We did the closing this morning. Shortest closing ever! We had gotten the funds over earlier in the week, so today was just signing paperwork. We only had to sign 3 documents, can you believe that? It was sort of anticlimactic. Then the lawyer told us we could not take possession of the house until the selling bank forwarded written confirmation. Really? We were already to jet over to the new place right after closing. If we didn’t have a realtor involved that would have gotten in trouble, I would have said ‘screw you’ to the bank and gone in anyway.
We didn’t have to wait that long, though, just about 1-1/2 hours before we got the call we could go in. Yay!
It doesn’t look like it from here, but it is so overgrown in the front. There are maple trees growing up into all this shrubbery. I need a machete.
Here is a video of the kitchen with me talking a little about it.
Our plan for now is painting the cupboards (cream), sage colored walls, getting butcher block countertops and cork flooring. Some of the lower cabinets need a little more help that we thought, but we should be able to salvage them. The electrical is a challenge because the walls are cinderblock with plaster over them, so you can’t just easily pop a hole in them like drywall to install outlet boxes – which is probably why previous rennovation didn’t do that because it is a lot of work. We are thinking about running the lines behind the cabs and doing counterop popup recepticles. Like so:
We have a little thinking to do. Plenty of time to think about that while removing platoons of wallpaper, though.
So, I guess this blog will be a rehab blog for a while LOL!
We spent the early afternoon at the house (what work??) and got a start going. I pulled up the linoleum, which I think is vinyl and not linoluem because it was soft and flexible. On top of being ugly – it has it all! Guess what was underneath? More linoleum!
I peeled up a bit of this wondering if there might be wood, but this room was not a kitchen originally and I think it was some porch or something like that and it seems to be just cement underneath, so we will go with our original plan and now need to order the flooring.
Lookie at the mess we made in just a couple hours!
I think poor John is a little…. a lot… overwhelmed. Once we get the kitchen past the “it gets worse before it gets better” stage, I think he will feel a bit better. It is a huge amount of work to do while working our jobs and getting the old house ready to sell and thinking about moving, not to mention the stress of owning 2 houses.
We will still be biking and such over the weekend, but not all day rides since there is a lot of work to do!