We have hit crunch time. We visit Home Depot and/or Lowe’s a minimum of every other day, some weeks every single day and some days multiple times a day.
I walked in on Friday to get more black paint and the paint guy didn’t even need to know the name of the paint. “Limousine Leather, right?” he asked. At that point, I realized that if this renovation goes on for much longer, I’m going to have to file for bankruptcy on account of spending too much money on Limousine Leather paint. I feel like I should also give the entire paint department at Home Depot some token of appreciation after this whole thing considering how often they’ve seen my usually paint covered face during the past six months. Bless ’em.
We are so ready to be done y’all.
If you’ve noticed I haven’t written as frequently as I usually do around here, it’s because every spare moment I have, besides the morning hours before the kid goes to ballet or school, I’m working on the house. We are literally flying by the seat of our pants. I haven’t cooked a real dinner that didn’t go straight from a box into the oven in a month at least. If it weren’t for Mama coming down once a week to watch the Circus while I work and cooking dinner too, we wouldn’t know what a home cooked meal tastes like.
With all that said, here’s a photo dump of the renovation progress. None of these images are edited y’all, they aren’t staged and yes, there is dust everywhere at the new place. You should get the idea though…
The Living Room
You already knew it was painted, but we did go ahead and move the new sofa and huge entertainment unit up here to get it out of the way downstairs. The entertainment unit will actually serve as storage for serving ware. You can read more about the living room plans here.
The Dining Room
Basically, the same as the living room. It’s painted and ready for furniture. Of course, just about every room still needs new light fixtures hung. They’ve been purchased, but not hung yet. You can read more about the dining room plans here.
The kitchen is on my hit list this week. My friend Brittany came over and helped me paint the walls this weekend which put a big dent in it and apparently her legs too, which she told me yesterday were now covered in bruises from the ladder. You gotta appreciate a friend who will get bruises on your account and not even for something like defending your honor, but just to paint your damn kitchen. This week, I’ll finish up the walls because I of course ran out of paint halfway through and hopefully I’ll be able to start painting the cabinets as well. You can read more about the kitchen plans here.
The Hall Bathroom / Circus’ Bathroom
If you go look at the original plans for the hall bathroom, you’ll see it’s very different than what this looks like. We ran into an issue with the floor tile and had to back up and punt. We had to get a different tile, which led to a different vanity color, which led to a different wall color. #storyofmylife #andthisrenovation
With the exception of actually putting in my real office furniture and clearing out the clutter, my office is done. Oh and of course, it needs a new light fixture. It got a fresh coat of paint on the walls and I did paint a really cool pattern on the closet doors to jazz them up.
The Circus’ Room
As soon as we could, we set up the Circus’ bed and a few other things in her room. Doing so made it much easier for us to get some work done at the house while she was there. She’s brought some toys into her playroom as well – which is what used to be our master bedroom closet.
The Master Bathroom
The master bathroom renovation has been the biggest fiasco ever due to a completely unreliable (and countless other adjectives I would like to use to describe him, but will refrain) contractor we were working with in the beginning. This space was out of our league – plumbing had to be re-located, the same with electric, new drywall work, remove a wall, etc. so we hired it out. I’ll have a whole post on the fiasco later. We did finally get a a great guy to finish our bathroom. All it needs now is paint and the countertop and sink, which have been ordered.
You might find this shocking….but…..we’re keeping the paneling. In fact, we (actually meaning probably me more than Grunt Labor) kinda dig how it looks. If you notice, I have painted the trim and shelves a semi-gloss black. I think it really helps to modernize the paneling. I’ll also be painting the fireplace black as well and the chesterfield couch you see there will remain in this room. The light fixtures will get switched out as well.
Grunt’s office is also completely done and if you didn’t notice in the Circus’ room and the den, you can see the new carpet has been installed as well throughout the house.
Bill’s Room / The Guest Room
I thought that Bill’s room design would essentially stay the same as it was in the Beloved Foreclosure given the fact that we had just made it over. Of course, I forgot how teenagers constantly change their minds. He has now opted to have two walls completely red, two walls half red-half black and all the doors black. I told him if he wants all that done, he has to do it himself. What you see is what he did about a month ago and hasn’t touched it since. We’ll see when it actually gets done.
I’m off to bathe myself in more paint while attempting to get a good portion of it actually on the wall.
And seriously, thanks for sticking around during this crazy crazy time, y’all.
And please, send more beer. Free labor is also accepted.
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