Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Home Sweet Home

My new place
In case you missed my little announcement the other day, I may as well make it official. I bought my first home...but not in Memphis where I currently live. I'm headed back to my rural Arkansas roots--just outside of the city limits of my hometown.

I'm feeling pretty good about the decision...mixed with a little apprehension. I've been a city girl since I left home at 18--so living practically in the middle of a cornfield is going to take some getting used to. I talked about my decision to relocate the other day when I was a guest on Southern Belle View. You can read about it here.

After renting for 13 years, I'm way past ready to have a place to call my own. Which, of course, means a little renovating.

I'm going to try and blog about my home owning/relocating/renovating experience pretty regularly. I have an idea that the next few months are going to be like something straight out of a book...

Last Saturday was the first day to have electricity and water at the new house, and I spent several hours working. Thankfully, I have some amazing people in my life who are willing to help me.

I tore out carpet from 3 rooms. Okay, I did 2 rooms and then had to ask for help with the third. :) Tearing out carpet isn't as simple as I thought it would be. And I'm probably going to say this a lot over the next few months, but it looks SO EASY on HGTV and DIY Network--and in reality it was totally not. By the end of the day, I was exhausted and didn't have much to show for it except for three heaping piles of carpet and a lot of mosquito bites.

But my dad and I have a plan and hopefully at least 1 room will be ready by the time moving day actually rolls around in a few weeks.

Here are some pics of my fun day of flooring. Now if I could only decide what I want to do instead of carpet...

Before: carpet in one of the bedrooms
After: concrete floor that is waiting on me to figure out what to put down!
Later this week, I'm going on a mission to find new faucets and a new toilet. I admit, I've never purchased or even shopped for any of those things before. And then I have to decide what to do about those concrete floors. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

Christy said...

Wow! Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you!

Hubby and I had similar carpet drama in our sunroom. When we moved in, there was a thin carpet in there that wasn't very attractive, but it was suitable. Then, hubby accidentally spilled paint on it. It took us awhile before we decided it needed to come up. Only problem was....it was completely glued to the concrete underneath! Nightmare! We scrubbed and scrubbed that concrete to try to get the glue residue up, but to no avail. We ended up hiring someone to come out and sand the floor, as well as tile it. $500 later...we were hugely relieved to be through with that room, and honestly, it was $500 well spent!

Hope you don't have any DIY drama, and that your renovations go smoothly!


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