By the time we finished the renovation I was worn smack out!
Then it went on the market.
By the time we finished dealing with realtors and buyers, I was resolved to never buy or sell another house again, EVER, as long as I lived.
Then I looked at our before and after footage and felt a sense of accomplishment. I’m so proud of The Mister and all the work he put into this house. I’m thankful to our dear friends who helped out, we would still be there working on the house if it wasn’t for you guys. I pray that the new owners will be blessed by this home and enjoy it for many years to come.
Here’s the video, I’m excited to share it with all of you.
Shhhh, don’t tell The Mister but now that we’re on the other side of the closing I’ve found myself sneaking peeks at Realtor.com and FB Marketplace again. Here’s hoping he doesn’t get bored again. Lord help us.
We’d worked out quite the system. He’d put in the first row of screws to make sure everything was square or level, and I’d come along later to put in the extra ones.
Saturday, after the storms blew through, we put up our corrugated metal ceiling on the covered patio.
I’m totally jealous of the outdoor living space for this home!
Here’s how it looked before the work began. Not a space I’d want to spend any time in.
The Mister had to cut some of the pieces so they’d go around the support posts. It made pretty sparks. 🙂 And, for the record, he doesn’t let me us that power tool. 🙁
Before we started he had this genius idea to put a brace up to rest the panels on as we slid them into place. I couldn’t get a picture of that in action because there were only two of us. But, in the one below you can see the piece of wood he used. This made it so much easier!
Here’s a closeup of the metal.
Once we finish this covered porch and get the landscaping finished I’ll post new pictures.
I also got to use the reciprocating saw to try to remove some flooring from the laundry room. That wasn’t a fun job, it was much harder than using the little cordless drill.
Here’s some tips on how to reduce the stress of it all!
We got our carpet and it looks fabulous!!! I mean, it goes well with the colors on the walls and the house is starting to look like a home and you can lay down on the floor if you want and you’re not going to get up and be all dirty. And, going without shoes is a must! So cozy.
It’s awesome, until you look at the trim.
Yeah, it looks old and dated and gross. I thought the original dark wood trim would look charming. Nope, I was wrong, again.
And to reenforce how wrong I was, our awesome realtor Jill Collins (you may remember her from this post: 5 Tips for Buying a Home) took one look into the first bedroom and said, “you’re going to paint the trim, right?”
I was like: Uhhhh.
She was like: Right?
I was like: But the carpet.
She was like: Right?
I was like: But…….yes, of course we’re going to paint the trim.
She was like: Great. 🙂
So, we thought about taping the carpet but that’s just crazy. It’s expensive. It’s risky. It’s time consuming.
The Mister said he’d take the trim off the walls and we could paint it that way. Which was fantastic because it literally took three coats each!
But then the nightmares started. We’d take it off and then not be able to figure out where the pieces went.
But alas, we devised a plan.
As he took each piece off the wall he left it laying on the floor. Then he carefully marked each piece with: which room it came out of, a number starting from the left and going clockwise, and which side of the room it was on.
This made it so much easier to remember where each piece went when it was time to put it back on.
Now our rooms look fantastic! I can’t wait to share the before and after pictures!
I know that’s not very long. But yet I feel defeated, tired, like there’s no light at the end of this remodeling tunnel. I feel like we’ll never get this home finished.
Here I thought I was a somewhat patient person. As a career photographer and videographer you have to have some patience, you know, waiting for that decisive moment to make the picture. Somehow I thought it would transfer over. The patience. But noooooo, it didn’t.
Regular readers of this blog know that I like to do things fast. I wrote a whole post on it: I have a confession to make. Oh, and I’m still not going near those edges. Here’s a look at the ceiling in the family room. Aren’t those beams beautiful? Original wood, don’t think we’ll be painting those. Squirrel!
Where was I? Oh yeah. But you can’t flip a home fast. Not if you’re going to do it right. And our goal is to create a home we’d live in. We’re not just slapping paint on the walls, rolling out new carpet and calling it a day. No way. It takes time to do it right.
We are making progress though. We’ve already gutted and remodeled the master bathroom, the Mister is still putting finishing touches on it. I’m in the process of painting the cabinets. Boy, what a tedious job! And we’ve taken out one wall, and expanded a doorway.
And, we’ve scrapped more wallpaper than we thought was humanly possible. When we took the chair rail off in the dining room we found even more! Ugh!
Choosing the right paint is really hard for us. Because, like I said, we want to make this home into something we’d like. But with the paint color selection we have to TONE IT DOWN.
The home we live in is filled with bright, bold colors. Here’s a very flattering picture of me in front of two walls in our home. Our kitchen wall is bright yellow and our living room was green screen green.
Yes. It’s true. We painted our wall green screen green. It was both bright and functional. (We filmed a few scenes on it, check it out below around the 4:05 mark.)
We’ve since painted that wall orange. So, as you can imagine, it’s hard for us to tone it down!
I think we did ok though finding neutral colors. When the “after” happens, I’ll be sure to share pictures!
I just wish the “after” would hurry up and get here already!