Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Renovation Time!

We've been in this home for going on two years now. The previous owners were house proud and loved keeping their home nice and neat, so we haven't really had to do much to the space save paint. Oh, and rip out a closet that wasn't original to the space. They obviously spent some time and money bringing their home up to date when they put it on the market. So we were spared the hassle of having to rip out 30 year old carpeting or spending a small fortune updating a bathroom and kitchen from 1979.

However, that doesn't mean we haven't found things to do. 

Since the day we moved in, I have been talking about closing up the wall between the kitchen and third bedroom. There is a sliding door there, and the previous owners would cut through there to get to the bathroom/bedrooms. We know this because we have it on good authority that she wouldn't allow anyone in the living room. 

The door has always bothered me, because who the hell wants two-door access to their bedroom? If it weren't listed as a bedroom, that'd be one thing, but it is. And as I use this space as my "Woo Woo Room", the second entrance that never quite closed harshed my hippy energy. 

It had to go.

We also hate the floors in the kitchen (linoleum) and the layout of the dining area. So...without doing much of anything to the kitchen itself, we are re-doing the kitchen, dining area, and apparently the Woo Woo Room, too. This is going to be a bit of a production, and we're planning on doing most of the work (save the kitchen floor) ourselves.

So, to give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here are the before pictures!

Our main entry into the house. We've already completed one task
of our project by replacing the hooks and shelves with a lovely armoire.
The sliding door from the Kitchen into the Woo Room. Taking up valuable
wall space on both sides, and never closed all the way.
Yeah, I'd want to sleep in that room. Eye roll.
A picture of the fugly linoleum and the "dining" area, which we don't use as such.
We are planning on replacing it with either laminate or vinyl to mimic the wood floors.
The "dining area". The traffic pattern in this space doesn't lend itself to
sitting and eating, so we're kinda up in the air about how we want to
use it right now. My biggest goal is to make the trash bin less obvious and ugly.

Post sliding door removal (which happened yesterday morning). It's very echo-y now.
But already both spaces feel much different.
Now that the door is out, we think originally, the wall was open and this space
was meant as a formal dining room. If you look closely at the floor, the original wood floor
is laid out in such a way as to delineate the space. They converted the space to a bedroom
not by closing it in, but by giving it a crappy sliding door. No wonder the kid preferred to sleep in the basement. 

The Woo Woo Room. Originally we were just going to re-paint the walls
once the dry wall went up. But they ruined the floors when they re-did them
so now re-finishing them is on the list of things to do.

This space came with a tiny closet (currently chocked full of belly dance clothes).
The light switch closest to the door will get turned around to be in the kitchen,
which is the light it turns on. The other switch turns on the Woo Room light and will
hopefully just go away. There is another switch by the main door and once this hole
is closed up it would be a random switch in the literal middle of a wall. 

The Woo Room floors. When they varnished them for re-sale, they literally dumped
the varnish on the floor and moved it out to the sides. It was so thick that when
our first summer in the house arrived, the humidity caused everything (including my yoga mat)
to stick to the floor and the entire room to reek of chemicals. My current plan is
to figure out how to sand the crap off and re-finish the floors.

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