Horay, a well-trimmed and prepped backyard!
It's hard to believe but, as of today, our first floor bathroom is officially done!!!! After previously stating on this site that we'd be done with it as of last August. It's been quite the adventure...
OK, now we're talking! I can say that refinished floors are definitely right up there with painted walls in the satisfaction department.
The before and after payoff is just so gratifying....
What a difference a day (or four) makes!
A. worked like a MAN POSSESSED all weekend. Arms and legs FLYING! So, I'm a-crawlin' out of my blogging slump to write something.
Specifically, a big thank you to my best friend and helpmate who is SO talented and dedicated. Because, a little over two years ago, we bought this...
(That is our pal, Dave, and his lovely daughter...)
A bit of luck today--Jeannie checked the Ikea website (you can now check what is in stock ONLINE before you make the trip! Thanks IKEA!) and the cabinet set we wanted came in early. So, I took a drive by their store after work tonight and after a few hours of labor, and a little fudging on how it was designed, we have a new cabinet that triples our counter space AND hides the radiator underneath.
With that, our temporary kitchen makeover is done...just in time for Thanksgiving!
After our little mishap the other night, we decided that the tree really is a metaphor for our experience with the house. And so, we present our 2005 Christmas tree...before & after!
Believe it or not, it's now been three years since we closed on the house. In fact, it's eleven days past the exact anniversary--whoops! I guess time flies when you're having
fun so much going on.
No, actually it really has been fun this past year. In fact, it's been the most rewarding year by far given how much of a turning point it was.
Anyway, to continue a tradition we've done for the past two years, here's our mini-capsule of everything we've done in the last twelve months and a little about what we hope to accomplish in the next year...
Once again, the changes inside were far more substantial than the ones outside.
First, a trip back in the old time machine to see how these rooms looked when we first took possession of the house...
The downstairs hallway (with Coco, we miss her so):
As a reminder, here was the kitchen floor we lived with for three years.
We spent Labor Day Weekend (other than the block party) attempting to squeeze the over-sized fridge back into the kitchen. No longer would it be sitting in the front sunroom, announcing to the world what a poor diet of frozen foods and leftovers we subsist on.
To get the fridge to fit, we had to take the doors off, put it on a dolly, and roll it in there. It was a tight squeeze, coming and going.
These are NOT quite after, because there are some details still missing. But it came to my attention that I had not posted any photos of the master bathroom since we've moved upstairs. Probably because Miss Grace showed up early and I never got around to it. And then, I forgot. Please forgive me.
If you don't remember what the master bath looked like BEFORE we worked on it, here is something to jog your memory.
Here are the rest of the BEFORE photos. Click on the pictures in this old entry to make them larger.
I forget what I was searching for when I stumbled upon these old movie clips that we took of the HouseinProgress right before we closed on it. I think we took these during the day of the inspection while an architect friend of ours was giving us his opinion on the house.
Since I posted the After shots of this bathroom here and here recently, I had forgotten just how bad it was when we first saw it. What potential did we ever see in this place? Really? Because looking at this video, my first impulse is to run screaming in horror.
I'm obviously having too much fun with iMovie since my parents are in town and playing with Miss Grace. I'm taking a break from the much talked about, hardly blogged about windows project. I promise I'll write that up soon.
In the meantime, here are the before and after videos of the first floor bathroom. This is the first room we ever finished in the house. I used to go in here and close the door when the rest of the house became SO overwhelming. Just to remind myself that the rest of the house would be nice. Eventually. Maybe. If not, at least I had a nice bathroom.
Video after the jump
Yep. Still more forgotten film. This time of the upstairs bedrooms and hallway. Unfortunately (or fortunately), YouTube does not allow you to smell the "before" version. Or taste the dust on your front teeth. Or hear the pitter patter of little raccoon feet in the attic above.
But you sort of get the idea.
I snapped a few photos. It's so often we look at this house and fret about the things still left undone that I have to stop and reflect on how far we've actually come.
Here we have the new dining room table and chairs. Our first set ever. I am in my forties and this is the first set of dining room furniture I have owned that hasn't come from Goodwill and the alley. I feel so...so...grown-up! (Note to self: Need to reinstall radiator, replace missing french doors, reinstall window stops, get real curtains instead of these temporary dime store ones. And, for Pete's sake, hang something on the walls.)
Sorry! I was so excited about how spiffy the place was looking that I forgot to post the "before" pics. So, if you really want to see how far we've come, click for the rest of the post and PREPARE TO BE AMAZED.**
**Amazed that I didn't run down the street screaming, never to return.
I am not a fan of closets only because I am not a fan of hangers. Not just wire hangers, any hangers. They make your clothes and coats hard to find, they get tangled, they get stuck, things get crowded. I hate hangers.
Hooks? Hooks, I love. Give me a wall full of hooks and I don't care that all my duds are out there in the open for everyone to gawk at. Because I CAN SEE THEM, TOO! Everything. Easy to find. Right there. It's beautiful.
So, it's understandable why I've hated our front hall closet since we've moved in.
As if we didn't have enough going on with the new back porch, new fence and the new basement stairwell, we have another project in the works: our basement.
The basement has never been finished, so for the first time we actually have a clean slate to work with...albeit one that's always been packed with quite a bit of stuff:
The good news is that this 'before' photo is from quite a while ago. In fact, the basement is now cleaned out. (That was the other big use for the dumpster we rented this summer.) We're guessing this is the first time that the basement has been this empty in it's 95 year history.
So, what's the plan for the space? Well...