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Friday, March 11, 2016

This Old House

It's been a long 4 months, but we are now the proud owners of this 1966 Ranch.  Sorry... there's no "wow factor" yet.  (wah-wah) We are the 3rd owners in it's 50 year existence and we like to think that she is happier now that we're here.  We tell her all the time that we're going to make her beautiful again and I think that makes her happy.  We will be documenting/recording our progress online,  through social media and this blog if you'd like to follow along over the next 20 years little while.  It's a challenge for sure, as you will see in the photos below... It lacks style but has lots of charm and strong bones.  After moving all the boxes in, we started working on fixin' er' up just a few hours later.  We started by pulling all the ivy down from the brick.  This house was covered in ivy... which made it look all the more haunted.  It's insane what a difference it made.  The yard needs a lot of work and we plan to do that on the weekends and work on the inside of the house during the week.

 Here are some before and afters of the two projects for this week!  Not only did we cut down the ivy from the house, but we tried to spruce up the only bathroom that we will be using for a while.  It's the hall bathroom and while there's not much you can do with blue tile, we aim to try and make it presentable with a gallon of Lysol and a couple pretty things.  

Cleaning off the ivy and cleaning out the flower bed areas:




*pay no attention to the dungeon door*

Hall Bathroom:


Sorry about the quality.  This is a picture that I snapped when we went to look at the house for the first time.  I know I have a better picture on my camera, but it's dead and God only knows where the charger is... Ever been there?  That's where our lives are right now. 
Yep.  That's blue tile.  Don't be jealous.  We had planned to redo the bathrooms first.  Like totally gut them, but when I began to clean out the kitchen I realized how much better the bathrooms are than the kitchen, shape wise.  So we've decided to start with the kitchen first and leave the bathrooms as they are... well, for the most part.  We're putting in new toilets this weekend and new hardware on the tub/shower.  Here's the bathroom so far... 


2 bottles of Mr. Clean, Windex, grout cleaner, and Lysol- later.  
No updates other than a shower curtain rod... just added a few of our things.