2012 To Do List Progress: Paint Kitchen Hinges

Emily: That’s amazing. What did you use?
Rory: I don’t know. We got it from one of those late night tv-ads. Apparently it also gets rust off nails and hinges, waxes your car perfectly and weather-proofs windows and doors. -Gilmore Girls

I’ve actually knocked out quite a few things on my 2012 to do list. Thank you 2nd trimester energy burst! One task that I thought would take forever ended up only taking one day, and I’m pretty happy with the result. Instead going out and buying new hinges for our cabinets, I decided to spray paint them. They don’t look perfect if you look super close, but I think they look pretty nice.


I know it’s hard to tell-but the old hinges were this bronze color, and they didn’t match our stainless steel appliances.


It’s a very subtle change, but I like the effect. Of course doing this project made me hate the color of our cabinets even more. I would love to paint them white, or stain them a dark espresso. If I went with espresso I think it would make the kitchen feel too small. Once we update the lighting and add granite counter tops, hopefully I’ll be happier about the cabinet color.

We also finally finished the lighting in the downstairs bathroom. Once we get the frame added to the mirror, and replace the paper blinds with real ones, that room will be DONE. I love how much the lighting brightened up the half bath and made it look bigger.


Ugh, I still can’t believe they put that fake “stain glass” sticker on the window. It smelled like chemicals and it was peeling. That was the first thing to go! Now it smells like soap, thank you very much.


Match replaced the light and I painted the vanity a nice espresso color to match the other bathrooms. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

I still have a lot left on the list, but I’ve made some headway. I can’t wait to make more progress on the nursery, but it will have to wait until we know if Roo prefers pink or blue. Other than that, we’re just waiting on that money tree to buy the rest of what we need for the house. 😉

2012 to do list: 

1. Replace the lighting in all 3 bathrooms.

2. Replace the hallway light fixtures.

3. Install an overhead light in the master bedroom.

4. Replace the dining room and front entry light fixtures.

5. Install a custom closet organizer.

6. Buy Monkey a new kennel.

7. Paint mural for the nursery

8. Come up with family Halloween costumes

9. Do at least 1 or 2 Halloween Crafts before Roo is born

10. Increase online earnings to pay for all the stuff we need to buy this year

11. Start a savings fund for Roo

12. Sell the Focus

13. Pay off the Subaru

14. Save up a big down payment for a truck

15. Buy a truck

16. Start landscaping the backyard

17. Start landscaping the front yard

18. Get Nursery ready by September

19. Make decorations for Sassy’s bridal shower

18. Host Sassy’s bridal shower

20. Build up savings

21. Buy new couch for family room

22. Buy area rug for family room

23. Buy area rug for great room

23. Get certified in infant CPR

24. walk at least 5 times per week as long as the doctor says I can

25. Buy VHS to DVD converter

26. Convert old home movies to DVD as a present to our parents

27. Have wedding dress cleaned

28. Carve Pumpkins with Match

29. Write up our wills

30. Meet at least one bloggy friend this year

31. Go camping at least once this spring

32. Buy a side table or buffet table for the dining room

33. Learn to light a fire in our firepit

34. Make window seat for the nursery

35. Get at least 100 readers

36. Go on at least one trip with Match this Spring

37. Take prenatal classes

38. Finish pregnancy journal and have it printed or make a homemade book

39. Order mixbook from last year

40. Take pregnancy photo shoot

41. Do something special for our 2 year anniversary

42. Survive labor and delivery and have a healthy bouncing lil Roo.

43. Take Roo to a pumpkin patch

44. Have a family photo shoot

45. Make 2 to 3 handmade Christmas decorations before December

46. Make at least one homemade canvas print from one of my photos

47.  Sew bucilla stocking for Roo

48. Go back to the Christmas tree farm

49. Make Roo a Christmas Ornament

50. Make homemade gifts for Christmas

51. Spray paint kitchen hinges

52. Paint bathroom vanities



    shaka lacka– you have a long list of things to do!! I would love a white everything kind of a house– but I have such a love for the deep dark cherry woods too– until my kids get out of the house, i’d rather dark woods to hide the gummy/booger/sticky mess that is actually on them.. doesn’t that sound exciting! hah!! Does Mr. Date Girl leave the seat up!?

    Connie Weiss

    Wow! That list is long….but you’re really making a dent.

    I didn’t even know they made stained glass stickers!


    What an ambitious list! You’re doing great.

    I’m doing your #26 right now! I got a Groupon for YesVideo.com. I mailed them our VHS tapes and supposedly they are mailing them back on DVD (we also had the blue-ray option). I think there will also be some sort of online hosting ability for the video clips as well. I’m crossing my fingers that it’s worth it!


    I need a nap after reading your list…good gawd woman!…buy a truck! That’s on your to-do list? Ok, then I’m making a list too, and on it, I’m putting “Buy 10,000 square foot mansion in Beverly Hills” 🙂 And can I comment on how bright and shiny your stainless steel appliances are! Mine have little finger prints all over them. You’re marvellous!


    At least you were able to nail down something in your list, Congratulations! One step, one task is already an accomplishment.

    I love your bathroom btw. The painting the and white paint, I love its overall effect.

    Brittany E.

    I can’t believe all you have accomplished, apparently I have to pregnant to get the will to do somethings aroud the house LOL. I can’t wait till you find out the gender! Do you have any feelings?


    Great improvements! Especially the bathroom- totally brought it up a couple of decades.


    Holy crap that’s a long list! Makes me tired.


    Wow, that’s an ambitious (but not impossible!) list. Good for you 🙂 And you should feel so good that you’ve scratched so many things off already!

    Also, I like the new hinges. You’re right: it’s subtle, but you can really notice the change in the before/after pictures with the dishwasher. Great job!

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