Oh my gosh! This weekend was so productive and so exhausting! If I’m this tired, I can’t imagine what J is feeling. On Saturday J, E, and I got up early, ate some pancakes and made our way over to Home Depot. Seriously, with the amount of money we’ve thrown at them lately, someone over there better be taking a nice vacation! This house stuff is so expensive, but so worth it. We purchased a water softener, one toilet, all of our recessed lights, tile for the laundry room, mud room, garage hallway and bathroom, door handles, hardware for the cabinets, light bulbs, wires, and so on.

Title: Thank God we had a 10% off coupon!

After conquering Home Depot, we were off to Warners’ Stellian where we ordered our appliances. We went with LG for most of the appliances and Kitchen Aid for the dishwasher.

Refrigerator LG

Oven (I think) 5 burners, double oven with convection on the bottom and a infrared broiler. LG

Microwave with a warming lamp. LG

Dishwasher. KitchenAid

Washer. LG with TrueSteam

Dryer, LG with TrueSteam

All of the appliances are getting delivered on Tuesday!! J and I did our research and made sure our appliances were energy efficient and highly rated on Consumer Reports. Hopefully we made the right choices.

After our shopping extravaganza, we went to the house and found our electrician busy installing the new recessed lighting.

    Awesome electrician! Four lights in the living room

5 new lights in the kitchen

While the lights were being installed, J and I were busy sanding the textured walls (what a job!!), cleaning and scraping/sanding the ceilings.

Dining room sanded and reading for primer and 4 recessed lights and a spot for a chandelier.

On Saturday night I got home and crashed! Sunday was full of driving because thanks to our wonderful neighbors and my father-in-law, we were able to empty our storage locker. There’s $100/month that we can put towards the house! While I was busy commuting back and forth, J, our electrician, and our good friend were back at the house working hard. We were able to finish scraping and sanding the ceilings, sanding the walls, getting all the new lights installed and priming the dining room.

Dining room (purple room) primed, lighted and ready (almost) for paint. Any color, except purple.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us this week. A lot of our work will concentrate on painting the main level, cleaning(!!!) and doing odd jobs (like fixing the one working, or not working now, toilet).

Patching the walls to be painted.

My beautiful hardwood all covered in dust (this was after the first cleaning).

My kitchen counters. At least the ugly blue is covered by the dust.

My glowing, tired, hard working and amazing husband (and father-in-law in the back)

We had a contractor come do some mold and water stain removal. The house smelled like bleach for a couple of hours, but I'm so glad it's gone. This is the main level, there was more in the lower level.

This week we have appliances on Tuesday, ceiling contractor on Wednesday to put in knock-down, carpet install on Friday and moving on Friday night.

Oh, and painting and cleaning and packing and cleaning some more and then continuing to paint until our arms fall off.

Until the next post…