I shared how I did a brief stint in home furnishings/design (and furnished this home with my 40% off discount on furniture that was otherwise out of our budget-cha-ching!)
This is the 3rd home I have proudly owned.
My first was a small 1000 square foot bungalow I bought when I was 22. And my son was 2.
The second I bought with my husband, a 1200 square foot 1900's farmhouse that we bought from my in laws when they retired to South Carolina.
In 2006 we closed on this house, a 2200 square foot Cape Cod.
My house is red shingled and I never thought I would love living in a red house this much.
My house is a few blocks up from the house I spent most of my youth growing up in.
I saw it in a real estate ad and thought, "Hey! I know that house!"
As a child every time we drove past it my mother would say "I love that house! There is just something about it that I really love!"
Who knew her eldest daughter would someday own it?
Well, own it after she pays the bank for 26 more years....
Anyway, now that you have the warm fuzzies (cute story,eh?) I knew the moment we saw this house the first time that this was our home.
I get these little epiphanies from time to time and I literally saw us (in my head of course) playing football in the front yard...having SuperBowl parties...(all of which we do pretty regularly) and knew that this was it.
Did your warm fuzzies turn to goose bumps now?
So...long story edited, the house was a total cosmetic fixer upper.
Over the past four years we have been doing project after project to make it look like our dream home. Aesthetically, of course. Our real "dream" home would be on a craggy cliff in Maine but that's another story all together...
We had the original wood floors redone in a dark walnut stain - gorgeous!
We painted every square inch of this house - pain in the ass!
We landscaped the entire yard ourselves last spring - backbreaking!
We installed crown moulding in our master and formal living room - classy!
We found illegal drugs in the master closet when we first moved in - scary!
Again...that is another story....entirely....
What I am getting at, in a round about way, is telling you about our newest/old project...the kids bathroom.
2 years ago, I came home from work to find the kids shower door laying on the curb.
Hubby decided it was ugly and took it down.
When we went to our local home improvement mega store, and saw how much shower doors really were, we decided that it was not worth spending to enclose a crappy fiberglass surround.
So what did we do, you ask?
What any smart couple does...spend a load of money having a tile guy come in and rip out the ugly stall and tile out your shower with subway tiles so it makes more sense to buy the doors.
Anyway...the shower rehab led to a sink rehab and paint job.
Then hubby decided a few weeks ago that we should put in wainscoting and chair rail to "complete" the look.
Did I mention that my father in law comes up here to do carpentry for us? Oh, well...he does!
So he has been working on this since Monday...today he painted...and...ta da!
Here it is:
beach signs from a local boardwalk i found at a flea market 10 years ago
The walls are beach umbrella yellow and the trim is just an ultra white. Hubby picked out the color - he's good, isn't he?(My little one was having a sleepover with her girlfriend so I stayed home with the girls)
I am so fortunate that my father in law is so talented...tomorrow the swivel mirror goes back up and the last boardwalk sign...and then we are officially done.
What do you think???