Sunday, June 22, 2014


So I haven't posted any updates lately, but we never stopped working. So I am now going to post a huge post with most of the updates we have done so far.


 This is my brother in law tearing out the workshop that the previous owner had built. This is only some of the wood that was on the wall. There is barnwood paneling on the back wall above the wood shelves.
 He was about one hundred times faster and stronger than me, so I just took pictures and let him do the tear out.
 After he had torn it all out, we discovered a fireplace! This room is what we will be using as the master bedroom in out new rental apartment.

 More of Travis' family came to help! My brothers framed in a new wall and changed the door from the left to the right so that we could use the room in front of the master for the kitchen.

 We then hung drywall.

 And the smartest thing we did and the only thing that we hired out on this house was the mud and tapping. Thank goodness for that! We also had the guy cover the ceiling tiles that were up before. Travis wired above the fireplace for a future TV. He also installed new wiring for switches and outlets.


I wish I had a better picture. This is after we painted, hung moldings, did a bit of wood work over the fireplace and got new carpet. Quite a change!

 This room was also used as the previous owner's workshop. The two rooms are connected by this large opening.
 My brother's slid all of the utility closet things over to one side of the room and then framed in a new wall. Consequently we gained another room!
 Sorry this picture is sideways. This is after all of the wood was cleaned out and it had been drywalled, mud and taped. The little door leads to a cold storage room and also to all of the plumbing for the hot tub that sadly used to be there and we wish was still there.
 I couldn't get a good picture of this room, but it's a weird angle. Anyway this is after.
This is a picture with the two rooms together. Very different.

So I let Cameron paint before I painted his room. This isn't a great before and I wish I had taken more pics. but this is it.

 We are growing to love the couple more and more that we bought the house from. We never got to know them as they both had passed on, but we love all the little and big things that they did to their home. We wanted to have a little bit of them still in the house as we feel like it's truly their home and we just lucked out big time in getting to live here. We decided to use some of the barnwood from his workshop to make Cameron a headboard. I cut the wood and stained it a bit and then Cameron put it together and put the finishing coat on it. It turned out so cute. We also used some for shutters for the outside of the house.

This room is very basic, it will be decorated later, but it feels great to have rooms mostly completed.
 More of Cameron's room. This is one of the elements that we love that the previous owner added. The desk area and shelves. We only had to add paint and make a new lamp shade.

Again this isn't a great picture, but is all I got for some reason. Those are toll painted birds around the room at the top. Meg was sad to see them go. I promised her that we would incorporate birds into her room somehow.

My brother Jeff after a text from me and came and put up trim with me. I painted all of the walls grey and then did a metallic stencil in pewter over the top. The stencil was a huge amount of work, but so worth it. I kept the wall around the window white and that's where we did the picture frame moldings.

AFTER: I have to say that her room is my favorite room so far. It turned out so cute. We made the bird pictures above her bed and I made the curtains. We also painted the little night stand. I need to get bedding eventually, but for now we love it.
 My sister gave us the dresser. She bought it from D.I. and painted it and added knobs. I love this room, because most of it is homemade and done very inexpensively. For all of the wood and paint I think we paid under $75. The rug I had bought years ago and never got to use. My favorite feature is the darling door. It was already here and we love it!!

 This is what our room looked like after we removed the mauve carpet. It had half original wood in it and then plywood on the other half since it was an addition. We decided to add wood on the top as it was way easier. This room I am very proud of because I did 80% of it. It felt awesome to do it myself. so here is the Before.
 I made a headboard because I have always wanted one. It cost $70 and was super easy. Only took a couple hours.
 We went with super complicated on the wood design for this room. It turned out awesome, but took me about 12 hours just to caulk and paint it. I had already painted it blue on top. I was very hesitant with blue, but am thrilled with the results. Travis' loves blue so it was his idea and I'm so glad I listened!
 I even made my kids paint!
 Here is what the squares look like once they are caulked and painted. I cut the wood and put them up. It looks harder than it is. Luckily they are all the same cut so it's pretty basic. Travis had to do around the outlets though and he did a great job!
 AFTER: I still need to decorate and make pillows and things, but I am thrilled to be done with the painting and woodwork. My niece and nephews were awesome-they came and helped me lay the wood floor.
 This room is huge, so it's kind of fun to have a place for me to write as well. The chair I got from D.I for 20 bucks and I will eventually cover it. The pear I painted so I could have art work. The desk was free as was the dresser. The picture on top is one of two from my mission in Italy. I think I am most proud of this room because most of it is homemade or very cheap and redone. There is something awesome and satisfying about doing it yourself! Our favorite feature about this room is that it leads out to it's own private deck! I feel like I am sleeping in a cabana each night. So fun.
 Closer look at the squares.
 Desk area.

So that is it for now. I thought getting a lot done would help me to relax, but it's only made me want to keep going!!