Monday, May 17, 2010

The House

Now that everything is official and the house is ours, I thought I'd show you the pictures. These pictures are from the listing with the seller's things.

























My new office!


As you can see, I have a lot of work to do. And on a small budget.

Before we move in, we are having the popcorn ceilings removed and new carpet installed. I think these two things will make a world of difference. Since we are having these two things done in an empty house, it's a lot less expensive since nothing has to be moved. (And the popcorn ceiling guys don't need to cover the old carpet).

Then I'll go through painting room by room, including mouldings. (NOT looking forward to this!) I will also replace the hardware in the house (starting with the kitchen).

Eventually, I want to lay tile (myself) in the bathrooms, something I've never done. But thank god for You Tube videos!

And someday, probably years from now, I'd like to refinish the hardwoods and bring them into the kitchen, and add granite to the countertops.

So that's it! You'll know what I'll be doing in my spare time for the next year or so :) But at least it will make for some good blog content!

ps - Today's my birthday 26th birthday. What did I get for my birthday? This house! haha

70 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRYN!

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  2. Happy Birthday! I love that the before pictures are from the old owners... it will make for good ohhhing and ahhhing on the before and afters. I am still sad I never took pictures before we moved into this house (although I was 8 months pregnant at the time) - and there were NO pictures on the real estate listing. Who does that? That's probably how we snagged the house for such a good deal!

    Have a great day!

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  3. Congratulations and happy birthday!! The house is going to be absolutely amazing once you put your stamp on it. It already has fantastic bones, just needs some updating. I can't wait to follow the progress! Yaaaay!

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  4. Happy birthday, Bryn! What an amazing birthday present! I can't believe how gorgeous this house is and how much potential it has. The way you were talking before about waiting a few years to save up money, I thought this house would be tiny! I was wrong! It's so great that you can afford such beautiful home for your first place. I can just imagine how beautiful the interior will be once you get your hands on it.

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  5. Happy Birthday!!! The house is awesome and I'm sure that each little change that you make to it - will make it more perfect to you! Good luck and enjoy the process!!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Bryn! I can't wait to see all of the "afters"! I know you'll make it fabulous.

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  7. Happy Birthday!!

    You're so lucky to get your hands on this house, I see major potential here!!

    Can't wait to read your future posts, I love seeing home makeovers, esp. when they are done by professionals! So exciting, and have a great birthday =)

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  8. happy birthday!
    great house.
    we will all be looking forward to the awesomeness that you create.
    and remember if you need any craigslist scores...i am cheap cheap cheap!!!

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  9. Happy Birthday and congratulations! I can see why you fell in love with this house. Cant' wait to follow the progress!

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  10. Happy birthday and I can't wait to see what you do with the house!

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  11. Happy Birthday!!! Great selection on the house. I can't wait to see what you do with it!!

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  12. Congrats on the house! And, happy birthday to you :)

    You're going to have some wonderful before & after pics when you get finished with this.

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  13. Happy Birthday! What a great gift- laying tile is easy- just rent the tile cutter from Lowes or Home Depot- makes it so much easier! Good Luck!

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  14. Happy Birthday, Bryn! Your house looks lovely. I'm sure you will be very happy there for many years to come.

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  15. The house is beautiful Bryn, can't WAIT to see what you do with it! Happy Birthday!!

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  16. Happy Birthday and congratulations on the house!

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  17. It's much bigger than I thought it would be. Great potential!

    Happy Birthday!

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  18. Happy Birthday! Lordy you are young!! What a fabulous time in your life, enjoy it!! The house, marriage, career...and yes, this house needs you big time! A great canvas to experiment and hone your craft.
    Janell

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  19. Can't wait to see what you accomplish!

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  20. Happy Birthday! What a great present! It's beautiful :)

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  21. congrats on your beautiful home! I can't wait to see after pics once you decorate! Happy birthday!!
    Kelly

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  22. happy birthday, and that's the ultimate present. your house is adorable, and spacious, and in great shape for a first house. i'm a little jealous. you sure got a lot of bang for your buck...i wish our housing market woulda let us do so! it always cracks us up when we watch house hunters and see what people are paying and where. good for you!

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  23. Oh. my. gosh.

    I love the outside of this home. It is so classic! I know you'll make it darling-can't wait to see what you do!

    And happy birthday

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  24. First things, first...happy birthday! I can't think of a better present than a house!

    I can't wait to see your projects as you complete them...your style will do wonders for that house. It's going to be amazing! Looking forward to following your progress. Best of luck!

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  25. Happy Birthday and congratulations on the new house! It's so beautiful and full of potential. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  26. Congrats, and happy birthday!

    I can't wait to see what you end up doing to the house!

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  27. Wow what a house! Its lovely and will be even more so once you put your decorating touch to it. Good luck and Happy Birthday.

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  28. It's so classic! Love it and can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  29. Fantastic bones, you will make this place absolutely swoon worthy gorgeous over time. Congratulations and happy birthday !

    xoxo
    Kate

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  30. Happy Birthday Bryn! Love the house :)

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  31. happy birthday, and congrats on the new house! what a great present! :)

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  32. Happy Birthday, Bryn!! My 23rd is on Thursday :) Yay May B-day's!


    The house is SO cute! I love the exterior! I can't wait to see what you do with the interior... starting with the removal of all that brass haha. the house must have been built in the 90s, looks like ours did before I made my mom change everything ;)

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  33. happy birthday

    what a cute house!! i can totally see the potential and i don't have one decorating bone in my body. ok, well maybe my little toe.

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  34. Happy birthday!!

    It looks like you picked a great home! The high ceilings and large spaces can't be beat :).

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  35. Happy Birthday! And I can't wait to see the after pictures once you work your magic on your house!

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  36. Happy Birthday and congratulations!! You do have your work cut out for you! I can't wait to see what all you do. I'm in the same boat you are. Our trim needs to be painted in the entire house. I just dont know if I'm up for it!

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  37. Happy birthday and congrats!
    Great house.. Looks very beautiful from the outside and great windowsss. I wonder how long it'll take for you to completely catch up to (and surpass!) our progress on our house that we've been living in for a year! Looking forward to reading all about what you do with that house...

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  38. Happy Birthday!
    And congrats on the house, it looks great! Can't wait to see how you transform it and make it yours!

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  39. Happy Birthday New Home Owner - Love that its two stories - its going to look so nice, looking forward to seeing you at working turning yuor house into a home!

    ps the outside looks great already!

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  40. Congratulations on the house and Happy 26th! Can't wait for the reno blog posts!

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  41. Happy birthday, Bryn! What a great present. And the house looks gorgeous - I can't wait to see you what you do with it. I love getting inspiration from you!

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  42. Happy birthday - and congrats on the house! I know you'll do fabulous things to it - it looks like it has great bones!

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  43. Happy Birthdy !
    You are going to have so much fun making this house your very own. Can't wait to see your projects !

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  44. Congrats! Now for babies!And happy birthday. I love hearing people getting homes in the their twenties.. I was 24 when we had ours built..what a blessing.

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  45. You can tell it has great potential! I don't envy you that painting project, but it will look so much lovelier just with the new carpets, awful valances gone, and some fresh paint.

    Happy birthday! Mine (25) was on Saturday! Hope you have a wonderful birthday week!

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  46. GORGEOUS!!! WHAT a GIFT!!! amazing, and you will do such an incredible job, Im sure!! happy birthday!!! xoxo Enjoy!!

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  47. Happy Birthday and congratulations! You are going to absolutely transform that house and it's going to be so much fun for you!

    Thank you for taking us along on what is sure to be a thrilling ride.

    jbhat

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  48. Congrats on the house! It has beautiful potential! Happy Happy Birthday!

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  49. Happy Birthday and congratulations!!! What a beautiful house too. I am excited to see your changes moving forward and totally feel you on the prioritization of said changes!

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  50. "as you can see we have a lot to do" What an insult you have made to the former owners of the house. They no doubt put a lot of work into preparing their house for listing and you condemn their efforts in one sentence. Shame on you for being so insensitive to the feelings of others.

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  51. First off, happy birthday! And secondly, ::thonk:: that house is GORGEOUS!!! AMAZING curb appeal!! Way jealous over here! :)

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  52. I love the structure! Can't wait to see what you do with it! :)

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  53. Oh, and Happy Birthday! haha :)

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  54. So much potential! Congrats on your new space....can't see what you do with it!

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  55. Happy Birthday! And what a GORGEOUS home you have.

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  56. We got the keys to our house on my husbands birthday. :)

    Your house is beautiful!!!!! I can't wait to see what you do. It's going to be amazing!

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  57. The house has great bones, I know you'll rock all over it!

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  58. Happy Birthday... and congratulations. I really like the house and I'm sure that with few little changes it will be just perfect :) Good luck!

    xoxo,
    raru

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  59. Happy Birthday! What a great house. Can't wait to see how you put your touch on it. I'm kinda diggin' the wallpaper in the bathroom (7th pic). How does it look in person?

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  60. Beautiful house! I can't wait to see what you are all going to do with it. We painted the whole house and replaced the livingroom/diningroom flooring in our house before we moved in and it made a world of difference. Oh, and Happy Birthday!

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  61. Happy Birthday! I'll be following you into 26 in a few months! The front of your house is absolutely adorable! I love it! I cannot wait to see all you do to it!

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  62. happy birthday and congrats on the house..take your time with the baby..,a lot more difficult to redo a house with a baby in tow;;;; enjoy this time with your husband and your new house..ok so how are they doing the popcorn ceilings..scraping or what..i wonder if this could be done DIY style... we are looking at a very similar house..it just needs paint and ceilings scraped..tile in bathrooms and later better kitchen floors and counters..but iam like you, if i can just get the house and paint it i can be happy for years..is that really true? ha! GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY!

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  63. congratulations on the new house, but it is a little tacky to post pics with all of the previous owners' things when it was still their home. seems like you could have taken your own "befores" once the furniture was moved out.

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  64. I cannot WAIT to see what you do with this beautiful home!! I know you're going to make it into a masterpiece!

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  65. happy belated b-day! mine is tomorrow...aren't may birthdays the best?! ;)

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  66. Wow! Such a large house! I'm sure you'll get it to its highest potential! :)

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  67. The house is beautiful! What a wonderful palette to work with. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  68. Beautiful house Bryn! Congrats again and happy birthday!

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  69. Happy Belated Birthday, Bryn! Just for the record, I can.not.wait to see what you do with your new office. I'm envious!

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