The New Digs

September 19, 2012 » Written under Home Improvements, Real Life, Uncategorized

If you’ve followed me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that we recently moved. Again. For the millionth time. Hazard of the job. But this time, instead of renting, we bought a house. So between deadlines, pre-school car lines, learning a bizarre new work schedule for Hubs, joining the PTA (Oh my God, did I just say that??), navigating a new city, and making way too many trips into St. Louis to shop…we’ve got some home improvement to do!

And since this is my blog, I hope you’ll pardon me while I share some of the things we’re planning on doing.

First off, let me give you the basics. The house is pure suburbia. A little over 2,000 square feet. Split level. Three bedrooms, one full bathroom, one three-fourth bathroom (shower, no tub) and one powder room. There’s a kitchen, a dining area (though one might call it an eat-in kitchen…definitions do vary), laundry room, living room, family room (walk out basement), garage, and a back yard. Tour? Let’s start with the front door. And the two pets we inherited with the house…

They’re…something. Right? At least they don’t shed, or poop in the yard. Now, apparently these things are quite popular in this area. They are not, however, our style. So they had to go. They’re already gone, actually. Someone came by and picked those up ASAP and acted like we were throwing away a National Treasure. Maybe we were? Oh well! Now I have to figure out what to replace them with, as the area looks quite empty without them! And less fierce…

Next up, we head upstairs to the living room. Brace yourself. If you faint at the sight of blood, you might want to skip this one…

Okay, so not real blood, just blood-red carpet. But hey, if we come to blows over paint chips, nobody will see the damage! That’s called a “bright side” people. Truthfully, the carpet is already gone. Next up are removing those draperies and the cheap (broken) blinds and replacing them. Also up, painting the room. Also up? Trying to forget those creepy dusty dolls in the corner. *Shudder* (None of the furniture is ours.)

Open to the living room is the kitchen. Which came complete with a Cancer Box! No clue what that is? Follow along…

That massive thing sitting next to the fridge is supposed to be a microwave. But I’m pretty sure it’s original to the house…which was built in 1986. I tried to nuke some pizza rolls in it once, before our household goods arrived. It rattled and shook and I swear, after 10 seconds of standing near it, I thought I developed webbed feet and gills. I couldn’t use it any longer. (Poor pizza rolls…)

I can’t escape the area without sharing the wallpaper pattern and border. So here’s a good view of the dining area, which is also semi-open to the living room.

Yeah. Try to get THAT color combination out of your mind. Ick. Just so you all know, scraping wallpaper ranks up there with digging ditches and wearing a hair shirt. I haven’t actually dug a ditch or worn a hair shirt before…but I’m just guessing.

The guest bathroom is a treat to the eyes…if you like purple. If not, you’re SOL. Sadly, I don’t care for purple. (SOL, party of one…) I also don’t care for the bizarre texture they gave the paint. Not only does it require painting, but sanding as well. Weird. Also on the agenda is removing the builder-grade mirror and getting rid of the seashell-shaped sink.

Speaking of bathrooms, let’s try the master. I can say one thing for it…it’s not purple.

IT’S STRIPES! Ha. I didn’t know they still made wallpaper like this. These people really liked wallpaper borders. This bathroom warranted TWO borders. Another builder-grade mirror and marbled seashell sink are included. Bye bye.

I’ll save the rest for later. Suffice to say, this place has great bones but whoa boy does it need some assistance in beautification! And we’re just the family to help…sort of.

Have you tackled a home improvement project recently? Any fun stories?


  1. Emily Ryan-Davis

    September 19th, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Good lord.

    I’m a chronic renter. I’ve never lived in a house that didn’t have taupe carpet and off-white walls. I have no idea what I’ll do when we eventually buy. Burn it to the ground and start over?

  2. Charlotte McClain

    September 19th, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    My mother must have pre-dated the red carpet trend. She had it put into our house when we built it in 1974. Ah yes, red carpet, gold drapes, big window treatment. And I shall never forget the goldfish on the wall in the bathroom. Oh dear.

  3. Tina Green

    September 19th, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    Love the mini lions! Congrats on the new home.

  4. Carly Carson

    September 20th, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    I had a purple bathroom once. Purple tile, no less, about chest high. Trimmed in black tile. Could I make this up? The house was built in the 1930s but they’d renovated at some point. To get all that purple, I guess. I’ve done lots of home renovation. Be sure your marriage is strong before you start. lol

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