April 2 - June 17, 2011 What were we doing? Working on the house!
We knew when we decided to move in to Aunt Karen's 1890's house (that was remodeled by my Grandpa in the 70's and my family lived there in the early 90's) that there were some things that we would want to change first. Namely removing the wallpaper and painting over the pink! But after going over to the house many times our "fix it list" grew longer and longer. I had no idea how much work (and money) would go into this house! 30 trips to Lowe's and Home Depot later we had most of what we needed.... just to paint the inside of the house!
Originally we were just going to paint some walls and replace the kitchen carpet with tile. That is where Klint's amazing sister, Teri, came in. Teri actually saw the house in its true "before" state. We thought she was just going to lay tile for us, but it didn't stop there. She was with us from the very beginning almost everyday helping us, teaching us, and working so hard making the house look good. Not only did she tile our kitchen, but also the bathroom and two entryways. She taught us the correct and professional way to paint. She mudded imperfect areas on the walls and textured ALL the ceilings in the house. She even suprised us with installing crown molding in 4 of the rooms! That Teri is amazing! Teri knows her stuff when it comes to remodeling. And if a problem came up (like mold under the carpet, lineoleum, and under the sink) she'd take care of it. She always knew what to do. She helped cut a crawl space access that Klint ventured down into yuck! Not only did Teri know how to do everything she had all the tools to do it too. If we didn't have Teri there is no way we would have known or been able to do a quarter of what we did to the house. Now where I say originally we were just going to paint some walls and tile the kitchen - really that was it. We were actually going to leave the blue kitchen cupboards (or "Alice in Wonderland" "Candyland" "Easter Basket" as different people called the house). But the more we got into the more Teri kept offering her services to do something else. So we eventually got down to painting the blue cupboards white which was the bain of Klint's (and everyone's) existence for literally weeks! I have failed to mention that we also had another helper, our friend Kimbo, who also was there with us slaving away. We gave him all the "S%*#" jobs as we called them, like painting inside the closet, cupboards, and striping the paint off all the blue cupboard doors & drawers. Thanks Kimbo! We were so incredibly blessed to have the help and friendship. Now these kitchen cupboards were painted not only on the outside blue but the entire inside of the cupboards were blue too. A blue that you couldn't just paint over so every door and every drawer had to be un-installed and taken outside to be stripped. Both with paint stripper as well as sanders. I'm getting anxious just thinking about it!
Klint was sure gung-ho about fixing up the house though. He kept telling me more and more things he wanted to do and I kept saying that it didn't need to be done or that it could wait, but he thought otherwise! The house looks so so good and it's fun to see the changes turning this old home and making it modern inside. Did I mention that I LOVE our new tile?
So our days consisted of me going to my work (and Klint to school until he finished up the semester) then going over to work on the house. Nothing else - my other full time job was the house! I was constantly tired and my back was screaming at me. (In the middle of it, on May 7th, we moved out of our basement apartment and into the house that was not yet finished!) This house kicked my butt, and so I was SO happy to be done! During it all Klint said to me, "You know what will be nice?... When we're sitting in our new living room watching a Redbox movie." Movies? Relaxing? I don't remember what that felt like. So on June 17th Klint, Teri, Kimbo, and I went out to Tepanyaki Japanese restaurant to celebrate being finished, then came back to the house and watched "The Money Pit!" and actually relaxed! And the next week we went to Havasupai - which was definitely a celebration and much needed vacation!
Thank you so so so much to those of you that helped out (Mom, Larry, Cara, Paul, Scott), but especially to Teri and Kim. We are very blessed.
This is an excerpt from my Aunt Karen's 2011 Christmas letter about us and the house:
"Mary and Klint now reside in my adobe abode. They spent 2-3 months draining out all the gorgeous colors I had so delicately chosen, painting over them with boring white and ultra boring beige, replacing some carpeting with tiles – though it is striking. At least there is a remnant of its former colorful self with the beautiful sea color carpet. Broke my heart to see the changes as I had wallpapered and painted my little cottage to perfection. Sigh. They have installed a wood stove and gas BBQ as well so I am not sure they ever intend leaving. Fine with me – only 9 blocks away and I love them dearly. They did a spectacular job with the heartbreaking changes which nearly makes it forgivable. Yes…I did give permission."
I made a book of the remodel process HERE, but these are just some of the hundreds of pictures I took over the course of the remodel:
|Carpet in the kitchen had to go! And goodbye blue! This room was the most drastic change.|
|I love my tile (it looks like travertine) Teri laid it as well as installed new tile counters - my favorite room!|
|After we put the knobs on, our stuff out, & Klint installed under-counter lighting.|
|Bright peach paint everywhere (you can't tell the brightness from the photo)|
|Again, the tile I love! A bright clean bathroom|
|The ceiling was painted pink as well as the trim, and the walls were completely wallpapered including a border|
|Living Room wasn't much of a change we just made it simpler without all the pastels and made it open|
|Another view of living room. Added tile at front entry|
|No before picture here, but walls were a coral with wallpaper border. Klint wanted it to look like a hotel room : )|
Pictures during the process:
|Kimbo doing one of many S%*@! jobs! Painting inside the closet|
|Teri is AMAZING!!!! Look at that girl!|
|Teri demo-ing the countertops & window sill - Kimbo tackling electrical outlets|
|Kimbo stripping paint, Teri cutting tile. Notice the stove & fridge |
outside?! Yeah, we didn't have a kitchen for over a month!
|The crawl space access Teri created and Klint had to venture down in yuck!|
|Dining Room during the process - we highly endorse FROG TAPE!|
|Klint turned our clothesline into a cupboard door spraying & drying station!|
|Klint spraying one of their many coats in the dark. Thanks to C-Bass' light|
|The blue & peach cupboard doors & drawers before|
|Our side porch full of cupboard doors & drawers after paint!|
|Enjoying ourselves in Havasupai after we finished the remodel!|
|Kimbo, Klint, me & Teri and our friends at Havasupai the week after we finished|
|Kimbo & Klint at Mooney Falls|
Looking at all these pictures again brings back all the memories of working on the house yikes! That was a LOT of work! I cannot believe Teri & Kim helped us do all that they are crazy! : )
Stay tuned for my next house post: "Project 2012: Fixing up the Exterior of the House & Yard!!!"