Behind the scenes of our renovations, what we are doing and what is left.

Hello fraaaands.  How are you?  I know I have talked to a lot of you on Instagram while the blog has been dark, but I have missed you!  Life has really been busy lately and with just me at the helm of the blog stuff, something had to give.  But now the kids are back in school, the kitchen renovation is *almost* done, so I (prayer hands) can find out what a normal schedule is like again.  By reading beyond this point, you are agreeing to my updated privacy policy found here, and my use of commission based links. We sincerely thank you for buying via my links.

First day of in person school, back in our rental and I was recovering.

In case you missed it, we moved.

We love it.

Then the day after we found a house to buy (and wrote a contract), I had an unexpected surgery.  This is just too much insanity even for me. LOL! 

I also want to give you full disclosure, I am NOT a DIY renovation person.  I had an idea for what I wanted, a budget, I hired an interior designer, and went for it.  Now, please do proceeeeed.

The original kitchen in our new house.  It is so different now! This is a screenshot from the real estate company its the best I could do.

The cat and I had a lot of quality time

What I didn't talk about in that post is what happened at the six week mark.  I developed MRSA in one of my incisions, a horrible antibiotic resistant staph infected that you read about in the news.  Let's just say it was unpleasant.  I didn't end up in the hospital, but it wasn't great.  Thankfully, Rachel, one of my amazing readers, reached out to me.  She talked me through a lot of things that I just didn't know.  I can't begin to thank her enough.  It was a lot, a lot lot.  Looking back, PSH NO THANKS.  Not looking back.  Just super glad its done.

Then we bought a the contract we wrote ended up as the backup contract.  Then the first one fell through, so we got the house.  We just love it.  We are a half a block from the beach.  When we open the garage door, we can smell the salty air. It's heaven.  There are still some things to do, I mean the house is 40 years old.

Rendering of what the cabinet colors are like now...

First post in the new house click here.

Mid construction, floor and countertops done.

That doesn't happen much on the east coast, at least where we were, because houses were usually newer.  Its just a different vibe moving into an older home.  It has the most amazing mahogany parquet floors.  One of these days I will do a before and after tour, but there are some weird things.  Like they pained latex paint on top of oil based so EVERY DOOR, and all of the trim in the whole house is peeling.  Its super duper annoying, especially because the kids can't stop picking at it. I guess that's a free paint removal!

The powder room is almost done.  Waiting on some hardware, and I want some fun wallpaper...

Before we moved in, while I was recovering, I was the contractor (LOL) for all of the renovations.  That's why I haven't been writing.  You guys, it is still not done.  The floors are done, the counters and the cabinets (mostly) in the kitchen.  But we built a banquette in the kitchen, and that still needs painting.  The budget?  Also somewhat hilarious.  Because the house is older, we kept finding things that needed specific help. Like the plumbing.

I'm telling you now.  If you have kids/animals you need Ruggable.  Belle spilled a whole glass of wine on this and it came out...

Click here for my ruggable.

All of the contractors are super busy out here with the COVID backlog.  It just takes a long time.

I can't wait to show you the after!!

Thanks for reading.  Always.  XO

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