So, as some of you may remember, we tried to sell our house last spring. Turns out, it was a blessing that we did not. Once we found out we were expecting twins, we questioned how long we would stay in this house. Though we aren’t exactly sure how long, we knew financially, it’s the best option for us right now. It houses us perfectly. It will welcome two babies perfectly. We determined, unless something random came up, we would be here a few more years.
As part of our nesting process, these are a few things we are doing to make our house more livable, compatible and sellable…..when that time comes again.
Luckily, my dad and Brent can/have handled most of these projects. There are only about two they cannot.
Feast your eyes on a little bit of unattractiveness that currently resides in our home.
First off, I love our kitchen sink & window. I like that I can put things up in it it. However, the scalloping trim, I’m not as much of a fan of. There is nothing wrong with it. It just kind of dates the house. Easy to cut out and stain the wood. Sorry the lighting isn’t great in this picture. Yes, I may have pinned up a pillow case behind the curtain to keep some of the sun & heat out this summer. Other solutions??
I briefly posted about this. We have a nice, large island in our kitchen. It even has electricity in it. However, the underneath cabinets were deep and dark. Our pots, pans, etc., were hard to keep organized. Brent and my dad installed these drawers in the middle cabinets and they are SO much better!!! I think we may do another cabinet for tupperware..something else I’m not a fan of.
Now, we have this beautiful fixture, if you will, in our kitchen. I can’t think of any other lighting I hate more than fluorescent. ICK. Not only do we have this lovely, crooked fixture in the kitchen, but one of the sockets doesn’t work at all. So, only three lights. My biggest complaint, besides it’s beauty, is pictures. It makes the color in all my pictures look funky and un-natural. We are putting in some can lighting in the kitchen next to this and in the living room. They will inexpensively solve that lighting issues. When it’s evening, I can’t get good pictures inside because there isn’t enough light. This way, I’ll be all ready when the babies come 🙂
This next one, is actually our biggest one. NEW tile. When our house was listed, most people did comment on the appearance of the tile. We questioned replacing it last summer so the house would sell. We think now, this will definitely help when we get ready to move. When you think tile, you may think oh bathroom and stuff. Well, about 80% of our house is covered in tile. Not only is it tile, it’s white tile. It shows EVERYTHING. Not only is it white, the grout wasn’t done right and a polyurethane sealer was put down. It turned yellow and partially peeled up. The people who lived here before us used a certain type of ingredient in their meals quite a bit, which also caused grout coloring issues. Needless to say, this tile has never been compatible with us. It’s very slick with no texture and always looks dirty. It really drives me bonkers and makes be paranoid people are going to slip on a piece of ice, like our nephew does .You can’t really tell form the picture, but it is very white and the grout does actually look yellow in person, well the 70% that hasn’t ‘peeled’ up in strips : /
Our guest bathroom sink wasn’t this bad when we were trying to sell, but it’s need replaced for a while. A sink is like $35 and my dad can install. Bye bye rusty spot. Yes, we already tried the ugly paint stuff.
The nursery only had one rod. Last night, Brent and my dad added a second. The kids may have a few clothes to go on it right now 😉
We had been storing our towels, blankets and sheets in the laundry room. Well, it wasn’t the best idea because they were just on shelves, not in cabinets. I feel like the lent and stuff would get on them. My dad added four of these shelves in Brent’s closet. Problem solved.
We are actually starting the tile August 1st. Say a prayer, haha. No, actually, they aren’t taking our old tile out! Just laying it on top! We have a wonderful friend who owns a renovation company. He helped us so much last year at Brent’s grandmother’s house, so you may remember me talking about him then. We are so thankful for his knowledge and helpfulness! He does lots of jobs without tearing out old tile. He said we just wouldn’t recover our costs and it would be MUCH less of a hassle on us, the house, etc.
I’m sure we will have more projects. It’s just too darn hot for the deck to get attention this summer, but maybe a little TLC this fall so the kids can play on it in the spring. I think a rug may solve some issues for a while, but some boards need to be replaced and we will do a sealer.