A Whole House Full of Opportunity

PDX Before_34PDX Before_40Well, we made it. We’re here, we’re (mostly) unpacked, and we’re already so in love with this city. Rain, roses, bridges, great coffee, great beer, great food… what could be better? Plus I’ve seen like eight rainbows in the last week. That’s more than one rainbow a day. Not a bad deal. I can feel it in every conversation–The Boy and I are already so much happier and more relaxed here. Even Matilda is loving her new home, she’s been sweeter and cuddlier ever since we got here.

Now that we’re kinda sorta mostly unpacked, we’re deep into project mode. We love our blue baby so much, but she’s going to need a lot of work. First of all, we don’t really have any furniture… our 400 square foot cottage didn’t allow us much room for extra stuff, so now I’ve got two completely empty rooms. Second, the blue dream is old, and could use some big updates in places like the kitchen and the bathroom. Also, some kind of depraved animal clearly lived here before us, so we’ve been scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing all week, trying to get her clean. I mean… they put chewing gum on the backsides of all my beautiful crystal doorknobs. CHEWING GUM. What?? What is that? Who would do such a thing? A depraved animal, that’s who. They also lit a fire in our non-working fireplace, completely scorching the back wall, so they weren’t even an especially bright depraved animal.

PDX Before_36PDX Before_39If there is a book-buying disease I have it bad. This isn’t even half of the collection.

PDX Before_18PDX Before_25PDX Before_27PDX Before_55PDX Before_57PDX Before_58That last room is the most exciting for me. Right now, it’s basically our dumping ground for everything that doesn’t have a home yet.  But one day soon, it’s going to be my very own office with a desk where I can write and a little armchair for me to read in by that big gorgeous window.

So yeah, lot’s of work to be done, but we’re like giddy little children so excited for the challenge. This is the first place where I really have the space and the time to take on projects and make it my own. It’s going to take some effort and a lot of time, but we’re in this for the long haul. So, just so you can see what kind of crazy people we are, here’s our project list in no particular order:

Refinish and paint the kitchen cabinets
Replace the kitchen cabinet hardware
Replace the icky laminate kitchen counter with wood
Repair the enamel in the kitchen sink
Replace the gross faux-marble kitchen contact paper (apparently you can do this with wallpaper–I’m pushing for this one)
Install over-the-sink shelves in the kitchen
Build a dining room table
Buy and button-tuft a new couch
Cover up the fireplace scorch marks with tile
Build floating bookshelves in the living room
Find a coffee table
Replace the bathroom sink
Buy/build new light fixtures for bedroom, living room, dining room, and my office
Buy/build some kind of storage for The Boy’s vinyl collection
Buy and refinish a tanker desk for me
Buy dining room chairs
Plant veggies in the backyard
Seed the weird back bit of the yard with wild flowers
Plant dahlia bulbs around the border of the back deck
Replace the weird cloudy mirror in the bedroom
Hang outdoor lights
Refinish our existing dressers
Finally build me a headboard
Make a temporary backsplash in the kitchen from pressed tin
Replace the toekick in the kitchen
Buy a cozy reading chair for my office

So consider these our “before” pictures, because big changes are coming. You can see all of our ideas for the new pad over here.

All photos by ME.

2 thoughts on “A Whole House Full of Opportunity

  1. This place has GOOD bones… don’t ya love all the light and those floors?! Sending BIG hugs to you both, and I am very happy that you found this blue bungalow and know in time it will bloom. And yeaaaa, isn’t the food out there great? xO

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