Thursday, May 24, 2012


Waiting around to get our hands on our new house is really hard, especially since we just learned that our loan was approved! If there are no other issues, Escrow should close in around 20 days. What else to do now but pore over design and home-improvement blogs? Of course we don't have one design scheme that we are going with but we definitely have found some inspirational pieces and colors.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Sunday, May 20, 2012


While waiting for Escrow to close we have a lot to think about.
  • Oh my god, what did we get ourselves into? 
  • What else do we need to secure our loan? 
  • What appliances will we need to buy and should we hit some upcoming summer sales? 
  • Should we tackle the plumbing or the electrical first? 
  • How do we know if we can actually knock this wall down?

One of the things on my mind is how to make this kitchen look updated without doing a huge renovation. I've been trying to
research grout colorants and came across sites like these:
Currently, the kitchen has white tiles and a really dark grout. I thought if I could make the grout a lighter grey color it would just look a little less harsh. I've heard and read how tedious this process is but we just don't have it in the budget to rip this tile out to put in new counter tops yet. My muscles need a little work out anyway!

The other part of the kitchen would be painting the cabinets. We are probably going to steer away from white and go with a color, like a muted blue. Something like this that I pinned. Get some new hardware for the cabinets. Get rid of those window blinds. Make the place ours. This summer will definitely be filled with sweat and tears... and possibly blood given that I'm pretty inexperienced in diy projects like this.

Okay, back to waiting...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Home Ownership

In roughly a month we will be home owners. About another month after we receive the keys we can move in! Having a low budget to fix and update the electrical, plumbing, and other not-so-fun stuff, will lead us to be doing some do-it-yourself projects:

1. Bust down a small wall in the master bedroom.
2. Eventually put a doorway to the next room to make our closet.
3. Painting.
4. Figuring out how to make the kitchen look brighter.
5. Gardening.
6. Flooring (not diy but there will definitely be before and after pics!)

I'm sure this list will grow once we see the place without the current owner's stuff inside. I'm hoping to document some of the fun along the way since I love looking at before and after projects on TV and the web.

Stay tuned...