So, for those you who don’t know, John and I live in a fairly old house. It was built-in the ’60s, and, while it wasn’t a wreck when we bought, it certainly needed a lot of love. We bought our house in 2009 so we were lucky enough to take advantage of the first-time home buyer credit that the government was offering. When we first moved in, we had big plans to take that money, fix up the house, and live happily ever after.
Then reality set in. Within a few weeks, we got the unfortunate news that our little house that only needed cosmetic changes, actually had thousands of dollars of foundation damage (don’t get me started on our home inspector!). That took the wind out of our sails a little bit, and definitely extended the timeline for the remodeling we wanted to do. When you add in the fact that neither John nor I really enjoy remodeling, and would much rather spend our weekends doing just about anything else, you can see why we spent four years without closet doors.
Fast forward to the present. We decided in the last six months or so that it’s finally time to move on, and we’ve bought a really beautiful lot in town where we’ll start building our new house in the next few months. That means, of course, that we have to get our current home in tip-top shape, and we’ve been working endlessly at that for a while now.
Today I wanted to share some of our progress, and give you an idea about what we still have left to do. We’ve been in the process of remodeling the kitchen and the guest bathroom, and both of them are tantalizingly close to being finished.
A few weeks ago, John decided the kitchen cabinets needed one more coat of paint, and that quickly evolved into, “Hey, let’s paint the bottom cabinets gray!”. I’m actually really happy with how they turned out.
Mom came up last week, and the two of us (mostly her!) finished all the painting in the kitchen. When we decided to go with the gray cabinets, we knew we couldn’t keep the green walls so Mom and I repainted them a light blue that matches the living room. I really, really love it. Our kitchen is partially open to our living room, and just makes the whole area feel open and light.
We also tackled the soffit above the top cabinets. It’s now gray to match the bottom cabinets, and it ties everything together.
As you can see we need to finish putting up the bead board in the guest bath, paint it, and then put the mirror back up. It’s very close to being finished, and we should be able to knock that out in a weekend.
Just for fun, here’s a picture of the master bathroom that we redid a few years ago. I don’t think I’ve ever shown it off!
So what’s left? The kitchen still needs countertops and a backsplash, and the cabinet doors need to be painted and installed. John plans on tackling that particular project this weekend, and the countertops were ordered earlier this week. As soon as we get all of that done, we’re going to replace the floors in the kitchen, guest bathroom, and living room (I’m way over carpet!). After that the only big project that’s left to be done is trim throughout. It sounds like a lot, but we’re hopeful we can bust it out in three or four hard weekends.
I’m so excited to get it fixed up, and move forward on the new house. I’ll be sure to give you another update in a few weeks, but, in the mean time, make sure you’re following me on Instagram. Hopefully, by Sunday night it will look a little different than it does now! Have a great weekend!