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Wrapping up the Reno

In all fairness, this wasn’t a traditional ‘renovation’. No walls were moved, no windows replaced and no floors were ripped up.  The really important part of this reno is invisible to the naked eye, since it is all inside the walls or in the attic.
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But as to the parts that you CAN see – I thought I’d share a couple of “before” and “afters” before I share some other Really Big News!
Closets aren’t the most exciting spaces in any house, but I really enjoyed rehabbing these two spaces right down to the shiplap!
Hall Closet before:
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Hall Closet after:
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Upstairs attic before –
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and After –
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Then there were the two bathrooms. In all honestly they both could’ve used an big update. But that wasn’t really in the cards (or budget!). So with the first floor bath we painted and changed up the mirror just a bit and basically shined the place up!
Here it is before we started –
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And here it is After (Photo by the realtor’s photographer!)
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The upstairs bathroom had all sorts of complications – a claw foot tub, a green ceiling, louvered doors on the closet….it really was just more than I could wrap my head around. So I took down the shower curtain, gave everything a good cleaning and shine and called it a day. When I saw the photo from the photographer, I was very pleased!! Still needs to be updated, but it really didn’t look too bad!
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Our other big – and last to get done – project were the stairs to the second floor. The carpet had been removed years ago, and there was just never a good time to deal with refinishing or painting those stairs.
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We put it off until the end because there STILL wasn’t a good time to tie up those stairs. So there was a pretty hard push at the end to get three coats of paint and then three coast of polyurethane on those steps. But when it was all said and done – we were very pleased!
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Oh – and the shed!! We can’t take credit for the actual painting of the shed (the house painters did that!), but my how pleased we are with the change it made!
Before –
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After –
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HERE’S a link to the listing with all the photographs that were taken by the realtor’s photographer. Even I was like – this is MY house?????

OK – enough “before” and “afters”. The whole house was quite transformed, even without any walls being moved or rooms being redesigned. The “Coming Soon” sign when up last Wednesday and it was supposed to be officially listed on Tuesday (19th). By special permission an out of town buyer came to see in on Friday night. His realtor had another couple interested in it so they took an early look also. By Saturday morning, three days before it was officially listed, we had a full asking price/no contingencies offer. We signed the papers on Monday (after we put a final coat of polyurethane on those stairs!), and baring any unforeseen complications, settlement is scheduled for early August. Our heads are kinda spinning right now – but one thing we are doing is packing up and moving on out!! Pennsylvania (with a stop in Ohio to hug some grandkids (and their parents!)) here we come!!
Thanks for coming along on this Waco Reno journey!
Steph

Sorry – here’s one more of the front of the house…..
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After –

Big Week in Waco

I can’t say it was a big week in Waco for everyone, but it was a big week for us at the Waco Reno!

  • We made big progress on the electric upgrade front. After passing our Temporary Final Inspection (who knew there was such a thing), the electric company came and actually moved the service to the new meter and breaker box.
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    This was a really big step forward because it not only meant that we (who am I kidding here – there is no WE in the electric department. It’s all Gary!) could move forward with finishing up the whole upgrade, but we now had enough power to run the central A/C.  (And in central Texas in June, that’s a very good thing!)  By the middle of the week, the Final Final was Finally Done!!! Yippee!! It was a long road getting here, but the house is all up to code!
  • The house painting is moving right along! It was several weeks of getting it ready to paint (they started before I left for my Girls’ Week smorgasbord) so it was wonderful to see the paint arrive Untitledand the color going on!
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    I’m going to wait until it’s all done to share a the “big reveal”, but here’s a quick preview of the porch
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    I’m really excited about how it’s coming out!  They should be done by mid-week. =)
  • The insulation guy and the gutter guy will be here by the end of the week, and that will be the end of the contract work we have scheduled.  That also means that the rest of the work will fall to us.
  • We signed with a realtor and set a target date of June 19th to have it all photographed and listed on the MLS. Yikes!! That’s just over a week to get all the finishing touches done, along with getting all of OUR stuff (mostly tools and supplies) out of the house.
  • I believe that to the best of our ability, the second floor is done. The walls and trim have all been painted. All the doors work (not always a given in a 100 year old house), the windows have been washed, and floors (though not perfect by any means) are as clean as I can get them.   If you have a couple of minutes – here’s a little video tour of the second floor!

So the next ten days will pretty busy too!! But I do believe we can see the end of the tunnel much more clearly now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Steph

Painting Trim

To say there is a fair bit of trim in this sweet Waco house is quite the understatement. It wasn’t all in bad shape, but if you’ve ever tried to match old white trim paint – well, it just seemed simpler to give it all a fresh coat. We’re not talking big change here – but I think you can see where the new paint on the right looks better than the old paint on the left.
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So let’s look at this room (it’s the smallest room in the house) and just see how much trim there is. There are those two windows (in the picture above) and then two more windows in the front, along with a door to the living room.
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At the other end of the room is a closet, the door to the hallway, and a cupboard.
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Oh, and six inch baseboard all around.
Every day I fill up my paint ‘jug’ and paint until it’s empty. In the six days that I’ve been painting trim I’ve gone through 1.5 gallons of trim paint, painted 17 windows, six solid doors, one set of french doors, 12 door or room openings, and haven’t even made it to the second floor.
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I will confess to getting pretty agile with a 2″ roller and I’m developing a solid ‘cutting in’ technique.
Pretty sure I’m going have to move my SOWER Skill Sheet (graded on a 0 (can’t do it) to 5 (it was my job)) painting level up to a solid 3.
Maybe even a 3.5 (if there is such a thing!).
With another 11 windows, 8 doors/doorways and 2 book shelves (and 4235 +/- feet of baseboard) waiting for me on the second floor, I’ll be making a trip back to the paint counter at Lowes soon!
Oh – did I mention the stairway?
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Yeah, that gets painted too.

Thanks for stopping by (and listening to me whine!! Sorry!).

Weekend Interlude

We put aside the paintbrushes and wire snips this weekend and enjoyed a grand weekend with daughter Lara and granddaughter Alexandra!
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We bought this house from Lara (she worked at Baylor for several years) and so it was great that she could come to see it getting all spruced up. Plus, she hadn’t even met her newest nephew (little Anderson) and since it had been several years since she’d been here, there were lots of folks who were just plain ready to see her!!!
It was only a weekend, but we managed to cram in lots of fun!
We did the Zoo with the Waco Conrads (plus one!)-
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Checked out the Baylor Campus –
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Walked around the Farmer’s Market
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and played in the backyard with the cousins!
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We finished off the weekend with an open house/Lara’s in Town/it’s Gary’s birthday evening on Sunday. Of course, I failed to take a single pictures, but let’s just say it was a lovely evening filled with good friends and sweet conversations.

(Picture from previous firepit, but the ambiance was similar!)

Lara and Alex flew home on Monday, and it was back to work for Gary & I. In fact, my last excuse for not painting this morning is over. The dryer just buzzed that the paint clothes load is done and ready to go. And so must I!
Happy May, everyone!!

Contrary to popular belief….

We have not fallen of the face of the earth. It’s been so very quiet here in this corner of the internet because we have been totally and completely consumed by getting this sweet little house in Waco ready to sell. Although we have an interested party, they are not sure it will be happening for them (although we would both like it to!), so we have moved ahead with getting the house market ready. And you know what that means, right? Exhaustion!
Let’s start at the beginning. We were so blessed (and I mean like blessed our socks off) to have our dear friends Don and Jenny join us for our first week of the Waco Reno. What a great way to kick start the process! While Gary was working (mostly) in the attic on the electrical upgrade,
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Don began tackling some of the outdoor challenges. The lawn got mowed (thanks to a sweet neighbor who loaned us her mower), some of the weeds got wacked (thanks to Josiah’s weed wacker) and the deck (and any number of other areas) got a long overdue pressure washing!
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Jenny and I were hard at work doing interior painting.
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They were here for 6 days – and it was a great way to kick-start this renovation!! By the time they left Don had made a good dent in the yard work department (along with being our spackle – fix it guy as we moved from room to room) and Jenny and I had gotten five rooms painted. Phew!!
Although I’m trying to put together some good before/after shots (when I remember to take the ‘before’ pictures that is), here is a sneak preview of the living room makeover. (Ok, it’s really just a paint job, but makeover sounds so much more official.)
Before –
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and after –
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We finished off our time with Don and Jenny with breakfast at Magnolia Table.
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While Chip and Joanna did not stop by, we had a great breakfast and are pleased to pass on the tip that if you arrive around 8AM on a Wednesday, you don’t even have to wait for a table! You’re welcome.

I’ve so much more to share, but today was filled with lawn clean up, weed pulling and floor scrubbing, and this tired puppy is heading to bed!! Thanks for your patience as we navigate these getting-the-house-ready-for-market days.