My life is a bit of a fixer upper right now. It seems only fitting that I buy a house that is a fixer upper!
Yes, I'm working on getting my life back together. Getting my feet planted firmly on the ground, working towards the goals I'm setting and moving forward. I've been through over two years of the most difficult time of my life. And that, my wonderful blog readers is why I have not been writing posts regularly for the last while.
I'm going to do better. Writing is an important part of my life. And I miss it! I've been blogging for over 4 years now. It doesn't feel frightening to hit 'publish' anymore when I send out a post. But, it still seems so strange (and so flattering) when someone I actually know comes up to me and talks about something of mine they've read. People read what I write and they come back for more! I'm appreciative that they/you do that!
I promise I will still publish easy recipes and some helpful gardening tips. But, you may have to bear with some renovation posts. You see, the house I bought, is nowhere near move-in ready. It's truly a fixer upper in every sense! But, I've fallen in love with this house of mine (yes, it's mine!)
And me, I'm a work in progress. I've found my footing over the last few months. I've found a passion and I've found joy in what this house is and excitement for what it will become. Once some of the work is completed, I can move in with my boys. I can't wait!
This is the view that made me fall in love with this house. That made me think I could do this! I could buy this house, give the historic character some TLC and bring it back to life. I. can. do. this.!
I couldn't believe the wooden floors! All original. But for years, they were covered in green shag carpet. Can you imagine?? I'm not sure if I could have seen past that. And, I had to look past a lot. But really, green shag carpet!
There are double doors on each side of the fireplace. This is the room they go to. I was in awe when I saw this room. It's known as the sunroom. I've tried renaming it, but, I suspect it will forever be the sunroom. The windows! This room feels so very welcoming and warm (even in the middle of a cold Wisconsin winter)!
It's almost a twin to the living room. Except for more windows, no fireplace, and the original light fixtures. At first glance, you are probably thinking what's there to fix up. Well, let me tell you that big old water stain on the floor is one of the minor issues that I need to address. That's truly cosmetic. And, can I tell you, cosmetic fixes in this house do not mean inexpensive. Yikes, I'm learning to get over sticker shock at the cost of renovations.
I plan on sharing sections of the house and some of the in-process pictures. There are some amazing transformations happening. I actually am in the process of taking out a wall! It feels very HGTV!! I get to fix this old house and in the process, I'm fixing myself.
Yes, I've alluded to something going on in my life and I too hate when people do that. A full 2 ½ years later, I can openly say, I'm divorced. I was never going to be 'that' person. It was never going to happen to me. But, after over 20 years of marriage, mine was over. And it was tough. Really tough to get through. But I have. And, I'm determined to be a better person for it. Beleive me, there has been much reflection and many curled up on the couch days where I just couldn't. I just couldn't. But, it's over now and life continues. In a new direction, with new goals and objectives. And, a new house! With a solid foundation (well mostly, the engineer said) both my house and I will reinvent ourselves and shine.
Follow our journey in restoring this house!
My Kitchen Remodel - I bought a house without a kitchen!
My Door Lock Adventures - Mortise Locks and Skeleton Keys.
Bathroom Remodels - I'm in the middle of remodeling three of them!
I feel like I found this at just the right time. I'm going through a nasty, prolonged divorce to an even nastier man after 12 years and children together. And I've found an even older house in truly terrible shape that I'm falling in love with. It has so much character and potential! I couldn't move in right off, there's way too much to fix. But I can work on the home while I keep working on myself and my family.
Congrats on the house Susan and I had no idea you were going through a divorce. I hope this home is full of new beginnings for you and your boys. Love all that woodwork and my best advice is just take that fixer upper one room at a time. Hugs!!
It's a new beginning and that house is truly a joy. In spite of all the projects!
Am watching all your work on your blog - you are a busy lady!
So happy for you Susan! The home looks wonderful- you will make it your own! Can’t wait to come see it!! Mary
Thanks Mary! Was glad to have you come visit!
Oh Susan! This house is so awesomely gorgeous!! I'm so excited for you and can't follow you on your new journey!
Couldn’t be more excited for you and your new found passion for renovating and fresh starts! Your house is slowly but surely getting transformed into a beautiful home for you and the boys and I’m thrilled to see how happy it has made you! Keep up the good work my friend!
Couldn't do this one without your continuing support and advice! Thanks for all the encouragement over the last few years!!
I can't wait to see the transformation. I'm exicited for your new future!
Thank you Tracy! You and your family have had quite a few (positive) changes over the last few years. Hope you love your new home and the warmer climate where you now live. Do you know we are expecting a snowstorm this weekend??
Congratulations for taking this huge step. Having a place to call YOURS that you will love and share with your family is an important big step in moving on. I love the photos of the rooms and the WINDOWS are to die for. Keep us posted.
Thanks, Mickie for taking the time to comment. Yes, having MY place really has made a difference in how I feel about so many things. I too love the windows (and the fact that the old owners replaced them and they are new!!).
What I just saw doesn’t seem like it needs anything. Looks great love all the wood. My dad was a woodworker an hated peopke that paint nature. Good luck
Yes I fell in love with the wood. And, I promised the previous owners I would not paint the woodwork on the main floor white. It's even more beautiful in person. This is the best part of the house, there are some other areas that need some serious work - like there's no kitchen due to a flood! More on that to come.
You go girl! As they say, been there - done that. It is a difficult journey in the beginning. However, given a little time you will see that, in today's world, it can be the start of wonderful new adventures and a brighter future. OK. Said that. Now, I can't wait to see the changes you will make in YOUR new home!! Yea!!!
Thank you Linda, for your encouraging words. I am finally at the point where I am out of that nasty funk. Divorce is a tough journey. But, there will be new adventures, especially with my new home! Appreciate that you took the time to comment - thank you!
I am so sad to hear of your recent hard times. I remember the day my husband left me with a 10 day old baby and nothing else. I survived and thrived and any regrets turned out to be all his. You are going to do better than you can imagine and your new house is just the beginning. Go girl!
Oh Bonnie, a 10 day old baby and he left. I'm heartbroken for what you had to deal with as a new Mom back then. I'm so glad to hear you survived and thrived. You are an inspiration! Thanks for taking the time to send your words of encouragement.
Congratulations on moving forward in this new chapter of your life’s journey. I look forward to following the renovation of your new-old home. It’s beautiful now, so I know you are going to love it as you make your wanted changes. Have fun as you work through it.
Thanks for your encouraging words. This house and I will be moving forward in some new chapters and adventures in life. I am trying to keep this fun and not get stressed! I'll be sharing more about some of the improvements and some of the interesting original features.
Love this post. I wish you all the best in your new house. Those wood floors are beautiful!
Thank you Kathy! I'm totally enjoying fixing this house up. Hope our paths cross this summer and we can catch up.
Congratulations Susan, I’m exited for you and looking forward to watching the transformation!
Thanks so much Lise! Thanks for hanging in here with my blog! You were one of my first official followers! Feels so long ago!!