Up the stairs we again see our favorite brown that goes all up and through the hallway, which makes the hall feel about 37 times smaller than it is. Off of the hall is three bedrooms and a bath.
The bath is ugly and yellow, but it's a pretty good size and when we save the money, or win the lottery, we'll gut it and start over. Fun Fact: The black thing under the sink is actually a speaker, no joke.
This should get all your attention since if you ever plan to visit this is where we're tossing you. We had thought to put our bed in here because of the closet, but our Queen would barely fit with the other bedroom furniture and would have to be put against the wall. I'm sure Mike could share some stories about me in the morning, ("The sleeping monster awakes, Raa Raa, Raa!"), but let's just say neither one of us liked the idea of jumping over top of each other to get out of bed every morning.
And yes, that is not an optical illusion. The fan really is low enough to hit your head. Mike probably doesn't want this photo up here (looks really intense here while he's talking to the realtor), but they wouldn't leave so this is the only one I have!
The closet was a weird combination of a homemade cedar hanging closet and built-in drawers. Someone in the last 82 years thought it would be nice to cover the inside (and attic access) with cedar plywood and call it a cedar closet. Mike has since gutted the closet and drawers, moved the attic access to the hallway, and drywalled creating a large hanging closet. Anyone distraught over our careless destruction of the drawers needn't worry, we donated it to Habitat ReStore. You want it? Tell them Mike and Mal sent you, we're regulars.
The smallest of the three bedrooms is going to be my crafting room. No boys allowed. Don't look at me like that, Mike has the whole garage and has threatened to take over the basement with a bar/game room. I deserve something. Anyways, this room hid some dirty little secrets that we didn't notice until we brought out the tools. Chipping trim paint, bulging plaster, and painted wallpaper border, oh my!
Don't worry I won't say something corny like this is where the magic happens, my grandmother's reading this, hi TwoMommy! This became the master by default, Mikes giant bed won't really fit anywhere else. Although, at first glance this room looks like it would need the least amount of work, it in fact is hiding a dirty abomination under that thin coat of cheap flat beige paint. There's no way to really prepare someone for this so I'll just say it - spatter. Not sure what I'm talking about? Imagine being 5 years old, (I'm guessing at the age because anyone older would know better), and your parents say you can paint your room however you want. What would you do? Of course, SPLATTER!
Here are the directions:
1. Take 4 of the most obnoxious colors you can think of, how about hot pink, neon green and yellow and bright sky blue.
2. Take paint brush and dip into paint to generously coat the brush.
3. Fling your little 5-year-old heart out as the paint from the brush splatters on the wall.
4. Disregard any trim, parts of the floor and ceiling.
5. Repeat until wall is thoroughly coated.
It's hard to show the detail in a picture since the previous owner threw up a quick neutral color, but we did get an okay progress shot after Mike and some friends sanded it down.
The basement is about 60% finished with a full bath. The finished part looks like a 1982 hunting lodge with dark paneling and large built-in and the unfinished part looks like, well an unfinished basement.
One thing that's really nice though, to the right of the stairs is a full bathroom. While it's really rough, we only have the one other bathroom upstairs, so this one will come in handy I'm sure.
Now that I've finally made it through all the before pictures. Look for some progress photos that will be coming soon!