We have had our house now for a week and a half and I am exhausted but happy. I ended up taking last week off work to try to get as much as I could done, and my mom came and stayed in Ottawa to help us out. This whole experience has definitely made me feel very blessed- we’ve had so much help from our families and friends. When you have a few people who will donate an hour or two of their time, it makes such a difference to the amount of work you can accomplish! It’s also so much more motivating working with someone else, when I was by myself I definitely wasted time just staring at everything and wondering what to do next, because everywhere you look there is something to do. Our biggest accomplishments so far have been finishing the master bedroom
Here’s what else we have ticked off the list:
- Painting ceilings in all the rooms, except for the kitchen
- Painting trim in the guest room
- Removing quarter round from all the baseboards to prep for ripping up the carpet
- Scraping and sanding the baseboards to get rid of the ridge left from the quarter round
- Prepping walls by filling holes and sanding
- Filling cracks in the trim with paintable caulking and wood filler
- Cleaning up the various messes as we make them
So that’s why I’m exhausted. We thought we would be further along by now but we weren’t factoring in how time consuming all the prep work before you can even paint is. Also, painting the kitchen cabinets was not at the top of our priority list, but my parents had experience refinishing their kitchen cabinets and offered to help us with that. I must say they look fantastic, it really makes a huge difference to brightening the place up and taking it out of the 1960s.
People tried to warn me about how much work there is to do when you buy a house, and they were not exaggerating. I have made so many trips to Home Depot, only to get home and find out I’m missing one thing so I have to turn around and go back.
I will try to post updates when I can but the next few weeks will be crazy while we try to get as much done as we can before we move in. If you want updates in real time (ish), you can follow me on Facebook (Dear DIY) and Instagram (@cathyatdeardiy)!