How are things with my house going? Well, it’s been a few weeks since I last updated you on my new home and confessed about it (see parts one, two, and three for more information about my house) so I figured it was time for an update!
One of my friends from the UK has recently sold her house using an online estate agent so we have been sharing moving out tips non stop over the past few days! I had never thought about using an online estate agent before, but after my friend told me to read Ask Susans list of the best online estate agents for 2019, I was surprised to hear that they are a very popular choice for people who want to sell their home quickly. If you are thinking of selling your home online, make sure to do some research first as big decisions like selling your property are not something that should be rushed! So, let’s get on to my updates…
I confess… I spent a good amount of time working on it trying to get it in some kind of show-able shape before my house warming party which ended up scheduled earlier than I planned so it would coincide with Josh being in town from Canada.
I confess… The week before the party found me agonizing over which curtains to choose. I couldn’t find any that fit quite right, and anything I liked was super expensive. I thought about forgoing the curtains for now, but I didn’t want to have ugly blankets hanging over my windows for the party and I needed some kind of covering for them.
I confess… I finally found some that will do. I went with white sheers underneath some dark teal thermal curtains, and I got them from Walmart (ugh I hate shopping there) so they only cost like $4-$7 a panel. When you have four whole windows to do that still adds up, but not as badly as buying sets other places. I spent about $20 per window instead of the $40+ per window at IKEA or worse other places…
I confess… When I got them out of the bag they were so creased! Having only a few days til the party, and still having to work early in the morning, I tossed them in the wash and then dryer to see if it would sort it out. It didn’t. I was up until Midnight ironing 16 panels of fabric so I could hang them before going to bed.
I confess… My mother and sister had already hung the main curtain rods, so I just added a second smaller curtain rod for the sheers and these cute little curtain tiebacks that I found on Amazon.
I confess… I have one window I couldn’t reach, even with a ladder. Thank goodness Josh is tall and was willing to help me hang the curtain rod and the curtains before the party. Here he is doing his yoga pose on the stairs (yes, that’s a ladder lying down below him-but he swears this one was more fun) as he hangs them. Thanks Joshy. Man I miss him. You can also see how the finished curtains look in this picture too.
I confess… I also managed to finally decide on a color for my kitchen accents. I went with Turquish by Sherwin Williams. It looks darker on the swatch so I almost went a shade lighter, but I’m so happy I decided that things always looked lighter in the house and decided to just get the dark one. It turns out I LOVE this color in there.
I confess… I picked up these towels before the paint color, but look how perfect? I since bought this tablecloth from Amazon as well, and it matches pretty well!
I confess… I have these shelves in my kitchen that can’t be moved because they hide a pipe. So I painted them the accent color, painted a strip of chalkboard paint down the side of it, and then used grey chevron contact paper to line the shelves. What do you think?
I confess… I also have this giant portable dishwasher that sits in front of the shelves. I really wanted to not have these cute shelves I put all that work into blocked, but unfortunately there’s just nowhere else to put it, bummer.
I confess… I finally got my bedroom put together too. I had to run to IKEA to get new parts that somehow got lost in the move, but I managed to get it all rebuilt and haul my mattress downstairs on my own. Not too shabby.
I confess… As expected, I’ve had a bit of a difficult time adjusting to sleeping in the basement. It has this weird smell to it… I have no idea where the smell comes from, other than the main drain to the house is just on the other side of its wall so maybe that’s it? Ugh. It definitely has the smell that you’d associated with drains so that must be it. Although, I’m not going to be able to sleep until this has been sorted. So, I think I’ll have to ask my friend for some advice because she’s recently had some blocked drains herself. Luckily, she lives in the county of essex, and was able to use a company similar to FS Drainage to come and resolve the problem for her. And low and behold, it worked. I just wish it was that simple for us. But if she tells me that her problem is like mine, then maybe I can start looking for experts in my area to come and sort it out because I can’t live like this. In the meantime, I’ve started lighting a candle or incense a few hours before bed to help.
I confess… The air has been crazy smokey here due to the wildfires. I snapped this photo before work, and while pretty, it’s hard to breathe.
I confess… Smoke aside, my housewarming party went really well. I liked everyone who showed up and had a great time loving on friends and dogs. Especially a BABY CORGI. Seriously. That killed me. I’m dead. It was the cutest thing in the world.
I confess… I was pretty hungover the next day, but still managed to make it up and all the way to Tremonton for Josh’s family BBQ. It was great because his friends from France came into town and I was finally able to meet them and practice my suffering French. The practicing was pretty no good… I also think I scared the husband trying to tell him about beers and hookers in French… It was a great time though.
I confess… I have to admit that after a weekend where my house was filled with people, and where I was at other people’s houses filled with people, my house seemed extra empty and alone. I managed to get myself mega anxious about it for two nights.
I confess… I also manage to creep myself out on the regular. You can’t hear anything in the basement. The house is super well built so even when someone walks around upstairs you can’t hear it (which is kind of nice actually) and the A/C unit I bought for the bedroom is as loud as a jet engine. So I lie in bed thinking about all the things that could be happening upstairs that I don’t hear… Like break ins. And I freak myself out. It’s an anxiety thing. I’m really going to get a dog.
I confess… I’m serious. I think I’ll go adopt a dog this weekend…
What are you up to this weekend?
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