Posted on | May 1, 2012 | 12 Comments
It was a long weekend in these parts. We loaded up Friday morning and headed to North Carolina where we met my mom. After a quick kiss and letting the boys run around for a minute, we loaded them back up into her car and sent them to South Carolina. Then, Tay and I got to work. We worked from about 5:00PM to passed midnight on the house. There was so much to get done that it was almost overwhelming (okay, it was totally overwhelming). Our goal was to finish the backsplash, hang cabinet doors, do some transitions, and lots and lots of cleaning. Our garage was filled top to bottom with old carpet and trash. It was horrible, and I’m quite certain our neighbors hated us.
By the end of the night, more transitions were done and the backsplash was grouted and caulked. That bitch took me over four whole hours. It was ridiculously slow moving, but it was done. We got up early the next morning. We had rented a U-haul for the day, but the dump was only open until noon and we couldn’t pick up the truck until 8:00AM. So, that gave us exactly four hours to make as many trips as possible to the dump with all the nastiness the previous owners left us. Lovely. But somehow we managed. Tay was a rockstar loading and unloading all the trash himself. I continued to work on cleaning the inside of the house, and a girlfriend of mine came to help with some painting (thank you, Laura!).
And now? The house is ready to move into, and I’m ready to give you an almost full tour. I say almost because I forgot to snap a final picture of our bonus room and garage, but this will do for now.
Welcome to our foyer. Please ignore the door hanging around in the hallway. It will go up once Tay can finish the closet transitions. They are the last to go. We still have to paint and change out the light fixture here as well as trim up the floor boards.
To your left, you’ll see our formal living room. It still needs paint, trim, new hardware on the fireplace, a new light fixture, window treatments, and fixin’s in the window seat.
To your right is our dining room. We already have a light fixture for it, but we will have to paint the walls and built-ins, replace the old fixture with a new one, put up window treatments, and add trim.
Through the dining room, you have our kitchen. We are thrilled with how far that we’ve gotten with the work, but there is still quite a bit to go. We need to trim with baseboards and quarter round, install the fridge/washer/dryer, paint trim, and decorate (the fun part!).
Now, let me take you back to the back of the house. I’ll introduce you to our guest bathroom (aka, the bain of Taylor’s existence). Tay hates this bathroom. I think it’s kind of adorable. It’s 100% original from the 60s.
If it was in better shape, I would try to talk Tay into letting us keep it for awhile. Unfortunately, tiles are starting to look a bit rough, and the vanity, mirror, and lighting have all seen better days. It’s next on the list for a gut job.
Now, here’s the hall way. Lovely. Lots of paint, new fixtures, and trim needs to happen in here soon.
The wooden wonder of a guest room has received a half-hearted prime job. We ran out of time to do much more. Clearly, it will need to be primed and painted as well as get new light fixtures, window treatments, and trim.
The boy’s room needs paint, lighting, trim, and eventually a built-in book shelf system. I guess I’m missing a picture of their room as well, so here’s our master. It still needs paint and trim as well as window treatments.
And finally, our Master bath. It apparently underwent a lovely 1980s renovation, and it will need gutting eventually. Fortunately, everything is in good condition, so we will make it work until we save up enough for it. It will probably be a few years before we tackle it.
So, there you have it! We have TONS of work left to do, but we can finally move in without worrying about our children living in a wasteland. I’m so thrilled when how much has been finished before move in day. We’re packing up this week, and we’ll be out of Virginia on Saturday. I can’t wait.