Monday, July 30, 2007

Busy Bees

Nate was worried that people weren't getting much action lately on the blog so I am here to attest to the fact that we have been working hard (or is it hardly working...!) We are getting SO close to finishing the painting. There have not been a lot of new pictures because the carpet in the downstairs hallway, living room, dining room, steps, and upstairs hallway is all the same piece of carpet. We are waiting until the paint and trim are done with all of those rooms before we remove the carpet since it makes such a nice drop cloth. :) We have had some great assistance with the painting from Nate's dad (aka "The Gift) and my mom, two people who love painting, who also conveniently provide dinner when they arrive!

The pictures above were from yesterday when we started painting over the upstairs bedroom #3 which was painted robin's egg blue (Nate affectionately refers to the color as "Nussie Blue" after the previous owners). The new blue is hopefully a bit more muted and will coordinate with our marroon hallway. We actually were lucky to have all the gross carpet in the previous rooms as this room did not have carpet so we spent some time wiping up paint off the floor.

We also started looking at some furniture stores and appliances, which has been a nice break from paint. No purchases yet, but getting a better handle on what we want and do not want.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Lawn mowing is bad for shoes!

As this picture illustrates, it is a BAD idea to run over your flip flops with the Lawn Boy. It probably is not a good idea to mow the lawn in flip flop shoes to begin with, but when you forget to bring solid tennis shoes, it's better than nothing. I'm getting better at the lawn mowing but still needed help getting it started 2 out of the 3 times. My mom also helped in trimming our shrubs and with some overall lawn care - Thanks mom!

We have been hard at work at the kitchen, living/dining area and first floor hallway. Stay tuned for some updated pictures!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Before and After Volume 2

Well, we have finished bedroom #2 (and by finish, i just mean painting and carpet removal). This room took more time than the first bedroom because of the metal shelves that were left by the previous owners basically rotted to the wall. It took a while (and a few choice words) for us to get them off, and then we were left with the dirty wall you see above. Nothing a little TSP-substitute couldn't deal with! Now the walls are no longer a dingy white, but a warm "cottonseed".

The carpet also was more challenging than the first room b/c it was tacked down and had a G-R-O-S-S pad that literally was disintigrating underneath the brown carpet. But after we crowbared out the tacking, hauled out the carpet and pulled out the staples, we were left with a beatiful floor in great condition. A little murphy's oil soap and we were in business.

Future pictures of this room can be found by cutting and pasting this link:

This room will house all of my books (thus, I am calling it a "library") and a piano. Now we just have to find the perfect comfy reading chair!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Before and After Volume 1

We successfully finished one of the downstairs bedrooms. Here is a little before and after action, although they do not convey AT ALL the dirtiness of the "before" walls. In case you cannot tell, the pictures with the green carpet, mint green walls and the square light fixture are the "before pictures" and the pictures with the wood floors exposed, "abalone shell" paint, and round light fixture are the "after pictures", although you may notice we still need to buy a new register to replace the rust bucket that exists there now. Future pictures of this bedroom can be viewed by copying and pasting the following link into your browser.

TIP: I highly recommend the TSP-substitute as a cleaner before you paint walls. You can find it at your neighborhood Home Depot.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Check it off the list!

After 1 week of homeownership, Nate & I have successfully trimmed and painted all of the ceilings in our entire house. The ugly old carpeting has served a great purpose in this endeavor in that I am not the neat-est painter. We have also found a use for the 2 tables the former owners left behind - one to hold our paint tray and one to stand on and paint. We're nothing if not resourceful!

The other big accomplishment is that our lawn got mowed. I was very excited to mow the lawn given that we have the coolest lawn mower ever - the "green machine" lawn boy and I wanted to experience push mowing the lawn. Well, let's say that the lawn did get mowed, but my arms and back still hurt! It is my goal to be able to start the thing by myself without Nate's help.

Lawn mowing also provided the opportunity to meet 3 of our neighbors!! We have already gotten invited to our first neighborhood party - the 1st brithday of Reese, our neighbor right behind us. And the fact that they have a cute golden retriever named Jack isn't hurting either :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

In the beginning...

Here is a link to the pictures of the house as we saw it after we got the keys. Pay special attention to the curtains/drapes, carpet and overall "specialness" of the place. We have our work cut out for us!

Cut and paste this link into your browser:

Friday, July 6, 2007

We're Homeowners!

Two months ago we began looking for our first house. Eventually, we found a great Cape Cod style house built in 1964 with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a two-car garage. We placed a bid, got an inspection, were approved for a mortgage and voila! The buying processs is now complete! Today at 4:30 PM CST, we officially became homeowners.

However, our idyllic moment of bliss was quickly replaced by the matter-of-fact realization that we have some improvements to do. This blog will be our attempt to chornicle the "transformation" from our house into our home...after we get back from Home Depot, that is!