From the moment when Jesse and I bought our house mid February, we began making lists of all the things we wanted to upgrade and fix.
In the past 6 months so far, we’ve:
* upgraded all the door hardware
*painted every room except the upstairs bathroom and downstairs playroom
But our biggest accomplishment thus far has been the laundry room. Granted, we hired our contractor friend to build the wall, fix the roof (it was leaking) and cut our tiles with a wet saw. For our first house we didn’t feel comfortable messing with those kinds of projects, right off the bat (also, what we would’ve spent in tools would’ve been close to what we paid a pro!). But we painted, put up the beadboard, added shelves, and, most importantly, leveled and tiled the floor ourselves! Talk about a money saver! We paid for everything with cash and don’t owe a dime on any of it, without dipping into our savings, best of all!
The financial breakdown (because I know you’re wondering):
Wall construction and insulation: $900
Paint: Leftover from our master bedroom, Behr Offshore Mist
Leveling Concrete: $80
Tile and supplies: $200 (we got a 99 cents/sq ft deal! They are Trafficmaster Ceramic)
Tile Cutting: $100
Roof Repair: $400
As for the furniture:
Hutch: $100 from Craigslist, painted in Silver Behr mixed with plaster of paris (for the chalk paint), lined with green paper from the dollar store
Ikea Desk: $10 from a garage sale
Ikea Expedit Bench: Leftover from our townhouse dining room table
Bench pad: Leftover as well, although I believe we paid $20 for it back then
Fabric for curtains and bench pad: $30 from fabric.com
Shelves: $50 melamine board from Home Depot
Various bins and baskets: $30 total from Ross and garage sales (remember the playboy bunny bucket?)
Laundry Basket Holders: $50 worth of materials from Home Depot
6 Laundry Baskets: $15 total (big deal at Big Lots)
Apothecary drawers: Birthday Gift two years ago from Amazon
Farmhouse Lamp and Edison Bulb: Barn Light Electric
Vintage Shelving unit: $30 at an antique store in Paso Robles
Now, for the pictures!!!
Kitchen Updates– We Have Progress!
House Tour: Downstairs Bathroom
House Tour #1
Laundry Room Progress