My Personal Fixer Upper

I love home improvement shows. This summer I discovered Fixer Upper. After watching several episodes, my husband would find me standing in the kitchen trying to figure out how to open up a wall, so that the kitchen would not be separate from the rest of the house. He would just shake his head.

I’ve also debated about painting the kitchen cabinets. We have a lot of cabinets. It’s probably a lot more work than slapping on a layer of paint.

I finally settled on a smaller project. I would paint the entry way. It is currently a dark wood. I could paint it a light blue. It would be a simple, inexpensive project that I could do myself. Sounds good, right?

My husband wanted to replace a window. It’s a good idea. The window is old, single paned, not insulated. We found a window at the Habitat Re-Store. Got a good deal, so still an inexpensive project, right?

Then an old discussion came out. Our driveway heaves in the winter. The screen door will open just enough for me to squeeze through. The frame for the regular door shifts. It doesn’t close and sometimes doesn’t seal. The window would fit well in the door space and we could put a new door in where the window was. It would require a new staircase outside and reconstructing the interior stairs and landing…

So now we have a two new doors, two new windows, new insulation, new lights, new drywall, and new stairs. Still coming are new flooring, new paint, and new hanging fixtures.

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My inexpensive project went from $ to $$$$.

It is keeping my husband out of trouble, so there is that.
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About Joselyn

SAHM writing romance with at a case of the giggles. Former librarian. Avid reader. Runner.
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14 Responses to My Personal Fixer Upper

  1. jeff7salter says:

    sorta reminds me of “Ms. Blandings Builds Her Dream House”
    My wife watches several of those makeover and flip-house shows. She can take in sev. hrs. a day of that stuff. Not me. I keep wanting to get to the end and see which house they picked… or if they decided to keep the renovated place or buy a diff. one.

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  3. Tess Grant says:

    One thing always leads to another…and another…and another. We have multiple unfinished projects here at the farmette. Good luck with the entryway; it looks great!

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  4. I love home improvement shows too. We’ve improved every house we’ve owned and are in a project that started years ago, long before book deadlines began sapping time.

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  5. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m sure it will look great when it’s all done! We watch a lot of those home improvement shows, too. But hubby is NOT handy, so any improvements have to be done by other people – which costs even more. Hope you post before and after pics!

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  6. Fixer Upper is a favorite here. My boys especially like it. My youngest then tells me what he will put in a house for me when he is older.

    I bet you will be glad when your project is over. Do you think you will be tackling the kitchen any time soon?

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    • Joselyn says:

      Probably not. It would involve moving cabinets and that would lead to painting them and that would lead to new countertops and backsplashes and… If I end up painting, I hope it doesn’t go farther than that.

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