Monday, January 9, 2012

even I'm sick of house projects

After a full 18months of painting, tearing out, updating and demolishing, we are in the final push to finish our long list of hopes for this house.  A while back Todd was pretty done{mentally}working on this house and was just motivated to get it over with.  I, on the the other hand{someone who loves house projects} as just warming up.  Needless to say, we were looking at each other like "what the heck".  Much to my husbands happiness, I now feel like I've "had it up the here" with the house.  It hit me somewhere between adding up what we had spent this year{thanks American Express for your detailed pie charts and graphs...not really} and Pat arriving on Sunday morning to start work. 

  This is an interesting place for me to be.  I've never been done with a house before.  We have always moved before I either got to finish or enjoy what we had planned for that particular house{4 houses and 1 rental in 8 years}.  I've never been emotionally or mentally done with a house, and now it looks like I have finally gotten there.  I mean, it was Holden who said all we ever did was go to Lowe's.   If I we aren't doing that then what ARE we{I} going to do?  Hmmm...I think it might be time to enjoy our hard work and have some fun *outside* of the house. 

So here is the last of it.  The three projects that stand between us and freedom from our to do list...

 A beadboard ceiling in the sun room.  The previous owners just painted the plywood.  Beadboard is a cheap finish and still keeps with the porch feel. 

This is the laundry room at the moment.  Wow, that's some green paint. I promise it looks a little less muppet in person.  We had the walls, ceiling and tile put in earlier this year{or last I guess} and the washer and dryer have been stacked since we purchased them. Todd{who doesn't happen to do laundry} was adamant about stacking.  I argued for unstacking.  To me, vertical space in the laundry room is not as useful as horizontal.  Am I right or am I right!?  Any whooo, I found a picture of what I wanted, Pat whipped it up, and the machines will be side by side{victory for the chick who washes the clothes}.

You can't tell from this angle but the machines will sit down in this table about an inch.  I'm painting it black to look something like this.

Since I have black paint I'm moving into the upstairs master bath and painting the vanity.  I have struggled with this space.  It's really just an ugly little bathroom.

This mirror is by far the very worst part of this room.  Hello 1960s!  I would like to rip it out, Todd loves it.  I'm not kidding, he says it makes him feel like a dad to have all his stuff hidden away in the mirror, or is it the silver aluminum that makes him feel all fatherly.  What ever it is, it's staying and I'm painting it{oh yes I am}.  I'm changing the nobs, and adding molding.  If it looks like anything when I'm done it will be a miracle. 

So, that's it{I think}.  I have promised my husband to be done after that.  Maybe scrapbooking IS in my future after all.  I mean, what am I going to do with all my extra time.

*A side note:  Asher is indeed getting his tonsils out{this Friday}.  Please keep him in your prayers.  I know it's a pretty straight forward surgery, but I'm worried none the less.  Recovery is a week or two.  Looks like I will have plenty of time to paint between administering pain medicines.


Becca said...

I know exactly how it feels to be "done" with a house :)! And, I know how it feels to be "done" and still not be done...I feel your pain!

It all looks great...your plans I mean! Can't wait to see the laundry finished. That, and the mirror :).

I will say prayers for sweet little Asher...for sure. Heck, I was nervous when Eden got tubes for heaven's sake! He will be fine...AUntie Bec says so!


Jenny said...

We've lived in our house for almost 8 years and we are not done. But we've also been in a holding pattern of "we might move so we won't do that now" and it is driving me crazy. I hope if/when we do move I can get all my house projects done as quickly as you have. Wow. You guys rock! I kind of like the retro mirror, you can definitely make it work, kind of modern/contemporary. Todd has been so good about all your projects, he can have his mirror, right? ;)

I will definitely keep your sweet boy in my prayers I wish I could bring him some Graeters, do they still let kids eat ice cream after they have their tonsils out? I was a bad patient when I had mine out, I crawled out of the crib they had me in and I ate my mom's potato chips. I got in big trouble. Hey, don't leave chips around me unattended! Even as a five year old, I had my vices.

Kristin said...

The house looks great! We just spent last weekend ripping out our medicine chest mirror. It was a headache you probably don't want to deal with.

Aiden had his tonsils and adenoids out right before he turned three. The most exciting thing that happened was when he ripped his IV out after surgery. The surgery only took 20 minutes. His breath was awful for about 10 days but that was the worst of it. Even when you know that all will be fine a mama is going to worry.

Claire said...

Hi-Found you over at Nester's 2012 party and I'm your newest follower-can't wait to see what 2012 brings to all of us-stop over for a visit! Claire