A Really Long Post About A Really Gross House

So for some crazy reason Chase and I thought it would be a good idea to get married and buy a house at the same time. This means while I am calling the florist to discuss the ever-important flower crowns we are also getting calls from the water company that they are turning on our water without us being there. Which then results in waterfalls springing out of the walls in various places of the house because we have taken off all the plumbing fixtures! Super fun stuff. What is a remodel without its quirks, right?

This past weekend Chase and I left for our bachelor and bachelorette parties. To say we were excited isn’t half of it. To say we are now exhausted also isn’t the half if it. With our bachelor and bachelorette parties come and gone it’s just a reminder how close the wedding day really is. I am recording RSVPs, we are meeting with all the vendors to tie up last minute details, oh and let’s not forget we are still building the barn that the reception will be held in. To say that a lot is going on is an understatement. As sick at is, I think Chase and I secretly enjoy this. We seem to always pile our plates as high as possible before they fall over. Hey, at least we’re never bored.

Amidst all the crazy we had one of these rare things called a free weekend, and it was right after we closed on the house. Just like everything else in our life, we wanted to hit the ground running with this house. We kind of have to, because our goal is to spend our first Christmas as husband and wife in our new home. Which is an aggressive goal, but you read it here first folks and I am going to use all of you to keep us on track.

We did pretty much all the demo ourselves, with HUGE help from my dad, mom #2 (I don’t like the term stepmom), and brother. We gutted two bathrooms and an entire kitchen. We took down a strange, unpermitted room built in the garage. We ripped up a ton of carpet, a ton of really gross, dusty, sticky carpet. We removed a wall in the master and took down an immense amount of wood paneling. We worked all weekend and filled two dump trucks full of crap.

Chase and I have found that most of our problems have been solved with good food and great wine. So once we had a blank slate to look at we grabbed take-out, his parents, and some wine and walked around the house designing it. We pretty much have our new floor plan mapped out and now we need to get started on the plumbing so that we can start on the rest of the house.

With the house all torn apart I figured it was the perfect time to show you all our before and during photos! Brace yourselves, and have faith in me, because they really aren’t too pretty.

*some of the photos are sideways and for the life of me I cannot fix them, so sorry about that! I’ll get this blogging thing down eventually I promise…


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I’ll start with the entrance into the house. We have this front room with great bay windows and a fireplace. The only problem was the strange half wall, planter things covered in lattice. You can kind of see them in top photo. Well, those and the carpet and of course wood paneling. The people who built this house loooooved wood paneling, you’ll see.
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Once we took down the paneling and removed the carpet there was some serious potential to be seen. This is going to be our dining room, and it’s going to be gorgeous once we refinish the floors and get some moulding in there.

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Before and Doing

Next up is the kitchen. The plus side: the kitchen is huge, and is open to the living room which is also huge. Those are the cabinets that could have survived the apocalypse. We seriously considered keeping them because we are going to roughly keep the same kitchen layout, but some of them had a strange black sticky substance in them that not only smelled horrible but looked like it could melt human flesh. So we took the sledgehammer to them.

Before and During

Before and During

And here is the kitchen minus the cabinets! You can also see the back of our fireplace in this last photo. That was the moment that made all the demo worth it, we love exposed brick!

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So here we have the living room that is complete with not one, not two, but THREE doors! (The small one we are replacing with a window.) And I can’t forget about that wood paneling, it will haunt me in my dreams. I can’t tell you how satisfying it was to rip that stuff off the walls, and it brightened up the space an immense amount once it was all gone! See below: DSC_0674 DSC_0675

Sadly the original hardwood floors don’t carry on into the kitchen or living room, the living room is actually an addition and not original to the house.


Here we have our master bedroom, which has a small bathroom and closet in it. This is actually a part of the house that is getting the most work. We are tearing down that wall to the right to add a larger bathroom and combining the current bathroom/closet situation to make a giant closet. DSC_0657 DSC_0658

There is also a lovely, creepy hole in the closet floor.DSC_0673 DSC_0691

We got that wall torn down and the shower taken out, through that whole is actually the guest bathroom.DSC_0660

Speaking of the guest bathroom, thats our next stop. So besides this bathroom having the worst smell in the entire house (which probably came from the strange blue/black sludge that came from some of the pipes), I’m pretty excited about it. Why, you may ask? Because it’s a great sized guest bath and although we are gutting it we are keeping the exact same layout. I am happy about that because we have been discussing our master bath/bedroom/closet layout for weeks. Designing our own master suite is awesome, but there are just too many darn options. DSC_0688 DSC_0689

There’s that fun little hole into our future closet. That tub is still sitting in there….we have done 99.9% of the demo but that tub we are saving for last because it is going to be B!*&# to get out of there. Every worker who has walked into the house has commented on how “fun” it will be to removed that tub. I’m sure it will be a story to blog about.

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Down at the end of the hall we have what is going to be the guest bedroom. No before and during photos here because the carpet was already ripped out. We are going to keep this room as is, just give it fresh paint, lighting, and flooring.
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Here we have a strange little bedroom that is kind of in the middle/front of the house. It has two doors in it, one leads to the hall with the other bedroom and guest bath and the other door is actually in our front entry way. We are walling up the door that is in the entryway and this will become an office.


However, this room had the worst floors. I couldn’t even continue pulling up the carpet, I had to ask Chase to finish that room. The carpet was sticky and moist and there is mould across the entire floor. I’m getting grossed out just thinking about it. Moving on…DSC_0665

This is the bedroom that is right next to the master and is going to become our bathroom. Apparently someone had to leave in a hurry and couldn’t finish that lovely blue paint job….

There is still the backyard to show you but I am just going to make that a separate post because A) this post is already far too long and if you made it this far I am surprised and B) the backyard is still in its original state! Which isn’t much to look at because it’s incredibly messy and overgrown. It would literally be a photo of overgrown grass with some trees.  I’ll bore you with it another day.

So there you have it! This is what we are working with, and hopefully we will have the majority of it done before Christmas. I am trying not to think about how I won’t get to decorate for Fall, and I can’t stand the thought of not having a house to decorate for Christmas! I know I know…. #firstworldproblems. But I can’t help it, the housewife in me is itching to nest in our new home!

If there is anything else you guys can think of that you want to see let me know! As always, thanks for reading.





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