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The Money Pit

Inexpensive Art for the Kitchen

Framed Coffee Bean Bag

I have been working on some wall decor for the rather blank walls we have. We have really high ceilings at the house and need a lot to fill up the space. I’ve been piecing together ideas, ordering pictures and frames (wow, frames are expensive) as the budget allows. I did buy a used coffee bean bag off of eBay for $5.00, okay actually I had to buy two of them because I cut the first one too short (bad). I found a large simple frame at Michael’s for $7.00 (with a mat) and framed the bag.  The print on the bag was unfortunately offset so it looks slightly off center (this adds to the charm right?). For about $12.00 It works and represents one of our favorite things.. coffee. Now if it were a chocolate bag… that would really be something!

Another great idea might be to staple the bag over cork for a cute useable message center too.. so many ideas.. so little space, time, and budget.

Home Maintenance and Projects

 

A clean roof!

We are working on some money pit home maintenance while Paul is in DC. The house was vacant for more than a year before Paul bought it in October of 2009. The roof/gutters have never been cleaned in that time and I suspect they had not been cleaned since the home was “remodeled” from a small single story home into the much larger 3600 square foot home it is now.

We had no choice but to call a company and have them clean the roof and gutters or start telling the neighbors we had one of those roof top gardens (because really it was better than the lawn) and the house was eco friendly. So this guy shows up and works all day on the roof. I swear he never took a break. The roof looks totally amazing. Like a brand new roof. LOVE IT!

Goodbye old oven…

I even posted the old oven on Craigslist for free and someone came to get it the same day!!  This means more room to work on all of my projects. HA HA HA!!

My Craigslist Birdcage

I did get rid of the oven but.. I found a big birdcage on Craigslist… I will show my birdcage project later. As you can see it really needs a good scrubbing, but it was only fifty dollars so what can you expect? Right?Just wait until you see what I try to do with it!

 

A Diamond in the Rough…

I’m going to tell you about the never ending project aka the Money Pit or maybe the” What were we thinking project”.

When we consider that my sweetheart is not a real “handy around the house” guy, seeing this project might make you laugh or, more likely, cry a little. Probably you’ll send the men with the nice white coats over because clearly we are delusional at best and probably just flat out crazy.

Paul had been in Iraq for a year and when he arrived back here things did not fall into place as easily as one might hope for. When does it ever right?

The first day we looked at houses was a long and depressing day. So many were in short sale, a few in bankruptcy or with such irreparable damage it was out of the question. In fact the two that I liked the best were both problems. One was a short sale, I liked it so well I memorized the address. It had a HUGE kitchen and hardwood floors, the other was a great house with a perfect layout but… LOTS of water damage.  We knew we could not take on a house with that much water damage. So we kept looking.

We set a date to look at a few more homes and one had popped up just that morning. It was a big house in the right area. We put it at the top of the list as a must see for that day.

We opened the door and I knew right then this was the one! Aren’t you supposed to feel like that about a wedding dress?  I felt like that about this house. It was not without issues, clearly.  It was bank owned, the kitchen had been stolen out of it (all that was left was a pipe in the center of the kitchen), There was water damage in the dining room, and the back yard looked like the African Savannah, the list goes on and on.

On the plus side the ceiling are high and the floors are all tile, slate and hardwoods. It is a very large home with over 3600 square feet, four bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The kitchen had the potential to be very large with lots of storage.. I was totally blinded by potential. Granted the house is between “the cuts” as my daughter calls it and the country club, but the potential was enormous.

The paperwork was hashed out and submitted that very afternoon.

A Bright Idea!

While at Lowes recently we started looking at LED lights, they are more expensive but they last so much longer. We had already been using CFL lights for almost all of our lighting needs because the incandescent is just not cutting it anymore. We are on a quest to save money and wanted see if switching it up again to the LED style bulbs would continue to  decrease the electric bill. Plus the added benefit of having to replace the bulbs less often. Considering we have a chandelier in the entry hall that we cannot even get to this seems like the best possible solution for it.. when we can get up there to actually change the bulbs. Take a look at this spreadsheet supplied by Productdose.com.

I ran around and counted all the lightbulbs and we have over 80 to replace. Wow!