It's finally time for a long anticipated update- a before and after! Though I can guarantee that this "reveal" won't be nearly as exciting or flashy as an HGTV reveal. That's mostly because although I am calling it an "after" it's really more of a "in transition". When I look at (some) of the rooms in our house, I can hardly believe what they were during our first walkthrough. Or that we bought something to LIVE IN that was so upsettingly gross. I am eternally thankful that we didn't actually reside in our mess at it's worst.
As the year comes to and end, it's pretty clear that we are on the upswing, the other side, alive. There have been no major injures, no disasters, and no casualties (relationally or otherwise). And for that, I'm thankful. After our final transition from the apartment to the house in October, the work pace dropped dramatically. In fact, it stopped. We avoided Home Depot like the plague and re-introduced ourselves to our dear old friend, Netflix. For a whole month we sat on our behinds and did absolutely nothing. Nada.
Once we had given ourselves some time to heal from the stress of a four month reno crash course, we started up with some smaller (more enticing!) projects. Aaron began the process of building and installing built-ins in our master closet. I white-washed the brick on the fireplace. The studio floor was finished with a natural wood and black checkerboard. We enjoyed our first Halloween in our new neighborhood handing out candy- we even managed to make it to a few neighbors with a reluctant little latte.
With Christmas now upon us, we are focusing on organizing and cleaning, both the house and our workspaces. Our aim is to start the new year with a clear idea of what still needs to be done and what can take a backseat (for now). Looking back over the chaos that has been 2016, I can't say for sure that we would ever undertake anything like this ever again. Despite having zero experience, we managed to fake it till we made it. We Googled, YouTubed, and most importantly, learned from those who knew what they were doing. Our DIY skill set has been vastly expanded. And we're pretty confident this house will stand to see another 93 years.
Although having an active infant made the process challenging at times, this season was the right one for this undertaking. We still had the stamina for those late nights and long hours. The flexibility to meet contractors through the day. And the proximity to travel quickly between house and apartment.
For those of you who've kept up as we've gone along, thank you! I plan to keep up with the blog for a little while longer, as we do the more "fun stuff" (like hang art!). And I'll be sharing some "before" and "after" photos for a look back at just how far the house has come. So without further ado...
The Living Room/Foyer: Before & After
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