Well we have officially been working on renovating our first home together for exactly 12 days as of today! Crazy to think that a week and a half has went by since we first officially close on our house! We have been so busy with different DIY and home renovation projects that it feels like it has just flown right by! When we closed nearly two weeks ago there was at least a foot of snow on the ground and now the birds are out singing, children are outside playing and the grass is starting to green as we have been working each day, little by little, to turn our house into our home.
I know this isn’t the path that most people take these days but something we said we always wanted to do together was renovate an older home. To us it has always sounded fun to take something that was a little worn down, out dated and in need of some extra attention and give it that time, energy and love to make it into a place of beauty and peace to call our families home. We are both pretty patient people who enjoy getting our hands dirty. We get a lot of accomplishment out of looking at a finished project that we did and saying “Yea! I made/built/rehabbed that!” So when we thought about what we wanted for our first home we knew we wanted a place that we could give a little extra tender loving care to because anything worth having is worth working for. In retrospect some of the houses we looked at would have been a little too much for us. I guess you could say that we would have bitten off more then we could chew with them. But our house is just the right amount of fixer upper for us! It has great bones and there is nothing majorly wrong with it It just needed a little extra love and attention to bring it up to date.
So that’s what we’ve been up to! The first week
2/28/15 – Day 1: Our framily Lorilee and Wayne Baker came over to help us clean our house from top to bottom because we didn’t want to start this project off on a dirty foot, but a clean one so to speak lol. God blessed us hugely with their time, talents and generosity! Lorilee owns are very successful cleaning business so when we needed advice on how to get our house in spick and span, squeaky clean shape, as well as how to keep it that way, we knew she was the lady to call.
They spent their entire Saturday with us teaching us the tricks of the trade and allowing us to sit at their feet, so to speak, and soak up their wisdom and advice on everything from cleaning, to home ownership, to marriage and family.
We’re still a young married couple, and honestly we don’t really think it matters how old you are, having people like The Bakers in our life that we respect and admire and can learn from is one of the biggest blessings. It’s so much better, and smarter, to enlist the advice of those you trust to give you good solid truth then to try and go it alone when you haven’t got a clue. We’ve heard it explained this way: You should be a Barnabas, pursue a Paul and train a Timothy, and that is what The Bakers have been to us, they have been one of our “Paul’s”.
Titus 2:2-8 “Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives. But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.”
Wayne also helped Matt install all new locks to the exterior doors and the best part is they all work with one key so we don’t have to have a different key for each door!!
3/1/15/ – Day 2: Our house was nice and clean from top to bottom, so we decided to ask our friend Ashley to come over and see our house as well as to take some first home/before photos for us to have as keepsakes of this time in our life and remember our house by before we got started changing it. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was suppose to rain and snow some more but God heard our prayers and held off the weather. There was still snow on the ground which we thought was awesome because it showed what the time of year was like when we first bought our house. Afterwards we all went out to lunch so we could chat and catch up.
Here’s a little preview of that great day! More to come on that later though!
Then we got busy with our very first project, taking down the wallpaper!!!!!
Can we just say we never want to take down wallpaper again! Even though we had a blast together taking it down by making up a name for it (we called it “Wallpaper Palooza”), making up games to see who could get the biggest strip (which if anyone is curious Blair ended up winning that contest with a piece that was just as tall as she was!!) it was still as pretty time consuming task and as this point will be happy to never see another piece of wallpaper again. lol
3/2/15 – Day 3: After the wallpaper was taken down it was time to start painting! We spent the day filling and sanding holes in the walls on the first floor and taping and painting the kitchen and living room.
3/3/15 – Day 4: On the fourth day we continued the painting party by taping and painting our dining room.
3/4/15 – Day 5: On the fifth day we were blessed enough to have Blair’s mom come over on her day off work and help us tape the downstairs and upstairs hallway, the downstairs bathroom, the formal family room, the laundry room, the hallway between the laundry room and kitchen and the entryway as well as help us paint the bathroom and formal family room.
3/5/15 – Day 6: One of our really close friends (or another framily member as well like to call them) Matt Rauch came over to help Matt paint the laundry room and the hallway between the laundry room and kitchen as well as helped him get the garage door working and put in some struts to give it better support so it wouldn’t bow when it goes to open and close.
3/6/15 – Day 7: We ended on an easier note by painting the entryway and downstairs/upstairs hallway.
We have had such a great time literally filling our home with love as we have worked on it together as well as with family and friends through out the first week of our home renovation. The amount of love, support and encouragement that we have been given from those who are nearest and dearest to us during this exciting time has been amazing. All we can say is we are so blessed to have each of you in our lives and have felt overwhelmed with love. The greatest blessing by far that God has given us throughout this entire adventure has without a doubt been each of you!!!
Feel free to drop your email in the side bar to watch our little family grow and hear more about our journey of turning our house into our home as we will continue to talk about our 2nd week of renovations in the next few days!
Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair