Okay, my friends, here is what our house looked like the day we moved in...a little run-down and overgrown, but nothing too scary. The house needs powerwashing and the shutters need painting, and I have already trimmed the shrubs, but the real fun comes when you take a look at what is lurking inside....
Isn't it gorgeous? Even though I have to admit that it has been kinda fun taking hammers and pry bars to these walls, it has been a HUGE undertaking to re-do our very dated and stinky-cabinetry kitchen. Much more work, and MUCH more money is required than we thought when we bought the place. Considering that a contractor was going to charge us over $5000 to rip out and replace the sheetrock where it needed to be in preparation for the new cabinets (not the cabinets or installation, just to get it READY for install!), it's worth the effort.
Every time we open up a wall, we encounter wiring that isn't to code (see above) or unexpected plumbing in the way, or black mold issues. Nice.
Makes you want to just jump right in and make a 7 course meal with a chocolate souffle for dessert, doesn't it?
We had a scare with some of the studs we were planning on ripping out - we thought they were load-bearing but it turns out the weight of the house is really on another stud. Sure hope those contractors we consulted are right about that! :-)
We are doing the demo and sheetrocking by ourselves to save money (most of our available funds were used as a downpayment to buy the place), and since homes in this immediate area cost an arm and 2 legs despite their age and condition, we don't have much available to us for this remodel.
But wait - there's more!
Because we're suckers for adventure, we're also redoing all the bathrooms in the house! This is the kid's bathroom, and while the tub/shower area was able to be rescued with some heavy scrubbing and recaulking, the vanity area was not so lucky. Here you can see where I ripped out an old, rusty vanity mirror shelf thing, and since this photo was taken we have ripped out the vanity area. Note the mold at the edge of the counter and the veneer peeling off the cabinet door. Sparkling clean and attractive, no? When the vanity was removed, we discovered more black mold all along the walls behind the cabinetry. I've got to cut out the moldy sheetrock, replace it, patch everything up (I'm going to get very good at taping and patching sheetrock from these projects, I can tell) and then it will be ready for the new vanity.
I'm excited to show you the new vanity, it's actually a dresser that I painted and cut a hole in the top for the sink to fit into. The drawers have been cut down in the appropriate places to allow for the sink basin and plumbing, so it's nearly ready to be installed. But first we have to finish that kitchen.
It's too expensive to eat out the whole time, but we broke down and ordered pizza yesterday, and with the leftovers I didn't have to figure out what (or how) to cook for 2 days! Yippee skippy! I know that in a few months, when everything is finished and sparkly clean, it will all feel worth it, but I have to admit right now we're feeling a little overwhelmed. Thank goodness school starts in a week, at least then the kids will have a fun time at school and I'll only have Hazel at home and I can hopefully get a little more done during the day. Har har, who am I kidding? This is Hazel we're talking about! :-)
Anyway, now you know why I've been a little, um, distracted as of late - hopefully things will come together soon and I'll have some positive results to show you. There's no turning back now! Wish us luck, I have a sneaky suspicion we're going to need it.