6.30.2009

REALITY check

As much as I like to live in la la land, it is time I share with you the actual present state of our house. It will be painful and horrifying, but it is time to reveal the truth.

The view from the front door.

The living room.

The gutted and very sad bathroom.

The kitchen. At least I think it is under there somewhere...
Yes, that is my antique pink couch upside down on top of our other couch. Don't ask. When I ask my dad to help, I just have to close my eyes, grit my teeth, let go of my control, and say "thank you" with a smile.

The view into the guest room/craft room and the hard-working husband.

So how did our house turn into a pile of craziness, you wonder? Well, the story goes that we were going to start our remodel with just opening up the living room (check!) so all of the living room furniture and decor was moved into the guest room and kitchen. But then we decided "hey- why not do the bathroom at the same time", so all of our bathroom pretties were also moved into the kitchen and we moved out of the dust-filled house and into my parents' guest room (where we currently reside). The living room was finished and painted (see the blue walls?) and my dad gutted the bathroom. Somewhere in there, hubs decided to do the guest room (which is almost done... *fingers crossed*), so everything that was in the guest room moved back into the living room. It's been a whole bunch of ridiculous shuffling. 

What I learned:
No matter how short you think the remodel is going to be, box up the items from that room and store and cover the furniture in a safe place.

What we did wrong:
Shuffling without packing ANYTHING. Our belongings are now a scramble throughout the house and if you asked me to find something, I would not even know where to start looking (thank you, husband and father and father-in-law and bros-in-law for your moving muscles). Pretty much everything is covered in dust because men don't always think of covering things. And the outlook for putting the house back together is bleak. Everything will need to be completely reorganized and dusted. Organizing= something I love. Dusting= something I loathe.

The remodel status
The living room is done including lighting and painting. The bathroom has turned into more of a problem than expected and is at a standstill. The guest room is sheet-rocked and the built-in cabinet was finished today. The walk-in closet, the kitchen, and the master bedroom haven't been touched. We may move back in once the front of the house is finished and close the back of the house off from the front while it is worked on. We shall see. I am no longer making any promises that have anything to do with the state of our little crooked house.

5 comments:

Amy said...

Wow - that doesn't look like fun...hopefully it starts to move quickly and one day you can look back on this and laugh?

Erin said...

Yikes! I love the blue. It'll come together. :)

Amy T Schubert said...

yea ... um.... good luck!?

I've actually heard that you should always do your bedroom first so you have an island of tranquility and someplace to escape to when the rest of your house is a wreck.

so maybe you shouldn't move back in until that part's done...

Kristen said...

It's moving along, though! And just think of how nice it will be once you get to move back in and decorate and set everything back up...

Hubby said...

Maybe remodeling gnomes will finish it for us. Wouldn't that be nice?

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