Monday, June 3, 2013

Living in Chaos

You know the little saying "home wasn't built in a day"?  I say that to myself a lot.  I love our little home. A LOT.  But there is also a lot of work that needs to be done here. 

Currently, our living room is at a standstill because my allergies have gone completely haywire and we can't sand down the skimcoat that Matt and our friend Daryl put up without putting me into a full out allergy attack.

Our kitchen has mauve countertops, knotty pine cabinets, and three different wall colors (and one wall actually stripped down to studs). 
You never got to see this beaut yet did you?  This was before we actually moved, but it is more or less the same now...just slightly cleaner :)
The bathroom? More mauve countertops, vinyl sticky tile floors, and one coat of primer only on the walls and ceiling. 

And yet?  I don't think I have ever felt more "at home" than I do right now.  I won't pretend that seeing unfinished projects everywhere I look doesn't grate on my nerves - IT DOES, but I also have the privilege to get to DO those projects in the first place. 

When we first moved in, we were given a piece of advice from someone who had renovated their home while they lived in it (with little boys to boot!), and that was to have at least ONE mostly finished room that you can retreat to when you are overwhelmed.  For us - that meant doing our bedroom first.  
(Okay, technically we did the boys room first, but you know what I mean right?). Sure, it isn't perfect, we would like to replace the acoustic tiles on the ceiling one day, but for now a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. It is great to be able to go in there at the end of the day, lay down, and feel comfortable in a room that we love.

I have also found that it helps me to sprinkle high impact projects in there with the less glamorous but totally necessary stuff.  For example, the skim coat - it doesn't look impressive, but it HAS to be done.  On the other hand, the mudroom? 
Painting the floor did not HAVE to be done, but it made SUCH a huge difference and made us really feel like we were making progress. Plus it gives us a boost every time we come through the door.

I've found that it is really just about my attitude.  If I remember how far we have come (there used to be carpet in the bathroom!), I find myself feeling grateful for this chance to make our house into our home.  On the other hand - if I start grousing about the time it takes to get anything "done" I find myself getting very snippy with both Matt and the boys, and yeah...that's not fun for anyone. 

Have you ever lived in a house while renovating it?  Do you have any sage advice to share?  I love to hear it!

10 comments:

  1. It's funny.. at times I actually enjoy living in the dust and the dirt during a renovation. I tend to thrive in that environment. I feel like I get stagnant when I'm not working. Tough to think about it like that sometimes though.

    That painted floor and the bedroom look amazing, btw.

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    1. Thanks John! I don't mind the mayhem, but the dust! I can't take it! Haha

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  2. Oh no! I hope you get your allergies under control! And mauve counter tops? What were people thinking back then?

    Your bedroom and mud room are looking great! Can't wait to see more!!

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    1. Thanks Jess! The mauve is a running theme...mauve counters, mauve wallpaper, mauve vent covers...I may not like the look - but they certainly were true to their "theme"!

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  3. I hope you get to feeling better soon! And I totally wish we had done most of our bedroom when we first moved in. Now that it's slowly becoming more and more "ours" I feel so much more relaxed in there!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! I figure stuff has to stop blooming eventually! Right? Oh I hope so.

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  4. You're making such great progress! I love what you have done so far and you have a great attitude!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I love being able to work on our home!

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  5. well we moved into our house before the floors were in... before the sink was in the vanity in the bathrooms too! brushing our teeth in the shower, and might i add no kitchen either! just a fridge in the garage. it was roughing it that is for sure, but we slowly made progress....even with all the stress! and i know how you feel about those allergies. yuck.

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    1. Wow! That is rough! We will be redoing the bathroom (hopefully this year!) and I am wondering what we will do with no working bathroom and two little boys. It's going to be interesting!

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