Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Home Sweet Home

My darling hubby and I are in for a lot of work. We are finally getting to do some of the house renovations that have sat on our minds for the last 2 years. In an effort to hold myself motivated and accountable, I’m going to try posting before and after photos and updates.

Chase and I have a list of everything we want to get done, and it’s sorted by room, priority, and price. WE’RE SERIOUS, PEOPLE! We have to keep up with it so we don’t end up spending too much at one time. We’re not updating the house just because we want to, it really needs it. Our house was built in 1970. When we bought it, it was decorated as if it had been built in…well, I don’t know. It was just bad. I need to get the pictures off of my mother-in-law’s camera. It was absolutely hideous, in every sense of the word.

To describe it in 10 words: Green carpet, mirrors, mirrors, green carpet, wood, green carpet, mirrors.

Luckily since it was a foreclosure, we made a little deal with the bank and ended up getting about $1,600 to make it livable. Boy did we ever stretch that money! It definitely helped that we had family and friends helping us out tremendously. HUGE thanks to all of them! Sadly I really don’t know who all else helped. I was busy planning the wedding and the house was Chase’s problem. In the beginning, it was our project, but he was going to be doing all the work while I planned the wedding.

Poor thing, he quickly learned to start making all the decisions without me. I believe some of my statements were: “I don’t care what doors you get!! I’m planning a wedding and when I’m done, all I know is I’d better not see one SPECK of green carpet!” Or better yet, “That is NOT the paint color I asked for! Are you color-blind?! Should we schedule you an eye appointment? Sandstone Cove & Seaside Sand are COMPLETELY different! You’re ruining my life!”

Honey, if you’re reading this, I’m really sorry. I was on drugs.

Anyways, hopefully I’ll get some pictures posted this week of the before and after as it is now.

And if you’ve actually managed to read this all the way through, good for you! As a prize you’re invited to come help me paint the exterior of the house when we get to it!

I pay in food.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Don't say I didn't warn you...

Disclaimer: After looking at these photos, you will not hold these things against me. You will not judge me or my housekeeping abilities based on what you see. None of that "You should see her house, it's always a mess" whispering that you KNOW people know what I'm talking about. Please remember, that this is only temporary and will be fixed this weekend, Lord willing.

Ok, I'll quit being stupid and just post the pics.

Oh, and just in case you're wondering why my kitchen chairs are in my living room, I was painting a big panel, and I was using the kitchen to do it. Unfortunately I didn't finish before I started feeling bad, so my 2 day project turned into a 1 day project that sat on my kitchen table for a week. That also explains why the TV tray has served as our temporary kitchen table all week.

And I still don't care. :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Not to complain, but I think I’ve discovered the most miserable thing to have happened to Chase & I since we’ve been married.

We both got sick at the same time.

Oh-my-goodness-gracious. Never again will I let this happen.

Surprisingly we haven’t gotten on each other’s nerves with our constant “I don’t feeeeeeel good,” (because you know those extra ee's make it sound so much more believable) or “Honey, can you get me more medicine while you’re up?” Chase didn’t even get mad on Monday when I got home at 4:30, slept on the couch until 8:30, and went back to bed at 10. But that’s probably because he got home at 6 and went to our bedroom and slept until 8:45 when I had to force him to wake up.

That is so not like him.

We are gradually on the mend, but fortunately, we didn’t get the worst of it.

Unfortunately, my house did.

Last Thursday you could have come over to my house and would have probably been amazed at how clean it was.

If you were to come to our house tonight, I’m not sure you would even be able to walk through the living room. I took pictures last night of the living room and the kitchen and the absolute disorder it has come to be in because you wouldn’t believe me if I told you (of course I left my camera at home though). Here’s a couple of examples:

I walked into the living room yesterday and tripped over the trashcan. The big trashcan that goes in the kitchen. In the middle of my living room floor.

I also went to make Chase a peanut butter sandwich. That should take like 5 seconds, but when you have to retrieve the bread from the TV tray in the living room that’s been out all week, and the peanut butter jar has somehow hidden itself in one of the blankets on the couch, it takes a little longer than usual.

It’s a disaster.

And you know what?

I don’t even care.