Photos, Photos and More Photos

I have been feeling guilty about not getting this post written sooner, but as usual, life has gotten in the way and I have been super busy. Last night and today it has been raining, so I have finally had a chance to catch my breath.

In fact, I was over at Lucky this morning knocking out kitchen tile (more on that later) and I was making up a post in my head when I came to the conclusion that so much has happened that the best way to get caught up would be to upload all my pictures and pick the ones that best describe what I've been up to.

So without further adieu, I give you, my camera roll!

One last look at Lucky before she moved!

The first beam going under.

This is where my heart stopped. That is one tilted house!

Here it is from farther back!

Hooking up to the moving truck.

These are the blocks that held it up. Unsettling how much they resemble Jenga blocks!

Found this old stove in the basement!

If you look closely you can see the wheels underneath the house.

Electric company taking care of lines. 

This is not something you see out your car window everyday!

Coming down the homestretch. 

Apparently one of the cement truck drivers that poured the basement has a sense of humor. 

The kitchen.

Living room, plus one photo bombing baby.

Dining room.

Fabulous closet door, at least in my opinion!

Floor grate. 

Ugly old carpet in closet. 

Hardwood floor beneath. 

Bedroom floors after I removed laminate flooring, apparently there had been carpet glued down somewhere along the way. This is a "how not to put carpet on hardwood floor" photo.

This is a "how to if you absolutely feel you must cover hardwood floor" photo. The carpet pulled up easy and I will get the carpet tacks out soon!

I had no idea how to remove the clay tile in the kitchen, so I just went for it and here's what worked for me. I tapped a flat head screw driver under the tile till it loosened and then just popped them out. It worked about 80% of the time. 

When it didn't work, the tile broke. 

When it did work, the tile looked like this. I saved all the whole pieces to use somewhere else. 

See, lots of whole pieces. 

All finished! One project done, five hundred fifty three thousand to go! 

Stairs before.

And stairs in progress. I was really excited to find that the stairs are hardwood. You can see the carpet pulled back to expose the hardwood in the living room here too.

Whew, are you all photo'd out? I will try to keep up a little better so that I don't bombard you with so many pictures all at once next time, and so I can go into a little more depth on the process of each project. 

I have no idea what I am doing 98% of the time. I am just winging it and figuring out what works and what doesn't. I have watched way to many home improvement shows and I've been using the internet quite a bit to do research, which has helped, but I figure the best way to learn is to just get my hands dirty!

If you have any tips or questions, I'd love to hear them. Thanks for stopping by today and checking on the progress! 

Have a wonderful Monday!


  1. Our first house was only 900 square feet and it took us four years to reno... You are doing awesome!

    1. Thanks Melita! It helps that we aren't living in it, so I can make large messes and walk away at the end of the day!


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