Sunday, November 30, 2008

House renovations

As if hanging out with extended family (and I love them. I don't mean to be too sarcastic) is not stressful enough, we decided to revamp our house. It all started with this door and floor:
Which then lead to painting, because we* had to replace a piece of drywall that had rotted by the hole in the floor, so if we're going to paint, why not get new carpet? Yes, why not? And if we're getting new carpet, why not fix the entryway in the basement as well? And then why not. . . Okay. Stop. We had to stop.
*Mike did most of the work. I added helpful tips like, "That looks great." and "Shouldn't you be doing your homework?"
Mike did tons of work on this floor, including laying a new subfloor, hanging the door (with help from our good neighbor, Kyle), and putting in some new drywall.
Mike is brilliant! Look at this new flooring:
Old entry.New entry. I love it! He did such a good job.

Now, here's the old carpet and paint (We* didn't lay the carpet ourselves. We just prepped for it.) This picture doesn't really display the grossness that was our carpet, so here's another picture:As you can see my house is always clean. Always.

Our painted walls. I thought about leaving that blue tape up, just for contrast, but decided against it. Hannah was so pleased when there was no carpet. She ran around (we kept her from the precipice where no railing was), yelling, "House! House!"


Now the finished product! I love it! I've already tested the stain resistance of my new carpet by kicking a can of paint onto it. You'll be happy to know that it works great. (And that the paint matches the carpet very very well. After I kicked it over, I couldn't see where to clean up the spot, but the dark spots that kept coming up on my rag told me where it was.)
We began decorating for Christmas, but lost interest half way through. We'll do that for FHE tomorrow. Now all I need is a new couch. (And a new filing cabinet, and to finish painting the kitchen, and a new smaller computer chair, and a new end table, and some decorations for the walls, and a large family picture, and yeah, well. I just need to sit back and enjoy the fact that I have a house to live in.)

12 comments:

Mike said...

Steph, you forget to mention that you did almost all of the painting and prep work (even with little girls clinging to your legs!) We both worked hard to get it all done. That was a fun project, especially when the girls were asleep and we could work together in peace and quiet. Except for the loud vacuuming and hammering.

ROBYN -N- KEVIN said...

Personally, my favorite part of your renovations was the "paper door" and Mike's face showing through a crack. Glad to see your "green door" finally dried.

kristi lou said...

Steph! It looks great! Nice Job! We may be getting some new carpet in the future too--any advice?

Hollie said...

I made a list of things to do to our house back in 1999. We just finished that list over the weekend. Brent was very disappointed to know that another list has already surfaced which includes redoing some of the things from the first list. And after reading your post I've added new carpet to the list. Thanks for the inspiration.

Trevor and Liz Covington said...

steph and mike and everyone.. i am shocked and impressed with your amibition and thankful to live in a crappy apt that i can put off doing anything to since i don't own it!! everything looks great though.. must have felt pretty good to get it all done!!! Good luck with the decorating.. i like to move at the rate of a crippled snail w/that kind of stuff... guess it just doesn't get me excited!!

Dustin and Alisha said...

The anticipation of another post is killing me, I might just sit in front of my computer all day long and refresh the page of your blog. I love you house, it looks awesome, and I'm glad that I got to see it in person. It makes me wish I had a house to do something with. Instead I'll just put up my nativity and call it good. :)

Emily and Kyle said...

Love it! Looks like the hard work payed off. good job!

Matt and Cris P. said...

It looks awesome guys. I can't wait to see it.

Melanie J said...

One of the things that I am thankful for this year is that we finished all of our remodeling LAST year!

Cynthia said...

He's so handy! That one is a keeper. The before and after of the entryway looks amazing.

Lisa Kearl said...

Wow, your house looks great. You and Mike did a great job. You make me want to paint my own house.

Corrine said...

wow what projects! looks awesome, and I bet it just feels great.