I am about to reveal the sometimes not so pretty part of the renovation process- I call it renovation purgatory. It's the in-between stage that is so unpleasant to my soul...(insert melancholy violin music here) that I'm almost hesitant to display these images of our home. Sure, the rooms aren't terrible to look at, but they are not exactly what I have envisioned. Nonetheless, they are uploaded below. Next week, I will be including a step by step description of the undertaking and the helpful tools that we used along the way. But first, the current status of the bedrooms in our home...
For this post, I am only highlighting these three rooms because although the plan was to immediately rip up all of the white carpet in the house- yes white, and then sand and stain the floors before moving our belongings inside, reality quickly set in. Not only did we have to face the fact that during THIS renovation we had a one year old and two dogs to keep comfortable, happy and safe, but our original idea of keeping everything we owned neatly tucked away in boxes inside our garage turned into one soggy mess when the North Eastern summer humidity came rolling through (looking back, I honestly don't know what we were thinking). Within a few days, my husband and I discovered that most of the boxes were damp, the tape was peeling away from seams and the cardboard was folding under its own weight. This is when the mad dash to move anything and everything paper, cloth, wool-you get it-began.
But...This wasn't a totally negative moment, as it reminded me that I canNOT control absolutely everything, and sometimes we just need to roll with the punches (at least that's what I keep repeating to myself- it's become my mantra with this house!). So, one small project at a time it is.
The projects that we are currently focused on are as follows:
- Ripping up carpet, which so far has revealed gorgeous hardwoods in great condition!
- Taking up the tack board that holds the carpets down/keeps them in place.
- Removing THOUSANDS of staples!!!
- Changing the doorknobs from a shiny gold to a chic black matte.
Eventually we'd like to paint the walls, install new light fixtures, replace the fogged windows, add window treatments, switch out the outlet covers ( I think you see where I'm going with this...), but for now we will stick to the floors and doors! Because even accomplishing the small projects can make you and your space feel a little bit better.
What projects are you working on? I'd love to see your pics!