House Progress… 

Hi! I’ve been house-excited lately. We’ve been progressing pretty slowly for the 10-ish months. {mainly due to our sweet 10-month-old Roman and his 2-year-old older brother Ryker being handfuls} BUT FINALLY we have concrete plans to get sh!t done!! 

We had to make some compromise as to what we want to do ourselves, and what we want to hire out via Craigslist handymen. In my eyes, I want my hubby and I to do just about everything. But with two youngs babes, that means one person works and one person watches the kids. So naturally progress is slow. Also, in hubby’s eyes, he doesn’t agree to doing everything. Needless to say, we’ve finally agreed what we’re going to do ourselves and what we’re going to hire out. 

We’re getting the living room carpeted and foyers tiled. The foyers have horribly cracked concrete and aren’t as simple as just tiling.


 But we’re doing demo ourselves. Check in the box. We’re getting drywall finished by a professional. Hubby is hanging it himself, and is almost done! He also did all the demo of old drywall himself. 


Our inlaws are helping us with kitchen tile. 


And we’re hiring via Craigslist a carpenter who will build us a custom base cabinet design by me. 


We’re also going to have him fix some living room wainscoting and exterior brick soldier course. 


My friend is coming to teach me how to wallpaper.  Here is the adorbs constellation wallpaper we got for our oldest son’s accent wall, along with chose paint color. 

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House Project – Closing a doorway

As i mentioned before, our master bedroom had two doorways. I think this is because originally the room was built as a den, connected to the garage. Then the garage was remodeled into a living room and the doorway into it was kept. Here are some pics.

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Door and door frame taken off

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Took stairs off and framed it. It was open to the crawl space for a while – not cool

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This isn’t the best pic but we drywalled over, removed wallpaper border, painted a fresh coat of flat white, put the wainscoting over where the stairs were. Now all we need is to fine a matching piece of trim (and clean).

House in the Woods – A Fixer Upper

As i said in my last post, hubby and i BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE!! After putting in offers for four other properties and then losing them for one reason or another, we finally got one! It seemed like it was never going to happen. This house was not exactly our first choice – the backyard has a steep hill and the living room is four steps down from the rest of the house because it used to be a garage some 30-50 years ago. The house was built in 1942 and every single room needed updating.  But we saw that part as a good thing because we wanted a fixer upper that we can eventually make some cold hard cash on once we sell. Here are some before pictures.

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Front of the house. Those brown interior shutters are gone now

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Living room and front door #1 

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Front door is on the left edge. Looking into kitchen

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Kitchen

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So much wood!!

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Who doesn’t want a booth?

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The beautiful booth and glass brick window

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Dining room

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Hallway – this is gone now

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Bedroom #1 – Extra bedroom

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Main bathroom – Beautiful pink

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Bedroom #2 – Ryker’s room. It used to be TINY!

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Our bedroom. You can jut see out of bedroom doorway #2 that goes into the living room. Also our bathroom.

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And of course, the bathroom has the beautiful wall paper to match.

So much has changed since I last posted *once again*.  We bought a house!!!!!! Finally!!!! It’s a fixer-upper and nothing is going as quickly as I imagined it would in my HGTV dreams. Also, Ryker turns 1 in 1 week and I’m 14 weeks pregnant with baby #2 :-).

Our house has already gone though some major layout changes. First of all, our bedroom now only has 1 doorway. *More to come soon*