small reno, big changes: week thirteen and fourteen

Since the process is winding down, Jessica combined weeks 13 and 14. Emma and herself have been back home for a bit now, getting accustomed to their new surroundings, moving furniture back, and seeking out any issues there may still be.


Week Thirteen/Week Fourteen


I took the day off so I could clean up our place a little bit and drive out to my mom’s to pick up more of our stuff. I tried to limit it to things I knew we really wanted in our place and also that would help us organize and clear out a couple of areas. I grabbed our front entrance stuff, some more clothes and even some artwork (because no front entrance is complete without some artwork – especially a piece by Penny Jo Buckner!). It may be a little victory but our front entrance is mostly done, minus the hanging plants we want to place on the white shelf.

decorated entrywayTuesday

Emma and I had to drive out to my mom’s place again. Our contractor and the ventilation guy were scheduled to do some more work at our place on Wednesday and so we had to make sure our dogs weren’t around to bark at them all day. While at my mom’s we filled up another car load, this time taking clothes, kitchen stuff, some decorative stuff, and books.


The HVAC guy came in the morning an installed our range hood and the bathroom fan. Our contractor was there in the afternoon and hooked up our washer, fixed our leaking toilet, and dealt with a list of a dozen small things that we had noticed over the past couple of days.


Our contractor finished up the last few things from the list we gave him. Our place is looking pretty nice! Emma and I also grabbed more stuff from my mom’s and brought the dogs home again. We carefully planned out what will fit in my mom’s truck for our last big moving day on Saturday, when we’ll bring in the big stuff – like our mattress, chairs and clothes boxes. We also started to put together our shelving unit and plugged in all of our electronics (because there is some TV watching that we need to do ASAP).

Week Fourteen

During week fourteen, Emma and I made a couple trips out to my mom’s to grab our mattress, chairs, living room table and smaller things like artwork so we could start hanging up our stuff so our place could start to feel more homey.

decorated living roomOur contractor also stopped by briefly and installed our shower shelves. We also had to pay Jostar the remainder of our balance for the renovation. So: goodbye social life, and hello paying off debt as quickly as possible! Honestly though, it’s all been worth it. This renovation has made our tiny place feel a lot bigger and solved a lot of issues we’d had with it regarding storage, lighting and bumping into each other constantly. Plus, it’s only going to get better as we’re not completely done. We still have to purchase our murphy bed/sofa, which will free up some floor space for when guests come over, and we still need to buy the Molo wall, which will allow both Emma and me some privacy, not only from each other but also when guests are over. We could effectively separate our living room from our kitchen, when necessary! I’m really looking forward to these purchases and plan to scrimp and save so we can afford them by Summer 2015! All in all, it was an incredibly stressful experience, but totally worth it.

Photos from Week Thirteen/Week Fourteen


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