Monday, June 23, 2008


I'm pooped!!! Actually we're both really pooped....or maybe more exhausted....and we haven't even moved in yet! We closed on Friday and started working on the house as soon as we got the keys. We came back and started painting the living room. Pat picked up Lillian after work (which we're so thankful way we would have been able to finish with her running around!) While we were waiting for the paint in the living room to dry we started painting the dining room. It's a dark teal and it was a little shocking at first, but I really like it (need to take pics today of it) Yesterday we spent the day sanding the floor in the living room. We now know why the professionals charge so much to do's A LOT of work. But we saved so much doing it ourselves. It looks like the last time it was done they cut some corners and were a little sloppy with their work. They used a circular sander around the edges of the wall and left some circular marks in the floors. I did my best to remove what I could, but I guess in the end it adds character to the house! So, how about some pics?!

This is our lovely 1970's kitchen....wallpaper and all! We have a lot of longterm goals for this room which include ripping out the the wall of cabinets and moving in the wall on the right. The wall with the sink and fridge will turn into a half wall to open it up to the living room. Since it will be a couple of years until we're able to tackle this, we're going to work on some short term goals. First thing to go is the wallpaper and some of the drywall which is damaged. We're also going to put some of that peel and stick laminate flooring down that looks like tile since the flooring on it now is damaged. We're going to paint the fridge black to go with our new stove. I'm sure once we're done with the short term stuff it will look like a completely different room.....which is certainly a good thing!!

Need a 30 year old stove?

The lovely wallpaper with glitter on could this have ever been in style?!

Living Room Before

Living Room After Paint and sanding....Dan also put in new light fixtures and the base and top of the stairs.

Living Room Before.....the main reason we decided to sand the floors!

After sanding. We're staining today......a dark walnut color!

The nice and wide staircase!

Living Room Before


Anyways, it's going to be a long week and we're going to be really tired.....but in the end it'll so be worth it. Besides the kitchen stuff that we'll be doing a few weeks our only other major task this year is going to be repainting the outside of the house. We have to completely scrape the entire house. We'll be starting late August so we'll have a little time to relax.....but not too much time. We knew it was going to be a lot of work when we bought it, but it's ours and we can make it our own!!


Gabi Butcher said...

Carrie I'm really happy for you!!!
And as I remember you had some 'bad' neighbours... hopefully the new ones become friends and have better habits LOL.
Congrats on the house.
Did you move already?

IkeaGoddess said...

Wow, it's gorgeous. I love love love how the floors turned out. And I know how much work it was, cause I send 4 days on my knees just doing the edges, but in the end it is so worth it. Can't wait to see how it looks stained. I wanted to do that to, but the wood on our floors can't be stained so I have to live with its natural color, Oh well. The staircase is a beauty, I hope mine will look like that one of these days. I like the yellow paint and all the white accents, it's so cheerful. Thanks for showing a closeup of the kitchen wallpaper, it is truly one of the ugliest I have ever seen :-) But with a new wallpaper or paint, maybe a new countertop and some new handles your kitchen will be as good as new. I wish you lots of good times and love & happiness in your new home. Thanks for showing the before & after photos. They are a true inspiration.

*~*Jill*~* said...

Wow! With just the few cosmetic changes you've made, it looks awesome!
How are your shoulders today? LoL - I've only sanded one floor - and whew! Good for you guys :)
Save a square of that glittery wallpaper - ;) You might want it in a few years (hahaha)