Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Few Before Pictures...

September has been busy, busy but today am I going to try and slow down and recount where the month has gone.

We have our home on the market and that means keeping the house very tidy. I don't mind it too much. We are clutter bugs {read slobs} and it is so nice to have a clean AND tidy home. Wouldn't it be great if I could keep this up in the new house? A girl can dream, right?

Mom was here last week and we had lots of fun shopping and making plans for the new house.   Let me start out by saying we must replace the roof... and this is our #1 priority.  But when we replace the roof we are going to do a bump out to accommodate a shower in the guest bath.  Here is the guest bath now.  It is a Jack & Jill with no shower.

And Mom's rooms are a priority too.  We ripped up the carpet in her rooms and our sewing room.  Here is a before picture of our sewing room.

Yes... our sewing room was an exercise room.  It will get a lot more use as a sewing room!  And the mirrors will come down.  The 1990's Berber carpet was nasty... complete with pet stains.

Mom's room had the same dirty carpet. But the good news is that we found this under the carpet...

the original wood floors from the 1890s!  These should clean up very nicely.

We shopped for kitchen appliances.  Here is a sneak peak of the kitchen from the stairs.  The cabinets were made from trees on the property when the addition was added in the 1990s.

This built in refrigerator has to be replaced.  Even though it was plugged in, it hasn't worked for over a year.  Remember... we bought this home "as is" just before the home went into foreclosure.  The former owners said when this refrigerator broke, they just started using the one in the garage. 

I am hoping to replace this with a stainless counter depth model and have a carpenter add a little moulding or something.  I have been looking at a Viking model that has a water dispenser inside.  Built in refrigerators are about 3 times as expensive as regular refrigerators.

Here is a shot of the wall oven and 2 cutouts that hold a microwave and a convection oven.  I would like to raise the wall oven and add a built in microwave.  I am considering a GE Monogram wall oven and Advantium microwave.  If you  have any experience with these appliances I would love to hear your thoughts.

I'd also like to replace the sink with a stainless under mount.

And I'd like to replace the back splash tile, paint, and refinish the maple floors.  The cabinets need waxing or finishing or something.  I wanted to paint them but all the men I mentiond this idea to freak out.  I am not sure if the husb had bought off on all these upgrades... but I will continue to work on him. {wink}

I have started working more hours at the yarn shop and have considered going back to work full time.  But for now there is a lot to keep me busy at both houses.  Which reminds me, I need to dust and vacuum so I'd better get busy.


Elaine said...

Holy C---! Those cabinets are gorgeous and what a kitchen! Standing in my one person room only kitchen, I can say I am in green with envy mode. As all our appliances broke last year and we replaced, I can tell you, no GE, they always break down the second the warranty expires. I quite enjoy the Electrolux frig we have and Kitchenaid microwave, know Viking is in the best of the best category. Can't wait to see things in person. Does Eva want a roommate? Elaine

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- Elaine took my exclamation. Oh Anne -- that is an AWESOME kitchen -- I'm SO excited for you! I LOVE your cabinets!!! Isn't that oven bank interesting though -- with the oven on the floor LOL. I don't know much about GE appliances except that our dishwasher is a GE and we love it. I'm sure it's out of warranty and so far, so good. The only thing we didn't do in our kitchen last year was replace the ovens. Hopefully this fall. We bought them (kitchenaid) twelve years ago -- They've been great but I don't think they were installed correctly 'cause they've always vibrated (clearly I have a high tolerance for annoying noises).

Anyway, your new home looks gorgeous so far -- WooHoo!!!
(Btw, as for the refrigerator -- hubby and I argued about our new fridge -- he really wanted a built in and I didn't. The price is ridiculous! BUT...he wins the argument. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Almost every time I open it I think to myself how glad I am that he made me splurge -- even if it meant we had to wait on the ovens and put up with workmen again. And, everytime my sister comes over, she tells me how sorry she is that she didn't get one -- they thought about it, but decided not to. Just a thought! ;-D)

Also (sorry!) I'd love to hear what you end up with for microwave -- we still need to do that too!

Primitive Treasures said...

Hi Anne...I can't help with the appliance purchases as I'm in England...BUT...I can say that your kitchen is just to die for! I'm a bit luckier than Elaine, my kitchen manages to hold TWO people at once!
I absolutely ADORE the houses you have over there, but I'm ok in mine...less housework...hee hee!
I wish you and yours all the very best of love, luck and health in your beautiful new home...all the way from England!
With love and Blessings,
Karen xx

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