"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." -Alan Cohen
When I signed the papers, to call this little place home, I knew the conditions were far from “perfect.”
Yes, there were things…growing? from the floor.
Yes, the ac/heater needed to be replaced.
Yes, the hot water heater was on it’s last leg.
Yes, there were both pink and bright purple walls.
Yes, there was a really, really bad smell.
For some reason, these things didn't deter me.
For some reason, I was excited at the thought of what this house could be.
I dreamed of seeing it with fresh paint and a fresh start.
My first step from a was to get it back to the bare bones.
Floors, ceilings, and walls.
I wanted to try to save as much money as possible throughout the process (to be able to budget and invest in the more core essentials; a new hot water heater, air conditioner etc).
Doing it myself (with the help of my mom 😌) definitely wasn’t easy but enabled me to save so much!
I knew that my first step was that I need to start over with a clean slate.
Clean slates in life can be liberating.
Clean slates are the moment after every bit of chaos (or the pieces that don't fit into the puzzle) are removed and we have the chance to rebuild.
We have the change to build up, bigger and better.
I've always felt beauty in having that clean slate moment. Maybe you have experienced them too....even if not while taking on a fixer upper. Perhaps you've lost your home, saw a relationship end, or made a career change. One thing I believe to be true.... often we have to start at the worst part to get to the best part.
Those hard parts, before we get to the clean slate and fresh start are the moments that define us learning how to evolve and grow; from nothing into something.
I knew that to make this condo into the home I dreamed of, I needed to get to the bare bones and do the labor to get to that clean slate start that I knew needed to be the starting place.
I focused first on the ceilings; removing the popcorn, sanding, patching, resanding, and then painting the entire ceiling. This was in no way glamorous and my arms had never been so sore! However, doing it myself....and starting from the ceiling really made quite a difference in both my budget and how beautiful, clean, and modern the results were.
A couple things I learned.....
1. Save all painting until after ALL pre work is complete.
2. Work from the top down. Start with repairing and preparing your ceilings, then walls, then trim. I painted in this order too. It makes the clean-up a million times easier.
3. It's very important to do your research and make sure you wear the proper protection (gloves, masks etc) when you are doing these kinds of renovations (based on your individual circumstance).
4. There is a Youtube video for EVERYTHING!
5. Shopvacs are your friend.
6. Music makes DIY projects a million times more fun.
When choosing a paint color for this home I strived to use color to set the mood. One that created a sense of a calm and brightened up this entire space! 🏡 many of you have been asking....and the walls are all #sherwinwilliams #alabasterwhite which I felt was versatile!
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