Ya’ll! I am so excited because today I’m sharing a before and after(-ish) photo. Why is this so exciting? Because it means that we have finished a piece of the house enough to see a visible change! It means PROGRESS! The kind of progress that you can move into and actually LIVE IN
Because as of right now... we can't live there even if we were super jazzed at the though of living in our reno. Like, legally. In Pennsylvania there is a thing called a “Use & Occupancy”. When you sell your house, you are required to pass the U&O inspection which basically means ‘yeah, it’s safe to live here’. Most of the time, obtaining this U&O falls on the seller. However... our house was bank owned and "as-is"… and the buyer was required to obtain the U&O. Obviously, our house wasn't remotely habitable... we told the inspector when he arrived that we were going to fail. Our aim is to get our U&O before September 1. Or we may be camping in our own backyard...
But for now, we focus on the victories! The third floor of our house has, all along, been the floor with the least issues (trust me, there were still issues, just not major ones). So in an effort to make some livable space, I’ve spent the last week cleaning each room and the stairwell; patching plaster, smoothing holes, and freshening up with a whole lotta Kilz paint. The Pink Room, minus its little closet, is clean, painted, and generally not looking like a hot mess anymore. It was also the room that needed the least amount of lovin'. Today, our uppermost stairwell got its first coat of Kilz… and is so close to being at an acceptable point for move in. This is particularly exciting, because it was repulsive during our first visit to the house. The top stairwell housed the “built in” cat perch/scratching post/bathroom. And there was an odor to match. Not to mention, the carpet had been glued down extremely well. Someone had been super committed to that black and white chevron office carpet. After a lot of scraping, pulling, sanding, filling and some magic, it’s finally a little less “hell no” and a little more “home sweet home”.
And I can't exclude the Pink Room... Once a lovely shade of in-your-face-you-better-like-pink-or-else, we've returned to the basics... a plain white primer. Choosing paint colors will be an extremely difficult decision and we are definitely not ready for the frosting on this cake. Eventually, this will be one of the "kids rooms"- and in the style of a true artist, they will get to pick their own room colors should they chose. Hopefully I won't have to tame any wild ideas since I myself wanted to paint my room "black with glow in the dark stars like outer space".
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