We purchased the house we are living in twenty years ago. It was a fixer-upper, and we got a really good deal on it. However, it took all we had to get into it, and we didn't have the money to make very many changes.
Over the years, we have made the necessary, but not-noticeable changes and picked away at some of the smaller projects. In the meantime, we had kids and life got busy!
About 5 years ago, we did a total makeover of the master bathroom and bedroom. We also recently redid a smaller bathroom and the laundry room. All this time, the most public rooms, the living room and kitchen, have been begging for a makeover.
It's amazing to me that we've been saying "When we do the kitchen..." for 20 years now. Knowing that the kitchen would be the most expensive project, I've been squirreling away money for years.
Honestly, I feel a little guilty about spending the money. However, it is necessary for the future resale of the house. The kitchen and living room would both have to be redone before we could ever consider listing this house (not that we're planning on doing that).
We finally scheduled this project with our contractor to be done in September. I've been busy with the planning and shopping this summer. This is the reason for the light posting lately. Most of my mental energy has been consumed by these decisions.
We've also been packing up kitchen stuff and will begin removing the existing cabinets and flooring soon. It might get pretty interesting when we get into the middle of the project to see how I will feed a family for a few weeks without a kitchen.
If any of you have built or remodeled a kitchen, you already know the many choices that have to be made. Many of these choices took me weeks to decide, often changing my mind obsessively. Whenever I reach a final decision about something, there is a feeling of accomplishment.
I'll try to post before and after pictures when it's done.
I know this is quite a deter from your regularly scheduled programming here. Maybe when I finish figuring out the kitchen, I can return my attention to the church.