Sunday, October 7, 2012

What I'll Be Up To.

You may not know this,
but we own two homes.  Not one. Two.  We like to refer to the other one as "our other house", because we are clever. 

 I'm not going to bore you with the deets of why-- just know, that it's a long story.  A long story . . .full of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, true love (twoo wuv!),and miracles. 
That's all you need know.
If you already knew all this, then you're probably a close friend.  A close friend who wants to kill me if I don't stop talking about this, for crying out loud!  Someone make her shut up about it already!
But back to the point.  We own two homes.  And we really, ree-hee-heally just want to own 50% of that.
Let me share something with you.

That's what she said.

This is a massive undertaking.  Big.  Huge.  Someone hold me.  Am I saying that I'm losing sleep some nights thinking about pulling up carpet, yanking out toilets, and mulling paint colors?

Heh, nah.  No, no.  I'm losing sleep every night thinking about all those things. 

Will you join me on this crazy train?  For moral support, perhaps?  Hold me and tell me that everything's going to be okay?  Because I mean biz-nis.

What do we want in our "other house"?  We want it clean and fresh.  We want it updated.  And we want it to sell like lightning.

How much work am I talking? Well, thanks for asking. Carpet. Tile. Hardwood. Countertops. Appliances. Paint. Vanities. This and thats. Others. More others. That's what we're talking. We're keeping it all neutral, of course.

Keeping it a blank slate.

My head's sorta spinning.

(hardibacker, thinset, mortar, underlayment, what's a nice greige?, engineered vs. laminate vs. solid hardwood?. . .what's first? What's last? Where is my brain?)

I'm gonna hit this hard.  Mind if I share the ins and the outs?  The befores and the afters?  And while I've got ya, before I click "purchase", how important is it to have stainless steel appliances?  Pretty important?  Your top choice?

And finally, just know that I will be wearing paint clothes for the next couple weeks.  And probably not doing my hair.  Maybe not even showering.  You've been warned.

But I will brush my teeth.  I'm not a savage.


Cathie said...

Stainless steel is pretty, but I think my main concern is that the appliances match each other and the rest of the kitchen. I don't want a kitchen with light cabinets, white dishwasher, stainless microwave and a big black fridge, y'know?

Anyway, stainless steel gets fingerprinty.

WhettenWild said...

UGH. I sure hope it all goes smoothly for you. Wish I could help somehow. watch the younger kids or something.

cathgrace said...

We are in the process of selling our house right now (cross fingers for us, we have 2 offers right now, and are in the process of deciding what to do) and I will tell you that from my experience selling and buying a house, stainless is VERY important. If you already have appliances then maybe it isn't worth the cost of upgrading everything, but if you are having to buy the appliances anyway, the cost difference is very minimal compared to the reward. From what we have seen every.single.buyer has responded well to the stainless and some have even had it on their wish list. (I've never seen white appliances on a wish list) As soon as you don't have stainless people are mentally settling (which is the last think you want them to already feel when looking at your house) The finger prints have never bothered me because I like using the stainless cleaner to wipe stuff down and make it look great, and I would rather not live with the germy fingerprints I can't see on other appliances.

Good luck!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

If anyone can make a house sellable, it's you Mandi. Good luck and I'm with you in spirit whilst you paint, hardiboard, and grout the next few weeks away!!

CMY said...

I've noticed lately that there are "stainless" appliances available which are just another version of the white/black stuff you normally see. Things that make you go Hmmm..

People are L-A-Z-Y. Neutral new carpet, paint, and the appearance of a 'nice' kitchen will get it done. Sad but true (from a DIY standpoint).

SueAnn Lommler said...

Well I sure am glad you are brushing your teeth!! Ha!
Stainless is required don't you know!
Just saying.....
I will be doing this myself in three...count them...three years! Sigh!
That is when we want to sell and move...yikes!
I know time will fly!
Good luck

Suesan Kennard said...

Clean,functional and neutral seems to be the ticket.I think you'd definitely make back your money if you buy stainless because everyone thinks it's the bees knees. I currently have a stainless dishwasher, white fridge and bisque oven, but few people can pull off the eclectic, pulled together over time look like I can (ha!).

Good luck and I still need some time to chat, Missy. Don't think I've forgotten just because my life seems to be overtaken by all the demands of my people.

alamama alamama said...

BIG job! We (hubby) just remodeled our bathroom and that was a major endeavor. I can only imagine a house! Best of wishes! It will look marvelous when it's all done!

Jean @ said...

I feel ya. We have two houses, too, but wish we didn't. Our "other" house is 2500 miles away in Georgia. It's already been updated with all the brushed nickel one could want replacing all that icky shiny bright brass. No sales. We are renting it out until the market makes an upturn, which I read recently may never happen. Sigh. Why couldn't this "extra" house be in the Bahamas? BTW, don't care for stainless steel, but we're living with it in our current home because it was already here.

Janet said...

Sounds like a lot of work! I can't wait to see what you do to 'your other house'!:)

Brown-Eyed Girl said...

stainless is no good. It's hard to keep clean. Skip it. Especially if your market is moms. If your market is grandma's, go for it. But those grandkids will tear it up. It's a given.

Good luck! Sounds like a big project and I look forward to more posts about it!

Rosemary said...

I really dislike stainless steel. It will eventually date a kitchen to the early 2000's just as those two toned refrigerators and stoves dated kitchens to the 70's and 80's. I prefer timeless white appliances.

Good luck with your refurbishments. I hope your othe house sells like lightening for you.

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

I want to come help! That sounds like so much fun! Note: It's only fun to me if it's not my own home I'm doing it to. Girl can't wait to see what it turns out like. As far as stainless goes... If it were me I would do it, but shop in the scratch and dent section and hunt craigslist.

Jessie said...

You rock at this stuff! You got this! Can't wait to see the before and afters!

Ann Marie Heasley said...

Good luck!! I don't care about stainless, but know that lots of buyers are lazy/picky and go crazy over stainless an granite.

As far as greige goes, Martha Stewart Sharkey Grey. Best greige ever. Also used by Jen from Tatertots and Jello. I see you have Behr samples, we get the color in Behr paint. I'm telling youuu. Everyone comes over and sees our new hardwoods and cute decor and all they say is "gasp. I love the paint. What is that color?!"

Emily said...

It will be awesome what ever you do. I would probably buy stainless. I think most people like them.

Layne Bushell said...

It's my turn to help you! Can I steal things 3 and 4 a few days a week? You always do so much for me. I can help in the am's 10-1 before my thing4 goes to school. If you don't say yes, I'll come and kidnap them, bribe them with sugar and anything else I can think of ;)

abigailashes said...

Hi Mandi,

I'm new to your blog, but I think you are hysterical. During my first visit I made you a permanent fixture in my bookmarks bar right next to Pinterest and the Daybook. That's how awesome I think you are.

And I love that you are so hands-on.

I happen to be a kitchen designer, and can tell you that the stainless appliance question is heavily debated. They look snazzy but are a %itch to keep clean. Stainless-looking appliances are out there that are great for a fingerprint-less fridge. If you decide to go the true-blue stainless route - Pledge will remove and help prevent fingerprints without streaking (we only learned this for our showroom after years of trying countless methods - this IS the best). Maybe you could leave the eventual new owners a bottle of it with a little love note sharing your findings.

Anyway - can't wait to see what is to come with the house! I'd be happy to answer any random kitchen/bath/interior design questions you might have. Our website is Blog:

Thanks a bunch and good luck!


Billie said...

You hear this alot I'm sure, but I think you are amazing! I so enjoy your blog!I do not know how you fit it all in!

whimsey said...

Wow, you are funny AND talented! Is that where some of my talent went?? Good luck on the reno; sorry no words of wisdom for you but you have got some great readers who are helping out there. I just wanna give you props for all you are doing! Luv.

Mommybreath said...

We just survived this ordeal. One year of rehab (the house wasn't that bad... we lived there once) then two of those months on the market with no luck. We decided to lease- helllooo double tax break. After 7 weeks I was freaking out and our agent finally called us with a good renter yesterday! Whew. As far as appliances, black is the new stainless and at a much better price. Good luck!

Amy said...

As an owner of stainless steel appliancs, I would definitely recommend to NOT get them. Like dark hardwood, they are a pain in the butt to keep clean and shiny. As a PP mentioned, black is the new stainless. Much better idea!