Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Home Improvement

Last January we came back from a trip to Utah to discover that a pipe in our master bathroom had leaked. Not just a little leak, either. Our bathroom cabinets and floor were ruined, the carpet in the bedroom and out into the hall was soaked, and it had leaked through the floor into the living room ceiling and had ruined the carpet down there, too, plus part of the wall and the closet door. Fun times. We decided to look at it as a blessing in disguise and consider it a chance to increase the value of our house. And we decided to do the work ourselves and save some money, giving us a chance to upgrade rather than replace. So now we have tile in the downstairs and master bathrooms, happy pale yellow walls instead of dreary gray ones, and, most exciting, wood floors downstairs! Being married to a guy who works in design and has construction in his blood definitely has its benefits! We got our new bathroom cabinets yesterday, so all we have left now is restretching the upstairs carpet, putting in the baseboards, and painting up the stairs and down the hall. Here’s some pics of our progress:

The hole in the ceiling:

Old, ugly paint (gray) vs. new, pretty paint (yellow):

Old kitchen and living room floors:

New floors:

My favorite picture from this whole process:


  1. It looks like you had a lot of work on your hands. You are lucky that you are married to someone who is handy. We had something happen to us like that 2 years ago and had to move out of our house for 3 weeks while it was being repaired. Being pinned under falling drywall is never fun. I am glad that you are happy with all the new renovations. I would love to have an excuse to fix my house!

  2. That looks awesome! Are you sure you didn't "accidentally" break a pipe before your trip? You guys really know how to turn a trial into a blessing. :)


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