I am ready. So ready to transform this house some more. I have a love/hate relationship with our Queen Mum. Sometimes, I am dazzled by her stateliness, endurance and potential, other times I wish she was a brand new modern condo. My dream for this house is somewhere between restoring her to her original grandeur and updating everything with just a wink to her history.
I’ve visited blogs and websites of people who have been in this same 100+ year old Victorian ship that we’re in. I’ve seen some scary befores and inspiring afters, and they make me want to make this house all that it can be – inside and out. HomeBoy and I, for the sake of our savings and sanity, are taking things slowly. Last year, we focused on the LR and DR; not too shabby, if I may say so. Both rooms still need finishing touches, but we’ve made great progress.
This spring and summer, I want to take things to the next level. No, seriously. We’re going to do some work upstairs. The initial and ambitious plan is to finish all the floors, repair a little cracked plaster, customize our bedroom closet and paint and paint and paint. We’ve already been to Home Depot and made some color decisions; it went relatively quickly because I knew what I wanted. Warm colors are downstairs, so we’re doing all cool colors upstairs – calming, soothing blues and greens and gray (for the office).
We’ve learned quite a bit from last year’s projects:
1) Projects should be done in a specific order to minimize unnecessary work. Last year, we had the floors done before we did the painting, and though we were very careful, there were still a few spills to pine over and clean up. This brings me to the next learning...
2) We are not painters. You put on your coveralls and your scarf and it’s all cute for about an hour; then you want to call the crew that HGTV keeps off camera. I will be pricing some interior painters; if the cost is reasonable, I will gladly turn over my brush and roller.
3) There will be times, outside of moving into a new place, where you will have to lift your furniture, and it will suck.
4) And finally (for the moment at least), house renovating is hard work. Take the time and appreciate the process. Sure we worked on weekends then went to work on Monday; sure we came home to a dining room covered in tarp and tape and a bedroom with a dining table and chairs in it; sure taking a full couch up a full flight of stairs will make you feel like every push-up you’ve ever done in life meant nothing. But when the tarp comes up, the furniture goes down and you love what you see – it is all worth it.
image from this cool blog.