for another.
- Remove the bit of wood that’s blocking the fireplace, and use it to block it from above instead of in front.
- Buy a wine rack and put it in the fireplace.
- Sand and paint the stairs.
- Put up wallpaper in the staircase.
- Put up a curtain rail and curtains.
- Buy a coffee table.
The hallway is one of those places I forget to work on, because it’s just a transition between rooms. But I should do something about it.
- Change the light bulb.
- Paint the walls.
- Sort out a better storage system for the space by the door.
- Paint the door.
- Sort out the overhead cupboard.
This is so nearly done! And since it was the worst room when I moved in, I’m quite pleased about that. In fact, I only need to do one thing in the bathroom, and that’s install one of those glass door things along the side of the shower.
This will soon be completely redone. The main thing I need to do, other than all the work which will be done by the builders, is buy an upright fridge-freezer, otherwise my new kitchen design won’t work, which would be a problem.
Bedroom / Living Room / Office
This is all one huge room, split roughly into three sections. It’s easily big enough to be divided into (at least) two separate rooms, but it’s kind of an awkward shape, so that’d be difficult to do. There are a couple of things that builders need to come in and do, one requiring scaffolding on the outside wall, and the other just fixing the radiator. However, the things I need to do myself are:
- Divide the bedroom area (containing the bed, wardrobe, and cat’s armchair) from the rest of the room. This will either be done with one of these bookcase type things, or with saris, a bit like this, which is how it looked a few months ago and which was rather pleasant:
- Strip the wallpaper. It’s that horrible woodchip stuff. Considering the size of the room, I’m not sure this counts as a “little” job.
- Properly clean the marble fireplace. It’s pretty but manky, and it requires white spirit and a shitload of elbow grease.
- Paint the room.
- Buy and install curtain rails and curtains. Easier said than done when you’ve got a huge, oddly-shaped bay window, but I’m not complaining because I love it.
- Fix the fucking doorbell.
What’s on your odd jobs list? Do you have a deadline to get everything done?