Biggest things first

I bought a house. Sometimes it still baffles me. I’ll randomly think, “wow, I own this house….the whole thing.” Yikes. I love it though, its like a never ending challenge that is actually really rewarding.



Not the best photos (I actually stole them from a realty website before I bought the house) but these are the front and back of the house. Not huge, 1025 sq ft, but its a great starter-house. Three bedrooms, one bath, a decent kitchen and a super sunny and bright dining room. Did I mention I live in a lake community? Im only a block from the water and I have lake access! Maybe one day I’ll have a boat. Ahhh dreams.

So the house was move in ready, but it definitely needs work here and there. I went a little nuts and bought new couches, a whole new bedroom set, new mattress, and a dining room set. Whoops. But before you think Im totally nuts, I’m using a hand-me-down tv stand, the second bedroom has my moms old bedroom set topped with my college mattress, I was given a free book shelf and my future brother-in-law (kind of…?) made me a coffee table. I also jacked a picnic table from my uncles campground for the back patio. Balance.┬áRight?

So my favorite room in the house is the dining room. I’ve done nothing to it but furnish it. Heres what it looked like with the sellers furniture in it:


And now with mine:


Its bright, airy and cheery.

As of right now I don’t feel like any other rooms are ready or even half ready. So far there are painting projects half done, Pinterest plans for two of the bedrooms, and a re-caulking brainstorm for the bathtub. Im planning on doing some before and afters on here – basically just so I can see the changes that Im making.

What do you think? I want to know if other people have just purchased houses and what your to-do list/priorities look like.

I’ve had to pump the breaks on accessory buying and updating because I took a huge hit in August when I had to replace the roof. We thought it was just shingles, but when the guys got up there plans changed. Ouch. Fingers crossed that another huge problem like that won’t surface for a while… I’ll knock on wood and throw some salt over my shoulder too. Just in case.