So it’s been 2 weeks since I checked into Meghan’s weekly list love party… I’d say sorry but I’m not :0 We’ve spent the past two weeks in total re-do mode painting and deep cleaning majority of our house and it’s starting to feel like home. Here’s the rundown.
So. Much. Paint. We spent one weekend doing the first floor with a little help from my dad to reach the tallest point of our ceilings.
We spent the next weekend painting our family room together and then I knocked out our bedroom by myself when Z went to work.
I borrowed my aunt’s steam cleaner and deep cleaned all our carpets, especially former bird room turned office (yay no more bird poop carpet!).
Z went on a de-spidering spree, collecting and freeing almost a dozen of them to the backyard.
I ventured back into the world of crafting by giving our couch pillows fresh covers and painting the really cool (if I do say so myself) waveform piece that’s going to hang above our bed.
We successfully built an office desk (even if it took two days). We also built a bookshelf, a coffee table, and two nightstands. I’m calling it quits on the furniture assembly for a while.
My dad came back over to help us remove the (awkwardly placed) ceiling fan that was in our hallway. While he was here he helped me install the wall grates that I’d unsuccessfully tried to hang on 3 previous occasions.
Our furniture was delivered (no assembly required!) except they forgot our couch feet… so some assembly required after I pick those up later this week.
After a whirlwind couple of weeks I’m looking forward to using my spring break from work to settle. I’m hoping to hang some pictures, maybe touch up some of the trim painting, and continue our ongoing war with the spiders. I’ll probably watch a decent amount of food network too because #balance.
This week has been a big one, so big in fact that I don’t have anything particularly witty or creative in terms of an introduction to give you, so let’s get right into the list love.
This week was moving week! We spent Monday and Tuesday packing the last of our boxes (and barely sleeping) in preparation for our close on Wednesday.
After an (almost painless) close Wednesday morning we were proud owners of a house! Of course, we happened to have like 30mph winds that day which added an extra layer of fun to the whole moving in process. We spent Wednesday moving boxes with our cars and Thursday moving furniture with a Uhaul. We spent both days doing a very thorough cleaning of every single surface.
Friday morning was back to work, but that night we broke in the place by having my cousin and her husband over for pizza and games. I’m pleased to say the island I assembled (and the chairs Z assembled) both survived their first use.
I’ve also decided the house must be lucky because I won my first ever game of Catan!
The rest of the weekend was spent welcoming more family (my mom, my aunts, and a few of my cousins all came by on Saturday), settling in, and starting work. After a big trip to Home Depot we started in on our first projects.
I put up a ton of test patches for the paint we’re going to use on the main floor and in the family room. I’m happy to report that the top color (which was my favourite) looked great in all the different lighting possibilities I put it against.
I also dusted our realllly tall ceilings, and gave the walls their first washing followed by patching all the cracks and nail holes. By the end of this project I’m hoping to feel more comfortable up on a ladder.
Z worked a good portion of the weekend but he still found time to put a (much needed) fresh coat of caulk around our bathtub. Our first week into home ownership has been a whirlwind to say the least (not at all helped by the fact that I have a ‘want-to-do list’ that’s a mile long) but it feels really good to have finally achieved the goal that has been a year and a half in the making.