We've lived in our house a little over 3 years. That's hard to believe! In that time, we're slowly but steadily making it our own, and improving it for the next buyers, when we decide to sell. The end of this winter has been busy with indoor house projects before we tackle the Really Big projects outside.
Storage has been added to various areas of the house- a new cabinet near our pantry, and a new cabinet in the laundry/utility room:
The first cabinet, Josh bought unfinished and finished it himself. In our unheated garage. In the winter. He's a hero.
The master bath vanity, with the awesome vintage teal sink and chipped countertop:
The bathroom vanity after:
Here, the counter was replaced and the cabinet polished with finish to get rid of some of the fading & scratches. Josh also took down the medicine cabinet over the master bath vanity and refinished the wood frame, and repainted where it was rusting inside the cabinet. We would have replaced the cabinet, but discovered it's a non-standard size, made by a company that sold to an Australian company 20 years ago. So, that didn't work out. (I don't have any "after" pictures, but trust me, it looks a lot better.)
Simple projects around the house include hanging new blinds/shades and curtains in a few rooms, hanging pictures in the nursery, and organizing the foyer:
Oh my goodness, apparently I can only take crooked pictures. I apologize. Also, I realize I haven't talked much about the nursery. I'll save that for another post.
The latest project was the kitchen countertop and sink. Menards was having a sale on countertop, and because we have a relatively small kitchen, this ended up being a very affordable project. I'm amazed how Josh can get these seemingly major projects done in practically one evening- this one took slightly longer, understandably- but not much longer!
The kitchen, when we moved in, with labels of what we've changed:
In the past, I've mentioned adding the island, getting new appliances, painting, and adding the spice rack.
The kitchen today:
I really like the way the house is turning out. Josh is working really hard at it- and having fun and learning a lot along the way. I'm thankful for his handiness. If we had to hire someone to do all these things, there's no way we'd be able to afford it!
This summer, we have a couple really major outdoor projects, in addition to the vegetable garden, that we're excited to tackle. For now, we've just been raking out garden beds that didn't get cleaned out last fall, and it feels so, so good to be outside working. The last two days have been beautiful for it. I missed out last summer, being pregnant and exhausted and pretty much useless in the yard- I'm looking forward to making up for it this year!