Our Pink Nightmare

My husband and I recently bought our first house. Besides the usual 3 bed/2bath list of wants, a had two biggies on the list. 1) I do not want to be able to see into my neighbors window from inside mine. In fact, I don’t really want to be able to see my neighbors house at all. 2) I want the house to need some work. As a former Realtor I can assure that is an odd statement. A surprising number of my clients didn’t even want to have to change the interior pant color. That’s nuts! I wanted my house to be one that most buyers would walk into and say that it was too much work. (Plus they’re cheaper that way!) The good, fun kind of work though, not “the roof leaks and none of the door frames are straight” way. We pretty much got exactly what we were looking for, except that we can see one neighbor. Oh, and there’s no garage! Eek, where are we going to do all our projects? Anyway, here are some pictures before we moved in. I believe you’ll see the project-y-ness right away.
Front of house: Love the giant front porch – the two front doors, not so much.
old house
 Dining Room: window awesomeness
before dining room
Kitchen: needs some love
before kitchen
Main hall:  are you starting to notice a color trend?
pink nightmare
Master Bedroom
original master bedroom
  Laundry room: yes, that is five gallons of the beautiful paint left for us by the owners…you know, in case  we wanted to do touch-ups.
laundry room pre-renovation
Living room: try not to be jealous of my furniture, yo.  
original living room
Master Bath
master bath
Back of house
back of the old house
We lovingly called this house “the pink nightmare” (from “A Christmas Story – c’mon ya’ll!) – it was kinda like living inside a stomach for awhile. I post the before pictures so that when I post my recent project pictures you will think “Da-mn girl, that house looks good!”…..or something along those lines.


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  1. You are great! You are hilarious, and obviously patient. It is reassuring to have a blog to look to while we are working on a house remodel. I am not very patient or meticulous, so you remind me to be! Thank you for a great blog!!

  2. You crack me up! I literally lol’d about “it was like living inside a stomach”! I’m a real estate agent myself, and I get exactly what you’re talking about! I’m a new follower to your blog and am reading back through your posts and loving it!! Thank you for being so detailed when writing about your projects. I have two little boys myself and I appreciate the time you put into your blog posts!

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