Walking in our home for the first time with our realtor was definitely a moment to remember. We knew the house needed work – but for some reason, even with a few preview picture online – they did not do the space justice.
Oddly enough, this turned us on. We see a nasty space, covered in paint colors we would never chose and our minds start racing with the very thought of erasing the damage. Ever watch Fixer Upper on HGTV? We have been loving this show since the very first episode – Joanna is a home decor goddess, who has an eye for it all. And Chip, well, I am married to a real life Chip myself so he really tickles my fancy. I cannot help but hope that one day Dan and I will get the opportunity to fix up someone elses house for them.
DREAM #1 – Do it professionally.
(Following the write it down/say it out loud method. Make it happen)
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While Chip can get a little carried away with the project at hand (just as Dan) – always finding more to do and shooting for the stars, I much like Joanna, have an eye for what a space can be and get slap happy over the smallest of accomplishments.
I know that being “DIY” and fixing up houses is all the rage lately. Seriously it seems as if everyone is doing it or wants to do it. Every single show revolves around it – anyone sick of it? Not I, Dan and I like to claim that we were way ahead of the game in dorkville being obsessed with fixer uppers. But, I think whether you are late to the game or just jumping on the crazy fad you should embrace it. A little elbow grease goes a long way and can save you SO much money! (If done correctly, ha.)
Back to our entry way. We wanted an entry way that not only had a bit of breathing room for guests to get settled in, but a staircase located right in front of the door. I just love that feeling of opening a door and seeing a bit of everything – I do not know why.
This entry way hit it out of the park for us. Ample closet space – room for decor + a staircase staring right back at us. Our view from the front door for the first few weeks of renovation was much less than desirable, but we had to keep the end in sight.
I wish your computer screen had a scratch and sniff. The smell in here was intoxicating. We started by ripping up the carpet, to see what lied beneath. Thankfully we found about 7 real wood stairs + the rest needed covering. A complete overhaul was in order!
So after numerous layers of paint, new stairs and some decor this entry way is one you would all love walking into!
See what I mean? I love that we rolled up our sleeves and embraced this house regardless of its appearance. Gosh, if we all could get past the imperfections and give everything a bit of TLC there are so many more houses that could be swooped up.