Last week we began talking about the beginning stages of our home renovation and today we would like to continue that conversation by telling you how our second week of turning our house into our home went! As with any continuing project (and making a home is definitely a continuing project) there were a few similarities between last week and this week, such as the help we had from good friends and family, the fun we had while working on each room with them and paint… lots and lots of paint! lol
3/7/15 – Day 8: We got a lot done thanks to the super duper helpers we had! Our MomPom, Gram and sister Carrieli came over and helped us paint the staircase hallway, the vaulted ceiling in our bedroom, tape the upstairs hall bathroom, guest bedroom and strip tape from the rooms where the paint had dried. They also brought us some very thoughtful and beautiful house warming gifts and our first home cooked meal in our newer house, a delicious pot of crockpot Chili, one of Matt’s favorites, and Tiger Cake for desert! Even though we didn’t have a table or chairs yet we still had the best time sitting in our breakfast nook with them having our first family dinner together.
We also finished buying the rest of our appliances and set up the delivery dates for the following week! Since the house was a foreclosure it didn’t come with any appliances which some might say was an inconvenience but we believe on putting a positive spin on all situations and seeing the good in all things. So to us it was a blessing because we got to go buy all new appliances and pick out exactly what we wanted, and since we had been saving for four years and saved a good amount by buying a foreclosure we had the money to do so. Therefore we weren’t worried about financing it! It’s amazing how God pulls everything together, even down to using the amount that we had faithfully put away for such a time as this.
3/8/15 – Day 9: Blair’s Mom, sister Paige and Paige’s boyfriend Ben came over to help us strip wallpaper upstairs in our bathroom and in the 2nd guest bedroom we also started taping our bedroom and prepping it for paint.
3/9/15 – Day 10: We both had the day off from work so we got up early, grabbed some Chick-A-Fil for breakfast and went over to our house to paint our bedroom and bathroom. Purple is our least favorite color! Therefore we were SO excited to finally get rid of the purple walls in our bedroom!! No offense to those who love the color but just repainting the walls a more down to earthy tone made it feel much more like the haven we call our bedroom and less like a strangers. We also had our dryer and gas stove delivered!
3/10/15 – Day 11: Our washer, dishwasher, and refrigerator were delivered! A little side note, if anyone is looking for new appliances you should definitely check out The Sears Outlet! Not only do they sell all the newest styles but at a fraction of the cost! They also deliver and install up to 5 items for one flat fee!
Matt also installed our dishwasher and fixed a leak under the sink so we didn’t have to call a plumber! Call him Mr. Fix it!
We also brought the doggies over and spent the first night in our house on an air mattress since we now had appliances!
3/11/15 – Day 12: Aunt B came in town and helped us move most of our boxes from the house we were renting in Covington to our house in Florence so that we would only have furniture to move on Saturday. It was a big help having her there and also a lot of fun! We always love spending time with her as well as Uncle Doug and our cousins Emily, Ciara and Savannah, and can’t wait to have them come and stay with us this summer and see all that we’ve been up to in the house!!
3/12/15 – Day 13: Since it was a foreclosure the previous owners decided to take their light fixure’s with them, just like their appliances lol. So Matt installed the lights in our bathroom and the upstairs hall bathroom! Again, some people would see this as another downer but we had fun getting to pick out the fixtures we wanted so they would match what we are planning on doing in each bathroom!
3/13/15 – Day 14: We knew the next day we would have a full day of work ahead of us and we would need to wake up at 6:00 am in order to get the Uhaul by 7:00am for our moving day. So after we both got off work we decided to make it an early night and just move the remainder of the boxes from the Covington house since the next day was moving day!
Well there you have it folks! That’s what the second week of our home renovation entailed. Stay tuned to hear all about the fun we had on moving day with the best moving team of friends and family south of the Mason Dixon-Line!
Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair