Just before Christmas Shaun complete another house project. Its so nice to have another one checked off the list, the list that never goes away when your house was built in 1912. Here are the before, during and afters:
Fall 2012, when we first looked at the house that God placed in our laps. Look at my little Aiden-guy!
one end of the hallway....
...the opposite end. So. Much. Wallpaper.
Shaun does multiple, pain-staking coats of mud to get the walls smooth enough to paint. It is a process!
I went back and forth with the carpet/no carpet decision. I like the warmth and quietness of carpet, but not how it wears or the questionable cleanliness of it. Ultimately, we did both. Shaun laid carpet on the stairs and laid engineered flooring in the hallway. He used padding underneath so there's a nice "give" to it, making it fairly quiet when the boys are tromping back and forth.
The color I chose for the walls, which is carried from the front entry way all the way to the third floor, is a Sherwin Williams color (mixed at Home Depot) called "Sensible Hue" (because I am nothing if not sensible...I'm trying to take cues from Amanda and not be that way all the time :). Depending on the lighting it can look gray or green and I really like both.
There is still plenty more to do just around that corner where you can't see, but I'm thrilled with the progress so far. It just feels finished...nice.
Third floor stairs and hallway:
This photo is from Fall 2012, when we first looked at the house and immediately fell in love.
Stinky animal carpet made a one-way trip to the dump. We stripped the wallpaper and scrapped the popcorn ceiling, blew in insulation, taped, sanded and painted.
I hung canvases that I'd had kicking around for a while and spray-painted the base of a light fixture from gold to black to re-purpose it.
It may take a while for us to complete projects (we have a loooong history of that, though in our defense we've also done a ton of projects and had a lot of life going on) but the result is always worth the time, effort and wait. Shaun is THE man!
This house has been so much work and also such a gift. I can't wait to see how God continues to use it for his purposes.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.