I feel like it’s going to take us a long time to get this place in order, and the longer we sit around not doing things to the interior of our home makes me twitch with anxiety that maybe we’re getting too used to what’s already here. Know what I mean? If it isn’t forced to change immediately, it’ll be that way forever? I know it’s not true, but it is this evil little mindset that I have. Couch? Hasn’t moved since we sat it down on Day 1. TV? Not even plugged in yet. Dining room table? Still covered with boxes that need a place to live (Pete likes to call this place “The garbage”). The old lady curtains are still hanging in the half bath. The only paint that has touched the wall is from this test, and we’ve lived here for 5 weeks. We’ve got a lot planned, I think I’m going to have to start removing all the fixtures and fittings we’re not keeping and sort out a skip so we can start clearing things as we go along.
I haven’t quite yet figured out the balance of working/living/playing/DIY-ing, because there’s a lot to do in each category, and mostly, I find myself working, feet up, tending to a long trail of emails and trying to relieve my mega-cankles. I’m finding out fast that settling into a new house is a lot different when you’re self-employed and trying to run a blog and have a family, I’m no longer a single girl with a 9-5 and long nights made for killing time painting, crafting, and renovating.
In any case, there are a few updates on our list that will surely make a big impact, even if we weren’t to do anything else. They’re also the kind of home modifications that will require us to bleed money from our eyeballs too, so, what’s the hold up, you ask? Like any normal person, the changes will have to happen gradually, and we best get started.
On a scale from easy to hard:
- Painting the kitchen cabinets ($). This will probably make some of you groan, you made it perfectly clear how pretty/nostalgic/classic they were in our house. But have you seen the kitchen in the daytime? It’s very dark and vurping* beige, and because we know that updating (i.e. gutting) the kitchen is one of our longer term goals ($$$$), we’d like to brighten it up and make it a little more lively and tolerable on a day-to-day basis. Best get this done while we can still use the paint sprayer outside.
- Fixing the chimney and electrical ($$). These are repairs that we were credited for at closing, and we’ll be hiring out for both. It would be so nice to have usable fireplaces come wintertime.
- Furniture. Period. ($$$). We have, like, no furniture. It sort of seems that everything from our old house could possibly now fit into one of our bedrooms at the new house. Pulling the trigger is the hard part, because we’re at the point where we want to establish a collection of investment pieces, but it’s hard to pull the trigger on a set of 8 dining room chairs when you haven’t sat on them yourself. We were SOSOVERYCLOSE to buying a sectional couch from West Elm a few weeks ago when they had a 25% off sale, but we bailed at 11:59PM. Pete happened to be in Orlando, FL on vacation during this promotional period and thankfully checked it out in person, because something about buying couches online without having a chance to assess them in full really scares me. What he learned (and this is the Tillary Sectional, BTW) is that the stinking back rests don’t actually attach to the seat, making the sectional as a whole nicely adaptable, but impractical for a growing family of people who like to lean back and work on the couch and watch TV. This didn’t stop us from picking up a whole assortment of fabric swatches, though, so now we’re at the very least prepared in knowing what colors we liked best. The one that Cody ate (it’s obvious in the photo) is Choice #1. Let’s not talk about all of the stuff Cody has eaten lately.
- The bathroom ($$$$). I did successfully swap in our fancy-pants shower head from Delta Faucet, but there is no foot rest for me to shave my legs in that standing shower, and I am reminded of it daily. And more often than not I just wear pants. This renovation may still be many months out, but we talk about it daily.
- Updating them floors ($$$$$). We think it would be killer to have hardwoods running throughout the entire house, save the kitchen and bathrooms, to enable a nice, even flow with no thresholds. And that’s about as much as we’ve decided. When we started to price out the flooring that we wanted, our mouths went dry. All I can say with certainty is that the longer we walk on carpeting, the more we start to be OK with it, and being OK with mass amounts of old beige carpeting is not acceptable.
*That’s Vomit-Burping. We saw Wreck it Ralph. The end.