When I decided to limit my personal purchases to $100 a month, I also decided that I wanted to designate another $100 a month to house projects, and to see how far we could get on $100 a month. There are a lot of really expensive house projects that we talk about doing, but we have no idea where the housing market around here is going, so even if we had $1000 for new kitchen counters right now, it’s not at all clear that it would be worth the investment. However, I also think we can get SO MUCH done around here, especially DIY, with that $100 budget, and I thought this would be a fun challenge, to see how far we can go on this budget and for how long.
The first thing I did was to fill holes and to repaint the back hallway. Doesn’t it look lovely?
This was supposed to be “touch up the back hallway”, but I used the wrong color paint, and so I had to repaint the whole thing. The good news is that this was free, and Erik helped. I already had the paint in the garage, and from now on I can really easily touch it up. With the correct paint. So. Cost of this project = Only Emotional.
The second project for February is to install the threshold between the kitchen and the dining room. This was removed when the floors were refinished, and we never put it back because the people who flipped our house
were tremendous assholes put down a kitchen floor that is two different materials.
See how if you look closely, the section down in the lower right isn’t the same as the other stuff? Uh huh. Before we put the threshold back, we need to pry out the 4% of the flooring that doesn’t match the other 96% of the floor and fill it in with the correct floor. Luckily, they sell our floor at Home Depot. Unluckily, they only sell it by the case, special order, so I had to pay $86 dollars to correct this ridiculous, frustrating problem because someone didn’t do it right in the first place.
Anyway, the flooring has been ordered, and my fingers are crossed that snapping the new stuff into place isn’t going to be too terrible difficult.
I think the next project I’ll tackle might be installing the decorative ceiling medallion I’ve had for two years, which sounds fairly divorcey, actually. Funsies!
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