Wednesday, February 18, 2015

So... We bought a house...

Yeh... it was a surprise to us too.  We have rented for the past couple of years with us both working full time (plus Darren working part time) then we had a baby and I quit my job, so the logical next step is to buy a house, right? lol  It was a little last minute.  It was one of those decisions where we started thinking that we really aren't at a time in our life (mainly financially) where we are going to be able to get the house that we want to make our long term home.  If that makes sense.  Neither of us wanted to get a place just to get a place so we started rethinking things.  We were renting in a great neighborhood that has really fast turn around with sales.  So one night, we said "hey, why don't we go check out a couple of the townhomes that are for sale right now".  Well... ok.  So the next day, we went to look at 3 townhomes.  And then we made an offer on one.  We accepted the counter offer and away we went.  When all was said and done, we made the decision to look at a house and moved into that house in just over a month's time.  Now you would think that is a very short amount of time... and it definitely is... but once you've made the decision, time kind of stops lol.

The townhouse is literally down the street from the condo we were renting.  We are so excited to own a home again.  To say we moved into a blank canvas... it is NOT an understatement.  The sweet owner was certainly lacking some color in her life.  I will have to take my time changing that but I most certainly have plans :). I've never had a white wall in my life!  Having them ALL that way is going to drive me nuts! Then add in white carpet and white counter tops and white appliances! Yikes! No... just no.

We started planning things before we even made an offer lol. Too bad it all adds up to like 15 grand (but that included new furniture and nice appliances).  It will be a SLOW process for sure.  We have to pay off debt at the same time we are saving a little to do different things.  We will definitely be prioritizing and doing some DIY projects.  Fortunately the house was very move in ready.

Keep in mind when you glance through these pictures below that we've only been here for a week and a half and last weekend we spent the entire weekend painting our rental back to a neutral color so no working on our house then.  Plus add a 3.5 month old into that moving process and wow...where does the time go?!

I'm really not sure which room I want to tackle first.  I wish I could just snap my fingers and it be done but unfortunately...that's not happening.  Maddox's room is actually almost done because I had a paintbrush in my hand within about an hour and a half of having the keys haha  I really wanted his room done that night (Wednesday) (and part of the next day) because I knew we were planning on sleeping there Friday night and I wanted the room to have time to air out a bit from the paint fumes before he slept in there.

One of the big reasons I liked this house so much is because of the natural light.  It really is great!  That was a top priority of mine.

So here we go... a mini tour of sorts...

The lady that owned this house had this first room set up as her formal dining room.  We decided we didn't want to go that route so it is now our living room.  Light fixtures are definitely on the "to change" list.  These pictures can also double as a "Where's Maddox" game. ;) White, white, white.  Blah.  Thinking of going a medium gray in here and eventually we will have "hardwoods" throughout the whole bottom floor.  That is probably our first big project (I think...).

This little room is what most people would use as a breakfast nook probably but why waste the space?  I needed a place for my computer so I can blog and create and eventually do some business.  As soon as all the stuff that has yet to find a home is gone, it will also be a good storage and play area for Maddox.  I think I'm going to do this room an aqua color.  Aqua makes me happy.  Add in a couple splashes of yellow and it's like a freakin' ray of sunshine.

Ahhh... the kitchen.  We have lots of plans for this kitchen.  I plan on painting the cabinets white this spring.  Change the countertops, add a backsplash, and get some new appliances and it has great potential. lol

This area does need quite a bit of help but we will get there eventually.  Darren's desk is there to stay because really there is no where else for it to go and he needs his own space for when he works at night.  We are considering getting a new dining room set which I would really love because that table is so small that it's really hard to have anyone over and enjoy a nice meal.  We'll see what comes of it.  (Where's Maddox?  haha)

You know... as much time as we have to spend doing laundry, I think it should be mandatory that every house have a good size laundry room that I could make into a place where I really don't mind being in.  But, for the time being... laundry closet it is.  Woohoo...

Like I said... I had a paint brush in hand within a couple hours of closing so I got Maddox's room done.  All we really need to do in here is get his mobile up, pictures, bookshelves, and monogram.  Darren was off yesterday thanks to the ice so he was able to get his closet set up.  He has a HUGE closet.  Really his whole room is a great size.  I would have LOVED to have had a room that big when I was a kid!  (Where's Maddox?!)
I have the feeling we are going to be shopping for some clothes soon though.  Most of the 6 month clothes we have are summery type clothes and the kid is not going to make it to summer before he is fitting in them lol  no way!

Our bedroom is a pretty good size also.  I think I'm going to paint it the same aqua that I had in our bedroom before (not that you would know what that was because I never showed it lol).  I really need some new bedding.... blah. (Where's Maddox?!)

We are re-doing the closet this weekend because this just does not work... at all.  Darren already has it drawn out how he wants it so I said "more power to ya".  I'll paint the room before we put everything up though.  We don't have a linen closet so we definitely need shelves.  He's going to move all the clothes to one side because who wants to shimmy down their closet sideways to try and find something? lol  (Don't worry... Maddox isn't in these pictures haha)

He got tired of being in my pictures as I walked around the house taking them so he decided it was nap time.  Isn't he the most precious little angel you've ever seen?  I really am beyond grateful for him and he's becoming more fun everyday as his personality starts to come out.  I could just cuddle with him all day and I'm thankful that I get to right now.
Anyways... that's all I've got.  I'll be sharing some ideas that I find (thanks to Pinterest of course!) for each room.  I'm excited to get going!


  1. Congratulations on your new home! Love all of the natural light, just beautiful.

  2. congrats! can't wait to see it finished! we're in the process of a huge whole house remodeling project and currently working on a studio for me to blog/create. lol... i've got windows at this point - that's a start, right?