The first thing I did when I bought my house was move the original furniture out of the way and paint. The next thing I did was tear up the horrible carpet pictured below.
It’s very weird looking at this photo now because I am so used to – and in love with – the finished room that I cannot believe it looked like this.
After ripping up the carpet, I spent several months with it looking like the below photo. I kept shifting the furniture around, trying not to scrape the floor or spill anything on it. I put off doing it for too long because I wanted to make sure I was ready to do it myself. I’m like my Dad – or maybe I learned it from my Dad. If I’m going to do something on my own, I want to do it right, and I want to know what to expect. So I watched dozens of YouTube videos about sanding wood floors, both old and new, to make sure I didn’t screw it up.
It only took me four months, but I finally did it.
Currently Reading: I read salt. by Nayyirah Waheed in February. Waheed is an Instagram poet that published a couple of collections of poems. I really relate to her words and style. She’s fiercly feminist and tough on white people, but so many of the poems were really helpful to me last month. I’m also still working on The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I’m flip it open every now and then. I need to finish it, and crack open something new.
Currently Watching: Bojack Horseman and Cheers. I’m on the last season of Cheers which is very sad.
Currently Loving: Coming home to my own home and a happy dog who misses me.
Currently Celebrating: It’s Lent, and I’m doing a very bad job at being Lenten. I’ve been meatless every Friday, but I prefer to take up some routine or ritual that is reflective or good. I still haven’t thought of something.
Currently Thinking: I’m currently preoccupied with the house projects I still need to do.
Sand and finish the hardwood floors.
Take measurements of the kitchen and attempt to design my “dream floor plan.”
Remove/throw away the old furniture and junk that the previous owner left in the house.
Get the workout/studio room in a functional state.
Put shades or curtains on the kitchen windows.
Buy a couch and chairs.
Clean the upstairs.
Currently Worrying: That I need to start saving for a newer car. I could definitely drive mine longer, but I’m worried something else will be wrong with it tomorrow. I’ve put almost as much into it as I paid for it – of course it wasn’t that expensive. My plan is to hang on for a little while and build a savings. I think if I hold out and wait for something to happen, I will at least be comfortable making the decision to buy a newer one.
… and I haven’t written in awhile. I almost asked myself why even bother sharing my thoughts with the ether, but I know how much it positively affects my mental state. So I am back here.
I think the thing I miss most about logging on and putting my thoughts down in words is reflecting on my goals and weaknesses. I use a daily planner for every day To Do lists, but I don’t take the time to think about myself as much as I used to.
Part of that is because I’m not as worried about “making the right decisions” anymore. I know that life is not about making the right decisions but rather about finding your way day by day.
I had knee surgery. I had an accident with Charlie. I gained some weight. I went back to work and picked up another part-time shift. I currently work 40 hours plus an additional 3 shifts at the Knights. I got a raise at my day job – the one I asked for a year ago. I’m going to close on a house soon.
Life is happening to me.
My most important goal was paying down my student loan debt, but then I started to like my job and started to hate my living situation. I recognize that I’m so lucky to have to home I have now with my sister. We just can’t live together and be happy. It never worked when we were little. It hasn’t been working now.
So, I got excited about the idea of having my own place, and my mom – with her newly earned real estate license – starting looking. My budget was small, and I know that means a lot of paint and a lot of patience until I have a home that is modern and mine. I found the house that I was looking for. I have plans for an office and a shop room and a guest bedroom with a screen projector for movie nights. I will have room for an additional freezer for the game I harvest. I will have a garage to put a canoe. I will have little view of the river. I will have my own bathroom!
I’m grateful. I’m grateful for my jobs. I’m grateful for my family. I know I’m single and 25 all alone in a house, but I have my doggo. I have my parents and grandparents within ten miles. I’m scared and worried and a little disappointed that I’m taking out more loans rather than paying them off, but mostly, I’m excited.
Last weekend, I was so very productive. I can’t even believe it. I did the dishes, cleaned the bathroom, fixed my computer, mowed the lawn, and organized the basement and garage a bit. I also took down all the wall hangings in the hallway/bathroom upstairs and taped off the moulding and windows to paint. I painted two coats of primer with a friend’s help and then one coat of a pretty pale blue. I had it all complete by Sunday morning.
I don’t know if there is any paint job more satisfying than one that covers up wood paneling. It’s one of the best things in the world. Our house had two different shades of paneling upstairs. There’s a light colored one that is on the stairway and most of the walls, but there was the pine colored to the left of the stairs. That’s the section I painted over.
I think the stairway will be done in a white or almost-white paint. I can’t wait for that day. Luckily, the lighter paneling covers very easily. No stains seep through the primer, that means that even though it is more wall space, it should go more quickly.
I used Kilz white primer (which I found in the basement), painters tape, a screwdriver (to remove the electric coverings and wall fixtures), and Kilz interior paint (another thing I found in the basement). We brushed the paint onto the panel seams to make sure those were filled in first then rolled the rest. I cut into the ceiling and floor by hand. I made a mess on the tile frames, but I’m certain that will scrape off with a blade.
I’m really happy with how bright it is. Sara and I aren’t used to blue because our Mom does not like blue at all. It’s sort of surprising to see such a bright color on the walls. I think it is going to stick though and will be really neat when we finish painting the rest of the hall.
I also really want my room to be either painted or completely gutted and redone. I like the feel of my room, bu the wood paneling is just so… brown. I gave it a little more character by staining it, but it’s just not shiplap. It looks like paneling. I WANT TO PAINT ALL THE PANELING. Muahahaha!