a year in home improvements
It’s still weird to me that we’ve been living in our current house for a year now. In some ways, it seems like we just got to Michigan. Most days, though, it’s like we’ve been living here for 10 years. I think one of the reasons that we’ve felt so at home here is that I was able to paint almost every wall in the house and hang pictures right away. In our previous houses, we never actually got around to hanging artwork.
When we first got the keys to the house, we quickly demo’d the only full bath in the house, and we temporarily commuted between an apartment that Jason was renting and our new house. It was hard to commute since we were so eager to be in our own home, but it was worth it – our new bath is much better than the old one. (You can read all about our reno here).
Another dramatic change was the kitchen. The wallpaper was bad, and a huge chandelier was waiting to knock out anyone who is taller than 5’5″. So we painted and changed up the light fixtures and it feels much fresher and more modern. We added new cabinet pulls and a new faucet and we were good to go. (Kitchen reno posts are here).
In the future, I’d love to get rid of the bulkhead and hang our cabinets higher on the wall – we only have about 18″ between the countertop and cabinets, and that doesn’t leave much work space.
Our third major project this year has been the remodeling of our old half bath. This is still kind of a work in progress, since we got it to useable condition and then got sick of the project and ignored it for a while. I’m hoping to put the final touches on her someday soon…
midway… stay tuned for the after photos (once we actually complete it!)
Our first major project for year 2 in our Michigan home will be to repair the 5′ retaining wall surrounding the front of our house that gave way during the spring warm up. We’ve decided that this is a project that would NOT be fun to do ourselves, and are in the process of hiring someone to do the work for us. We also have a huge list of other projects we’d like to tackle: painting our sunroom, making the laundry room prettier and more functional, installing hardwood floors throughout the first floor of our home, improving our veggie garden, etc. Fingers crossed that all of them will work out… if not, we really do appreciate all of you coming along for the ride! Thanks for tuning in to read my nonsense during our first year in Michigan, and we hope you’ll join us for many, many more here!