Well, I’ve been promising to show you all the work we have done in our house. It has been a major undertaking, has involved many man hours, sweat, tears, and a little (or a lot of) blood.
Our house was born in 1968. Not too terribly old, right (after all, I was also born in 1968)? And it certainly was built to be more open and more modern than most other houses built during that time and I always loved that about the house. But parts of it was stuck in the mid-20th century and needed an overhaul.
The bathrooms were the worst! Everything in the bathrooms were original to the house, and even though they were in good shape, they were still very dated. You’ll notice the pea green soap dish and toothbrush holder, the awful laminate, and the frameless mirror that covers the wall in the picture below. This is the single sink vanity in the master suite. They hall bath was identical but larger and with two sinks. Also, I didn’t get a picture of the shower/tub enclosures before they were ripped out, but imagine pea green tile that had been painted white by the previous owners and the white paint was either dull and dingy or peeling off.
The tub/shower enclosures have been completely redone. We deconstructed down to the studs, and rebuilt with new piping, insulation, concrete board and waterproofing, and other stuff. Yes, “stuff” is about as technical as I can get when it comes to the construction items that are very necessary but not visible once completed. That was not my department.
My department was to tile which I was able to learn thanks to a wonderful thing called YouTube. Learning this probably wouldn’t have been possible prior to the internet age, so this is one of the many benefits to having information at the tips of your fingers. It was somewhat fun to begin with, but by the time I finished tiling and grouting around two tubs, I was ready to be done with it. It’s very time consuming, and needs to be precise in order to look good. Good thing, I am used to precision cuts and seams when quilting. I have been told by a contractor that I did a good job and should start a tiling business. I’ll keep that in the back of my mind should one of my current career plans fall through. (I hope it doesn’t come to that though. LOL)
New faucets, new counter tops, new sinks, new mirrors, new lighting, new flooring, new hardware, and fresh paint rounded out the renovations made to the bathrooms.
We painted the kitchen (including the cabinets), installed a glass/metal tile backsplash, installed new sink and faucet, and installed new appliances. Although the glass tiles look amazing, they are much harder to work with than the ceramic tiles. And fussy cutting around all the outlets and switches. Ugh! I hope I never have to do that again.
The hardwood floors upstairs have been refinished, and new floors installed downstairs.
We installed a new fence around the backyard, had dead trees cut down, painted the entire house (inside and out), installed crown molding in the living and dining rooms, landscaped (some), and just made general repairs throughout. Because of all the renovations and the months it took up to pack all our personal belongings, this has been a major project spanning about 16 months. And still we wouldn’t be done if we hadn’t of had help from our amazing family and friends.
But now that it is finished, I can say that “IT IS BEAUTIFUL & I LOVE IT!” It went on the market about 36 hours ago. I hope there is a buyer out there that loves it as much as I do. I am ready to start a new phase of my life — one with a smaller house and some farm animals.
Happy Independence Day!!