When we purchased our home, not a whole lot had been done to it in the last 20 or so years... We got it for a good price but it needed a lot of updating. We've been here for a few years now and have changed all of the exterior doors, insulated the basement, installed a new bathroom vanity, some new flooring, jacked up the floors, have painted every room, updated wiring and electrical, installed a dishwasher and new appliances, and have done some landscaping. It still feels overwhelming, the work that needs to be done... we need to tear down and rebuild the falling down garage, repair the crumbling chimney... and I'd love to put on a small addition for my studio so that we can go back to having three bedrooms for guests (or a sibling for Isabel?). But, that's not for a while yet. Of course, we are having to do all of this on a very tight budget!
Over the last couple of weeks we checked a few things off our to-do list that have been lingering for a while. When we replaced the doors, the walls that are still lath and plaster crumbled... so, we repaired the plaster in the side entry, filled all of the cracks that appeared when we had previously jacked up the floors, and painted. I still need to put down some new flooring on the stairs, but for now, our side entry way looks 7000% better. No exaggeration!
|our crumbing house!|
|Clean and bright!|
|the summer of construction.|
|My gardens are filling out.|
But the really BIG thing that we have recently done is having painted all of the awful orange wood paneling that covered our entryway, stairs and upstairs hall. It wasn't your average wood paneling. It's this deep-grained, shiny, horrible orange paneling that was a nightmare to paint (and in general, a nightmare to look at). None of the corners or seams were finished very well so we went through a ton of spackle. I think at one point, part of one of the walls in the entryway was used as a bulletin board, or possibly a dart board... it was absolutely covered in holes. Underneath the paneling is more crumbly lathe and plaster, which eventually will be removed. But, for anyone who has done that before you'll know it's a terribly dusty job, and not one I want to do with a small baby crawling around the house! The house feels so much brighter and cleaner now.
|This window seat is what made me first love this house.|
|How our house looked when we bought it, and after we installed new flooring.|
Isabel started crawling a few weeks ago, pretty much right at the 8 month mark. Life is now really hectic. She's pulling herself up to standing and cruising around on her own around furniture. I can't believe how much she has changed in just a few weeks. She's starting to really be like a kid now! She has 6 little teeth, is nibbling on finger foods (she is a cookie monster!), gives slobbery wet kisses, and says "dada" pretty much non stop. She's a total cutie, and if you follow my Instagram you can get lots of Isabel Spam.