Four years after we bought it, the renovation house we’ve been working on is almost finished, and it’s such a bittersweet feeling.
On one hand, we’re so excited to get it finished and sold, because that means we’re this much closer to starting our big land project- a dream that PJ has had for 10+ years. On the other hand, this house holds so many sweet, important memories for us and our relationship that it’ll be sad to see it finally go. After all, we got married in the living room only four years ago, which seems crazy to even think about because it feels like a lifetime a go (is that good or bad?).
We’ve begun to stage the house here and there over the last week. We’re not going all out, and certainly not staging the whole house, but we’re bringing a few items in to dress the space up and make the most of each room. When potential buyers see the right furniture and the right little touches, they can imagine themselves in the home and in the rooms and it’s way easier to show the house and get buyers interested in it.
Over on Instagram, a few of you asked why the spines of the books weren’t facing out in the little nook in the dining room. The truth is, the color of the spines didn’t look good at all and we liked the minimalistic, monochromatic look of the pages facing outward. We don’t do this in our own home, so it was fun to play around with this look in the flip house.
The smallest bathroom in the house happens to be our favorite. We went very bold and moody in there, something we haven’t done before, and again, it was neat to try something new and branch out in this house. The entire house is painted white, so going bold in the bathrooms was so. much. fun.
After we painted the third bathroom, it wasn’t exactly our favorite. And it wasn’t yours either. We received a good amount of messages saying how the color made you think of puke and how we needed to change it STAT. We didn’t disagree (and maybe still don't), but after living with it for a few weeks we’re happy to say the color is finally growing on us and, since PJ built and installed the shelf above the toilet, we actually don’t mind it anymore. The greenish/brown feels primitive, which is exactly the vibe we were going for in there.
As mentioned, there were so many memories made in this house. It was the first house we bought as a couple and renovated. It was also the biggest project we’d ever undertaken together. We spent six months fixing it up and moved in in the fall of 2015, without a kitchen, but we were just happy to be there, so it didn’t matter so much. But once the kitchen was complete, there was a lot of this happening quite frequently:
This was the first house we lived in that had a working fireplace, which we took full advantage of for the two winters we lived there:
As you can see, there were so many good times had in this house, ones we will never forget, and we’re so grateful for our time spent there. The laughs, the tears, the arguments, the joys, the late nights and early mornings. It all makes up a wonderful chapter in our life story, one that we’ll look back on fondly in the years to come.
We can’t wait to show you a full house tour once its fully finished, so stay tuned! xoxo