After looking at over 20 houses Ed and I were able to snag a great house in a wonderful area...and we are thrilled! This is our 4th home purchase, so we felt confident going in to this home-buying process, but this was honestly our craziest home purchase. It was nuts. In the end it was all worth it and we closed a couple of weeks ago.
You know Ed and I can't just move into a house without doing some sort of DIY and of course we picked my least favorite- painting- and lots of it. Our kitchen cabinets were a white washed oak, which was in style in 1995 but not my favorite now. Here is the kitchen on the day we received the keys:
Cleaned, prepped and ready for paint. It took 2 coats of primer and 3 coats of finish paint to get the coverage we wanted. We took the time to lightly sand between each coat and sprayed the doors and drawers with our new paint sprayer in order to get the smoothest finish.
It really lightens the kitchen up! We used Advanced paint by Benjamin Moore. It is spendy (at $60 a gallon), but it dries to an enamel finish and is extremely durable. It is also self-leveling, which helps with the smooth finish.
The mantle around the fireplace was also white washed oak, so we quickly taped that off and sprayed it white too. The tile surround needs to go as well, but that's a project for another day.
The walls to the living room were initially a golden brown. I wanted to paint the living room the same color as our Logan house- Revere Pewter (tinted at 50%) by Benjamin Moore but when we were ready to paint the local Benjamin Moore stores were all closed. I headed to an Ace Hardware to get the paint instead, since they carry Benjamin Moore and should be able to mix up the colors...right? After two trips to Ace Hardware and ending up with the wrong color on my walls I know from now on I am going to stick with my favorite local paint store. Here is the living room before and after:
I wanted something lighter on the walls but after the paint debacle it will stay for the near future. At least the brown is gone, right?
We have done a few other little things, like replace the exterior door hardware (we always feel a little safer after changing out all the locks in a new house), replacing light bulbs with LED lights, wiring our TV and Ed's office for internet, installing blackout curtains in the kids' rooms, and installing a water softener (we learned in our previous houses that installing a water softener before replacing bathroom fixtures/sinks/appliances/anything that comes in contact with water will help keep all of the things you just replaced in nicer shape). All of that work, along with unpacking, has completely worn us out! We are looking forward to enjoying Easter weekend in our new home and spending some time relaxing together as a family (even though half if our house is still packed into boxes and sitting in the garage)!