Remodeling

We’ve officially been in our new house for a year! What a rollercoaster of a year it’s been.

When we moved in last year, I did the bare minimum–I unpacked and decorated and we’ve been making it our house…but we didn’t do anything major. After spending so much time remodeling our old house to sell it, sell our house, buy this house, move…I was just burned out. And I did not want any more projects!

But…with the pandemic…we suddenly had time. So we started some projects that were on our list for “eventually.” The first was Logan’s room.

Our house is a 1920’s bungalow. Originally the house was a small, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house. But the original owners remodeled the attic to create a second story which is where the master bedroom suite is, plus another bedroom and a bonus area. Since it’s the “Attic” the ceilings are a little funky. Logan’s room is small with slanted ceilings. It’s ok for now. When he’s older and 6 feet tall, it won’t be his bedroom. 😉

I didn’t take official “before” photos. But I have some before photos as we began prepping the room last weekend. Logan helped me take everything out of his room.

I did taping, prepping and primer on the walls. The walls were a very dark brown and then a light beige. The ceilings were cream colored. It was all very blah and dated.

I painted the ceiling white ceiling paint. It looks so much better!

Then I painted part of the closet a bright green and the rest blue. It looks SO nice! We love the colors!

I also got new dinosaur drapes and some dinosaur art to redecorate.

And the dinosaur decals he already had on his walls, are back up!

Logan loves it. I love it. I love the colors. The room looks much better. It’s brighter, lighter, happier, looks like a boy’s happy room instead of just drab brown. It’s so nice. I am super happy with it. The blue is “Honest Blue” and the green is “Heartland Frosty.” Definitely recommend both!

So the next big projects: paint the office and paint the master. The master bedroom is HUGE and it’s a very light brown/tan/beige. Kinda boring. The problem is that the room is humongous AND Michael and I cannot agree on a color. So we are waiting on that one. The issue with the office is that the colors are ATROCIOUS (think baby poop brown) and unfortunately the previous owner not only PAINTED THE ORIGINAL FLOORS (what were they thinking) so we have to fix the floors, but they never removed any of the previous layers of paint. So we have a lot of paint removal to do before we can do that room. Plus, the office has the original windows:

I got some product that is supposed to remove up to 15 layers of paint…we will see…but we may end up having to hire professionals. I’d like to keep the original windows. But they aren’t in great shape.

Getting Settled

We are slowly getting settled in the new house. I am grateful that we had some help. My mom came down for the weekend to help with Logan so Michael and I could work on the old house and I could unpack during breaks and then help clean the old house to put it on the market.

For a few months I’ve been painting and doing a ton of stuff to the house (last minute touches) but there were things we couldn’t do until everything was moved out. So this weekend was a herculean effort of home remodeling and cleaning to get it camera ready to sell. Michael’s mom came over and the three of us literally spent ALL DAY Saturday and Sunday cleaning and painting and remodeling. It was back breaking and hard work. It was hot and tiring. We were all tired and cranky and overworked and over it! But it looks great and will be ready for pictures and ready to sell.

Friday night some friends came over to see the new place. We had dinner on the back patio. It was nice outside and much cooler out there than inside! Our new place does not have AC yet. (Yes we were spoiled in our last house!!!)

As you can see, I am not currently doing keto because for the last few weeks it’s kinda been “eat whatever I can whenever I can”. We were trying to eat the stuff in our pantry/fridge/freezer to have less to move and that meant eating carbs. I can tell I’ve gained some weight. Pants feelin’ a bit tight right now! But as soon as we’re settled I will be back on the keto plan and get back on track.

I am so grateful for Michael’s mom’s help! She did a TON of cleaning. And I am so grateful my mom helped all weekend with Logan. There is NO WAY we could have finished our old house if I hadn’t had help with my little guy. But the downside was that Logan was having a little bit of a hard time. Lots of changes, new room, new house, different routine, fighting bedtimes. By Sunday afternoon he was in full meltdown mode, didn’t want dinner, and put himself to bed after his bath and conked out immediately (that never happens!!) poor little guy. 🙁 I know he’ll adjust soon and it will be ok.

I am super ready to be done with all of this!