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Lauren’s Cure: Tying Up Loose Ends

published Jan 2, 2014
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We’ve done a lot of work on our little house since we bought it back in 2006 — knocked down walls, installed hardwood flooring, replaced the roof, furnace, hot water heater, painted every room in the house and then repainted most of them…the list goes on. In spite of all of this, not one room in our house feels completely finished. There are loose ends everywhere, and it’s driving me crazy! Especially because, with two little ones underfoot and a mountain of new toys from Christmas, we’ve decided we’d like to put our house on the market and start looking for something a little larger.

So when I found out we were doing the January Cure again this year, I jumped at the chance. I’m a firm believer that there’s no better way to motivate yourself than to have a deadline. So here goes nothing…

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Dining Room

  • Install trim
  • Replace the fireplace screen
  • Touch up paint on the sideboard
  • Touch up paint on the mantel
  • Touch up paint on the bannister
  • Pare down and organize Violet’s arts and crafts bin

(Image credit: Lauren Hufnagl)

Living Room

  • Install baseboard trim
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Family Room

  • Install a new threshold
  • Fix the sagging curtain rod (casualty of a three-year-old)
  • Paint french doors
  • Declutter
  • Paint cabinets
  • Cull file boxes and file new papers
(Image credit: Lauren Hufnagl)


  • Paint lower cabinets
  • Replace faucet
  • Add knobs & pulls
  • Replace flooring

(Image credit: Lauren Hufnagl)


  • Touch up paint on the dresser
  • Hem and hang new curtains
  • Finish reading nook
  • Get a rug pad for the new rug
(Image credit: Lauren Hufnagl)

Violet’s Room

  • Install baseboard trim
  • Hang the curtain on the closet
  • Install a shelf in the closet
  • Declutter
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Master Bedroom

  • Install baseboard trim
  • Hang sconces
  • Patch walls
  • Add shelving to the nook
  • Hang art
  • Paint closet interior
(Image credit: Lauren Hufnagl)


  • Install trim
  • Fix faucet
  • Install threshold
  • Caulk
  • Patch walls
  • Touch up paint

It’s a little daunting, especially since my eight-month-old is currently teething and keeping me up all hours of the night. But, even if I get a handful of things checked off the list, it will be progress, right? Baby steps…