Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hitting the Wall(s)

I don't know where to start with this post. So many things have happened at the house since we closed. It's constant chaos, a total mess.

Only one thing is for certain - I smile every time I walk in.

Yes, I smile. I smile through the chaos. I smile although it's a total mess and there are tools everywhere. I smile even though we currently cannot use any of the plumbing fixtures upstairs due to various stages of renovation in both kitchen & bathroom.

I smile because it's ours.

So, on to the projects! We've been highlighting them on our Facebook pages, but here we can go into a bit more detail about what we did in each room.

This is the easiest place to start because of the relative "done-ness" of the walls. As you might recall from the last post, there was wallpaper. A lot of wallpaper. Every room in the house had been papered multiple times over the years. Even the closets are papered. Seriously....the closets for Pete's sake!

Here's a groovy before picture for your viewing pleasure:
This is what we lovingly called "The Jungle Room" before the youngest decided it was to be his.

Now, that's a lot of wallpaper. A lot of wallpaper. By the time we got to the bedrooms we were pretty tired of stripping wallpaper. We decided not to. I know, I know!! Bad, bad, bad....but we had stripped so much wallpaper, we were starting to feel like archeologists.

On the bedrooms we sanded the seams and painted on a sealer. The sealer was a lot like watered down Elmer's Glue and smelled a lot like good old Formula 409 spray my mom used to use to clean. It didn't take long to feel really, really high in a small space while painting on the sealer.

After the sealer dried, we didn't go straight to painting as you would think. We decided to spray texture the walls in the house. I was pretty apprehensive about the spray texture. I was afraid it might look like cheap mobile home paneling or something. Bob's parents had their bathroom textured, so I looked at theirs, liked it and we said 'Go for it.'

Bob's brother had just textured his whole house, he had the equipment, so he did our too. HUGE THANK YOU!!!!

When he started spraying, it wasn't completely covering the wallpaper. It wasn't looking anything like his parents' bathroom. I had a minor panic attack. Or maybe a mid-minor panic attack. The doubt was setting in that we had done the wrong thing. Here's what I was looking at:

You can see through that, right? You can see why there was mild panic? And it wasn't just one room, we were doing this to the entire main floor.

But I trusted Mike when he said it would turn out great after we painted, so we soldiered on.

I am so glad we trusted him.

Here's the Jungle Room, after:

Wow - right? So clean, not a hint of crazy Jungle wallpaper anywhere.

I was just blown away by how good it looks. And I'll just say, I've been blown away a lot during this whole renovation.

So our whole main floor looks like this now. From this:

To this:

Again, blown away. (Ignore all the tape! The bathroom will get it's own separate entry later.)

More posts are coming - as I can fit them in between our work schedules. I see the end of this project soon. Then we're on to packing & moving...ugh.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Previously on Marjie's Magical Mystery Tour....

(Cue emotional, triumphant music & Oprah voice-over...)

"Marjie kicked cancer's ass. Her kids are happy and her guy is awesome. The End??? Not quite...stay tuned for another exciting episode!"

Yeah I could get Oprah to do a voice-over for me. Probably more like Gilbert Gottfried - Aflac fired him, so I'm sure he's available.

So anyway, the newest chapter in my life is that my guy and I decided to take the plunge and buy a house! Woo hoo! It's very exciting for us. It is something we have been talking about for a long time, but the timing wasn't right until RIGHT NOW. I admit, the timing issue was all me. He's been very patient, bless him. He spoils me, I love him.

Here it is:
Cute, right?

Now for the fun part. Not only did we BUY a house, we are renovating/remodeling a house. Wonderful house, good bones, lots of wallpaper.

Like, LOTS of wallpaper.

Gobs & gobs of wallpaper.

Even the closets were wallpapered.

I'm surprised the ceilings weren't papered - seriously.

That's just the tip of the iceberg.

Did I mention both bathrooms have pink tile?

Pink tile - everywhere??


And a white kitchen. WHITE!

I'm not even going to start on the basement. Probably because it's not that bad.

I've owned homes before. You buy them with the hope that you'll fix what you want to as you live there. I've never had much luck with that.

This time, we're fixing it before we move in. Great plan, right? Right...

Really, it is. I can't imagine doing this mess while we live there. Here's what it looks like now:

Cool, huh? Did I mention we haven't even owned the house for 4 days? My guy's parents & my parents have been a huge help. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have gotten much done at all.

Since this cancer is in remission, this blog will turn into a 'home improvement' blog for us. You can join us on this crazy, but hopefully short journey.
We bought some products from Rust-Oleum that we'll be using to resurface tile & counter tops, painting cabinets & spray/texturing walls. Check back to see what we're up to, then decide if you're brave enough to try these in your home.

And while your at it, a brief prayer that we don't totally screw it all up would be appreciated.