Our Pink House

When we moved in the house looked a little something like this…

FEBRUARY 2011

Now it looks a like this…

JUNE 2011

Funny huh.  We did a tiny bit of landscaping too which makes it look a little better. My landlords picked the paint color, and while it’s not anything I would pick, it’s not bad. It’s unique. The doors still needs to be painted (black we think) along with the mailbox. There is also a little bit of trim on the right window that had to be repaired and will be painted later. Other than that I plan on ripping out that big UGLY bush on the right and putting in a white Lilac Tree that my brother gave me. I also think its funny how the tree in the foreground has gotten so lush!

A few other shots of the house

FEBRUARY 2011

JUNE 2011

In the back you can see where we put in the patio. Also before there was a large dirt bed (on the left) and two circle beds in the middle that we filled using the grass from the patio spot. I’m so pleased with how well the grass took, you cant even see the spots! I would like to re-lay the stones the are to the left of the porch where the hose is. The hose had a really awful leaking problem and it became a mud zone over there. Other than that the walk was edged and things were just cleaned up a bit. Oh and all the gutters were also replaced.

FEBRUARY 2011

JUNE 2011

MAY 2011

JUNE 2011

JUNE 2011

Tada! Oh the wonders that paint and spring can do for a house! Oh and in case anyone really wants to know, the colors are Benjamin Moore BAKED TERRA COTTA and FRAPE

This Old House

Oh hey, I moved!

Sorry that this is the first update, its been a bit of a transition moving to Washington (from Colorado) but I finally have something worthy of talking about.

So prior to us moving here, my mom found us a little old house to move into. For the last 3 years we had been living in very nice upgraded condo, but never had  a yard or a patio or anything like that. We knew when we moved to Bellingham that we wanted a different sort of living situation. Something that well help us focus more on the lifestyle we want to live.

Now I will be the first to say that I had a minor freak out when my mom and I met with the landlords on day one. I knew the house would be older and wouldn’t have the brand new shiny appliances I had been a custom to. However I was not prepared for the dirty grimyness of the place. I felt overwhelmed by the amount of money and work that would need to go into a place we were just renting. On top of that, Mr. Gaunt is till in Colorado, and he is the one that keeps me focused, keeps me level-headed.

So I went back and forth on how I felt about the house. Was the work worth the benefits? Could I handle crazy unreliable landlords that felt it fine to leave a bathroom unpainted and house uncleaned? (note: I spoke with them about having it professionally cleaned, and they are giving me a $150 budget to pay someone to clean)

During all of this I am living at my moms on her couch with all my stuff spilling out of suitcases. I’m a bit in the way, and my 4.5 years of life in Colorado has definitely changed the way I look at life and things a bit. Its been hard. Not stepping on people’s toes, not freaking out. I’m not really  a “go with the flow” kinda girl (I’ll add it to my very long list of NEEDS IMPROVEMENT).  All in all my minor freak out turned into a balls out yelling and crying freak out…..ugg.

So I did what I always do, I called Mr. Gaunt.  And we talked for an hour. Talked about the pros and the cons of everything. Talked about all our plans that we had. Talked about how to clam me down and focus. Needless to say I’m pretty pleased I am marrying his butt.

Last night (after said total meltdown) my sister and I went back over to the house to make a video for Mr. Gaunt.  Being there at night actually made the place feel warmer and cozier than in the day.  And my sister was really great at pointing out all the cute things, and agreeing at all the dirty things. I felt better overall. This might work.

So Mr. Gaunt (I say this, because although he is not here, we are a team) and I have hired a family friend to come in and do a good cleaning, using the $150 our landlords will pay, and then paying whatever else on our own. After that I have to get some repair supplies, paint, contact paper, etc. And spend the next few weeks making this funky old house a home.

So I leave you with the Video we made for Mr. Gaunt. Please ignore my dorky voice and commentary. Oh and because it was night I was unable to film the yard (which is almost the best part). I will do a 2nd video of that later….maybe today.

Hula where are all your toys?

Hula loses pretty much every toy she has ever received. I had no idea where they go. seriously she will have them for an hour and then they are gone. Today during my deep cleaning of the kitchen I found them.

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The scary view when you move your stove!

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Like 10 toys! And a million more dust bunnies!

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Some very dirty toys

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That is one very happy cat.

Painting the Entry Way!

We have been in our place for a year now so I have decided to paint the large entry way to our place. When we first moved in last September I painted the living room and the bedroom, but had always planned on painting more. Id love to paint the kitchen but its always kind of a pain in the ass to paint around cabinets. So anyways I put up a bunch of paint chips last week and decided on Soft Suede by Glidden. Its pretty neutral but I think it will look really good with the floor and the couch. Here are some before shots of the space, Im painting tomorrow and will probably post pics of the results next week.

The front door is in the upper left corner. Im standing in the kitchen, its kind of a large awkward space.

The front door is in the upper left corner. Im standing in the kitchen, its kind of a large awkward space.

Front door, the coat wall will be painted as well as the hallway on the right.

Front door, the coat wall will be painted as well as the hallway on the right.

Standing at the front door looking towards the living room. Left wall will be painted.

Standing at the front door looking towards the living room. Left wall will be painted.

Color choices. Im doing the large tan chip, I think it goes well with the blue of the livingroom

Color choices. Im doing the large tan chip, I think it goes well with the blue of the livingroom

Soft Suede by Glidden

Soft Suede by Glidden

Would love to paint the kitchen too. Maybe over christmas.

Would love to paint the kitchen too. Maybe over christmas.

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