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We’re Getting a New Roof

So here’s what happened: literally, I had just finished saying to Daniel that I thought we wouldn’t end up spending a boatload of money on the house this year because all of our projects we have planned we can mostly do ourselves and then I walk upstairs to get some sewing supplies out of the guest room and look up at the ceiling and see a huge water stain thanks to the fabulous Nor’easter we’d just experienced and then go back downstairs and say, “Nevermind!” So, new roof, guys. We’re getting a new roof. And there goes, like everything.
Images of our roof taken by one of the roofers who gave us an estimate.

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How We Plan to Upgrade Our Entryway This Year

Back in December, I listed out the top five projects I hoped we could achieve in 2017 and, over the past few weeks, I’ve gone into a bit more detail about the first four projects (see here, here and here). Now, for the fifth project, I’m going to share a bit more about upgrading the entryway and why we’re doing this in the first place. Hint: it has to do with Daniel being a klutz.

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Pantry Plans, a.k.a. Making the Basement Less Scary

What’s that expression? “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” or “plans are meant to be broken” or “the best laid plans…” or any other expression having to do with plans that you see falling apart in every direction? That’s where we are right now with our 2017 house plans and it’s only the first weekend in February. I wrote about several ideas we had in mind for 2017 assuming that we would get to a few but probably not all of them. Seeing as how we were told yesterday that we need to replace our entire roof soon (yikes!), it’s looking more and more like we won’t get to most of them. We’ve made some headway on the master bedroom closet doors (we are not DIYing them after all and, thanks to the roof, might not be able to afford to do this project; this is a post for a later date) and we are starting on the office wall unit. So next on the list is creating a pantry and a wine cellar, aka making the basement less scary.

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Master Bedroom Closet Doors

Old houses are a big pain in the ass. They are beautiful and have so much unique character and detail – stuff I love – but when it comes to improving said old house, they are a pain in the ass. Especially for people like us who aren’t handy.

Stained glass window and staircase
As seen from our second floor landing: beautiful baseboards, stained glass window and window frame details.

The thing about old houses is that you have to get creative about how you find or create storage and then, on top of that, you may have to work in an oddly configured space.

That’s exactly what is happening with us when it comes to adding doors to our master bedroom closet.

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2017: Top Five House Project Plans

A couple of weeks ago, I went over what I thought were the top five house projects of the past year. They all had to do with bringing in color and creating more function out of our cozy spaces. For 2017, we plan on doing absolutely nothing.

HAHAHAHA, yeah right.

Here’s a list of the top five projects I am planning for 2017 and each is rated on a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being the littlest chance of this project actually getting done and 5 being the highest chance. Starting in January, over the course of several weeks, I’ll detail the reason for each project and share design ideas too.

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House Projects: Year in Review

We’re closing in on two years since we first bought the house (has anyone ever noticed how quickly years go by?!) and I remember thinking when we bought the house in December and moved into it January 1 that I truly believed we could redo our kitchen for less than $20,000 and by the end of that year. I remember first seeing the kitchen and being horrified and thinking that that project had to be among the first that we do. Oh, how naive we were, we quickly humbled first-time homebuyers! I mean, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

What dummies.

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Master Bedroom Closet: Dream vs. Reality

Dream scenario: to have a master bedroom closet that is a walk-in closet in which both Daniel and I can put away clothes, look through our clothes, get dressed and check ourselves out in a full-length mirror without bumping into each other and even throw clothes down on a chaise longue that is there simply to look good while under a pile of clothes that we were too lazy to put away.

Reality: not that.

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Dear Painting, You Suck

Paint Colors

Dear Painting,

I love you and respect you, but I’m also starting to hate you. As the easiest, most inexpensive and effective way to transform a room – so I’ve heard every designer and interior decorator say – we thought we’d incorporate you just about everywhere in our house.

We’ve been in this house almost four months and have painted four rooms and we’re not done yet. We are worn out and so sick of painting! But we can’t deny how fabulous a good coat with primer in a beautiful vibrant color really changes a space and makes this house more and more “ours.”

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Our First Renovation Project

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When we were looking at the house, we knew right away that we would need to do two renovation projects. One of those projects is to redo the horribly ugly kitchen, but that project is a bit off in the future. The other was slightly changing the floor plan on the 2nd floor.

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