We have been in our home for almost ten months. I can’t believe it, and I still LOVE my home. I love it even with all its craziness, and fix-it-up-ness. We have had quite a busy summer, and now are settling in to our back to school routine. For which I am so grateful. Lets just say it was a VERY long summer and leave it at that.
Over the past two months we have had some “moments” that have expidited some renovations, and pushed back others.
Expedited was the garage door. The heavy solid wood door which I am fairly certain is original to the house judging from the MANY coats of paint on the exterior, busted. Like I thought it was going to fall apart at the old wood seams kinda busted. The garage guy told us it would be $450 to repair it, which will likely break in a few years, OR (cue cash register sound effects 💸💸💸) we can buy a new one for $800. It was a no brainer for me, I like to be able to get my car out of the garage without worrying about a 200 pound wood door falling on me, my kids or my car.
Pushed back is more of a nice way to say this: ALL my original plans for how I was going to do the renovations has now become much more complicated.
Let me tell you a story…
Once upon a time there was a family who lived in Arizona where the water tastes like chlorine. Luckily, there’s this thing called a Brita water filter. Anyway. Somehow the Brita got into a position that was juuuussst the right amount of off the shelf for the door shelves to push the lever and all of the sudden water was everywhere. ALLLLLL over the kitchen floor. Annoying, yes. End of the world? No. Until she realized a few days later the kick board on her kitchen cabinets had water stains on the bottom. Freaked out and not knowing what to do next, this clueless Arizonan calls in her hot husband to survey the situation. (You get that this story is about us, right? Okay cool)
Our Sub-Zero fridge is great, but a little on the older side. Damon tries to take the kick plate off and he can’t. Why? Because the flippers who ‘remodeled’ the house two owners before us re-tiled. ON TOP of the old tile. Basically they tiled the fridge into place and created this perfect little canal for water to run into and get soaked up by the kitchen cabinets. This two layer tile and an ample layer of thin set is through our entire house except the master bathroom (hopefully) and Liam’s bathroom. We are talking around 2500 square feet of crappily installed tile.
What this means is that my plans for saving up $X amount of dollars to do the half bath and the wet bar in one phase, and $X amount for the girls bathroom and Liam’s bathroom have now gone away unless I want to live with almost a half-inch difference between different types of flooring. It now has to be done allll at the same time, including the floors. So my smaller, less scary budgets to save for are now a big big chunk.
Boo. In happier news, I took this defeat gracefully 😏 and put about $500 into the entry way in lighting and paint.
Here is what it looked like before…
I mean, its bad. Cheaply pained brown trim on creamy white walls that we like to call “urine whisper” (My eleven year old son came up with that one, and I died laughing.)
But LOOK! Progress!! And a little cameo from our dog Nash. The walls are now Dunn Edwards white, as well as the trim (even though it looks pretty similar I assure you it looks SO different in person. I am not the best photographer.) I shall detail the process of painting the trim, but I can not say enough good things about Zinsser and Aristoshield paint that I picked up at Dunn Edwards. We are tackling the ceiling this weekend!
I can’t wait to show the finished product. The lighting I bought for the entry is choice and so budget friendly! I have to keep reminding myself that this home isn’t a race, it is piece by piece, Room by room, making it our home.