When Refinishing Turns Into Renovating

If I were a better blogger or could stuff one more thing into my days or slow down long enough to get my thoughts straight you would know that we are still living with my parents. You'd know that our original plan to paint, refinish floors, and replace windows was merely the entrance into our home renovation rabbit hole. Now we're pretty much gutting the house... Not much in this house will go untouched.

We didn't have a choice. Once you open walls you can't just let certain things go. Once you learn about the previous owner you can't just un-learn that they were basically your worst nightmare. Once you imagine your kids in the house you realize you were totally insane to think any of it could wait.

Once you jump down the rabbit hole there is no turning around. So, we're all in. ALL in. It's major. It's been more than two months since we took possession of the house and we've got about three weeks before we move in. We're on our second dumpster. The big dumpsters.

So, every night I've been choosing paint colors and counter tops and pulls and windows and glass doors and light fixtures and toilets and sinks and tile and newel posts and faucets and cabinets and appliances and shower doors and trim and baseboards and door knobs and furnaces and other things I can't even remember choosing. And then I sit and do the math all over again. Because when I said we're renovating I meant it. Just you wait and see!


Kim said...

I feel your pain, but one day your will block it from your memory because your new house will be so awesome. Or maybe that's one of the benefits of just getting older. You know, the failing memory? It will be great in the end! Hang in there.

Sarai Loftis said...

Agree with the comment above. It is a problem, since there is sensibility and attachment and all those concerns are legit; we are human, after all. But it is a good problem. At the very least, it helps you calibrate your mind in a manner where you don't get too mired in association and detail. So that you can focus on the big picture. And the big picture is that you should build yourself and your family a worthy abode that will provide good shelter, and that will physically last. Nothing in a house is too sacred on that end, whether it's the historic roofing or whatnot.

Sarai @ Edmunds General Contracting