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Club House Kitchen Progress Part 2

Yesterday I got the ball rolling in revealing our new kitchen to you at our little Club house. Today, I hoping to wrap it up but brace yourself, this could get long as there is still much to tell :)

I left off with the floors done and the cabinets put back in place awaiting countertops and such. Before we could get to the countertops we wanted to make a few changes to the layout. Nothing big, just small changes that would make a big storage difference. Thankfully they were easy changes because I have a cabinet maker for a Dad and he did it all for us. Easy peasy :) At least for Jason and I!

At the end of the cabinets there was this weird shallow cabinet tucked in. We thought it was cute and could have made it work but we decided to take it out instead and create a bit more storage. It would also mean we could extend our countertop a bit further. In a kitchen with only 2.5 drawers (I say 2.5 because one is only 5″ wide), we could use some more drawers and it was the perfect place to put more. And the last reason to make a new cabinet was for a place to put our microwave. I really don’t like having my microwave on the countertop so if I can tuck it away somewhere it makes me really happy :) Here is a photo of the little cabinet before we made any changes:

kitchen progress

And here is the new cabinet my Dad built for us right after it was put in. You also get a glimpse of the countertops because he put those in for us too :)

new cabinets

Awesome, right? Look how much more space we get!! Another reason we couldn’t have done this without my Dad is because there is an air vent directly under the cabinet so he had to make it special with a register in the toe kick. There is always a way to get around these crazy problems if you have a genius Dad :)

He also made us another cabinet that surrounds the refrigerator but I will show you that one in a little bit, let’s talk countertops first :) My ultimate dream for countertops would have been Carrara marble but it wasn’t in the budget. We talked about a few different options but decided to do wood and now that everything is done, I’m really glad we went that direction. Since the kitchen is white, it really warms up the space and brings some depth to the room. Not only do they look awesome but they are cheap!! Because they were inexpensive (we got them from Ikea), we got to do a bit more than we would have if we had gone with a more expensive material… we got to add a waterfall edge.


A waterfall edge is when the countertop extends all the way to the floor. I love it! Since the new cabinet came all the way to the opening of the doorway, it was a nice way to finish it. Also, by the sink, the stove is free standing and so we added the waterfall edge on that side as well so the countertop boarders the stove instead of the side of the cabinet. It’s not quite as dramatic in these photos since the cabinets haven’t been painted yet but you just wait…

Once my Dad put the countertops in, we sanded them all and applied a food safe finish which we also purchased from Ikea (sorry, can’t find a link). Another note, we didn’t really like the Ikea finish. Every time we applied it, it raised the grain and so we would lightly sand and apply again hoping it would get better with time but… it didn’t. So we are planning on sanding it again and applying a different brand of sealer, one that we have used in the past and liked. Wish we would have done that in the first place :) At least this is an easy fix, we just have to get around to doing it :) We also don’t cut on our countertops because we don’t like the look of them being all beat up even though they are technically meant for that. We always use mats to keep them nice.


One of my favorite parts of the wood countertop is where it meets the sink. Oh la la! I love that chunk of wood! And the sink? We love our sink! We found it on Craigslist for $60, brand new still in the box. We were especially excited about it because it is a Kohler enameled cast iron sink and a similar one sells for $700!! Yay for Craigslist!! I’m so glad my Dad cut the sink hole out for us or it wouldn’t have look near as nice :)


Once we finished with the countertops around Thanksgiving, we took a break from working on the kitchen for about a month. It was nice to have a functioning kitchen again even if it wasn’t completely done. We were able to actually cook meals and enjoy the holidays :) But, as soon as Christmas passed, we got right to it on the 26th and broke out the tiling supplies. It was time to begin our next project.

Like seemingly everyone else in this country, I wanted white subway tile. And since we had a relatively small space, I wanted it to go all the way to the ceiling. Even though I had to buy more tile to go all the way up, it was worth it. Especially since I ended up finding the tile at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore for 1/3 of the price that Home Depot sells it for. Another major score in our budget. It made for one happy girl!

After calling my Dad to have him help us again :) we covered all of the newly finished countertops with plastic and got to work. This was only our 2nd tiling project (the first being the bathroom which I will show you another time) we were still novices. Thankfully, my Dad is not and has a bunch of experience with tiling. We mostly were a little nervous about working on a wall instead of on a floor. Going up and keeping it straight sounded a bit harder and we wanted some expertise.


My Dad helped us for one day and then the rest was up to us. Really though, once we got started, we realized it wasn’t that hard. It was actually kind of fun… for me. Poor Jason had to use the wet tile saw out in the cold weather which wasn’t so fun for him but I was nice and dry inside positioning the tiles and so I enjoyed myself. Since I still won’t call us tiling experts, I’m not going to give tutorial, I’m sure there are way better step by step tutorials than what I can give so I’m just going to show the photos we have of us working.

Because we only had time early in the morning before Jason went to work and then some evenings, this project took us quite a while. Plus, we tiled all the way to the floor in the area where the stove sits so we had to move the stove for a few days while we did that area. We finally wrapped this project up in February including the grout. Fast we are not :) By the way, I did the grout all by myself! I was a little nervous before I started but it actually was so easy! Now you know, tiling isn’t as hard as it seems :) We only had one mishap along the way… we took great care to measure and remeasure and check our levels as we were going but somehow one side was higher than the other so there are two rows on the right side that we had to shave 1/8′ off the tiles to make them line up. It ended up not really being a big deal in the end and you can’t even tell. I dare you to try and figure out which two rows they are :)


Since our tiling project was ongoing, I had some time to do a few other things as well. Since the whole kitchen was going to be white, I wanted the inside of the cabinets to be a fun color. Jason wanted green so I chose a minty green. I absolutely love opening the doors and seeing that fun surprise!

In the photo above you can kind of see the new cabinet my Dad built for us that surrounds the fridge. Before, the fridge just kind of hung out in that space but with the new cabinet surrounding it, it looks like the fridge is now there on purpose instead of as a last resort.


The space in this room is so small it’s really hard to photograph so I did the best I could and hopefully you get the idea :) There is a cabinet that runs along the ceiling and from wall to wall and then another skinny cabinet that runs down the side of the fridge.


Any storage is good storage even when it’s skinny! This is basically our pantry now. The cabinets above the fridge hold my decorative accessories since they are a little harder to get to. In fact, a step stool isn’t tall enough for me to reach the top shelf, I need a ladder! But it created a lot of space and put to work a previously unused area.

cabinet doors

Now things are really heating up!! Next I painted all of the frames of the cabinets with my super duper paint and then I painted the doors. Since we added a few extra cabinets and because we didn’t really like the style of the old doors anyway, my Dad made new doors and drawer fronts for us :) I know, I’m totally spoiled. He’s the best :) So painted them, let them cure for 7 days, and then he came back over and hung them up for us. And since he’s the professional, we let him put the pulls on too :)

And that is how far we have made it! Here are photos of what’s done and I will clue you in on what we have left!!

kitchen after

Woohoo!!! I love it!

kitchen after

I love the whole thing but there are a couple of things that I especially like. One of them is the new cabinet that houses the microwave and I adore the waterfall edge of the countertops. Love :)

kitchen after

The house came with a dishwasher but it didn’t work so we had to get a new one of those too. This one was another Craigslist find.

kitchen after

The door hardware I found at Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $1 each! I really wanted brass hardware but the practical side won out when I found this hardware for so cheap.


I told you it’s fun to open the doors!

kitchen after

To the left of the sink we will be hanging two open shelves. I’m really excited for them because that is when I will be able to add some personality to this kitchen. Right now it’s pretty stark but soon, there will be some color added back in.


Oh stove, how do I love thee? The back piece and shelf came with it too. There is a hole in the ceiling and holes in the tiles because we still need to hang the range hood. Since the original one was too big, we bought a new one. First, Jason has to crawl into the attic to work out the venting for it. No biggie. That might get done sometime in the next 5 years… haha! Once that gets hung I won’t be able to keep the tall things on the shelf, just the spices. But for now, it’s nice to have some stuff up there.

kitchen after

The runner I got on clearance at Target for something crazy like $8.


Ahhh, my faucet. I really love my faucet. I really wanted to incorporate brass and stainless in this kitchen. My faucet helped me bring in some brass (and my light fixture will too once it gets hung up). In our previous kitchen we always had a bottle of dish detergent sitting out because it got used so much. I really didn’t want that this time so we added the soap dispenser and I’m so glad. The faucet is by Delta. I went back and forth about faucets. I knew I wanted a good quality but I didn’t want to spend a ton. I also wanted the brass but not shiny brass. That really narrows it down. Once I found this one, I was sold on the style and color but not the price. So I did some digging and it paid off. I kept finding it for about $350-$400 (even on Amazon!) and after I spent a ton of time researching the best price I found it for $285 which I was stoked about. I really love the brass with the wood. So happy :)


Just a close up of the waterfall edge. Isn’t it great?! And yes, I have dropped things down there between the range and the cabinet. But so far, nothing has been hard to get to :)


On to the mudroom. I love this little light filled area!


Yay for storage!!

kitchen after

This is the back door and we use it all the time to enter the house. You can see now why the fridge makes for a tight fit.


On this side, I spray painted a little shelf in brass and hung it up. My purse hangs here along with our keys and sunglasses and such. We still need to put up the light fixture in this room and the kitchen area. It needs some rewiring before we do that which means more time for Jason to spend in the attic. Poor guy :) We also need to put up the baseboard trim on this wall and paint the door and door trim.


What do you think of my little island? I got it at an antique store and added the castors. It comes in handy. We use the drawer as a junk drawer of sorts. I got the knob for it at Hobby Lobby. I’m thinking about painting the base of it a fun color. What do you think?!


I use these magnetic clips for our towels. They seem to work pretty well for us. I’m also thinking of sprainting these a color. Just trying to decide which color :)

kitchen after

One last photo… Just to show the waterfall again :) Can you tell how much I like it?!

Whew!! Did you make it all the way to the end? That was a lot of pictures! So basically, we add a couple of shelves, range hood, lighting, and a bit more paint and trim and we will be done! I’m especially excited to add some touches to make it feel lived in and some color and pattern. Right now it’s pretty stark and needs some life. It will get there. And I’m still just enjoying having a kitchen that actually functions. That might just be the best part :)

Thanks for hanging in there and enjoy your weekend! Have a happy Easter and celebrate what our Savior did for us!!

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Club House Kitchen Progress Part 1

I have been holding off on showing the kitchen for a while now because there was so much to do and I really wanted that one big WOW reveal! Unfortunately, we still aren’t completely done with the project but I decided to show how far we have come. We are getting so close now and it’s starting to look more and more put together. I have a bunch to show you as we progress through our little kitchen makeover so I’m going to have to split it into two posts.

Before I jump into the kitchen, I have a favor to ask. I entered my bedroom into Apartment Therapy’s Bedroom Retreat contest and they accepted my entry! Now, to get into the finals, I need votes. If you liked my bedroom, go to my entry page and make it one of your favorites. I admit, I still need a lot of votes :) Voting ends on March 31st so there are only a few days left!

Okay, now that I’m done begging, let’s move onto the kitchen… This is how the kitchen looked when we bought the house way back in August. Yes, it has been that long!


We keep laughing about what we called our “move-in ready house” and that it has taken us 6 months of working on it to get it this far and we still aren’t done :) Yes, it was move-in ready. We just didn’t want it to stay the way it was so we started altering things a bit. And then the projects started building up and we thought since we were already doing one thing… let’s just keep going. The snowball effect. But we don’t regret diving in headfirst because we love it.

Another photo, this time a little closer…

closer kitchen

So here’s the deal. We know the house was redone about 5 years ago. When it was redone, it just wasn’t done in our style. Vinyl floors, laminate countertops, oak cabinets, basic appliances, pressed tin backsplash… There was nothing wrong with any of it. It just wasn’t us. At all. I knew that a little paint would go a long way. But who wants to stop with paint? Why not just rip it all out and do it all over? So we did just that! Oh yes we did :)

kitchen progress

First things first, we ripped out the upper cabinets. That a made a huge difference in opening up the space. I keep saying that in a tiny house we need all the storage we can get. But in this case, taking out some storage was totally worth it to make it feel bigger. I was instantly happier.

kitchen progress

Next, we ripped everything out. Yes, everything. We were really hoping to find the original wood floors underneath in salvageable condition but no such luck. Under many layers of old flooring we found some of the original but not enough to save it. We thought about trying to repair it but decided against it for many reasons. Ripping up the old floors was a nasty job. I’m glad it was the boys who took care of this one! Thanks guys! You see, while the boys were working at this house, I was still back at the previous house getting it ready to sell. We were really busy at this time. Overwhelmingly so :)


Next up, the boys started laying the floors. Choosing floors for this kitchen was the hardest decision for me and the one I regret the most. Like I said, we were hoping to be able to salvage the original floors. When we found that it wasn’t possible, we knew we had to lay new floors over the original and that means they would be higher than the existing floor in the dining room and rest of the house creating a little lip which we weren’t thrilled about but decided to go with it anyway. Since the rest of the house had wood floors, I didn’t want to even try to match it with something similar because you can always tell that they don’t really match. I also didn’t want vinyl or tile. Don’t ask me why, I just didn’t :) I have nothing against tile, but we had just gone from a kitchen with dark floors and I wanted something lighter. What a really wanted was wood. So, we ended up settling on painted wood floors. One thing to keep in mind was that because the house is tiny, we can’t put expensive things in this house or when it comes time to sell it, we won’t be able to sell it for as much as we put into it. The painted wood floors were the most economical and the option that sounded the best to us. Seriously, we talked about everything! And this is what we both could agree on. So, we bought unfinished wood flooring and painted it white.

painted floors

So, why do I regret it? I don’t regret the white. I regret the style. I so wish I could go back and pick something else!!! Why? Because of the grooves in the wood. We originally were going for wood flooring like in the rest of the house with no seams. When we got to the flooring store, Jason liked the look of the wide plank better. I didn’t really care that much as long as I could paint it so we picked it up. Big mistake. We never should have changed our minds in the store instead of thinking it through first. But we did and now we’re stuck. Our previous floors had a groove line too and it didn’t bother us but these are way deeper. So they are always dirty. And you can’t sweep them because everything ends up in the grooves. The only thing to do is vacuum them, groove by groove. At least it’s a small kitchen :) And really, it doesn’t even take that long it’s just annoying.

I must say though, for all that we dislike, I actually really like how they look. And the paint that we used is amazing. Seriously, I couldn’t be happier with the paint. It took 7 days to cure which was a commitment (and we didn’t live there yet) but it is the toughest paint I’ve ever had. I tried to find it on the Sherwin Williams website but couldn’t. It’s called Industrial Enamel and it’s an oil based marine paint. It’s super durable. With all of the projects we’ve had going on this house, this paint hasn’t showed any wear and tear at all. It’s so great that I painted all of my cabinets with it too. Previously I have always been a Pro-Classic girl, and still am, but this paint is even better. Especially if you have 7 days to let it cure :)

Having said that… it leads me to mistake number two. Let me start by saying that I love, love, love Sherwin Williams. They are so awesome there and they have always given me great advice with every project I have. So when I told them that I was painting unfinished wood floors white and wanted something durable and easy to clean they suggested this industrial enamel. Again, I am super happy with it. What I’m not so excited about is that when I asked what primer I should use, they assured me that because it was oil based, I didn’t need primer and it would cover well. I have never not painted raw wood without primer but I figured if they said I didn’t need it, then I didn’t need it. Plus, I had the manager and the assistant manager both agreeing that I didn’t need to prime first. They were wrong. We did two coats and was ready to do a third when we realized that yellow spots from the knots were showing through. So I headed back to SW and told them the problem and they suggested I rough up the spots with sandpaper, paint a couple coats of primer on just the spots and then paint all of the floors again. So that’s what we did. As time has gone on, more spots keep showing through. Arg!!! I would just sand all the floors and repaint them but remember how I said it takes 7 days to cure?! How can I not use my kitchen for 7 days? I’m about ready to rip them all out and start over!! Just kidding but… if you have any suggestions… I’m all ears!

Okay, enough ranting, back to the kitchen…

kitchen progress

They do look pretty though, don’t they?

Next up, we threw the cabinets back in the room and temporarily set the previous countertop back on. Oh, and somewhere in there I painted the walls :) We weren’t quite ready to do the new countertops at this point because we wanted my Dad’s help and he was unavailable for a bit longer so this is what it looked like when we finally moved into the house. No stove, no fridge. We were really ruffing it :)

our fridge

So, for about 2 weeks we didn’t have a fridge. It. was. not. fun. at. all. This blue cooler became our fridge. For reals. Some of our refrigerator items we kept at my parents house and we would go grab a few things every couple of days but really, since we didn’t have a stove either, we didn’t cook. Amazingly enough, we still didn’t eat out. Somehow, we managed to eat almost all of our meals at home. I think we ate a bunch of sandwiches :)


This little hut is at the end of our street. It became our new best friend :)

cooler fun

Everyday, one of us would go to the ice hut and get some ice. Then, I would empty everything out of the cooler and fill up ziploc bags with ice and salt. Then I would systematically pack everything back in laying the items with bags of ice. I became really good at this :)

We had ordered our fridge a few weeks before we were supposed to move into the house but because of Hurricane Sandy, shipment was delayed. With so many lives lost and people without anything because of the hurricane, I tried not to complain too much about the inconvenience of being without a fridge for a couple of weeks :)


And then it came!!! Yay!! To save money, we ordered our fridge from Sears Outlet. The fridge is in a really tight nook in the mudroom of the house. Just for reference, here is the floor plan again…

club-house floor plan2

See the little mudroom? It’s a really tight squeeze and a regular fridge stuck out so far into the space that it looked really funny. So we decided a counter depth fridge would do much better. Instead of being 30″ deep, it’s only 24″ deep. That six inches makes a big difference!

Back to this saving money thing… when we started looking into counter depth refrigerators, we realized they were expensive. If you get a cheaper one, then they are small. We had plenty of width, and I would rather have a normal amount of cubic space than opt for a tiny one just to save money. Then we found Sears Outlet. We got a $2500 fridge for $800 plus $200 shipping. Awesome! It had a couple of small dings on the sides (you can see them in the above photo and I knew that before ordering) but I just touched them up with appliance paint and you don’t even notice them anymore. Major score!!

Want to know our other major appliance score? Our range…

the mess

First of all, I show you this photo to show you what we lived with for months. While our kitchen was being worked on, we didn’t have anything in the cabinets and no place to put anything else so we set up some storage units in the dining room and put everything there. It was a crazy disaster. And it just about drove us crazy because it always looked messy. I’m so thankful this time has passed!

Back to the range… Early one morning when I couldn’t sleep (we were still living at the previous house) I was browsing Craigslist and came across this range. My dream range. Seriously, if you had asked me what my dream range for this house was I would have said a Viking 30″ range in white. And guess what I found? A Viking 30″ range in white plus the range hood! If the range alone had been brand new it would have been about $5000. We got both for $800. It’s not new and the hood ended up being too big but we didn’t care and the stove is one of our favorite things we got for the kitchen. I’m so happy with how it looks and I still thank the Lord for giving me this added blessing. It’s another piece of the puzzle to our tiny dream house :) I will show a better photo of the range in pictures to come tomorrow as it’s not even completely assembled in this photo.

Our new range is gas while the previous range had been electric. Thankfully, at one point there had been a gas line to the house. So we just called our plumber and he ran a new line under the house and hooked up some gas for us. I had never cooked with gas before but now that we have it? We love it! I’m still learning how to bake with gas though especially coming from a convection oven but I’m getting there. And I haven’t ruined anything… yet :) And our old appliances? The refrigerator was sold on Craigslist and our old stove made it’s way to Oregon in my parent’s vehicle when they took a trip out and is now at my brother’s house. Their stove was on the fritz and so it was a win for everyone!

While I’m talking about appliances I thought I would explain our reasons for choosing white instead of stainless. We had stainless in our last house and loved them. In this house, I wanted everything to be white. The floors, the cabinets, the walls… everything. So naturally, the appliances should be white too. Especially in that crazy little mudroom. If there was a stainless fridge in there I felt like it would stick out like a sore thumb. But the white would just blend in. And that is exactly what happens. Plus, we have gotten some really good deals on our appliances because they aren’t the “it” thing. Besides, I think white is making a comeback. Soon it will be all the rage again. Especially the white ice version. It just looks so cool! But that’s just my opinion… Hey, House Beautiful used the white ice appliances in their kitchen of the year last year and you just can’t argue with that :)

Okay, since this post has been exceptionally long, I will close there for tonight and wrap it up tomorrow. Man, this whole post was just demoing, floors, and appliances. I still have a long way to go!! Hang in there!!

And please… don’t forget to vote, if you want to that is :)

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Our Bedroom

Last time I posted, I shared a little peek into our bedroom in the form of my jewelry cabinet. Still running on that vein, I thought I would reveal the rest of the bedroom. It’s actually the most finished room in the house. There are other rooms that are getting close, but the bedroom is actually pretty much done. It feels nice to have at least one completely functional room :)

bed 1

I really, really love our bedroom. It feels so bright and airy to me and I love waking up to the crispness of the white walls and bright light coming in through our window.

bed 2

So, our room is tiny. I mean, what do you expect with an 800 square foot house?! It’s only a 9’6″ x 9’6″ space (not including the closet area) and that means there isn’t room for much else beyond a bed. But that’s okay, it’s just for sleeping anyway.


This is my side of the bed. I created this little nightstand with some leftover wood from our counter tops and some shelf brackets from Ikea. It works really well because it’s shallow enough that the closet doors can still open all the way.

bed 3

The room is small, the closet is small. So far, only my clothes fit in it and Jason keeps his in the guest room closet. We hope to fix that someday by have a better system in the closet but for now, it works.

bed 4

I still am in love with our duvet cover that we got last year from West Elm. I like it even better in this room with the white walls than in our previous room with its dark walls. The lamps and the plant made the move with us, I had them at our previous house in various rooms.

And check out our library now! Before we had a room that we called the library and while we’ve never been ones to have a ton of books around, now we’ve really pared down. What you see on that shelf is literally all of the books we own! I even have my cookbooks up there now but they will eventually be in the kitchen. Crazy!! The shelves were from our old house, they used to be in the dining room.


I got the dark gray pillows on clearance at Target. I also added the new throw pillows which were another Target clearance find. I love the clearance isles at Target, can you tell?!


Just throwing this in there for fun… I betcha didn’t know that my cat was sleeping here the whole time I took these photos! It’s one of her favorite hideouts. Either there or she burrows under the duvet cover when she’s really cold :)

The wool army blanket came with us from our previous room too. I had been searching for a gray one for too long to leave it behind. Plus, come summer, the duvet will have to go and the army blanket will be our only covering.

nightstand 2

On Jason’s side of the bed I used the end table I had in our old house in the living room. I had found it at a yard sale for $5 and put a fresh coat of white paint on it and brought it with us. The painting was also a thrift store find and again, it used to be in our old living room.

bed 5

I love the curtains, they came from Ikea. I love that they add just a subtle stripe to the room. Our bedroom faces the backyard. Thankfully, we don’t have any neighbors behind us for miles so we are able to live without a window blind. We keep our curtains open all the time and I love it!

bed 6

More Target clearance finds: the basket, which we use as a hamper, an the runner which I think I got for $11! Just small amounts of color in this room make me happy :)

I also added the wall rack which used to be in our old guest room and I found at a garage sale for $.50! It works great right now for our hats and scarves. But I only hung the black, white, and gray ones. The rest are in the closet :)

bed 7

The vintage pendant light I found at an antique store for $35 and I was originally going to use it in the bathroom but I found something else for in there and then this one ended up in the bedroom and I really like it in the the room. The train rack used to be in our old master bathroom. For now, I have a few of my neutral purses on display.

bed 8

Do you see the strip of teal on the door? I covered it with Washi tape. Super easy, and super removable.

And that sums up our new room. Overall, even though it’s tiny, I love it way more than our previous bedroom. The wood floors are what I’ve always wanted and along with the white walls… ooh la la. Throw some ikat chevron stripes in gray and you pretty much have the room of my dreams :)

What do you think? Could you live with all white walls or do you need some color? What about the size? Is it something you think you can manage? Do share…

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Club House Floor Plan

I’m tired of apologizing for being so behind on posts and so this time, I’m not going to. The truth is, every time I start to work on a post for our new house, I stop. I’m not exactly sure why but I feel completely paralyzed. It’s really strange. I blog because I like to blog, not because I have to so it’s not because I don’t want to. For some reason, this tiny house has me blogged blocked. Kind of like writer’s block but for bloggers. I can’t seem to put together posts that make sense. The only reason for this that I can think of is because we have been doing so many projects that I simply can’t keep up with trying to write about them all. A good problem to have, right?! So, I simply have ignored the problem and let the undocumented projects pile up creating more of a problem. Yeesh! I even have several unfinished posts waiting for me and I promise, I will get there, sometime…

In the mean time, while I work on getting my thoughts in order, I thought I would draw up a little floor plan. You know, so you can get a better idea of how the house is laid out. Floor plans always help me get a better sense of what things look like and so I played around with a bit and here is what I came up with:

club-house floor plan2

Since it was my first time using it, I was learning as I went and I would still like to tweak it and make it better. I was thinking that as I start documenting the different rooms, I could add furniture and such so you can see how it is laid out better. Maybe I will even add measurements so you can see how tiny the rooms really are! All in all, I’m pretty pleased with it. I wish I would have done this with the last house. That would have been handy. But, too little, too late. At least I have one for this house!

So that is all I have for today, short but sweet. As I said before, I am in the middle of a couple of other posts, maybe I will even finish them one of these days. I guess I just need to dive in. Maybe this little floor plan was a way to get my feet wet first :)

I hope you all had a great January and here’s to an even better February!!

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The Club House

Well, the last time I blogged I was still talking about our current house. Soon that will change and it will be called our previous house. That still seems strange to me :)

Today, I would like to tell you about our new adventure and show you photos of our new home. So, the big news first, our current house is under contract and we should be moving at the end of the month! Yay for us! Our house was only on the market for a week before we got an offer. Praise the Lord, I know it was His handiwork! The inspections have been done and everything is moving right along. In the mean time, the house is getting emptier and emptier. Why, you may ask, if we haven’t moved yet? Let me tell you…

I have been feeling for quite some time the need to downsize. At first even I thought it was a crazy idea. We LOVE our house. Why would we want to move? There are actually many other factors that were a part of our decision but it would make for a really long blog post so that is just the basic idea. We want to downsize and have less to take care of. Less maintenance, less cleaning. So, for this whole year I have been praying about it. And along the way, Jason caught the vision too. At first, we were really thinking that it would happen sometime next year. After we finished some of the projects we started (like my windows) and after we fixed some things that needed to be fixed. But then, the right house came along and it put everything onto the fast track.

We found our new house on a whim. But it struck a chord with us and even though we were nowhere near ready to move we decided to go look at it. We found out that it was a HUD home and there was only a week to place a bid on it. A week. Crazy. But we prayed about it. And we really felt like we were supposed to do all that we could to get this house. Let me tell you, it seriously was a miracle that we even got the bid! We closed on the house quickly and have already owned it for about a month. Miracle number one, placing a bid on the new home… done. Miracle number two, having our bid accepted because we put in a low offer… done. Miracle number three, putting our house on the market and selling it… done. Isn’t God amazing?!

So that accounts for all the frenzy of crazy work to put our house on the market. We had already bought the new house and we still needed to list ours. Remember how I said we were giving ourselves a year to get everything done before we even thought of selling? Ya, well, we ended up doing it all in less than two weeks. Two weeks of waking up at 6 am and working until midnight every day. But it was worth it!

Okay, so now is where it really gets crazy. At least I’m pretty sure most of you will think we are just a bit crazy. But first I would like to say that we are super thrilled and we can’t wait to see how God will use this new home in our lives. Remember I said we are downsizing? Our current home is about 2100 square feet plus an unfinished basement plus a two car garage. We have 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and office, yada, yada, yada. We have some space. Our new home is 800 square feet (794 to be exact). For reals. Two bedrooms, one bath, no garage. At first I wasn’t sure I could do it. I mean, that’s pretty small. But it was confirmed to us in so many ways that now I can’t imagine continuing to live where we currently do. Not that there is anything wrong with living how we do now, it’s just that this is the next step for us and it feels right. I know there will be challenges, but we are ready to take them on!

Well, are you ready for a tour?! Let’s go!!

I actually forgot to take a photo of the outside so I had to snag this one off the internet. It’s a super cute little cottage. A little spiffing up and the outside will be just peachy. I will be doing some painting outside and we will be adding some grass and some more landscaping :)

When you walk in the front door, you enter into the living room. This is the right side of the room. There are so many things I’m going to do to this little house. I can’t wait!!

This is still in the living room, facing the left side. You can see the kitchen, dining room, and living room all flow together. Because the house is so small, I like it that way. It feels larger than it would if there were walls everywhere.

The kitchen. Again, lots of plans for this space! And do you see all of the windows? I am in love! I took these photos before we had even placed a bid on the house. My parents and our realtor were there with us.

This is just off the kitchen (where my Dad, in the red shirt, was standing in the previous photo). The refrigerator is in this little space and we are going to get a counter depth fridge so it doesn’t stick out. I love this little mud room. Tiny but oh, so cute!

Standing in the kitchen, facing the living room. I love the floors.

Off to the bedrooms. More wood floors that I love. Both bedrooms are exactly the same size. We have decided to use the bedroom on the right for us because of the closet…

This closet has bi-fold doors. It’s a tiny closet, I want as much access to it as I can get!

In the second bedroom, there is just a standard door which makes the closet harder to use. Someday we would really like to have built in closets to maximize our space.

This is the tiny little hallway. I’m standing in the first bedroom, looking toward the second. The bathroom is on the right.

The bathroom. Again, big plans for this space, I can’t wait to see it come together!

Behind the door in the other photo is the bath cabinet. Not too convenient. Don’t worry, we have big plans here too :)

The only other part you didn’t get to see is there is an unfinished basement. It’s really tiny, pretty much the cutest little basement ever :) It has hookups for a washer and dryer and some space for storage. But, there was no power on when we took these photos and it’s pretty hard to take a photo in a basement with no light.

That completes our tour! What do you think? We love our little Club house :) Why do we call it our Club house? Because it’s on Club drive and because it’s about the size of a club house. Haha!

Renovations have already started and now it looks a lot worse than when we bought it. But soon, it will look much better. We are thrilled.

Because our new home is so small, I am letting go of over half of what we own. Seriously. At first I thought it would be really hard (like when I threw away almost all of my scrapbooks) but actually, it’s been very freeing. To get rid of stuff and not have so much has been good for me. I’m very thankful!

Tomorrow and Saturday I am having a garage sale to finish purging our big house. I’m not kidding, when you see what is actually left in the house you would be amazed. Most of the things you have seen in my house are going, going, gone. If you live in the area and want to come to the sale, let me know. Send me an email and I will be happy to send you our address.

There are a few more posts I have to show you to finish up things at the big house and then we will move on to the Club house. A little scary? Yes. But also good :)

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