Since the day we closed (which is unbelievably almost 2 months ago), Tyler and I have spent what feels like every waking moment working on our apartment. It's been a lot of non-stop work.
I'm so over it.
I mentioned in my last post that home renovations don't agree with my personality. I'm a get it done, wrap it up, make everything look pretty as soon as possible kind of person. I want things done now and I'm married to a person who is perfectly happy with manana (i.e. tomorrow). It's been an utter challenge working so closely with something who is equally vested in the project but thinks, acts, and works completely different then me. Get two people together that both think their way is right and in the words of Tyler's wedding vows, fireworks are bound to fly.
He wasn't kidding.
But I like to think for all the challenges our personalities bring to the table, we truly in every sense of the word balance each other out. I light a fire under his butt, he reminds me it's a marathon not a sprint. It's not always easy, but we make it work.
As I write this, and look back at pictures, I realize we've accomplished a lot in 2 months. For two people who have never owned a home and never handled a renovation we are getting things done. Slower then I may like (and a lot of times two steps forward and one step back), but things are happening. I wont lie that I continue to ask myself why I couldn't be happy just moving in not doing any work. This would have been the significantly easier (and vastly cheaper) option. But we are not that kind of people. We like fixing things and making them our own and what's the point of a house if you aren't going to make it your home?
Which leads me to all that has happened in the past two months. Brand spanking new floors that match through the whole apartment! A two-tone painted living room and bedroom. A lime-washed brick wall and open shelves that Tyler built himself. Fancy new windows were installed that open with the greatest of ease. I painted kitchen cabinets and marble counters were installed. We have brand new lights (including a dreamy long arm sconce) that totally change the look and feel of the place. I got wallpaper on a wall and my god is it beautiful. I've spent more time on Craigslist, Etsy, and Ebay then I care to reveal but it's a rabbit hole.
The list of things to still tackle remains insanely long but we are slowly but surely checking things off and making progress. Much more to come. Wish us luck.
(Also, Jackson, as you can see from these pictures, isn't much help but he does provide an endless number of kisses which is appreciated.)