Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New House.... Before

OK so I am not going to sugar coat this, if you don't like faux wood panels, animal stained carpets, or self stick floor tiles as a back splash in your kitchen, then you are probably not going to like my before pictures.

Don't get me wrong the new place has LOTS of things I love about it. The old cast iron tub has really cool lines, the yard is a blessing, and the big windows (especially the one right above the kitchen sink) let so much light in. We just can't wait to show everyone what was hidden all this time.

We have done a majority of the demolition work this weekend. Remember when I stated " I can't wait to start painting", well I am over it already. Where is that magic paint elf? I like picking out the colors, seeing the rooms transform, and decorating. Painting would not be so bad if I wasn't a messy painter.

When making a quick stop at the grocery store after painting our master bedroom I was getting looks of horror. I was questioning why everyone was giving me such strange looks. Not wanting to waste anytime I didn't change out of my painting gear, which is a lovely pair of jeans that have ripped knees and my husbands bright blue t-shirt, I thought maybe this was the reason.

 Quickly, through the help of the cars visor mirror, I realized why the stares. My face had freckles made out of white ceiling paint, my neck looked like it was bitten by a paint vampire, and my hair was like Frankenstein's wife. I should just roll myself in paint and then roll myself against a wall .. it would really help save time by skipping a couple of steps.

So If I am not updating my blog as often it's more than likely that I am suffocating myself with paint fumes. These are just a few of the before pictures. I didn't want to overwhelm anyone.

I promise to post more of the yard that the kids keep wanting to play in. The evil weather here (raining everyday since Sunday) is stopping them from playing in the sandbox and is slowing the paint drying process.

Oh and if anyone did find that magic paint elf please send him our way ... I think he was using a GPS that told him to take a right when it meant left.


Linda said...

Can't wait to see what you do with it!!

Victory Garden Yarn said...

Ooooh, I just love before and after time! I can't wait to say, 'I love what you've done with the place!'

Lynda said...

Gosh, if that's the worst you have to offer in your "before" ... :)

As part of our current remodel, we had our carpets taken up to be replaced w/hardwood flooring. The once-white carpet in the master bedroom was a variety of shades of not-white from various types of pet stains, and one spilled Odwalla drink, courtesy of yours truly.

The living room carpet, when taken up, gave off a most sickening odor, the result of being urinated on, over and over, by a cat who's been gone for over 10 years now. None of the *many* products we used on that area got the smell out, plus it soaked through the carpet and pad into the underlying plywood! Yuck yuck yuck!!!

So you're gonna have to go some to come up with something that'll make me not enjoy reading about your exciting project. Write on!

Carol Bender said...

Your words were so funny I almost forgot to look at the pictures. :)
I am a little tall to be an elf but I will help with the painting. I find it therapeutic and God knows I could use all the therapy I can get. Think happy thoughts...think happy thoughts..

hook and needle said...

Your "before" isn't that bad. :) Our first home was really rank. Ugh. We spent three very intense days tearing, tugging, and peeling to make it even livable. I can see the potential in your home. Congrats!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Good luck with your transformation!!
I think you must paint like my husband, he always manages to get more paint on him than on the wall!!
Vivienne x