As some of you may or may not know, we are currently in the process of selling our home. We have decided to move into a different neighbourhood where I can focus on expanding my daycare. This process, as those of you know that have sold a home before, is not wonderful. We have been on the market for not quite two weeks and have had a few handful of people come through. As I sit writing this post, it is currently 4 a.m. and I can't sleep. We had three groups come through the house yesterday, spanning over the entire afternoon, and I am curious to know feedback. Not only was it not fun trucking the kidlets all over town for 5 hours, they wanted to be no where but home yesterday. It was a rainy, stay-in-your-pajamas kind of day. Anyhoo, we got some errands done, got to see family and Daddy got to leave work a little early, all turned out just fine.
I think the most stressful part of all of this is coming to grips that I have kidlets and I can't have this house perfect on 30 minutes notice, as well as scheduling to be out of the house when you have all these kidlets to entertain. So far we have done library runs, mall runs, good ol' car drives, watching movies in the car, and of course the park. Small can of worms here I know.
So anyways, in all this in and out of the house, I thought I would share with you our past three years of making this house a home. Honestly, if I could transport this home somewhere else, I would. I love it! There is a lot of 'Blood, sweat and tears' that has gone into this house and it is an experience I will always treasure. My biggest THANK YOU, goes to my parents and in-laws for all the fixing, babysitting, advice and saving the day that has occurred over the last three years. I'm not quite sure where we would be without them.
Here is how we made this house a home...
First up, the fireplace. This is the scene we walked into when we bought this house. It had some kind of desert theme on the wall as a mural and your good ol' brown fireplace. Not our style at all. So we changed it!
First I needed to get rid of the mural so I painted the whole wall a rust orange that I picked up from the trees on the far left side. Then I painted the brick a crisp white, threw in our decor and viola! New fireplace!
|Carpet and railings|
Next we pulled up all the carpet from the stairs, living room and dining room, as well as taking down all the ugly metal railings that ran through the whole house.
|Staining the floors|
My hubby and Dad sanded the floors and put a darker stain down that was more modern than the orange colour stain from when the house was originally built.
This is the final look of our living room...
As I said before, we removed all the old metal railings from the staircases, this is what they looked like before...
And this is now...
Once the railings were removed, we placed square wood posts and painted them all white. I painted the treads of the stairs brown to match the wood floors and the rest was finished in the same clean white.
I don't have very good before and after pictures for the rest of the house, but I have my afters so here they are...
This is our main bathroom. We painted an earthy green on the walls, painted the cabinets a deep brown and refinished the floors. Updating was done to the faucet and sink, mirror and light fixture.
This is our kitchen, another huge project on our list. In here we painted the walls a butter yellow colour, replaced the counter tops and floors as well as all the hardware.
For the back splash I opted for bead board, painted in a high gloss white. There was nothing here before aside from a large plastic medicine cabinet. It was hideous!
Since we didn't have the cupboard space to spare to install a dishwasher, we went with a portable one. The tops of portable dishwashers are never pretty, so when we ordered the counters, we placed an order of the same material for our dishwasher top. It gives the illusion that it is built in as well as offering more counter space.
This is the other end of the kitchen. We have our desk and Mother Board, which can be seen here. And we have a TV hutch that was reconfigured by my father in law to be our pantry and house our microwave. This piece was actually built by his father. I made the valances and added our decor. Another room done!
Next room in the house is the dining room. The floors were redone in this area as well. We changed the lighting fixture, it was a fan, is it just me or is that not gross flying above where you eat? Yuk! Made another valance and added our gallery wall and lastly our furniture.
This is the last room in our house that I haven't previously blogged about, which if you didn't see can be seen here. This is our master, not much done here but a new paint and decor. This room is getting another makeover in the new home, not quiet done yet :)
|HOME Is Where Our Story Begins|
Last stop on the tour, our foyer. We continued the rust colour down from the living room and my dad put up some moulding that I painted and used as our welcome mural. A little paint, a shelf and some nik-naks, a quote and we're done!
If I am being completely honest, I think the most stress comes from all of this is fear. The unknown. Will it sell, will we have to take it off the market, will we get to build the house that I thought would only ever exist in my dreams? This all occurs as a fight in my head, the other side says "Why are you so worried, there are much bigger fish to fry than this!, at least you have a home"...then the guilt sets in. Really it's just a hot mess going on in there. I guess that's what us over thinkers get ourselves into. And just in case you were wondering, I am not going to say anything about me being an analyzing Virgo, not one peep ;)
Hope you enjoyed our tour! On to bigger and better things right?
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