We’ve been homeowners now for exactly two weeks. I think I’ve also already experienced the whole gamut of homeowner-related emotions; everything from the fiery pits of buyers remorse (WHAT HAVE WE DONE!) to the mountain tops of excitement where the possibilities are endless (I am basically Joanna Gaines). Despite going in with our rose colored glasses off, these feelings were probably inevitable. And despite the feelings of uncertainty as demo makes the house look worse, our spirit is not crushed.
If you’ve ever seen a DIY or HGTV show, there’s always that scene where they rip out a cabinet (usually in the kitchen) or punch a hole in a wall which signifies the beginning of the demolition. That moment always appears to be so satisfying and let me tell you- it is. I was not disappointed when I took my first swing at the bathroom walls with our shiny new 42' demo bar. Shameless plug: if you are ever considering renovation of any kind BUY A DEMO BAR. It's my new best friend. I ripped out the entire first floor bath with this baby.
It quickly became apparent to Aaron and I that if we wanted to move into our new project by September that we were going to need some help. We could tackle the house alone but we’d be working well into 2017. So we called for backup: we called our families. Because they love us, they spent the whole holiday weekend helping us move the house from utterly abhorrent to mildly appalling. We no longer look like a complete eyesore in the neighborhood. And we have gutters!
Below is some of the progress we made over the last four days. We accomplished so much but, as the saying goes, it will get worse before it gets better. Opening the walls has brought a few surprises (like the strange doorway sans door in my studio) as well as insight into what really needs fixing.
The downstairs full bath was my main target this weekend. Paneling on the walls came out, the dated yellow toilet and shower were disposed of, and the dingy floor tile came up. We found photos of Pat Benatar and Madonna behind the shower (circa the 80s) and the tile revealed a thin board covering ANOTHER laminate peel and stick floor. Ultimately, this space will become a first floor laundry room and small powder room.
This is our "bonus" room. Off the dining room, it was carpeted and had white paneling that was barely hanging on to ANOTHER layer of brown paneling underneath. Eventually, it will be my studio/craft room/office. Once we ripped down the paneling and tore up the carpet, we confirmed our suspicions that this room had originally been the kitchen in the house. We also knew that there HAD to be hardwood underneath the linoleum tile. We could see in the basement that the hardwood ran all the way across the house; and after much scraping and prying we unearthed it!
The closets in the master bedroom came down. The master was previously two rooms that were at some point in time combined to make one large master. We are reconfiguring the area between the two closets into a large walk in closet and a bathroom.
My awesome sister-in-law spent Saturday scraping carpet and padding full of cat urine off our stairs. She also discovered that prior to the dingy red carpet, the stairs had sported green shag carpet (gross). The staircase is on it's way to being refreshed!
Probably one of the biggest accomplishments this weekend was installing proper gutters. The yard also got a much needed refresher; overgrowth was trimmed back and weird fences were removed.
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