Where I’ve Been Lately, Part 3: A New House (Which Means Renovating)

A couple days after we got home from Texas, Grant and I closed on our house (after months of waiting, it seemed). Yep, that’s right – we’re homeowners! The new place is a little duplex in the town of Ranchester, five miles from where we are currently. The high school where Grant teaches is in Dayton, so he’ll have a bit more of a commute than he did last year (which was like, two minutes across the street), but the middle school where he coaches football is in Ranchester just a block or two away from our new house.


The house isn’t much and it needs work, but it sure is nice to call something our own. We’ve already put about a million hours into it and have much more to do, but we plan to move in in the next couple of weeks. Luckily for you, I’ll have lots of DIY projects from this venture, and I will be posting lots of pictures!


For those of you who are curious, here are some of the projects I’ve been busy with (and some of these you may see as tutorials on here eventually):

  • Painting every single surface. What a job.
  • Stenciling, stenciling, and more stenciling. I’m doing a wall in the nursery, some spots in the kitchen, and the basement floors (which are cement that I’ve painted over)
  • Painting the stairs (trying to figure out if I want to do some element of design on the backs)
  • Crafting a frame for a plain bathroom mirror
  • Reinventing some boring white shelves that came with the house

Grant and I have already scraped all the popcorn ceilings, done some drywall work in the basement, torn up the carpet and will be installing wood floors asap. That’s a lot of long days!

Being a homeowner is lots and lots and lots of work, but we just keep telling ourselves that all of the grunting, exhaustion, and filthiness will be worth it in the end!



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