So the work begins…

We closed on the house Monday afternoon!

The plan is to paint this week and for Keith to start refinishing the hardwood floors this weekend. We are moving in after the floors are done.

Hopefully we’ll be happy that we painted first, then refinished second. Oh well. Live and learn.

I wouldn’t say that the house is a “fixer-upper” rather, a home in need of some love. Granted, there are some serious home improvement projects that need to be done (think- rip out upstairs bathroom and completely redo because the tile is falling down), but that will come in time when we have an influx of cash to do it right. I refuse to spend money to put a “bandaid” on it. The previous owners were relocated over a year and a half ago, so the house has been vacant for quite some time. The gardens have been unattended, but thankfully we’ve had quite a bit of rain to sustain the flowers. And the weeds. Gotta do something about those.

But, first things first. Prep the walls for painting and paint. The appliances are going to be delivered on Friday, so I am hoping to have the kitchen painted by then. I’m painting above the wainscotting.

Sweet Pea’s room needs a good spackling job, which Keith began and I am working on today (after Sweet Pea wakes up from her nap). I’m doing random spackle jobs and more prepping so we can get as much painting done as possible. The prep work is was takes so long!

My friend Paula came yesterday afternoon to help out. I am so thankful for all our friends that are offering their time and talents. It definitely takes much longer to do ANYTHING when there’s a baby around… Sweet Pea started trying to crawl so we have to take breaks often when she “faceplants” on the floor and cries… so the support and help of friends is definitely priceless!

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5 responses to “So the work begins…

  1. Can’t wait to see all the new house updates! Just remember when you refinish the floors that when you put your poly coats on that you have to wait a week before you can use that space for major traffic in the house or putting rugs or heavy objects on them.

    Have fun refinishing…and yea!! for sweet pea learning to crawl (altho I am sure Mamma would rather she waited a bit until after the house fixings)

  2. Congratulations! I’m so excited for you!

  3. Congratulations! Enjoy every minute of it. We moved into our house five years ago. Prior to moving in we spent a month cleaning/painting/prepping. I now remember those days fondly. They were happy (and tired) times.

  4. I think it makes sense to paint first- that way you won’t get any drips on a newly refinished floor! HAve fun…

  5. The beadboard is beautiful! We are in the midst of a lot of home remodel right now too. Have fun – that is until you get sick of it, which is where I am. 🙂

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