Category: Our DIY Home

6 Years at Home

Six years ago we closed on our house! I can still close my eyes and see our house exactly as it was on that day.

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Since we purchased a foreclosure, there were some issues that arose that delayed our closing for a few months and, at the time, it felt like ages! Then we drove from our closing right to the house and walked into the house and found that a huge chunk of the hallway ceiling had suddenly crumbled onto the floor from a leaking pipe. This house was a messy adventure from the very start.

But today I’m not going to talk about the mess or the chaos or projects. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about this house.

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An Overall House Update

I can hardly believe we have been in the house for five and a half years! We’ve finally reached a good (ahem, healthy) place with our project load.

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While our to-do list is still about seven pages long (Yes, really. We wrote one out.) for the first time we have been able to really step away from projects. We knew with the arrival of our daughter last fall that the amount of time for projects was about to take a significant cut, so we tried to get as much as we could finished last summer.

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DIY Bathroom Updates and How to Build Your Own Bathroom Mirrors

If we know how to do anything, it’s draw out a renovation.

Design Lively Bathroom Renovation

We started our bathroom reno about 6 months ago, and are almost crossing the finish line! The bathroom has been 80% done since early summer, and since then we’ve slowly added the last finishing pieces.

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Three Renovation Years Later: Downstairs Before and After

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It’s CRAZY that we’ve been working on this house for over three years now! It only seems like yesterday that we got the keys to the house – and immediately tore out the built-in bench in the old sunroom, and starting ripping down the wallpaper in the dining room. Every few months, when certain projects get too overwhelming to even think about, I look back at the photos I took when we first bought the house and I realize just how much we’ve gotten done.

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Our (Messy) Bathroom Renovation – Part 2

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I last left off talking about gutting our bathroom, having new walls built, with rough plumbing and rough electrical, new door frames and window boxes, and the promise of progress. I am happy to say that, eight weeks after the initial gutting, we have a shower again!!!!! Not one of those exclamation points is excessive. Two months with no shower is too long!

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