I tried to like the orange tile floors that were installed in the entry way and kitchen of the new place, but I couldn’t. I needed something modern and comfortable to stand on for long periods of time while I pretend to be Martha Stewart! I made my way over to Waldo Bowers and decided on this BEAUTIFUL Provenza flooring for both the entry and the kitchen:
The hardwood floors are oil treated so I know I will have some upkeep, but the color is just divine and really picks up the color of the carpet! With the floors picked out, it was time to rip out the tile… and rip out I sure did! This Renolista pulled out every tile with a crowbar and a sledgehammer. All my tears, sweat, and even a little bit of blood went into making a racket and demoing this atrocious tile floor.
And after chipping away at it (no pun intended) for a few weekend, I finally was left with the end product:
Which is exactly how it sits today. I’m still waiting for the floor to come in and for the installer to come out. I may be able to demo, but you do not want me installing hardwood floors if you want it to look even remotely decent. I am smart enough to leave some of the work to the pros!
With my french patio doors in I decided I needed a place to escape while in the midst of the remodeling process. The weather was changing and commercials on TV kept telling me I needed to get my patio in SHAPE! This was the biggest outdoor space I have had since I moved out of my parents house, so I was eager to replace what I moved in with…
To something more comfortable and able to seat more people. I was lucky enough to open an email from Cost Plus that showed a patio set for $199! I immediately made a trip over to the store to pay for a set and hold it! I had resigned myself to keeping my two seater table due to the ridiculous cost of patio furniture considering I had an entire house to renovate, but this fit into this bargain shopper’s budget just fine! I finished off the set with some accent pillows, a few candles, a new umbrella and a side table to bring in some additional color.
I also decided on some nice hanging succulent planters to give a little color to this little cement oasis!
And some ambiance at night for an astonishing $2 per light!
It makes for such a comfortable space to entertain and enjoy a cocktail after a long day! In the midst of a remodel it is so nice to have at least one space that is put together and doesn’t emit anxiety!!! Cheers to the summer months!
My dad took one look at my sliding patio door and knew my sofa wouldn’t be able to fit through the opening. This issue reared it’s ugly head over and over again as I moved furniture, appliances, and boxes into the house. Knowing that it took one screw to uninstall and reinstall the door, it was far from the security he required for his first daughter. That began the extremely frustrating and expensive process of replacing the slider with a french patio door. I chose to go to Home Depot for the purchase because I had a referral for someone at the Pro Desk who could help me with my narrow opening and multi-point lock system requirements. This ended up being quite the ordeal as they turned away my special pre-paid delivery for weeks due to lack of space in their warehouse…. but eventually late one Friday night I drove out to BFE to pick up a beautiful set of french patio doors!
No door! Yikes!
My “lucky” dad spending his entire Saturday installing this behemoth of a door…
But once it was in, it was a beautiful sight!
One step closer to finishing a new project, and one less obstacle when it comes to new purchases! French patio doors for the win!
When I purchased my home it came with a dishwasher that sounded like an earthquake, and a fancy 1970’s contraption known as a double oven. This was quite the sight to see as I hadn’t had the “opportunity” to see these considering we have made substantial strides in technology! Naturally having new appliances became my number one priority. I made my way to my local Best Buy and bought a suite of new stainless appliances that I actually knew how to use… However, First I had to actually remove the double oven. Lucky for me the developers had tiles AROUND the legs of the oven making it super easy to slide out. NOT! my lucky dad had to make an emergency run to my house to cut off the oven’s legs with a saw. My dad in all his glory:
Then, since it took so long, I got a chance to use it as a decorative piece in my backyard!
Leaving me with a giant gaping hole of nothing
So I was quick to fill them with new shiny toys!!
I also bought an over the range microwave that can’t be installed until I get my backsplash in 😦
So for now my microwave sits on a table as a standalone, and my dishwasher is collecting dust in the dining room. It makes for a nice storage space and its very classy of course!
They say houses come “as is”, and my house was no exception! Here is my 1100 square foot, 2 bedroom 1 bath townhouse on move in day… Slowly but surely everything found it’s place and I was “camping” in my … Continue reading →