Our New Old House

It’s definitely been quiet in this space for a while. I realized my last post was of Zambia, and in all reality we’ve hardly stopped for a break since getting back.

We’re so thankful God provided this house for us. The closing went smoothly and we started making plans for renovation that night.

The house was built in the 60s and definitely needs updating, but we decided for now that we would just focus on the kitchen and getting all the walls and ceilings painted. Mark took measurements of the kitchen right away and figured out a good layout for new cabinets and had them ordered within days. Randy and Mark spent a few nights installing cabinets while I picked out granite and we discussed flooring options.

We decided to go with a smooth concrete finish because a) we’re fans of concrete and b) it saved us around $500-600. πŸ™‚

The home has beautiful original wood floors that are surprisingly in great shape so we are really happy we don’t have to refinish those right now. The fireplace mantle is also a beautiful dark wood, but just needed a little love. Nolan was my little helper with that. πŸ™‚

We’ve had the house 4 weeks and have spent the majority of our evenings and weekends working so we can move in asap. Mark and Sherry have helped us A TON. Other friends have been very sweet to volunteer their time as well.

As of right now, we are waiting on granite to be installed in a few days and the concrete floors to cure before we add sealer. All the painting is done and we’ve started cleaning some of the rooms that are completed. After the granite is installed, we’ll just have to add backsplash, sink, and cabinet knobs. It’s so exciting seeing how close we are to moving in. But it has been a fun experience doing these things together.

The day we closed on our house.
Nolan helping me sand the fireplace mantle.


Before Sherry and I knocked out the wall.
Tearing down the old cabinets.
New cabinets!


Custom concrete kitchen floors.


Watching 2 babies and painting can be a challenge especially when they both want to sit on me at the same time. πŸ™‚Β 
Baby Einstein is a lifesaver at times. πŸ˜‰
It’s a mess, but it’s looking so much better!

2 thoughts on “Our New Old House

  1. Yay for more pictures!!! I’d been thinking of texting and asking for more…but… wahlah… here they are!!! Thanks Raechel!!! You guys have done a lot of work and it’s going to be lovely!!!


  2. Thank you, Raechel, for the pictures! I sure do enjoy getting to come “see” your new place. I really like the color of the paint in the living-room and hall area! And, what a super idea, doing the cement floors in the kitchen! πŸ™‚ It’s looking good!


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