Home Improvements

I had 11 days off of work and thought…well, surely I can’t just relax or lunch with girlfriends or shop…nope, I decided that tackling major home remodeling projects was the way to go.
WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

Day 1 text to Joe: I love Menards!
Day 11 text to Joe: I loathe Menards!

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On top of deciding that I wanted to complete these projects, I also decided to challenge myself by completing each project within a budget. Again, WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

Do you see a theme starting to form?

Project #1: Replacing the screen to the sliding glass door
Cost: $0 I already had everything I needed

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After
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Okay, that wasn’t so bad. So, I continued down the rabbit hole. There is a constant whisper playing in the back of my head and it sounds like this…you are the daughter of a general contactor, don’t be a disappointment, don’t be a disappointment. I hate my head sometimes!

Project #2: Refinishing our existing outdoor furniture
Cost: $8 with tax, no joke!
Spraypaint: $5
Tarp: $1.75

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After
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A few lessons learned here…(1) in the future I will not do a project like this when it’s 100+ degrees outside and (2) I will look at the weather forcast so that this doesn’t happen 10 minutes after I complete my project!

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Project #3: Finishing the Laundry Room
Cost: $135
Tile: $32
Paint: $22
Contact Paper: $11
Accessories: $40
Lumber: $30

When we moved into our house three years ago I was so excited to have a laundry room that I did not care what it looked like. I care now.

Before:
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After
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Side note, I did complete the flooring in the laundry room, but didn’t take a picture of it. It looks as great as laminate flooring in a laundry room can look.

Now, we come to the mother of all projects…the master bathroom.

Project #4: Remodeling the master bathroom
Cost: $548
Faucets: $252
Light Fixture: $60
Shower Curtain/ Rug: $40
Shelf: $40
Accessories: $90
Paint: $66

Originally the intent was to paint and get rid of the hideous light fixture that I had random nightmares about.

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Then we decided that we had to get new faucets to match the new light fixture.

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Then, I decided that I hated the cabinetry.

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Then, I decided that I hated the ugly builders wood baseboards and doors…who doesn’t!

Then, we decided that we hated the ugly builders wood baseboards and doors throughout the house. More to come on that fiasco!

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

I love how everything turned out. It was a busy 11 days. I wouldn’t say I was happy to go back to work, but I would say that I am probably better at my professional job than I am at home remodeling.

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One Comment on “Home Improvements”

  1. So entertaining reading the home improvement blog, I laughed so hard, also everything looks beautiful!


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