Monday, November 18, 2013

Chronicles of a Money Pit: Part 2, The List


After almost 8 months in this house, We’re coming to the end of all our remodeling projects. I know that doesn’t sound like a long time, but we never intended to live in a house and remodel it at the same time. We obviously didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into!

Here’s a list of all the things we’ve done to our house (so far. We still have a few small things on our to-do list) --

Look for pictures in Part 3, coming soon!

*If there’s a star before it, that means we did it ourselves, if not, that means we left it to the professionals!

Living Room

*new paint on walls/   fireplace

*whitewashed wood paneled wall

*new paint on the Front door

refinished floor

Downstairs Bathroom

*new paint

*refinished tub

*installed new surround

*repaired ceiling


new floors

new bottom cabinets (the old ones fell apart when the countertops were removed)

new wood countertops (Ryan gets a half star for finishing the countertops)

new sink

knocked back a wall

*bead board and trim

*new paint

*tile backsplash

*installed microwave

*new light fixtures

*new pantry door

we also got a new fridge and dishwasher

Dining Room

removed closet (it used to be a bedroom)

removed door

made a doorway into the kitchen (now it’s a dining room!)

removed yucky paneling

*mudded walls

*painted walls

*watched walls peel

*ripped off paint and mud, and wallpaper

*re-mudded walls


*installed bead board

*installed the revamped chandelier from the kitchen

Master Bedroom

built a wall, with a door (and a lock so mommy can hide and eat chocolate)

installed carpet


*new trim

*converted utility closet to walk-in closet

*installed new light

*fixed new light (it’s still not working)

Hallways and Stairs

new floors (just downstairs)

*new paint

Kid’s Room

*new paint

Kid’s bathroom

removed shower stall (it was groooosssss!)

installed bathtub (it was months and many visits from the plumber before we had a fully functioning bathtub. The downstairs tub was just recently refinished)




*flooded it

removed carpet

*painted laundry room


*Cleaned roof

*insulation in crawl spaces and attics


We also had a lot of electrical work done in the house and garage.

This has been the most stressful, emotional, and often rewarding year! Ryan and I never intended to buy a house that needed this much work, and even now, as we look at this compilation of everything we’ve done, we’re thinking, “Are we idiots"?!” I (sort of) lovingly call this house our money pit because we’ve put so much into it and every step forward sent us another 3 steps back again. We’ve learned a lot and we’re so grateful to everyone who has helped us! Now, we’re going to sit back and enjoy the holidays. No more all night painting sessions!

1 comment:

Liz Wilcken said...

WOW! You guys are amazing. We've done practically nothing since we've moved into our house even though it needs a ton done. I'll take any advice you have on wood paneling and what to do with it. Or if you know an easy way to get wallpaper off of wood paneling would be helpful as well! (I've tried soaking it with little luck.)

PS- Your musical number today was lovely :)