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October
2014
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Back in January my mom sold her parents’ house. Yesterday afternoon the house went back on the market for sale after an amazing remodel! I can’t believe how good it looks now!

The Front

Before

The House

After

front of my grandparents' old house

front of my grandparents' old house

Entryway/Foyer

Before

Empty - Entryway

After

entryway/foyer of my grandparents' old house

Living Room

Before

The Living Room

After

living room of my grandparents' old house

living room of my grandparents' old house

living room of my grandparents' old house

Dining Room

Before

Dining Room

After

living/dining room and kitchen of my grandparents' old house

living/dining room and kitchen of my grandparents' old house

living/dining room and kitchen of my grandparents' old house

Kitchen

Before

The Kitchen

After

kitchen in my grandparents' old house

kitchen in my grandparents' old house

Balcony/Back Deck

Before

Back Deck

Back Deck

After

balcony at my grandparents' old house

balcony at my grandparents' old house

Upstairs Guest Bathroom

Before

Upstairs Guest Bathroom

After

guest bathroom at my grandparents' old house

Sewing Room Turned Nursery

Before

Sewing Room/Guest Room

After

sewing room turned nursery at my grandparents' old house

Mom’s Room/Grandpa’s Office Turned Bedroom

Before

Mom's Old Room/Grandpa's Office

After

bedroom at my grandparents' old house

Master Bathroom

Before

Master Bathroom

After

master bathroom at my grandparents' old house

Master Bedroom

Before

Master Bedroom

After

master bedroom at my grandparents' old house master bedroom at my grandparents' old house

Laundry Room Turned AV Room

Before

Laundry Room

After

laundry room turned av room at my grandparents' old house

Downstairs Bathroom

Before

Downstairs Guest Bathroom

After

downstairs bathroom at my grandparents' old house

Downstairs Bedroom Turned Two Bedrooms

Before

Downstairs Guest Room

After

downstairs bedroom at my grandparents' old house downstairs bedroom at my grandparents' old house

Backyard

Before

Back of the House

After

backyard at my grandparents' old house backyard at my grandparents' old house backyard at my grandparents' old house backyard at my grandparents' old house backyard at my grandparents' old house

I always knew this house had potential to be amazing, and now it finally is! Joshua, Dani, and I are going to check the open house out this weekend.

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October
2014
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One of the many things we had to do to prep for our new flooring was remove the built-ins from our master closets. The custom built-ins went right to the floor meaning there would be no way to remove the carpet and install new floors without removing the built-ins themselves.

The built-ins were custom, so once they were removed there was no putting them back. Since they were dated as it was, we decided to replace them with some nicer and more modern built-ins.

I never took any before photos, but just to give you an idea…

Organized closet

Enough said, right? I did my best to make them more modern, but there’s only so much you can do.

Because of budget, we chose to replace them with the Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System as opposed to custom. We picked Espresso as our color, which we’re glad we did because it matches our bathroom vanity.

First we hopped onto Martha Stewart Closets and began designing! We put in our closet measurements and began playing around with what we wanted.

Here’s my closet:
Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System

Here’s Joshua’s closet:
Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System

The online design tool was really handy and easy to use, and I loved that it showed exactly how much your closet would cost. Then you have the option of either ordering it only or buying it in store.

Once we designed our closets we printed out our lists so we could go shopping. We had to visit about four different Home Depots to get all the pieces we needed, but in the end it all worked out.

Joshua began assembling my closet on Sunday and officially finished it last night. Everything went together quite well, and he only had to custom cut a couple of pieces.

Here’s how it looks empty:

My Master Closet

And here’s how it looks with my stuff back in it:

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All that’s left is some new doors and some more shoes, of course.

28
October
2014
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Thursday started the annual Apartment Therapy Style Cure in which we work on making over any room in our house of our choice for a whole month.

#stylecure

Day 1: Complete the Style Cure Interview

Style Cure Interview 2014

After doing this I realized my answers hadn’t changed too much from last year’s. Still just as nerdy and modern!

Day 2 + Weekend: Go On a Style Scouting Outing

I didn’t get out much this past weekend. I went to Tahoe all of Saturday to visit family, and on Sunday I went to four Home Depots (another post) and to church. Instead I was style scouting online:

Day 3: Choose Your Room and Do a Mindful Makeover

The guest bathroom is one of those rooms that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of love since we moved in, and yet it is one of the most frequently used rooms – you’d think it would have been more of a priority. I pretty much slapped a coat of paint on it, put in a new light and shower curtain, and hung up a couple of pictures.

Guest Bathroom Guest Bathroom Guest Bathroom

Last year when we tackled the entertainment room it ended up being quite an overwhelming project, and in order to not get overwhelmed with doing the bathroom I’ve broken up the things we want to do for the guest bathroom into two phases.

Phase I

  • Replace toilet
  • Repaint walls
  • Finish painting trim
  • Hang shelving
  • Rearrange towel racks
  • Add decor and style
  • Organize drawers and cabinet in vanity
  • Stain or paint vanity
  • Add hardware to vanity?

Phase II

  • Replace vanity
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace tub/shower

Phase I are things I can definitely accomplish during the time frame of the Style Cure whereas Phase II will come at a much later date.

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October
2014
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Last night Joshua and I finished The Legacy Journey, a seven-week class that picks up where Financial Peace University leaves off and focuses on baby steps four through seven.

Seven weeks later we did it! What an awesome and humbling experience! #DaveRamsey #LegacyJourney

Not only does the class focus on the remaining baby steps, but it also talks about creating a Legacy Box – a box that has all your important documents with instructions, passwords, etc. should something happen to you and/or your spouse.

Legacy Box

By the end of the class we’ve been able to get our Legacy Box about 95% done. Our goal by the end of the year is to get it 100% done including having a will in place. One of the big things we’ve learned is everyone needs a will because having a plan says, “I love you.” Sure it’s a little awkward to ask close friends and family, “Hey! If something happens to me, what do you want of mine?” But you can never be too prepared.

It’s been a humbling experience to sit down and think about all the details of who should stuff go to, how we want to be remembered, etc. should anything happen to us. The thing is at any given moment something could happen to myself or Joshua or both, so it’s important to be ready no matter what. Plus watching what my parents have had to go through in the past six years between the death of my two grandmothers and the deterioration of my grandpa has motivated me even more to get everything organized and in place.

The other big thing we’ve taken away from this class is how to manage wealth (biblically) and be a generous giver. Even though we aren’t at Baby Step 7 (build wealth and give) yet, it’s exciting to know we’ll be there soon and motivates us to keep going.

My grandparents worked hard their whole life to build wealth so their future generations could be better off. Before this class (and even before FPU), I didn’t think I would be able to carry on their legacy; I thought the buck stopped at me. Now that we’re on a plan, I’m excited for the future and the legacy we’ll be building. As Joshua put it at the end of our class night, “Let’s change what the name Robinson means.”

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16
October
2014
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Today we are on day two of our laminate flooring installation! All the carpet is going away and being replaced with lovely laminate flooring. The cats are at the vet (on “vacation”) during the install, and I’m working from home keeping an eye on the dogs.

New Flooring, Day 1

Yesterday they tackled the living room, dining room, and hallway.

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Today they are doing the bedrooms, and tomorrow they’ll finish it off with the entertainment/media room.