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Monday, September 29, 2014

Let the Fairytale Begin

We were handed the keys to the Storybook Charmer on Thursday. Let’s have a moment of “Oh Yeah!”

The house is kind of like a Monet painting. The bones are good and it looks great from far away, but up close it is a mess.

Whenever one moves into a new home they wish for a palace, the dream come true. You pray it does not end up like “The Money Pit”.

We hit the ground running on Friday. Mr. Décor began tearing up the old white chipped tile in the laundry room. It is original to the 28 year old house. For some reason the previous owners opted not to replace it when they updated the kitchen flooring even though there were boxes of the same tile left in the garage. You can see the abrupt transition below.

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It’s strange what you make a priority. To us it just made sense to replace the tile BEFORE our washer and dryer (as well as the rest of the contents of our storage unit) are delivered later on in the week. If you follow my Instagram Page you got a sneak peek of my demolition man in action.

There are no fewer than eight different flooring selections in the house. They range from two types of linoleum, carpet, wood laminate and four different types of tile.

“WHY????” she asks “WHY!!!!”

Soon I’ll share the “discussion” that the Mr. and I are having about this area:

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In the meantime, armed with natural cleaning projects, I began deep cleaning the well lived in home and started the slow process of taking down decades old wallpaper. In some rooms there was more than one layer.


Wednesday I’ll have a 10 cent tour and Thursday will reveal the design plan for the first room to soon be transformed.

Until then it’s back to the DIY.



Auntie Em said...

Ahhhh...the excitement! And then reality sets in.... :/ lol
Oh well, you won't feel bad about making it over to suit yourself and make it all your own home and style you love.
Have fun and don't work too hard. Can't wait to see the transformation!!! :)

Cranberry Morning said...

What a project! We've been through a few of those ourselves. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. :-)

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh boy that's a lot of work! Obviously the previous homeowners were doing things on the "cheap" and only addressing a tiny spot with little vision for the whole picture. I have the creamy white 8 x 8 tiles in my kitchen that I thought was so smart at the time- of course now I have a different vision! I think you got a beautiful home and once you fix it up to your liking you'll be so happy! I hate hate hate removing wallpaper and therefore will not put it up again. I did a lot of wallpapering years back but taking it down and cleaning up the walls is a terrible job. Take it easy and I hope you are feeling better from the strep throat.


I know that your new Home Sweet Home will be beautiful!
I just read the Kurt story and cried. Your faith encourages me to speak out & pray when I know I should! May God give Kurt many more years!
Happy New Home!

Linda said...

Looks like a ton of work!! You amaze me, because for me, it would be enough just to move in. 14 years later and I still don't have all of our household projects done.
Much love to you and yours,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I can't wait to see it all come together. So glad you are getting a few things done before moving in. That always helps. Take care, I know you were sick, so don't overdo.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Congratulations! It's going to be a lot of hard work, but so worth it! I look forward to seeing the progress and transformation. I've always loved our fixer uppers more than the homes we built. xoxoo

Stacey said...

Laura, we need to get together soon. I live about 1 hour from you. I could come to Ft. Worth to make it easier on you. Just let me know when you are ready to break out or I'll come help you scrape wallpaper. Your choice. :)

Poofing the Pillows

Lorrie said...

Congratulations! You've got quite a project ahead. Remember that it doesn't ALL have to be done this month. Enjoy the process.

Gypsy Heart said...

Wow ~ what were they thinking? I hate removing wallpaper! I so hope you're feeling better and please don't wear yourself out. I know you're anxious for everything to be in order but it doesn't have to be done today. :) Take care!


chateau chic said...

Looks like you all have your work cut out for you!
Mary Alice

Rhonda said...

I absolutely love what I see already! Love that movie The Money Pit, it's one of my favorites.

happywonderer said...

It's such a blessing to have a Mr. who isn't afraid of hard work. I'm sure with your eye for beauty things will shape up nicely in your new home!

Lana L. said...

I forgot about "The Money Pit" - I loved that movie! Congratulations - it will be so fun to follow along as your redo your home! I'm sure it will be beautiful.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I had three different flooring only downstairs in my cottage for only three rooms! I understand why you want to give it a little unity!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Congratulations, Laura and family!
Your "DTA" blog cup runneth over!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Ah, the fun begins, Laura! : ) Congratulations and I'm sure you are going to have fun putting your own personal stamp on this lovely home. Looking forward to seeing the first room up!