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Sweat Equity

June 22, 2011

In our first few days of home ownership we were crazy project do-ers! We ran around and started as much as we could, and slowly realized the large amount of work required for our “grand vision”  and that it wasn’t going to happen in one weekend. Nick keeps reminding me of “Sweat Equity” as we scrub wallpaper off the walls, learn that the saw-zall in the most amazing tool ever and embrace the power of spray paint.

We purchased this house for a great price, in a down market, with the vision to re-do it and sell it in the future, hopefully in a better market. To us, location is everything when purchasing a home, and we are definitely in a great location to buy and sell a home in the Milwaukee area. Skip forward a few days and you will find us shouting from bathroom(as he’s installing new lighting) to bedroom, (as i’m scrubbing a loon border off the wall) “Sweat Equity Sucks!!!”

Here’s what we’ve been up to in 2 weeks with a few pictures, besides working our 9-5’s to pay off our nightly trips to Home Depot. Stay tuned for the step-by-steps on how we DIY-ed some of these projects and what we have planned for the near future.

First, a few pictures of what the house looked like when we purchased it. Not the prettiest of pretties, but it has great bones, in a great location, and lots of potential! The general layout of the house includes a living room, dining room, kitchen, office, 2 full bath, 3 bedroom, and partially finished basement, with some open areas for expansion as well.

Here’s what we’ve been up to so far!

Demo-ed floor 1 Bathroom.

The different color you see is tile adhesive, drywall and old paint. Yep, that’s right, we are currently living with exposed electrical and strange drywall-tile-paint combos!But removing the (unnecessary) cabinets and raising the ceiling really opened up the space, and we have plans to push the wall out even further adding a closet to the space, and even more room with new counters.

Re-do knobs in kitchen.

“Katie & Nick, removing shiny gold from the house one can of Rust-oleum at a time”

Strip wallpaper in 2 bedrooms + 1 bath.

Install new toilet, sink + light fixture.

More pictures of the upstairs bath coming soon..let’s just say this sea-foam green bad-boy is no longer with us, and the power of craigslist never fails to amaze me!

Install new washer & dryer hookups.

Frosted garage windows. (this later became a complete waste of time!)

Tear up tulip gardens / dry tulips for fall planting.

Power wash deck & prepare for sanding & stain.

Fill in cracks (our inspector called them “character-cracks” in a house from the 20’s), prime walls, paint ceiling, paint walls (thanks mom!)

We had plans for this weekend to get a lot more landscaping done. Work on our vegetable garden and flower gardens, and move around a bunch of shrubs from the front to the back. But with one gust of wind… our weekend plans changed a bit. I’ll leave you with this teaser photo. More on all of that tomorrow –  (In case you didn’t see my on screen debut on the 5:00 or 10:00pm Milwaukee News 😉 or Nick’s interview in the Whitefish Bay Newspaper 😉 We are practically local celebrities. Needless to say, our plans changed a bit!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2011 12:37 am

    Thanks so much to all of our wonderful friends, family and new neighbors for all the help the past few weeks!!

  2. June 22, 2011 8:48 am

    Yay for Ivy in the Bay! Proud to say I’m your neighbor! Can’t wait to see all you do with this cute first home of yours!!

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