This little corner of our kitchen has been through a lot the past 7 months. To be honest, it is hard to remember how far this space (and the house as a whole) has come since we live here every day, but seeing these pictures side-by-side makes me feel really proud. We poured our blood, sweat, and tears (literally..I’m not even exaggerating.) into this kitchen and I think we are both really happy with the results so far.

This is the original real estate listing photo :


And this is from after we moved in:


We decided to take out the paneling so that we could flip the boards over and whitewash them. In the process of doing that, we realized we had to rip out the floor, as well. This is that stage of the project:



After we took out the floor and white washed and re-installed the paneling, we prepped for tile (and then covered the hardi-board with paper for our housewarming party (picture below):



Then, we deglossed, sanded, and primed the old baseboards and chair rail and re-installed it. We also replaced all of the trim surrounding the doors and windows so that it all matched. The room originally had four different styles/sizes of trim. Oh, and we added another tiny tiny detail-270 sq. feet of tile on the floor.


All of this time, the baseboard heater covers were tucked away in a distant corner in our garage. We lightly sanded the rust off, spray primed, and spray painted the covers over one really nice weekend at the end of January (when we painted the door yellow), thinking we’d install them the next day. The next day, we realized we didn’t have all of the parts painted. So, then we waited…and waited…and waited for another warm winter day. Meanwhile, we painted our hallway, installed our pantry shelves, painted the dining room, etc.


Finally this past weekend, we got a warm enough day to spray paint the rest of the pieces, and we got everything installed! We also moved our former pantry shelf in to the kitchen and hung a piece of artwork to tie in our cheery yellow door.




!!!!!!!!!!! That’s all I can really say right now about that. I do want to find a small table and some chairs to put in here and the shelf may not last forever in this spot or may get painted or may get moved due to a table coming in, but it works for us right.this.second. and it will stay until it doesn’t. ¬†But really, PROGRESS! ūüôā YAY!

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Also, I just want to say Thank YOU to everyone who reads along with us on this journey. I went to Mason Homecoming a few weeks ago and was completely blown away by everyone’s support of our little bloggity corner of the internet. (See what I did there? CORNER.) Ya’ll are the bomb and we love ya. ūüôā

50 Shades of Filth

We are the second owners of this home, meaning the previous owners lived in it for 56 years. You can tell they loved it by the custom built shelving, the homemade curtains, meticulous paint jobs, etc. They took great care of the house and we will do the same. (My hypothesis is that they got numerous offers from investors, but never accepted them so that a sweet couple like us would buy it and love it as much as they did..hah)

The previous owners actually moved out last fall, so the house has been accumulating dust for almost a year. Combine that with the foot traffic from showings and family members moving their stuff out and you get 50 Shades of Filth.

Last night,¬†my mom and I¬†went to the house with¬†the goal of cleaning the entire main floor from top to bottom. After tackling the inside of the kitchen cabinets, I realized that was definitely going to be an impossible feat. Holy moly, ya’ was gross. I will spare you the details and pictures, but let’s just say¬†we went through two¬†jumbo rolls of paper towels cleaning the cabinets and drawers. Yuck. After putting several hours of¬†hard, sweaty¬†work into the house (did I mention we need to replace the AC unit?), I am getting even more excited for this house. Even just cleaning it up made it feel closer to being OURS. It gives me hope that all of our hard work will be worth it when we are living in a home that we can completely make our own.

Tonight I’m heading back to complete the rest of the main floor. The upstairs is going to remain dirty since without the AC it is too hot and we won’t be putting any of our stuff up there. We don’t have enough furniture anyway!