Friday, February 24, 2017


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WEEK 18+ // FEBRUARY 6 - 15

Here it is....the second-to-last post of our get-the-house-ready-to-live-in journey. A lot was accomplished in the week and a half leading up to our move in day, so I think a bullet list is best for the run-down:

  • Finished laying the laminate floors on the main level (thank you, Jesse, for the help!)
  • Finished sealing the kitchen concrete counters
  • Plumbing for the sink, garbage disposal and dishwasher
  • Refrigerator, dishwasher and oven/stove installed and working properly
  • Installed the barn wood backsplash and brushed on two coats of sealer (thanks for helping, Chris!)
  • Finished the second coat of green paint in the kitchen around the countertops 
  • Touched-up paint on the cabinets (we color-matched the cabinets paint color at Sherwin Williams) 

Bryce laying the last piece of laminate

Flooring complete in the living room and dining room, also old paneling and chair rail removed

Dining room (we haven't seen this room in 4 months!)

Touching up the green paint
Kitchen wall - BEFORE
Kitchen wall - DURING
Yes, I did use the nail gun. And yes, it was fun. :-)
Last piece of barn wood going in

Lamentations 4 written on the wall beneath the barn wood
Kitchen wall - AFTER

Gas stove is working!

And the list continues...
  • Organized the upstairs (this involved me + my dad and brother for almost an entire day--thanks Bruce and Jordan!)--they put together the vanity doors and drawers (also, thanks to Tom!), re-stretched the carpet in the master bedroom, installed the HVAC covers and put on the outlet/switch covers, put together 2 queen beds, 2 bunk beds and a crib, and they moved a bunch of attic boxes to the basement
  • Deep cleaned all of the bathrooms, the kitchen cabinets, the floors and washed the windows (thank you, Wendy and Katelyn)
  • Got the carpet cleaned in the upstairs hallway, the stairs and also the couch (all of the stains came out!)
  • Organized the downstairs (again, lots of moving boxes around and arranging furniture--thanks, Tom!)
  • Set-up the dining room table--so happy to see our table again
  • Fixed the hole in the deck (i.e. making the place safe for children to play--thank you, Tom and Clay!)
  • Painted the dining room--the ceiling and the top half of the walls, the bottom half is waiting for beadboard and a chair rail
  • Completed a few more water tests and our water passed!
  • Installed an exterior door between the house and garage, with dead-bolt lock
  • Installed smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishers (yes, I live with a fireman, also they are requirements for foster homes)
  • Beds made and shower curtain hung

Painted dining room

Stretching carpet in the master bedroom

Master bedroom looking actually livable!

Hinges and pulls are on!

Boys room--bed is put together and furniture arranged somewhat

Spare bedroom

Working on the girls' bunk bed

Girls room set up (no, we didn't stand around drinking coffee all day)

We finally MOVED IN on February 15! Four months and 10 days to the day.

Two truckloads + a van load of stuff to move over. We left our wonderful parents' home, Tom & Wendy, packed up the dog + 5 kids and drove to our "new house," to live, to stay. It was such a surreal feeling. We had a dinner of leftovers on paper plates (thank you, Wendy), put the kids to bed . . . and then started to unpack and paint and clean the garage and move more boxes around. The fun never ends!

We plopped the kids on the couch with cartoons while we hurried to make beds, etc.

Our first dinner as a family in the house!

Everything still looked a little....shall we say.....scattered/undone/crazy after we moved in.

One more post to come of current life at the Tree House!

(See all of the Tree House Renovation posts HERE!)

Monday, February 6, 2017


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Week 17 // January 30 - February 5

We're just The Little Engine That Could over here....and by "we," I mostly mean Bryce. His hard work and dedication to this project are just remarkable to me--thank you, thank you! This week he continued to work on the counters--using a mixture he ordered to fill in a few holes. Concrete counters are meant to have lots of character, right? Good! That's what I thought too. I love them. Mostly, I can't wait to start using them!

Bryce also worked a little more on the whole-house water filtration system. One of the filters wasn't working right so the company sent a new one. And he also got the hot water heater working too. Yay!--now I can wash paint brushes in warm water.

Enjoying cookies from Grandma Eberly (a must for replenishing energy while working at the house)

He sealed the grout in the kitchen. And on Friday he was able to deliver the fridge and microwave that were left in the house plus our old washer and dryer to a Safe Families mom who just got a new house and had no appliances. Love it when we can do that! Also, yay for cleaning stuff out of the house...we can actually see the floor in some of the rooms now! (Side plug for Safe Families!--if you ever need to get rid of large furniture items or appliances, we can usually find a mom who needs them.) 

I painted the living room. Don't you just love a good before and after of the yellow-ish tan that was there before and the Sherwin Williams "Repose Gray" after.

And I'm afraid that's all I was able to get done during the whole week (thanks to a weird flu/eye infection). Bryce covered for me with the kids quite a bit, so he wasn't able to accomplish as much as we hoped during his second week off. But during a few late nights he still was able to start installing the subfloor and laminate floor in the fireplace room and entryway. Tom helped out on Saturday, laying subfloor in the living room, while Wendy painted the second coat of gray in the hallway/stairway. Our faithful helpers!

We bought the laminate floor back in September, before we even moved into the house! Such a surreal moment to finally see it in place. 

Looking toward the entryway with new subfloor--BEFORE

Looking toward the entryway--AFTER

Could the next post be a "we've moved in!" post?! 
Just maybe . . . possibly . . . hopefully! Stay tuned . . .

Saturday, February 4, 2017


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Week 16 // January 23 - 29

Lovely sunshine coming in the front window. And a cute little boy.

This was the first of two weeks that Bryce had off of work--to try and give a big push on the house projects. Lots was accomplished, thanks to my hard-working husband. But for every project wrapped up, we seem to find a couple more items that need to be done in order to move in.

There was some more septic work that needed to be done. Yay. (Boo.) We're praying the fix Bryce did--cutting out a pipe and putting in a new one--is sufficient and we don't need to do more (expensive) work in the field at some point.

Bryce continued to work on the counters, this time using a wet sander. Truly the counters are the project that never ends. He wasn't sure where to go from that point with the counters, so decided to work on the tile in the kitchen. By the end of Saturday night, we had a tiled and grouted floor in the kitchen! Bryce tiled over a couple of days, with Ian's help one night. On Saturday my dad started the grout process but Bryce and I ended up jumping in to help. The kitchen plus eat-in is a large area to grout! 

Waiting for the tile/mortar to set--we couldn't walk through the kitchen for 24 hours

I sealed the grout in the half bath and laundry room. And I also spray-painted the HVAC vents and return grates.

The half bath had the biggest transformation this week. Dare I say it--one space is almost finished! I painted the top half of the wall the kitchen green. Wendy painted the ceiling. Bryce installed the light fixture and fan grate. Bryce and my dad installed the beadboard and trim. I painted the beadboard white. And then they were able to install the toilet and sink.


My dad came for the weekend (thanks, Padre!) and helped to finish a bunch of different projects: took out the moldy caulk in the kids shower, hung 5 new light fixtures upstairs, and painted the two story spot in the stairwell.

I painted, and painted some more. The laundry room is also coming together. Are you ready for some crazy color? In this house of neutrals and earthy tones, I decided it was time for a pop for cheery color and the laundry room seems to be the most-needed spot for that. Chris helped me start to cut in the coral ("Ravishing Coral" by Sherwin Williams) and by the end of the weekend they installed the washer and dryer. Lots more to do in this room (white cabinets and shelving, trim, utility sink, counter, shoe storage, etc.) but it's usable now!


We really are getting somewhere, friends! 
Only a couple more posts and we should finally be able to live in our house!