And we're back! After a several week hiatus, I’ve finally got a moment to sit down and write an update on what the heck has been going on (although I’m not entirely sure). So here’s a chronology of the past month...
September 1, our planned deadline, came and went. We just accepted that, because it was pretty evident that we weren't ready to move, and extended the lease on our apartment for one more month. The best laid plans of mice and men, am I right? The disappointment of having to extend our lease an extra month was softened by our mini vacation weekend in Maryland. We attended a wedding, celebrated with good friends, and caught up on much needed sleep. Addie really enjoyed her hotel stay.
By mid-september, the bathtub was finally tiled, caulked, and resealed- which meant it was functional! Other notable accomplishments included:
On the 17th, Adelaide turned one. It went just as fast as everyone warned me that it would. Addie has grown from a sleepy little newborn into an outspoken and determined little explorer. We celebrated her milestone first birthday with our first party at the house on 10th!
A few days later on the 21st, we finally passed our occupancy inspection! Now, magically, it’s nearly the end of September and Fall is in full swing. The apartment is empty with the exception of a few pieces of furniture. And, last but not least, the floors will be finished this Wednesday!
I always say it’s starting to look like home. That’s an incredibly nondescript and vague statement that really draws more on how I feel about the house rather than it’s actual appearance. As a visual person, it’s been incredible to see the house really begin to reflect our vision. As we’ve reimagined, demolished, wired, plumbed, sanded, painted, tiled, cleaned… each step has brought us a tiny bit closer to a safe and cozy house fit for our little family. That’s not to say that there haven't been several times along the way I’ve considered sticking the “for sale” sign back in the front yard. This has been a physically and mentally exhausting process for all involved. Sleep is a distant memory. And I now consider eating Wawa sandwiches on paper plates “fancy dinner”. All this to say, we’ve survived. Maybe we should make t-shirts.
Of all the different projects I’ve tackled over the last four months, perhaps my proudest accomplishment is the new tub alcove. I spend two days tiling the new niche and alcove Aaron built around the tub we salvaged. Going for a classic and clean look, I had picked up several boxes of bright white subway tile at the Depot. After several days of procrastinating, and with a deadline coming fast, I finally got down to business.
It. Was. Miserable.
I tried to quit like ten times but I had started a project, dammit, and I was going to finish it. Plus, you can’t really quit tiling your shower… it’s kind of a necessity. My hands were covered in tile adhesive and grout for days. But for my first go at tiling walls, I am immensely proud of how it turned out.
With the completion of the bathtub, we are now at a grand total of two working bathrooms in the house. That's two more than we started with. Gutting and reconfiguring both bathrooms was one of our better moves during this renovation. The functionality of each space has significantly improved (and allowed us to move the laundry to the main living level). Additionally, we were able to pick our own finishes and fixtures... not that I didn't love the Seventies floral paneling and the pastel pink tub. Behold, our new bathing spaces...
Main Full Bath
Powder Room & Laundry
I’m hoping to share (soon) a room by room review of where we started and where we are now. So stay tuned for that update! And in the meantime, enjoy this strange figurine I found at the Goodwill.
About the Author:
Tasha is a freelance artist, stay-at-home mama, and, in her husbands words, a lifestyle manager. She and Aaron are in the midst of renovating their 94 year old home while raising their sassy daughters, Adelaide & Emma.
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