Having my own home has been a dream of mine for years now. I felt that at age 30, I should stop renting and actually have something to show for the money we’ve been putting toward housing.
Luckily, it is super affordable to buy homes in Detroit/Hamtramck area, so we started searching about a year ago. We had offers on three different homes and a contract signed with one. But something would fall through every. single. time. So, we chalked it up to it “not being the right time”.
I was seriously bummed. And starting to despise the home we were currently renting in even though I had loved it previously. Yep. No good I-finally-became-content-with-the-home-I-have-before-God-brought-us-to-our-new-home action. I was a bad example of someone craving a change and wishing for it until it happened.
Honestly, the push came when we told our parents that we were going to pay $5,000 to have the attic finished in a home we were RENTING in order to have enough space for Baby #3 to come along. My parents knocked some sense into us that that was a serious waste of money toward a house that wasn’t even ours. They were right.
Within one week, we saw a house on Zillow, walked through it, put in an offer, had it accepted, and signed a contract. Talk about quick. The contractor we had hired for the attic on our rental was seriously confused when we told him that we didn’t need him to actually refinish this attic, but the entire upstairs of a house we just bought. I mean, who does that?
So, we bought a house.
A seriously-in-need-of-help house. And I am thrilled to be able to put my own touches on each room while we redo it.
Starting with the kitchen.
Disclaimer: I am well aware that some of these “Before” pictures look way better than the “After” ones. I could blame the lighting or the fact that I took absolutely no time to stage any of the “After” ones, but I think I’ll go with the phrase It has to get worse before it gets better.
So far, we have ripped up all the disgusting, stained, and dog hair infested carpet to find original hardwood underneath! Planning to sand and refinish the hardwood.
The kitchen has the biggest change so far. We are slowly moving out of the 1980s, but still significantly stuck there. That is a 2nd layer of linoleum you see there. We started ripping it up today to find more hardwood! Ordering cabinet fronts today to replace those lovely wood and almond ones. You can see the paint color samples lined up for inspiration. Door trims and beadboard are painted white and the yellow is just lovely up on top.
It’s amazing what a little paint can do to change the feel of a room. We spray painted the door handles with some Rustoleum in a dark brown, but now can’t figure out how to get them back on the doors.
I’ll keep popping in here with some updates are we move forward on finishing the house. We have some demo work to do on a wall downstairs to expand the living room, and the entire upstairs needs dry walled and finished. I’ll save those pictures for another post.
In the meantime – any advice on refinishing hardwood floors? Is this something we should try to DIY? Or hire out?