Monday, June 5, 2017

Final house projects - Hallway, Kitchen & Basement

In the last two months, Jason & I worked quite frantically to finish/complete our house in preparation for our renters. It was a ton of work and very slow going at times, but it needed to be done and now thank goodness it is!

Our hallway was the first project: after scraping, sanding, priming & painting the hallway we realized why we hadn't done this sooner -- there are FIVE doorways with trim and four doors in this tiny space!! That's a lot of cutting in and detail work. It looks heaps better, but my goodness it was pretty tedious!

Here it is: pre-purchase, then after our move in ... lots of peeling paint :(

And now ... better we think.

The kitchen was the next challenge ...

Pre-purchase & then when we moved in ... not in terrible shape on move in but definitely needing some love.

Mid-project -- our favorite peeling paint & finding out how gross the ceiling really was.

And ... finished!

Our other major project was the basement. We had cleaned it all and tried to update a small part of it before Mabel was born, but the rest ... well, other stuff just took precedent.

Pretty icky place when we moved in....

And, when we left ...

We'd been really excited to find an old (probably original) concrete laundry/utility sink in the basement, but it didn't have a stand and is incredibly heavy. We wondered if we should just get rid of it. Luckily, Jason realized he'd been given a work table that he could pop the top off of that was a near perfect fit for the sink. Although it's not plumbed, we thought it was cool to have it in the laundry area as a fixture at least.

As Jason and I were looking through before and after pictures and thinking about all the time, energy and expense that went into this house during our already busy season we did find ourselves feeling a tiny tinge of pride at the transformation. We are incredibly thankful to God for our healthy bodies and healthy kids -- and also thankful for His provision of friends, family and finances -- that made this project even the slightest bit possible. We will not miss all the crazy work, but we will miss our sweet home.

“O Lord our God, as for all this abundance … it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.”  – I Chronicles 29:16

From start to finish --

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