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Week 1…..

The day of closing this is what the front of the house looked like!
We had closed on the other house 3 days prior, so there was no time to waste on getting started on this one.  Thankfully, my parents live just a few miles away and we were bunking with them, but we were anxious to get life under way in the new pad.
The first task on hand was to remove the popcorn ceiling.  I knew that if it was going to be done we had to do it before we moved our furniture in.  Although we had visions of saving tons of money and using all our spare time with spray bottles and scrapers…(NOT!)…we made the best move ever and hired Vasquez Painting Company to get the job done.
WORTH EVERY PENNY!!
They prepped perfectly and in record time …. less than 1 day had it all removed from the entire first floor and almost all the second floor!!
During the 3 day removal we continued to bunk at my parents.  Once the mess was cleaned up and they started painting, we finally moved into the house into the basement.  We still had no furniture, or kitchen supplies….or beds….
We cooked in the RV and slept in the basement on air mattresses for 4 nights
The weather was perfect…
Asher enjoyed meeting our new neighbor Pearl!  She is the sweetest donkey!
Another big decision we made was to have the house painted inside.  Yep, you heard it…I let someone else do all the painting of the walls! Gasp!
I’m so thankful we did!
What colors did I choose?

The Official "BEFORE" Photos of the New House

We are finally the official owners of this house!
I still can’t believe that in just under 3 months we found this house, prepped and sold our house and moved!!
When I woke up here the first morning, I just looked around and was still just in shock that
WE ACTUALLY DID IT!!!
I wanted to share the official BEFORE photos first …. so here they are!
Welcome to the Land of Oak, Brass and oh my Popcorn Ceiling!
Who the heck thought that one up? A lazy man I assume…
To the right of the entry is the BIG living room with a grand fireplace!  I’m in love with the fireplace and the plantation shutters in this room!
(this photo is taken from the dining room looking towards the front of the house)
Straight off the Living Room is a very nice sized Dining Room that goes into an amazing Sun Room!
Check out that Super Brassy Chandelier!
This Sun Room is one of the reasons we feel in love with the house!  It sits up high and has an amazing view of our property.  Next door is a farm with donkeys and goats and a fabulous Red Barn!  Who doesn’t love a view with a Red Barn in it?!?!
I feel a lot of morning coffee will be sipped in here!!
Here is my view from the side window in the Living Room!
Here is the kitchen….yep there is that Oak Motif we have going on!  There are stainless steel appliances and newish counter tops and backsplash.
I love the bigness of this kitchen!!
A laundry room is adjacent that leads to an enormous oversized 2 car garage!  Big enough for the Harley, the Ford F150 and my car!!
The Master Bedroom is on the front of the house on the first floor.  You enter it to the left as you enter the house.  It’s got plantation shutters that look out onto the front porch.  It also has HIS and HERS CLOSETS!  Oh  my!  I cannot tell you what a dream come true for us this is!!  Basically my husband is the neat and organized one and I am a complete MESS!  We only had one shared closet in our last house.  Although it was big and luxurious, it was not working for us.  Hubs moved his stuff to the guest room closet year ago.  I’m sorry, I just don’t have time to be that organized!
Hello Green Walls….oh my!
And now I present you with the room that almost was the “deal breaker” on this house!  The Master Bowling Alley, I mean Bathroom.
I just about fell over when I entered.  It was actually the last room in the house we saw.  Somehow I missed that the master bedroom was on the first floor until I had seen the whole house.  My heart just SANK!  I knew that the house was “too perfect”!
Hello “Toilet in the MIDDLE OF THE ROOM”!  I’ve been so spoiled with the “toilet room” in our last house for the past 11 years.  That was only the beginning for me.  The double vanity was built for midgets I think.  The mirrors and lighting is abnormally low.  And then there is the teeny tiny 21 year old fiberglass insert shower and the strange “regular” bath across from it.
I felt like I was in a Ramada Inn!
My heart just sank….
but the Fabulous Workshop had stolen my heart!
The Man Cave with a wood burning fireplace and a full bath in the basement had stolen the hubs heart!
And the bigger than a football field, almost 3 acre lot!
The front porch I always dreamed of!
The lot was perfect, the all brick exterior perfect…the rest I can see past!
So, follow me on my journey!
I’m also excited to say that my website/blog is getting a HUGE makeover!!
I love even years and 2014 is gonna be GRAND!!

 

Sneak Peak……getting ready to MOVE!

I’m excited to tell you all that we close in just 2 weeks on our new home!
It is very bittersweet I must say.  We bought our current home 11 years ago when our first born was just a few weeks old.  Honestly, I never thought we would leave this house.
So, why are we?  Good question!
It seems that with the addition of the RV this past 6 months, and the blessings of my successful painted furniture business, a motorcycle, 3 cars and a boat and 2 growing boys we have outgrown out “play” space.
While on vacation to Maine in August I was playing on the Realor.com App on my phone and stumbled across this house just a few miles from our current one, and still in our school district.  It haunted me for the rest of the 2 week trip.  I pulled it up everyday and stared at all 16 pictures several times a day.  I called my real estate agent and we went to see it the day after we got back.  Our boys were horrified that we were going to look at another house.  I insisted that they go, they had to like it for us to even consider it.  We all knew the moment we got there that it was more than a house, it was our new home!  The boys are so excited too!!!!
Even with 4,000 square feet of popcorn ceilings and more brass and oak than you have ever seen, she is our home!  She sits on almost 3 acres of beauty!
That being said I’m inviting you along for a the makeover ride of a lifetime!!!
Check out my almost 700 square foot basement workshop with its own garage door bay as well!
Stay tuned….I’m off to figure out how to pack up 11 years of my life!

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