Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dining Room ~ Putting Up The Walls

Goodness, it has been a very long winter! We are sooooo ready for spring. And as soon as spring is here, we will start working outside. Our plan is to work as much as we are able outside during spring, summer, and fall, as the weather allows. And, work on the inside of our home in the fall, winter, and spring when the weather is not so great. Our goal has been to make our home livable and then later get to the fun stuff. So, this means that many of the projects we started in our home will not be fully completed until later. Today, we are sharing our dining room. Although we, usually, eat together in our sunroom which is off our family room, we have already used our dining room for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthday parties. I love having a formal dining room!

This is how our dining room looked
on the day we purchased our new home.

Chris got to work drywalling and mudding.

Then, Brice helped sand.

Chris primed the walls and ceiling.

Chris and I puttied the windows.

And then, we started painting the windows.

And here's a tip. Chris built 2 T's out of 2x4's
to help hold the drywall up against the ceiling.

Or, you can use it as a balance beam to 
entertain the little ones.....

Here's a sneak peek of our dining room.

And just in case you missed it, you can see how
our dining room looked for Hailey's birthday in our posts:
(Hailey's Birthday Strawberry Shortcake Part 2
Hailey's Birthday Strawberry Shortcake Part 3)

We still need to replace the floor and lighting,
add crown molding, baseboards, and wainscoting.
So, it will be a while before we show
our dining room reveal.
But, for now, it's done.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Brice's Room: The Cleanup

Welcome to Maintenance Monday! Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to read, comment, and follow our blog. We, truly, appreciate all of you! Today we are sharing Brice's room. As you know, we purchased a foreclosure (it sat empty for a few years) and we have spent most of our time trying to make our new home livable. So, our focus has been on what we and our home need. Many hours and hard work have been spent on cleanup. If you are new to our blog, you may like to read: Our New Home ~ The Downstairs BeforeOur New Home ~ The Upstairs Before and Our New Home ~ The Outside Before. So far, we have: cleaned up the outside, scrubbed the inside, made the bathrooms functional, repaired the front stairway, added what we needed so we could hook up our stove/oven, washer and dryer, new water heater, gutted the kitchen, added a half-wall, had a new furnace, central air, and all new duct work put in, and so many other projects that are way too many to list. With the exception of the furnace, central air and duct work, we did and do all of the work ourselves.

This was Brice's room when we purchased our home.

We pulled up the carpet.

And, under the carpet we found this.

We cleaned up the dirt.

Then, I scrubbed EVERYTHING in Brice's room.

We still need to drywall, paint,
replace the windows,
decide what to do about the floor,
(it's painted wood)
add a rug, and a few other items.
But he is able to use his room.
So, for now, his room is done.

And, here's a sneak peek of the decor for Brice's room.

Currently, we are working on our kitchen.
Hopefully, we can get to the fun stuff
(decorating/landscaping) soon!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Repairing The Stairway

Welcome back to Maintenance Monday! We have been so busy that it has been difficult to keep up with our blog posts. But, busy is good. We are getting lots done! One of the first things we needed to repair when we moved in to our new home was the front stairway. It was blocked off for safety. We have two stairways; however, the back stairway leads to our master bedroom. So, to avoid all the nonstop traffic through our bedroom, we needed to repair the front stairway.

If you are new to our blog,
you may like to check out our house tour  
when we purchased our home.

This is how our stairway looked when we purchased our house.

The posts were missing and 2X4's were used
to block the top and bottom of the stairs.
They say, "Danger" and "Do Not Enter".

As I mentioned before, the house was a foreclosure
and was empty for a few years.
Someone set a 2x4 under the railing, drove
a nail/screw through, and split the railing.

This is the entryway closet underneath
the stairs. It opens in the playroom/office.

The stairs and rail were already
painted and need to be redone.
After we drywall the foyer,
I will sand and repaint.
Someday, I would like to strip off
the paint and stain the stairway.

What do you think, paint or stain?

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