Transformation got started slowly in December. My cousin who did a lot of the work was working for a Christmas tree farm, so between juggling that, a pregnant wife, 3 kids and the 153 house project, it was a tight schedule. After Christmas I was sick, so my jobs didn't move as fast as they should either... Progress continued through January and February and was nearing completion.
I love small towns! On one of my MANY trips to the local hardware store, I started talking with one of the employees about the project at hand. I had mentioned that I still needed to find someone to replace the roof. Coincidentally, the same employee does roofing on the side. His bid was much lower than the first I had received. I knew at one time he was my neighbors cousin and I saw the work he had done on that house, and honestly that was all the reference I needed. Roof is in progress as we speak.
With word on the street, we found a renter pretty quickly when the house was nearly completion. Again, with a small town, although I didn't know the couple personally, half of my friends did. The waited patiently while we finalized the last details.
|Another shot of the front bedroom. All the outlets/light switches in the house were replaced as were the plate covers. We added base board moulding around the floor of the bedroom. I don't know why it makes a big difference, but it does!|
|This is the view from the entry door to the bedroom. This shot gives a better look showing the bead board. The small door is access to attic storage.|
|The master bathroom after shot. The shower was replaced with a regular stand up shower stall. We added a side wall for support. In the long run, with renters, my thought is this will stand up better. No worrying about glass doors.|
|Gone is the Robins Egg blue paint and pink striped wallpaper. A new mirror was added as well.|
|This is the view as you enter the front door. The maroon carpet was removed and the stairs were in great shape. They were cleaned and new polyurethane was added. Yellow paint was replaced with the beige.|
|Another after view of the gorgeous stairs.|
|Another view from the front entry door of the living room leading into the dining room.|
|This is the downstairs bedroom. The main challenge in this room was to cover the closet doors that had been written on in marker. It took MULTIPLE layers of KILZ. The stained carpet was replaced with a beige and baseboards were added here as well.|
|Downstairs bathroom: wallpaper stripped and KILZ added to ceiling. My cousin thought the beige would make this room a bit too dark and I agreed, so we found this medium green in my basement, unopened. I honestly can't remember what I bought it for.|
|Another shot of the downstairs bathroom. The wood was cleaned up with Murphy's Oil Soap.|
|Cabinets were painted, a new stove (and refrigerator out of view) were purchased. No more country stickers on the doors! |