When I added "Buying an old house and fix it up to be a showplace" to my bucket list my husband just smiled and told me to have a good time. So for now I'll just live vicariously through Erin from His and Hers as she and her husband Rick tackle project after project on their century old home while keeping their sanity and sense of humor intact. Today Erin is here to give us a behind-the-scenes look at some of her adventures in turning an old home into a dream home.
The happy couple
Hey everyone! I'm Erin from His & Hers, and I'm excited to be guest posting at Strictly Simple Style today. Thanks, Karen, for inviting me! :) I spend my days attempting to convince 10th graders that knowing the difference between "effect" and "affect" matters. My husband spends his days attempting to convince customers that they don't actually need to pantomime the insertion of a Nuvaring when consulting his pharmaceutical knowledge. Together, we spend our evenings working on projects around our century-old house, which we bought in February of this year. We enjoy making our home more beautiful and functional, but we don't take any of this temporary stuff too seriously. This is why you might, at any given time, stumble upon a picture like this in a post about refinishing or replacing old trim: Speaking of making our home more beautiful and functional, though, one of our biggest accomplishments, to date, it that we've removed several hundred birds from our house. Don't worry; only one of them was real, and it was dead. Very, very dead. The first room that needed to be purged of our two-dimensional fine-feathered friends was our downstairs half bath. We painted stripes on the walls, hung new DIY sconces, spray painted a $12 gold yard sale mirror, and the one among us who understands power tools built a vanity. Hint: it wasn't me.
The second room on our bird-purging list was the room that we recently made our master bedroom. This room is nowhere near done, but so far, we have demolished an imposing closet (taking the room from 12'x12' with a narrow entryway to 12'x18'), put up new drywall, eliminated a textured ceiling, refinished the old pine floors, installed new trim, and painted the walls and ceiling. Here's what it looked like right before we began smashing walls with hammers. My husband would like you to please note the birds and not his backside.
And where it stands now, definitely unfinished, but so, so much better than it was 6 months ago:
|Do you like what we've done with the adjoining room?|
Some of my favorite smaller projects to date are this yard sale lamp makeover:
This DIY storage ottoman:
And the makeover of these sconces, which involved the use of old applesauce jars:
So that's a little about my blog and some projects we're proud of. I'd love it if you stopped by to say hello and introduce yourself. :) Thanks again, Karen, for letting me crash your blog!
Thanks for sharing Erin! To stay up-to-the-minute on Erin and Rick's progress with their renovations visit their blog.