a whirlwind!

In a few recent posts, I’ve eluded to the fact that I’ve had a lot going on and got a bit behind on blogging. Finally, I’m here to share some photos of and details of the crazy exciting things going on. In addition to being quite pregnant with baby girl #2, we bought a house and moved! But on top of that, we did some renovations before we moved because let’s be honest, they probably wouldn’t get done quickly with a newborn and toddler.

Our original plan was to spread moving out over a longer period of time and do more of the projects ourselves with the help of family, but circumstances were such that we wanted to get into the new house soon. We worked with a great local contractor who helped get everything done to our timeline, and had a great team of subcontractors who all did great work.

Here’s a list of updates that happened, mostly before we moved in:

  • Wood floor installed on main floor, merged with existing wood floor.
  • Kitchen:
    • Countertops replaced (from laminate to white quartz)
    • 22 year old appliances (originals) replaced
    • Cabinets repaired and painted (to Behr Hue & Cry)
    • Backsplash replaced
    • Lighting updated (from crazy old stained glass to recessed lights, and from flourescent lights to LED tape lights)
    • Ceiling cracks repaired and painted
    • Hardware replaced
    • Kitchen walls painted (by yours truly)
  • Fireplace tile replaced
  • Fence installed (by husband A)
  • Deck repaired (by husband A and father-in-law)
  • Extreme yard cleanup (helped greatly by my parents)
  • Smart thermostats installed (by yours truly)

As you can see from the list, many of the projects focused on the kitchen, since the kitchen had many original (1992) elements. Of course another big chunk of work went into updating all the floors, so that the main floor (~1400 sq. ft) is all matching stained white oak. This turned out lovely. Because I like documenting with photos, see below for some highlights!

house (1)Closing day, A enjoying the short-lived carpet.

house (2)Kitchen, before. I’m sure the stained glass lighting was popular at some point, right?

house (3)Works in progress: floor, kitchen.

house (4)Floor in progress.

house (6)house (5)Kitchen, almost there: Walls painted a very light blue/grey after this, and under cabinet lighting installed.

In hindsight, I don’t recommend to try to move at ~35 weeks pregnant, however, we received a lot of help from friends & family which made it much smoother. But now that we are here, and somewhat caught up on the important to dos, we are excited to be “settled” for the holidays and to welcome baby #2!

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