Tuesday, June 30, 2009
But yesterday before I left the house and after Scott had left to go back to our apartment I walked room by room. I went in each room turned on every light switch, opened up closet doors, looked inside cabinets, ran my fingers along the new faucets, new mirrors, new drawer and cabinet liners and finally felt a sigh of relief. Not because we're done because we still have a list of things to accomplish before moving day but because we have come so far. Not a single corner has gone untouched in our new home. When we move in I won't be able lay my eyes on any area that we have not improved in some way. It has been so much more work than we anticipated but the reward is greater than I could have imagined. Although our bank account and our free time has suffered there is a finally a light at the end of the tunnel.
I remember when we met the inspector at the house before closing and as he was going through quite a list of things wrong with the house I was sitting on the couch just looking around at everything that needed to be done. When we left I felt like I was drowning. I almost asked Scott if we should just back out. I thought that there was too much work to be done, we didn't have any of the skills to make these repairs much less the money either. But as usual my amazing husband came to the rescue. He has such a positive outlook on everything that comes across his plate and I've tried very hard to get some of that positivity to rub off on me. He told me that he could do almost all of the electrical work, some of the plumbing, and almost any other thing that we needed. He was also willing to put in all the time and effort that we needed without even batting an eye or thinking of complaining. We are such opposite ends of the spectrum in this way. When I get frustrated or get into negative thinking mode he is there to balance me out and calmly talk me off the ledge without getting angry at me when I am snippy with him for no good reason. Maybe whoever said patience was a virtue had a wonderful spouse because patience is one thing that easily slips through my fingers.
Just for giggles here is the what is remaining on our to do list before move in day:
Finish sanding and painting master bathroom cabinets
Replace knobs and hinges in both bathrooms
Replace roman tub faucet and shower hardware in master
Prime and paint new mantel (thanks dad!)
Replace two more light fixtures
Hold back vommit while cleaning out bathroom cabinets and putting in drawer liners (seriously I will take a picture to show you the funk this lady lived with)
Spray for bugs inside and out
Fertilize, water and mow yard
Run dishwasher magic and bolt in dishwasher before it falls on the puppy
Hang up new towel, hand towel, and toilet paper holders in both bathrooms
Install new outlet and switches in spare bedrooms after they are painted
Measure recessed lighting in bathrooms and order new covers
Staple gun up cords from lights we hung under kitchen cabinets
Clean, clean, clean
Pack omg I've barely started
There now I've said it out loud, sort of, so now it has to get done! I can't wait to share our after pictures with you...
Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday night was an absolute blast! It took me a dance or two to get comfortable and really hit my stride but by the third dance I did (which was a duet) I felt like I really did great. I almost didn't do the duet because there is very little choreography and a lot of solo parts which was extremely nerve racking. But, I didn't want to chicken out so I forced myself and it really went great. I can't wait to do it again! The husband recorded the first two dances but unfortunately didn't get the duet or the last dance because the club had become very crowded and people were bumping into him, bummer. I'm the tallest girl with curly-ish brown hair in case you don't know me (even though the video is pretty dark)...without further ado here's the videos!
Ok, I've been trying all week to get the second video to load but no dice, bummer!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I married the most wonderful man on earth...
Our fat cat Meowser
Our sweet puppy Akira
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I love the doors to this wardrobe. With the right cabinet it would be very easy to do. I'm also thinking of getting fabric or lace with color to make a patchwork effect.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here is the entry way and yes, that is cowboy hat wallpaper border and a texas star light fixture. There is also a large Texas star design in the floor that is soon to be covered up a by a strategically placed rug. We were able to rip the wallpaper off but of course there's no texture on the wall underneath. Another thing to add to the list...
This is the biggest treat of them all! A cowboy mural complete with leaves stapled to the wall in the tree and all. Two coats of primer and they hit the trails.
This is the master bedroom with faux leather wallpaper. We gave a good effort to remove it ourselves but no luck. The painters we hired said it's stuck on there so well they will have to float the wall instead of removing it. This means a thick coat of oil and primer then texture then paint. The vaulted ceiling is quite nice though. Since our bedroom is also red I was thinking of doing the walls neutral and the ceiling red maybe. Or a combo of red or red and another color. This is another place where I could use some advice!
And this would be our master bath. It had the most thickest texture treatment in dihareah brown paint I have ever seen. We managed to sand down most of the ridges which is great. This will be painted with new framed mirrors, faucets, knobs, and paint on the cabinets. Should look semi-decent when we're done.
We also have a lot of plans to make this house energy effecient. I'm very excited about this because it a)helps save money on our bills b)will be great for resale and c)the goverment gives you back up to 30% of the cost on your next tax refund. So far we had a radiant barrier installed in the attic. Next we plan to get and energy efficient AC unit and since we need to replace the toilets those will be energy efficient as well, in the near future we will install energy star certified exterior doors too. We also installed solar film on all the windows that recieve direct sunlight and I have to tell you just that made a huge difference. Once we get our first electric bill I will report on how much we are actually saving on our bills. It's a lot of work but we bought this house because something about it gave us a good vibe and it will be even better with all of our personal touches.
So what do you guys think?
Monday, June 15, 2009
The is the bright color story based around the kid's outdoor product. I really like the details in this one. It's the details that make something extra special.This is one that we did from last fall for Linden Street. We wanted this window to have a surreal feeling. This is like a seating vignette outside in a park for example.
This is the other Linden Street Window. I really love this one and it was a lot of work but well worth the effort. We created the outside of a house from scratch out of objects we found around the office believe it or not. Sadly, I don't think the pictures can do this one justice. Here's another look "inside" the home.
We have several more opportunities to design the windows this year and I can't wait. I wish this were my permanent job! What do you guys think of them?