But along with the joy came some tears because it also came with the realization of just how much work we were about to do. My husband ended up not deploying, which was a blessing in disguise, and we are still so happy we made this decision. We did as much as we possibly could to move into the home, and now we are just working on it little by little. I am so glad that you are joining us on this journey. If you are thinking about purchasing a fixer upper but are hesitant because of the work, don’t be afraid of a little blood, sweat, and tears. You will build a home with love that way, and you will be so very proud when you are finished.
Below are some of our before pictures.
We tore down paneling out of the two bedrooms, entry way, and hallway. We did not take the paneling off the walls in the living room, but painted over it instead. We had kind of ran out of mojo because that also meant scraping off glue where the paneling had been glued onto the walls and sanding in every room we took it down. We plan to eventually get back to the living room and do the same thing. We put new vinyl in the kitchen floor. The only thing that my family did not do was the vinyl. We hired someone to come do that. We also restored the hardwood floors on our own. We rented the equipment, and my husband, mom, and dad went to town working on the floors. I was the supervisor. Somebody had to make sure it got done right (haha). Our kids, my brother-in-law, and cousin helped us with several things in the house as well. And because the house had been sitting so long, we had a few issues with the well and had to fix it a couple of times. That was also a big chore. This was definitely a learning experience.
I am excited about some of the upcoming transformations we have planned!!! Below are some of our pictures while working.