Thursday, September 12, 2013

Living in a Partially Done House....

We moved on Saturday & Sunday! 

Whew was that exciting and hard work. 

When we moved in we had:
  • No air conditions
  • No working kitchen sink
  • No pots or pans
  • No hot water
  • No Internet 
  • No interior doors
  • No ice 
  • No smoke alarms 
  • No silverware or dishes

So needless to say our first night and morning were a wake up call about how much I think I deserve all these "conveniences" - because lets face it majority of people in the WORLD don't have access to AC, hot water, Internet, or ice - and a lot of them have no need for interior doors. So I really shouldn't complain - but man are we living a privileged life here in Middle Class America. (OK my rant is done!)

In our defense, it was hot out this week. With temperates in the low 90s in the afternoon this brick house soaked it up and was pretty warm in the evenings - try around 85 in the house at bedtime. Tempers were  a litter higher than usual for all three of us, too!

But TODAY - we are getting a new HVAC - hallelujah. Thank you Jesus!

Those house is livable but still unfinished in many aspects. By now we do have a working kitchen sink, pots, pans, ice, Internet, silverware, and a bathroom door!

Life is good around here - enjoying our new home and neighborhood.  This weekend we will be cleaning out and saying goodbye to our old apartment! Sorry new house - you'll have to wait until next weekend to get more doors!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Moving In Progress


We have been moving, moving, moving for the past week or so! How exhausting. We have been taking small trips over everyday with a trailer attached to our Accord. Needless to say, we can't take ALOT - but we are slowly emptying out our apartment.

The house is far from done- there are a lot of little touch ups that need to be finished (trim, window casings, interiors doors, etc). But those will come in due time.

We have been focusing on getting our Kitchen and Bathroom done - so its livable!

Here is how to the house is looking currently and we rush to finish the Kitchen this week.

I grouted the floor last weekend and installed that fan - all by myself!  Wohoo!

Living Room
This is the fan that shocked me. I totally forgot to cut the power before I touched the wires while installing the fan. Man did that tingle!  No harm was done and I didn't fall off the ladder.


Kids Room


We have moved all out boxes and stuff into the basement of the house. This weekend we'll be working on moving furniture - and hopefully sleeping in this house by Monday night.

Also - our HVAC broke a month ago in this house - so that will hopefully be fixed by Monday, too! (By the way - replacing a HVAC is crazy expensive!)

Until next week.....

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

House Update: Finished Floors

Things are moving along at our "new" house!

This week we finished the hardwood floors, put up some cabinets, and started priming the ceiling and walls. This weekend we will be painting the rooms!

Soon we'll be getting appliances and working on the kitchen and bathroom flooring. There are so many decision that have to be made concerning the house - its just a little bit crazy. I had no idea it would be so hard just choosing a fan or light fixture!

Here are the update pictures:

The Kitchen is starting to look like a kitchen! Wohoo! 

The living room floors are done! Look at that room - it is bigger than it looks in this picture. Hello Baby T!

The two bedrooms pretty much look the same as last time - but the floors are finished! 

There has been no change in the bathroom. We did find some flooring for it over the weekend - I cannot wait to see it that room.

So there you have it. There are still many things to get done before we start to move in. Upcoming projects include:
  • Painting the walls and ceiling
  • Adding trim and window casings 
  • Laying down bathroom and kitchen floor 
  • Installing lighting and fans (after I pick some out)
So here goes! Hopefully only a month and half until move in (fingers crossed)!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Drywall is {going} up!

Over Memorial Day weekend we were able to hang some drywall in the house. It looks good to have some walls. There is still a long to-do list - but the drywall makes it feel a little closer to livable! 

Here is a room by room update.

Living Room




Tori's Room

Basement - AKA Storage Center
Yes, It is messy in there right now. But some progress is being made. If you missed it - here is the post about what the house orginally looked liked when we bought it.

Some of you might be interested in a house layout. These measurements are all approximate. As you can see it is not very big, but we love it anyway. It is a strong house in a great neighborhood! On top of that we are learning a lot about home renovation and trying to live within our means. This is in no way our FOREVER home - so I've had to compromise on some things - but this is our temporary home and we'll love it just the same! 

Since the last post we installed NEW WINDOWS! Nate did this all by himself with the help from friends (thanks friends!).  Here's how it looks from the front and back with the new windows (We hope to put new windows in the basement - but that is something that could wait).

Next up list looks something like this:
  • Finish Hanging Drywall
  • Pay someone to Tape & Mud Drywall
  • Paint Walls
  • Build & Install Kitchen Cabinets
  • Install Countertops
  • Re-Finish Floors
One day at a time, right?


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Our "New" Old House

In February we bought a house.

Day after we bought the house!

It was built in the 1950 and is fully brick. It is a small two-bedroom, one bath, 1,000 square foot home. It has an amazing 600 square foot basement (not included in the 1,000 square foot living space) and is in one of our favorite neighborhoods. And.... its a fixer upper.

Front Living Room


Baby Girl's Future Room


Master Bedroom

Awesome Basement

As you can see from the pictures - the entire house was done in paneling, it needs new windows, a new roof, a whole new kitchen, and updated flooring. Not to mentioned a new bathroom and some serious lawn help.

Like any naive ambitious first time home buyer - we thought we could knock all these out and move in by May 1st, June 1st at the latest. You know, three months seems like a reasonable time frame to tackle all those projects, right? *cue the laughing*

Well it is almost June - and this is what the house looks like today (same as it did 3 weeks ago if you follow me on Instagram) -

Bathroom, Kitchen, Tori's Room, and Master

Yeah... we won't be moving anytime soon.

We have had a few set backs - as there usually are in any fixer-upper. And we totally underestimated having a baby and trying to fix this up. Since I am a stay-at-home mom to a 6-month-old-exclusively-breastfed-likes-to-be-held-all-the-time-mommy's-girl I have been able to do little to help with the house. Baby Girl can't be over there right now with the dust and loud tools. And lets not forget that Hubby has a full time job - and takes Sundays off!

So now I am praying we move in before September 1st, feel free to pray with me - Lord knows we need all the prayers we can get.

So, there you have it, we have learned our lesson (never buy a fixer upper you can't live in while you have a young baby) and are continuing to learn lessons as we go (like everything takes at least 3 times as long as you think it will)!

I'll soon keep you updated about what we plan to do to each room and some other things we've accomplished since buying the house almost 3 months ago.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Going Vinyl Crazy

Over the weekend, I went a little crazy with my Silhouette Cameo.

If you remember, I bought this thing over 6 months ago. And believe it or not, I have not done any vinyl cutting with it until this post - and then again over this weekend. Using vinyl with the Cameo is ADDICTING! I seriously want to vinyl over everything -its so easy and fun.

That is why I vinyled three sides of my fridge this weekend - after this - the Hubby said "Please, stop with the vinyl before you put some on the toilet or the bottom of the sink" (which  by the way - is a GREAT idea! ;-) ).

So I got out my Cameo, vinyl, and transfer tape and went to town doing some simple projects.

On the front of the fridge which I look at too MANY times in the day - I put this quote from an amazing hymn called "Abide in Me" (click here to listen). This helps remind me that Jesus is with me - through cloud and sunshine, tears and smiles, spills and messes, failures and successes.

On the "business" side the fridge (the coupons, menus, phones numbers, groupons, etc. ) I put some vinyl lettering on my shopping list board. It looks so much better than the dry erase marker that always kept coming off.

And finally on the other side I put the words "PRAY". On this side of the fridge I put all the newsletters from our missionaries, friends, and Compassion children we support through prayer. This reminds us each morning at breakfast to pray for them and their ministries. 

Ahh.. It feels so good to vinyl. I can't wait for my next project that will call for vinyl!

Friday, January 11, 2013

What I Have Been Up To

Its been a while since my last post, and I have been busy having a baby!

Sorry for the hiatus, but I am sure all the mom bloggers out there can understand! Now that my little one is two months old (and super cute) - I feel ready to start getting back into some projects around the house.

In case you were wondering, I did hit a nesting phase at the end of pregency. But instead of DIYing stuff, I just wanted to buy new stuff. But fear not, I did some DIY stuff (and I did buy some new stuff).

Here are some projects that I was actually able to finish over the past few months (I'll save the WIP [works in progress] post for another day - its devestating long).

A new shower head that I love!

New Closet Curtains that match the color theme of our room (and I got it for $1.15 a yard!).

Getting the changing table ready & organized.

Figuring out this cloth diapering thing.

Slip-covering (the cheap easy way) an old comfy chair and ottoman

A new rug (and a new baby on it!)

And working on collecting stuff for Little One's owl theme nursery.

Well, thats about it. I have quite a bit WIP as I mentioned before. Hopefully getting them done within the next month.

I am off to take a nap!

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