Last week’s progress made me feel like we’re finally inching closer to the house looking better (instead of worse).
We started off on Monday morning with one of the things I was looking forward to most: tearing down the wall between the kitchen and dining room! We had mentally prepared ourselves for it to be load bearing. Meaning we would need some sort of support beam to run across the ceiling. Not ideal, but better than a wall.
Well, the good news came about 15 minutes after our contractor, Isaac, arrived. The wall was NOT load bearing. So we could tear that sucker down and not add a support beam! Heck YES!
After that wall came down, Isaac moved some electrical and water components (for the fridge mostly) and began the process of patching. David and I were dreading the daunting task of patching and painting the ceilings, and knew that it was going to take weeks of work to make it look smooth and not look DIYed. We shared that with Isaac, who asked his cousin (who happens to own a painting company) how much he would charge for the project. It was a cost we hadn’t anticipated at ALL, but we did plan a pretty solid contingency fund for these things.
TIP: Always, always, always factor a contingency fund into your budget. You can’t predict everything so it’s better to be overly prepared.
The quote was $3300 to remove popcorn from the remaining vaulted ceilings, and then patch, prep, prime, and paint 2000 sq feet of ceilings. David and I went back and forth for a couple of hours listing the pros and cons of this. The only ‘con’ being that it’s a crap ton of money. The pros? It would look fantastic, be done light-years faster than we could manage, use Sherwin Williams paint to match the rest of the house (extra white, flat) and did I mention that it would actually look good? Our house gets an amazing amount of natural light, and I knew that if we left any dents or scuffs in the ceiling it would be pretty obvious.
So we ripped off that band aid and went for it. I am SO glad we did.
As of today, the ceilings are all patched and gloriously smooth. I’m sure it will take them no time at all to paint the ceilings with their fancy sprayers, so hopefully by the end of this week I’ll have some before/after photos for y’all!
Last week David and I also “pulled off the band aid” on some other big purchases. (that’s our go-to phrase when spending money on the house, because spending money in quantities like this hurts, haha) We snagged our kitchen island cabinets from IKEA and picked up some simple bar stools. We also took advantage of Memorial Day sales to save hundreds of dollars on our appliances!
I’m working with Rockin Cushions to create custom Chambray slipcovers for our IKEA bar stools, and I am so excited! I posted a poll on Instagram to get help deciding on a fabric and got awesome feedback. Y’all have great advice!
Last weekend I started getting the walls all sanded and patched. There are about 8 million holes so there’s still more work to be done on that.
I also sketched out our fireplace mantle design since we’re going to be building our own! You can see the fireplace immediately when you walk in, so I want it to create a beautiful statement.
My family came over to help knock out work yesterday (David and my first wedding anniversary!) and brought with them cake and champagne. It was such a fun and productive day! We started prepping the kitchen cabinets with degreaser, and the guys replaced that patch of rotten sub flooring in the living room.
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