Seven weeks into the adventure know as Home Ownership and Evan and I still feel like strangers in a foreign land. We can't get the AC right at night, we don't have the proper coverings on the windows, and we haven't had internet or cable since we moved in. Our half-started, not-started and shouldn't-have-started projects are growing and most nights I walk aimlessly around the house thinking about what needs to be done, but unable to actually accomplish anything due to lack of tools, funds and energy.
We knew we wanted to repaint most of the house- inside and out. We chose to do the inside ourselves and hire a company for the exterior. I chose colors and we eagerly taped off bathrooms, hallways and bedrooms in preparation of painting. Weeks later, we have barely finished 1/2 the house... a few rooms have color swatches I tested sporadically throughout, others still have tape, now starting to droop, on the walls.
The company we hired for the outside hasn't been any better! "It'll only take 4 days," has turned into 23 days and only half the house isn't quite.
In our living room there is this awesome fireplace and Evan and I knew we wanted to replace the mantel over it and remove the crown molding in the room. So we got to it and pried the heavy, wooden mantel off the wall. A few high-fives later we were left looking at each other wondering what to do with the slab of wood laying on our floor and empty wall where our hypothetical new mantel will go when we have the money to buy it. Not letting that stop us, we started removing the crown molding to open up the room. Little did we know the wall to the outside would literally open up! The trim came off easily on the first three walls, but on the final one, Evan pulled it back and was looking at a 2 inch gap to the outdoors! We hammered that back in and decided it was a project for another day.
We need a new living room set, guest room furniture, patio seating, blinds for the windows, of course the mantel, and you know what I get instead? A dining room table and chairs. Literally the one thing we agreed to wait on in order to invest in the important rooms.
It's going to look great, though!!
We knew it would be a work in progress for the first year (cough, or more), and we knew we'd make mistakes along the way. It's been so much fun having a partner to laugh with as we fumble through each project, dance with in the rooms with no furniture, wake up with 5 times a night because we're too hot or too cold, and dream about the future with. I wouldn't change a thing.