Moving On Up

23 Dec

As I showed y’all here, I own a little 800-square-foot condo. I love that place and I’ve loved making it my own. It was my first home, and I purchased it myself, which I’m supremely proud of. But, it’s time to move on. My condo is on the market, and I’m moving into my fiancé’s house. This is it a few months ago:

It’s a three-bedroom, one-bath home that he’s owned for about 21/2 years—I actually toured it (and many others) with him when he was looking for a place—and we’ve steadily been working on it ever since. It’s definitely a work-in-progress and there’s tons more we want to do to it. Here are the big things we’ve accomplished so far:

• Had a new roof, new hot water heater, and new AC unit installed.

• New gutters were just installed. (The picture above doesn’t show this latest addition.)

• Removed two different kinds of terribly ugly wallpaper from the kitchen walls and painted it.

• Painted every room in the house, including all of the trim and the bathroom twice (our first color choice wasn’t the best).

• Painted the bathroom vanity.

• Ripped out the white plastic collapsible closet doors that were used in every bedroom.

• Added crown molding to the master bedroom and guest bedroom.

• Replaced all the plastic miniblinds with 1-inch wood blinds—we just installed the last one a couple weeks ago.

• Straightened the brick liners in the front flower beds.

• Powerwashed the front sidewalk, which made a HUGE difference.

• Cut down the dead tree in the backyard and planted a vegetable garden, which we’ve had for the past two years.

Aside from the big things like the new roof, AC unit, hot water heater, and gutters, we’ve done all the work ourselves, which has saved a lot of money and also been fun (most of the time). I’ll show y’all the interior in a series of posts, including before shots (except the bathroom and the office—I forgot to take some of those rooms) and the in-process shots because no room is “done.” And I’ll of course provide updates as we make progress and this little home of ours evolves.

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