Friday, April 1, 2011

The Upstairs Before!

Can I call these 'Before' pictures if there are no 'After' pictures? Technically, these are actually 'Right Now' pictures.

There it is! Our cutie-pie house! See the lack of curb appeal? I hope to fix that with a little grass and some flower boxes. Shouldn't be too hard, right? Walk into the house and this is the room you come into:

The floor was littered with the mail of past tenants, and a drift of ads. We could tell how long the house had been on the market by the Ikea ads on the floor. We swept it all into a pile, just to have Mocha ransack the whole thing again not half an hour later.

This room is the first bedroom. Since we have no need for two bedrooms at this particular point in time, we'll be converting it to a dining room. I haven't even had a kitchen table for a year. Can you imagine how amazing it will be to have a whole room dedicated to eating food?

The second and master bedroom. Notice the drop ceiling? We pushed up the ceiling tiles and discovered a damaged plaster ceiling above it. This is one of those unexpected projects that's going to set us back. It's not high priority, but we'll want it taken care of before we actually move into this room.

Fridge, stove, sink -- the kitchen! Yeah, it's not going to look anything like this when we're done.

And, the bathroom! Yes, it's blue. And completely unuseable. The tile is all broken and the floor beginning to rot. The layout is terrible. So, you guessed it! It's not going to look anything like this when it's all done.

We spent the night last night on a slowly, slowly deflating air mattress. The house makes noises, much different noises than those in our condo. The fridge revs up, the floor boards settle. It wasn't the most comfortable sleep, but I could feel what it's going to be like. 

And I can't wait.


  1. Congratulations on your first and new home! It is definitely a very cute little house! Lots of work, but it sounds like you have lots of energy, enthusiasm, and hopefully help from family and friends, to get the job done.

  2. Congrats on your new house and your new blog! You certainly have a lot of work ahead but it eventually pays off. If you are in need of a drywall lift we have one that we could let go for cheap ;)

  3. @416fixerupper
    Thank you! I feel like we've already put a lot of work behind us, but I know it's hardly anything compared to what we still have to do.

    Thanks for the offer of the drywall lift. We're hoping to not have to hang too much drywall -- just a bit in the bathroom -- so we shouldn't need it.

    Thanks for the comment! It's good to meet other bloggers who have done/are doing exactly what we're doing!