For those of you who don't know, Johnny and I are in the throes of renovating our new house. It's a brick, tudor style home, built in 1930 and it's just damn adorable. Here's what I've gathered so far: Renovating a home is exactly like jumping on a roller coaster ride only you don't know how long the ride will last or how much it'll cost, but you can be absolutely certain it'll have its ups and downs.
Although we weren't actively looking to buy, neither of us could deny the character and charm of not only the house but also the neighborhood itself, Morningside. And just like the house, this area has so much potential. Since this whole process is very new to me, I'm trying to move through it with eyes wide open, and most importantly, I want it to be well documented so I never forget the hard work that was put into making this house our home. Initially, I wanted to time hop and have Johnny wake me when it was time to eat pizza and drink celebratory wine amidst all the boxes. But now, I'm enjoying the process and excited to see the underbelly and inner workings of this home. I'm also celebrating all of the little victories along the way.
Victory #1: Pulling up all the carpet revealed original hardwood flooring underneath and they just need to be refinished. Plus, keep in mind that there were very poor decisions made when it came to paint color and a simple paint job on this house will make a world of difference. So I'm going to go ahead and call that Victory #2, even though it hasn't happened yet.
Side note* I'm not sure I totally believe in signs, unless of course it's loud and clear, and this one was loud and clear: When we first toured the house (which had been vacant for at least 9 months and had virtually no belongings inside) Johnny found a pewter ornament with two cats loving on each other... sharing an uncanny resemblance to our own two cats.