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Because Sometimes Food And Fluffy Pups Are More Important Than Progress.

So okay.

You might be wondering why you haven’t gotten an update from me about our home renovation situation since we initially launched our assault on the wallpaper and mint green carpet back in December.


Seems like decades ago.

Sure, I may have casually mentioned that we were experiencing some unforeseen issues with refinishing the hardwood floors and that we’ve already torn a bit into our kitchen in that post about my mom’s holiday balls, and maybe you’ve seen the occasional photo on my Instagram feed or Facebook page that makes it look like progress is actually happening…

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(Don’t worry, he was supposed to go on the diagonal for that first sweep and then went with the grain after that.)

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Here I am. Thinking about doing some actual work.

But the majority of the feed has looked more like this:

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And the truth is, Justin really only officially moved into this house this past Friday.

Which means that I’ve been spending a lot of time having full-on conversations with the dogs.

And that Justin has been spending 8 hours commuting here from North Carolina almost every weekend.

Which means that most weekends have looked less like this:

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And more like this:

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Which also means that for over two months, this place has spent week to week in various states of disrepair — from the flooring he decided to pull out in the dining room but didn’t have time to replace, to the cabinets we started to remove so we could check out what was happening behind the soffits.


And that’s not to say that I wasn’t doing anything while he was away. On the contrary, I’ve now officially pulled down part of the wallpaper in three different rooms before I gave myself a potential asbestos scare and haven’t touched it since. In an attempt to get rid of more of the mint, I primed our master bedroom and put one coat of paint on the trim before getting discouraged at the fact that it needs another coat. The majority of my home renovation-related time, however, has been spent planning our kitchen remodel and meeting with various tradesmen about the electrical, plumbing, and flooring work we might need done in our kitchen and laundry room. All of which I promise to cover in another post. Eventually.


P.S. Rearranging existing cabinetry is much, much harder than starting from scratch.

The thing is, now that Justin lives here officially, I’m remembering how different — and not exactly conducive to project completion — both of our work ethics are.

When it comes to renovation (and really nothing else), I am a planner. I try to plan every material, socket, finish, and fallacy of a project before we even begin. See, I dislike the work so much the first time around, that I want to avoid do-overs at all costs. Even if that means I have to plan and plan forever without actually ever starting anything.


“But they’re all so different!”

Justin, on the other hand, is a diver-inner. He’ll jump headfirst into that deep end, life vest be damned, and not think about the fact that he could probably save time — and, more importantly, money — if he’d just do a little research first.


“The store didn’t have unfinished hardwoods, so I just got the finished boards. Never mind the fact that I’ll have to sand the entire floor again.”

Eventually we both get so discouraged with the lack of progress that we decide to sit down and start a new series on Netflix to clear our heads, and then, six hours later, it’s time for bed.

We do have a tentative plan, however.

Our appliances are scheduled for delivery at the end of the month. And Justin has a huge test coming up in two weeks that he needs to study for without distraction. Which means we will have approximately one week near the end of February in which to prep our kitchen for some major changes. I still have two weeks left to plan, and Justin has two weeks left to not plan. After that, irreversible things will begin to happen. Scary things. Destructive things. Money spending things.

I’m going to lock in the contractors so we can’t back out.

Say goodbye to this relic, m’dears…


Her days are officially numbered.


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Don’t forget that I get the hardware. Say it with me, Dee gets the hardware. I’ll even fly down to help you out w/the project so that I can stash them in my carry-on to bring back. See what a pal I am???


I hate to break it to you, but I’m seriously considering keeping it. It’s screwed directly into the middle beadboard divot on each cabinet, so it would be nearly impossible to unnoticeably fill the holes. I’m going to have to do my best to make them look charming. A lot of cabinets are coming down, though, and I may be convinced to send you the hardware off of those if I don’t use them on the drawers. ;)


Um buy new ones?? And by new I mean salvaged because retail is for losers.


Buy new ones to hang right in the center of the doors? I’m afraid ring pulls are the only thing that make sense (wait — do they make sense??) right in the middle. Go big or go home.


What does the back of the door look like? There’s no rule the fronts have to stay the fronts…meanwhile I’ll research alternatives.


The backs look like the backs. They have a lip and it wouldn’t be worth the work. I’m positive there will be extra hardware I can send you. We’re taking down a bunch of wall cabinets, including the ones over the peninsula which have hardware on BOTH sides, and I highly doubt I would put the rings on the drawers. That would be overkill for something that’s already pushing the limits. I kind of like their quirkiness though, and will likely keep them on the cabinets we keep. I’m guessing we’ll have at least 10 left that we won’t need — possibly more. :)


I Googled “Cabinet Ring Pulls” and was amazed by how many cool options there are out there. Some are actually very pretty. I just don’t know if I would be able to open a door with one though. I see them on drawers – which is why I want them! :)


The doors open very easily. :)


i just moved apartments and i can barely bring myself to unpack, so I can only imagine how much dread-overcoming and energy it must take to renovate a house. My living room-dining room area is a maze of boxes and furniture, and it might stay that way for awhile. i figure hey, its my apartment, i can live how i want to, right? until i start crying because i can’t find the box with all my socks in it.


The only thing that keeps us motivated is knowing that the sooner we “finish,” the sooner we can relax and enjoy it — A lesson we learned the hard way at the last place!

And yes, you can absolutely live like that, but do you *want* to?? ;) Might be time to crack open a bottle of wine and just get ‘er done!


Great pictures . Sounds like alot of work still ahead but at least you can just supervise with a glass of wine for comfort when the contractors get there. Are you getting used to your new community?


Unfortunately, the contractors are mostly going to be doing electrical work and hooking up the gas line. We’re also considering hiring someone to do the floors for the kitchen. Other than that, the re-arranging and painting of the cabinets will fall on us. Oh, and I still have to figure out what to do for the counters. Ugh.

Definitely getting used to it! We haven’t had much nice weather since I’ve been here, so it’s been hard to meet many people. But I love that we’re much closer to a lot of conveniences than we used to be. Overall, I think we’ll like it here!

Colleen Brynn

Ha, the dog fart face is still a classic.
Wishing you all the best on the upcoming renos! Can’t wait to see the final product. I’m certain it’s going to be a beautiful space.


Thank you!! I don’t know… it’s taking me months just to paint my bedroom, so don’t hold your breath. ;)

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