Hello, again. It is a beautiful Florida day. It is about 70 degrees outside. The sunshine is peaking through the trees and is accompanied by the most picturesque blue sky. That’s the good thing about Florida. It always has perfect weather around this time of year. This is the weather I imagine Northerns think we have all year around: laying in a hammock between two palm trees with a pina colada in hand. Maybe, that’s not what people who live up North actually think of Floridans. Maybe, that’s just a subconscious picture of how I would love my life to look like right now. Weather like this is really nice when you are so stressed and busy. I think that drinking a pina colada in a hammock would be a great way to distract myself from the fact that my house is absolute chaos. We currently have painters finishing up their job here today. Light neutral gray is the color that my in-laws decided on. It really is a beautiful color. At least the painters are amazing and super friendly. It always makes a big job like this more tolerable.
That’s been the theme of the past year for us. I’ve learned too much about dry wall, painting, screw placements, and woodworking techniques. We have been living at my in-laws house for a year, remodeling the house to be sell ready. They moved up to Washington State to take care of family. So, we decided to take on the challenge of remodeling it for them. It has been a full time job in itself. We would work full time at our normal jobs and then work on the house every time we were home. I will say that I have really surprised myself. At first I had doubted my ability to help with the remodel, but, over time I was just as instrumental in getting all the jobs finished. We started the year out with a master bathroom remodel. We completely gutted the original bathroom. It is always really cool to see Alec’s work take off. You may learn from following us over this period of time, that Alec is master of many different skills. He is good at anything he puts his hands on. Alec completely built out the entire framework of the bathroom. I would say that the master bathroom section of this house remodel was the most difficult. We moved all of our stuff out of the master bedroom and slept in other areas of the house while we were working on it. It was also difficult dealing with the workers we had in the house. I can’t really complain because we both are very satisfied with the results of the new bathroom.
We went from the master bathroom remodel to removing/texturing/painting all the ceilings in the house. Keep in mind, this house is a two story house with 4 rooms, 3 bathrooms, and a living room. It was a lot of surface area. I will say that I was extremely thankful that we had a good company remove the popcorn and texturize all the ceilings. We just had to paint them. I don’t know if you have ever painted a ceiling, but, it is the biggest pain in the arse. Let’s just say that I didn’t have the time of my life painting them. With that being said, I did surprise myself. I was able to successfully paint all four bedrooms upstairs completely alone. That’s right. All three coats of ceiling paint on all four rooms was done by yours truly. I put on some Father John Misty and went to town with my paint roller. It’s interesting how much skill and knowledge you can get when you are frustrated with a remodeling job. That’s what I kept telling myself while I was cursing the paint roller. Getting frustrated with an inanimate object is absolutely ridiculous and I found myself laughing at how dumb I sounded.
During the ceiling painting process, we slept with our mattress downstairs on the floor in the living room. That was an odd time to bring people over. “Hey…so you wanna come hang out at our house and try to avoid the king sized mattress on the way to the couch? Okay, cool!” It was always a fun conversation starter. I never seemed to get used to sleeping on the floor. I would wake up almost nightly not really knowing where I was. Thankfully that only lasted for a month. After the bathroom and ceilings were completed, we were able to move our stuff back into the master bedroom and actually enjoy the room. I was extremely thankful that the job, with the addition of little jobs here and there, was completed. I was just emotionally, mentally, and physically done with the remodel. It was finally our time for rest. We learned a lot as a couple during that remodel. Being our first year married, we really relied on God to teach us patience, kindness, grace, and forgiveness throughout it all. I am very lucky that Alec is the nicest human being. Even irritated, he would ask me how he could help me. I really, really got a good one.
The finishing touches are now being done. The walls throughout the entire house just got a face lift with some fresh paint. The stager is incorporating some blue, nautical accents around the house to go with the new neutral, gray paint color. Alec and I have spent days organizing the stuff within the house, selling things at our garage sale, cleaning the house, and making it sell ready. The goal is to put the house on the market in early February. It is a bittersweet moment for me. I am finally able to step back and see all the hard work that we put into the house. A full year of sweat, tears, frustrations, excitements, and exhaustion all poured before me as a completed and beautiful home. This is the home that was always open to anyone. My in-laws made it that way. It was the place that people gathered, had fellowship, and enjoyed each other. It is a house full of love and respect and beauty. We both learned a lot about ourselves, together and separately, within the walls of this house. I am thankful. Pictures will be taken, the house will go on the market, and people will start filtering in and out of the house. It might get interesting trying to pack up the house, organize the RV, and have the house being shown within the next month. We will get there. Thats what I keep telling myself. “We will get there.” So that brings us to now. Leaving with pride knowing we completed the task we started with, we can finally enjoy the beginning of our new adventure. We only have one month left in this house and we are anxious to leave for our new travels. Counting down from one month!