My parents house is under contract!!! Thank you baby Jesus in heaven. It went on the market early last week and within 24 hours my parents had an offer over asking price (there was a bidding war between two couples). The buyers can still back out, but it’s super, super promising to be under contract. I am sincerely hoping that it comes through for my parents.
When I last wrote, I showed you kitchen before pictures and promised to be back asap with after pics. And then I was absent from this blog for over a month. Whoops!
The past month has been one of the most exhausting months of my life. Getting this house ready for sale has taken six months, but the last month was undoubtedly the hardest. Tony and I basically didn’t have lives beyond work, school (in my case), and the house. We spent many nights and weekends painting trim, moving furniture, painting walls, cleaning up after renovation projects, and painting even more trim. I hate you, trim!!!
The other day Tony and I decided that no one will ever know how much work we did on the house. We can show before-and-after pictures, we can show people through the house, we can (and certainly have) complained about the months of work this house has entailed. But none of that could come close to conveying what the project has been like. Tony thinks we should have worn Go Pro chest cameras throughout the project, so that we could have video documentation of what we’ve done. Those would be really boring videos, but he might be on to something. The next time we renovate my parents’ house from 1920, we will do that for sure.
The good news is, it doesn’t matter. Tony and I took from this project just as much (if not more than) we put in. We learned how to do a ton of home improvements, we learned a little bit about how real estate works, and most importantly we learned that we can do exhausting, stressful, and difficult things together and still (after we’ve both eaten something and taken showers, of course) love each a whole lot.
Updating this house was not a solo effort and many, many people helped, including my brother, brother-in-law, and (duh) my parents. Furthermore, a whole bunch of family and friends came over for a work day this summer, during which we all ate pizza, took down the wheelchair ramp on the front of the house, and (you guessed it) painted trim. According to the realtor, the updates we all made ultimately added $40,000 worth of value to the house. The total budget was less than $4,000.
But you didn’t come to Fawn Log to hear about my family’s hard work, did you? This blog is about results, and before-and-afters, and adorable fawns. That’s why I’m finally going to show you the after snaps of the kitchen (and also the before snaps, to refresh your memory). Take it away, Miley!
I came in like a wrecking ball/ Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung. –Miley Cyrus
As usual, my photographs are terrible. But you get the idea: the kitchen is improved. Sadly (?) the biggest improvement is the beautiful hardwood floor, which we actually hired out (although we helped by ripping up the linoleum). The cabinets are nice, too, though.
I really, really hope this sale goes through.
Either way, this chapter of our lives is closed, because Tony and I are moving again. (Yes, this is our third move in six months, not that I’m counting. Also, beggars can’t be choosers.) You might think we’d want to move into a nice, totally updated place to rest after our arduous work on this house, right? HA!
We’re actually moving into a house that my aunt and uncle own outside of town. The property it’s on is beautiful; it’s actually where Tony and I plan to get married next summer. The house is, um, kind of beautiful in a funky way? It’s a really solid, well-built house. However, it functions as a time capsule of 1970, complete with thick, baby blue shag carpeting throughout and strange, low-hanging light fixtures. The dining room area contains a wall of gold-flecked glass tiles that is straight out of a Miley Cyrus video. It is pretty awesome, and we’re super grateful to my aunt and uncle for letting us stay there.
We’re going to be doing some (minimal) updates while living there, and we’ve already started with the master bedroom. We ripped up the shag carpeting in there and are taking down the wallpaper. Here’s a taste to wet yer appetite.
I guess this is just my life now: moving from place to place, updating stuff, intermittently talking about it on the internet. I don’t quite understand why Tony and I don’t have a reality show yet. An engaged couple lives in funky-weird places rent-free in exchange for updating them? The episodes would write themselves! Tony suggested we call ourselves the D.I.Winos, and try to drink more wine while doing projects. I told him I don’t like wine and he suggested D.I.Whinos, since I can be very whiny. Call us, Hollywood!