Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Slowly But Surely

We are making progress on our home remodel, although at times it feels as though we take one step forward and then two steps back. Okay, not really. Every project does get us closer to moving in, but there is still so much to be done and I thought for sure we would be living there by now. Oh well. What do we do? We have no choice but to keep forging ahead and ever so slowly continue to cross things off the "to-do" list.

The painting is pretty much complete. Just a little touch up here and there. It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to a room and home. We said goodbye to the sky blue ceiling in the master bedroom, the ketchup and mustard in the family room, the out-of-place green wall in living room, and the dull, dirty white in every other nook and cranny. The ceilings, doors, trim, and closets are now all a bright white, Ashlyn's room is her promised "ice folly", the play room is a friendly "frosted lemon", and the rest of the house is a nice neutral "water chestnut", with the exception of an added "belgian sweet" in the master. I love the smell of fresh paint.

The kitchen and entry have been re-tiled and I am quite pleased with the results. Not so shabby for a couple of amateurs. The re-staining of the wood work is underway. And 90% of the new lights have been installed - just three more to go.

This project has taken its toll on us. Brian and I are both on edge a little (or a lot, depending on the moment). We are stressed and tired, so very tired. The record late-night so far is 3:00 am. The kids seem a bit confused and out of their element, being tossed from home to home, staying up way to late (no, they didn't stay up until 3:00 am), and not getting enough daddy time. We have to keep telling ourselves that it will all be worth it. I can't wait for the day that we will be cuddled up together on the couch on a Friday night with a movie and big bowl of popcorn. *SIGH*. Some day.

11 comments:

Jamie said...

You guys are so awesome - I can not wait to see it this summer! It will be so worth it in the end. Wish I was there to help.

Sandy said...

Tell me what to do! Give me a hammer, a paint brush, whatever. Let me help. That's what girlfriends are for woman. Or just tell me to come bring you a big juicy lemonade. And who knows, maybe one day I'll live close to you guys. I can't wait to see this home!

Lindsay said...

Wow! You guys are amazing! I can't wait to see the end result!!!

Monica said...

Keep your chin up Jame. I'm sorry this has been so stressful. Won't be long now. :)

rsheedy said...

You guys are amazing and I'll bet the house looks incredible. I have to admit, even though it's a lot of work I'm still rather jealous. I want a house of my own!!

Princess said...

You guys should have accepted some help!!! It sounds so stressful but it will be worth it, from what I saw, it will be beautiful! I told Asian that the room downstairs is going to be perfect for one of your rebellious teenagers (I am betting on Belle, LOL). Love you

Renee said...

Love your choices in paint! Can't wait to see the results in your pictures. Did you use the paint with the primer in it? I like the Behr colors...I think I'm going to use the Harvest Brown...or maybe the Baja in our home. I need to decide fast! :) Hang in there...& good luck on your "to-do" list! :)

All About M.E.('s) said...

The end is in sight! Things are looking really good and all of that hard work will pay off. You will end up with a beautiful house!

Mike and Meg said...

It will look amazing. It will all be worth it.

Amy said...

you need a cape.
One day, you will be all settled, and then you start thinking about landscaping..
I feel like it doesn't ever really end.
Thinking about you in these last few weeks of your pregnancy.
Again, you need a cape!

whitney said...

I'm sure it'll all be so awesome, though. What a massive pain in the butt it must be, but so lucky to be doing it all before you move in. So nice!