It’s hard to believe that’s its been exactly one year since I signed on the dotted lines and bought myself a little cottage. Part of me feels like the time has gone by in a wink, but when I think about it, SO much has happened since those early days. I feel like a different person and the house has been transformed into a whole different (better) kind of home.
Highlights of the renovation include a bathroom gut job, painting my existing laminate kitchen cabinets turquoise, removing all of the walls (and half walls!) on the first floor and creating an open concept plan. I also used a heck of a lot of paint. I ripped up maroon carpets to discover antique pine floors. I attempted to make a headboard and subsequently burnt out on DIY’s for the next 6 months.
Here’s a little round up of my project so far. You can click on the title or the picture to see all posts related to each room!
Reading this first post I wrote the day after settlement still puts a big smile on my face. I was so hopeful and excited. Six months of waiting and renovating tested my patience and honestly, my self esteem. (Who wants to live and work with their parents 24/7 ?) October through December were NOT good months for me as I sunk into a anxious state of depression. (I talked about it in this post here.) I impatiently moved in mid-February (even though the house wasn’t finished) and quickly began putting my decorative touches on every little nook and cranny. Work, life and exhaustion plagued my progress, but I was happy just to be doing my thing and living in my own home.
I still have a lot to do, but I’m grateful that I’ve been able to take my time and allow the space to evolve as I live in it. The more I use the cottage, the more I learn what it really needs. Some rooms I love (bathroom, guest room,) some rooms I can’t seem to get right (master bedroom,) and some rooms I’ve barely touched yet (lounge, dressing room.) I think year two is going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!