It's a Twinderful Life

Looking For the Silver Lining in All of Life's Clouds

The Beast and The Beauty

Welcome to Monday! Seeing as today is the last Monday we will spend in our little condo (tear) it felt like a good day to finally tackle the post about the remodeling we did to get it ready to put on the market. As I went back to find the “before” pics I was reminded just how big of a difference a new floor and some paint can make. I don’t know how you all are, but I get some sick pleasure from looking at “before” and “after pics – they appeal to the perfectionist in me. I hope that you enjoy the eye candy as much as I do!

Note: We were trying to make the decorating something that would be universally appealing to the buyer, so this isn’t exactly how I would have decorated if we were going to be here longer, but close. Nonetheless, I still think it looks pretty fantastic.

Note 2: Please keep in mind that the before pics were in the middle of the remodel, hence the craziness and overall lack of order (shudder).

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Dining Room Before

Dining Room During

Dining Room After

Kitchen Before and During

Kitchen After

There you have it, the fruits of our remodeling labors. I’m going to miss this place and all of the fun memories that were made there. But, I’m striving to look on the bright side and dwell on the fact that we’ll make new memories wherever the wind may blow us. We’re putting an offer on a house today so we’ll see what happens. We’ll keep you posted fo’ sho’!

In conclusion here are some lessons that we learned:

  • Remodeling a 700 square foot condo is very difficult while living in it (you don’t even know unless you’ve been there and I don’t necessarily recommend it).
  • Paint and new flooring is a very inexpensive way to make a huge difference in changing the look and feel of a space.
  • Before you start painting, make sure you have all of your supplies first so that you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store (I wonder how much time/gas we wasted going to and from Lowes).
  • Less is more when it comes to accessorizing your room (I’m starting to lean more towards minimalist decor).
  • I am and will forever be obsessed with wood laminate flooring and neutral walls.
  • We should have remodeled sooner so that we could have enjoyed it longer. We won’t make this mistake again. Before we move into our new place we’re going to try to get as much of this done as possible so that we can enjoy it from Day 1.

Have a fantastic beginning to your week!

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For those about to rock, we salute you!

And boy did we get our rock on last night (thanks AC/DC). We completed Phase 1 of our “Repaint the kitchen cabinets so that we can sell this place” project, and we did a fine job if I do say so myself. Here’s a Phase 1 breakdown for you:

  • Remove all cabinet doors and hardware
  • Sand said cabinet doors and remaining cabinature (is that even a word? It is now…)
  • Wipe down everything (as you can see from the forthcoming pics we had lost our steam at this point (a.k.a. I was in an extremely irritable mood and just wanted to go lay down with my pups in bed and my husband is a saint and said we could do it on Friday)

Phase 2 commences tonight with a trip to IKEA with Bre for some cabinet organizers, paper, etc. I’m not really sure that shopping at one of my favorite stores should be considered a “project phase,” but to make me feel better and more productive we’re going to call it that.

Phase 3 will start on Friday night after work and includes going to Lowe’s for the primer, paint, and supplies, and putting the first coat of primer on. We’re going with a beautifully clean and room-opening white.

Phase 4 kicks off on Saturday morning when Bre comes over and helps us apply the coats of paint (Miah would come but he’ll be representing at a Youth Conference). We’re hoping it only needs one or two coats because the primer has represented done its job).

Phase 5 – A BBQ celebration up the canyon with BreMiah and a few other friends.

Phase 6 – After the cabinets have dried we put everything back in the cabinets, rehang the cabinet doors, and sit down to sip a cool glass of lemonade.

And there you have it, our Project Outline as well as our weekend schedule. I’ll be excited when it’s all done. 🙂

Here’s one side of the kitchen

And the other side (not sure why this pic is so blurry…hmmm…)

And, just for good measure, my cute little Porsche pup, ready for bed (like her mommy)

BTW if you want even more random pics of what’s up around here make sure to follow us on Instagram. Bre’s username is twinderfullife and mine is braqmoore. Enjoy!

What are your weekend plans? Any fun projects going on around your place? How about eating delicious BBQ ribs with friends? We’d love to hear all about it!

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