New Drywall!

When we bought our house in January of 2011, I thought I could look past a lot of the “issues” I saw during our walk through. We instantly fell in love with the house from the moment we walked into the backdoor. I told our realtor that she had me at the kitchen, and two months later it was ours. But as we moved toward two years of living here, I discovered my patience with certain characteristics of our home had grown paper thin!

The first thing that had to go was the cray-zay plaster on the majority of the rooms downstairs.

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I cannot tell you the amount of times our son, Ben, has scraped his skin on this nutso stuff. I’m not sure what the previous homeowners were thinking when they put this stuff up. This is not a good look, people! We could also tell that they started in one room and got better at it as they went. The worst room was our main living room. I couldn’t even hang pictures on the wall because they hung so uneven! We decided to drywall three rooms – our main living room, the “front room”, and the toy room. Because we’re crazy, we decided to do all three pretty much at once, moving us into the spare bedroom/office. Oh, and at the same time, we decided to rip up the carpet and put down new flooring. And then I went full blown crazy.

ToyRoom Before

For THREE WEEKS we had furniture stuffed in every nook of available space in our downstairs. The room above is the kids’ toy room.  I had to find a place for all their toys, which was a nightmare.  This is what we lived in for two to three weeks:

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Mmmhhmmm . . . don’t be jealous.  In addition to the three rooms being out of commission, Our kitchen was virtually unusable with all the additional furniture shoved in there. In the end, it was completely worth it, because I am in loooooove.  We decided to hire this process out.  We had installed drywall in the past, and the results were just okay.  In the end, it cost about $4,000 for drywall, flooring, new trim, painting, and widening the doorway between the kitchen and the living room to create a more open feel.  It killed me to have to write that check, especially because I love to do things myself, but I am so thrilled with the results.

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Anyone else have something huge they’re working on?

Thanks for stopping by!
—Katie