Holy crap, our house is finally move-in ready. Thank heavens, because I’m not sure that I had another weekend of manual labor in me. If I was ever on the fence about having carpal tunnel before the reno, I can definitely confirm it now. I’m also fairly confident that the dog thinks we’re bat-shit crazy since all we do every weekend now is go up to that house and feel up the walls day and night. Can’t say I blame him. We did so much painting recently that when I went to bed I was having dreams about painting, too. That’s when you know it’s time to put the paint roller down and walk away. For the time being, I don’t have any “final” pics to show you since we finished up late Saturday night and left for home on Sunday at 4am. Thought it might also be nice to have some furniture in there before the big reveal. You know, for effect. The move is happening in a few weeks so all of us will just have to be patient.
Another weekend, another exciting progress update! Since I had a 3 day weekend this go-round, I had a much needed extra day to get stuff done. We got so much accomplished this weekend, that we are now officially ahead of schedule! Never thought that would be a thing with the way these renovations have been going. I got up to the house on Saturday morning and immediately went to work. Since Josh kicked ass down on Lake Travis for the 2nd stop of the FLW Tour, but not quite enough ass kicking to fish day 3, that meant that he was officially on his way home which meant that I needed to kick it into high gear to get the walls prepped so we could start painting. Not sure if I've mentioned it before, but Josh has a pretty debilitating dust allergy, so I was in a major time crunch to get all the walls spackled, sanded and washed before he made it back into town. My dad was up for most of Saturday helping me out and we were actually able to get all of it done as well as painting the first coat in our bedroom!
And it's kinda perfect. It's everything that Josh and I need to live the life that we have been working so hard towards. It also happened VERY fast. We had been in the market for a property since this summer, but nothing was catching our eye for the area we wanted so we put the thought on the back burner for a bit. Fast forward to early December when we were on our way up to see a few properties. We had received a text from Josh's dad about a house in Isle, MN that had been on the market for over a year (how had we never seen it before?!?). After a quick call to the realtor, we were checking out the house a few short hours later. It was going to need some updating, but it has good bones and to us, that is all that matters. We tend to like to put our own stamp on things so this place completely fit the bill. The house itself is only 800 sq feet, which is perfect for me because that means cleaning it will be a breeze. Plus, it comes with a 2600 sq foot pole barn so that made the husband beyond elated. I love when we both come out winners!
Back in November, I was bequeathed a desk and nightstand set that was originally my cousins but was in my aunt's house at the time of her passing. My cousin didn't want it back and I was in need of some new furniture for our guest room, so I took it home with me. It had been sitting all winter in our mud room, but now that the weather is nicer I've been working on it as time has allowed and can finally say that it's done! It's not that it was a particularly difficult project, but the bones of it were not solid wood so the paint I used was not the biggest fan of staying put. For starters, I used spray paint for the whole thing instead of a paint can and brush. I did this because I wasn't sure if you would see the paint streaks and whatnot so spray paint seemed like the best option to get an even application.
Remodeling furniture is something that is so much fun for me but I’ve never blogged about it before and I don’t know why. I’ve done several over pieces the years including my office desk, our entertainment center, and our end tables. Taking something that has clearly seen better days and turning it into functional furniture with a new life is quite satisfying, I must say. Over the years we have spent countless dollars on furniture that was made out of particle board that cost waaaaay more then it was worth considering it never seemed to make it past our next move. I’m in my 30’s now and my motto has become “spend the money to make it last”. Case in point, we have gone through 9 sofas in our 15 years together. That’s just stupid. My dad has had the same sofa for over 20 years and it’s still in good condition (albeit outdated a bit). Why you ask? Because he spent the money to make an investment for something that will last. So now when I see solid wood furniture that has a good base but just needs a little love and for the right price I pick them up and make them new again!
Hey there -
I'm Bri! Lover of food, wine, and photography that is currently traveling with my professional bass fishing husband along with our cantankerous rottie, Kigen. When not traveling you can find me living the lake life off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Isle, MN. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join me as I journey across the country documenting it all along the way!