Back in 2010, my soon to be husband and I, bought our starter home (which was our second starter but that’s another story). It was and is the cutest Colonial built around 1920. Nothing too fancy but a really good size for our growing family. The previous owner had spent five plus years renovating, it had a new kitchen, an added first floor half bath, a rebuilt stairway and converted second floor bedroom to laundry. Not to mention a new roof, siding, and hvac system, the more boring but totally necessary details. We thought it was a palace. Jason and I bought some brand spanking new appliances and moved in. We lived there for almost three years before I felt it was time to take on the big life project of a pre-civil war mansion. Sometimes (though very rarely) I long for simpler times and what is now to us, a tiny house.
Today I find myself in a weird situation. We didn’t sell the house, we rented it to the same family all this time, with the agreement that they were buying it. WELL… as these things so often do, the deal fell through. They are gone and I am back home again. Painting the same dining room blue, that was red when we moved in and red again once we moved out! It’s so funny. I truly hate a red room. I hope to God whoever buys this house doesn’t paint this poor room red. She doesn’t want to be red! OK?? I’m not just painting the dining room, I’m painting the whole damn house for the second time in my life. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?
I’m really not mad about it. If I wasn’t so busy with other projects I would be elated. You see, when we lived here we didn’t have a ton of extra cash to pour into home improvement projects and I wasn’t nearly as handy, or perhaps confident (possibly fool hardy?) as I am now. There were so many things I wanted to do but never had the guts/funds for. Mostly I just painted and painted and did the necessary maintenance on the place. Now I’m gonna do all the stuff, in TWO WEEKS! With three small and needy children, plus my parents are on a long vacation, so no help there. Jude just started 3 days a week preschool though, so my most disruptive fellow is at least partially occupied.
Here’s the rundown. Painting everything! The house isn't the colors that I left it (although it is ALL the colors now) and even if it were it would need a refresh. So refresh she shall have. I am replacing every last light fixture, I disliked them then and they are hella dated now. If we weren’t selling it I would convert the whole place to a brass on brass show house BUT we are, and this is a small Midwestern town, most people are pretty afraid of the golden goodness. Brushed nickel it is. Finally getting knobs and pulls for the kitchen cabinets, I’m stoked about that. There are some super cute built-ins and tiny windows that have layers and layers of paint on the hardware. That’s all coming off and getting stripped, windows to be returned to working order. I am also going to redo the landscaping. The lot was completely overgrown with weeds and scrub trees but they were removed on day one and the lawn has been leveled. I spread grass seed yesterday. Now I’m praying that the Indian summer, I had rued, holds on for a few weeks so my grass gets established.
The big thing getting done, that I am not personally working on, is an overhaul on the somewhat rickety garage. It will be fully functional and structurally sound when this is all said and done. We are also replacing some cracked concrete. The house is on a corner lot and has about one million feet of sidewalk surrounding, some in better condition than the rest. If time and funds allow the kitchen gets new counter and backsplash. I’m really hoping for that. I wish I could replace the cabinets but that is completely impractical.
In other news: I’m still working on the condo project. It’s coming along beautifully. I’ll have an update on it next week when the painters finish. I hope to be halfway done with this house by then too. Fingers crossed. I’m pretty excited!