Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Are you ever really "done" with a house?  I'm not sure and since I tend to forever fuss and fluff and change my mind I would probably have said no BUT it seems that we are nearly done with our home.  This week is bringing the completion of two projects that threatened to go on for eternity.  The rest of the cabinetry will be installed in the kitchen and we had our flaking and scratched tub replaced.  All of the big projects we seriously considered have been done.  We are in the process of finishing up the quarter round trim and painting the doors.  We are updating our son's room and decorating the guest bedroom so it will now serve as a nursery for the new baby.  That brings us to....   well, done.

Since we moved in about 2 1/2 years ago we:

1.  removed old carpet and refinished wood floors throughout
2.  painted every room
3.  re-tiled bathroom, replaced toilet, sink and vanity, reglazed tub and tile and ultimately replaced tub
4.  painted kitchen cabinets, replaced counters, replaced all kitchen appliances, added dishwasher, added backsplash and added additional kitchen cabinetry
5.  painted and carpeted the finished basement area
6.  painted screened porch floor
7.  re-sided a portion of the front of the house
8.  updated landscaping in front and back yards
9. replaced light fixtures throughout the house

I think that might be it?  Not too shabby for the amount of time we have spent here.  I see us here for another year or two but when we move will depend on lots of factors and I'm trying my best not to get too attached to a particular time frame since we don't know what the future will bring. So perhaps we'll have a year that is free of projects before we move on and begin again. 

I don't think I'm capable of not doing some little changes here or there.  Painting furniture, adding different decor elements... I don't really count that in my assessment of "done"  I'm only counting the big projects and changes and I have to say I'm happy to be done with them for a while.  We had discussed adding a second bath in the basement but we don't think it would add enough value to our home for the amount of money and work it would take. 

It is probably best to save some of our money and energy for our next home because I have no doubt it will require work and updates and since it is our hope that the next home is one we can stay in for a while there will undoubtedly be many things to change over time. 

It feels nice to make peace and decide we are done with big changes here.  I think my husband doubts that I'll be able to control myself and not suggest some other update but my need for change can easily be contented with little decor switches and I'm truthfully happy to just enjoy our little home for a while. 

Here are some of the photos from the original listing of the house

When I look back and see where we started from and then all it took to get to this

and then this

and now when I look up from the computer I see this

That makes me pretty happy.

And instead of looking at this when I go in the kitchen to cook

I can instead look at this

and instead of visiting this lovely loo

I can step into this room instead

Not bad.  Not bad at all. 


  1. I agree with you that a house is never "done" but bravo for crossing all the big projects off your list! I suppose when we finally get to that point I'll be itching to move as well. I love your bathroom and can't wait to gut ours as well before we hit the 2.5 year mark.

  2. You have done an amazing job!! It's so. much. work. We have pretty much the same list as you but haven't started on the basement yet (I'm tired just thinking about it). I hope to be where you are in another year!

  3. Definitely not bad!! Your home is beautiful; you guys have done an amazing job!!

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog tonight, Theresa! Just started looking at yours and stopped dead at the photo of your couch with the chevron pillows and floraly one in the middle...I saw a remnant of that center fabric a few months ago, walked out of the store, went back a few days later and it was gone. It's been my white whale ever since. Do you know the maker or pattern name? I was a fool not to snap it up when I saw it!

    1. I don't know the name of the fabric. I actually just ran downstairs to check my stash, I have a few pieces left. I got it at a discount home fabric store a few years ago. What were you envisioning doing with it? I could offer you the pieces I do have left. There isn't much but enough for a pillow or two.

    2. You are too sweet! If you really are just going to stick the scraps in a drawer I'd love them! I was hoping to make a couple lumbar pillows for my dining room. If you are SURE you don't want to hold onto them yourself, e-mail me at and we can coordinate :)


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