Our house is over 100 years old. This means that it has a lot of character, which we love. It also means that it has a lot of issues, which we have been working on during the past 12 years we’ve lived here.
Remember when Matt knocked out our living room walls, added insulation, then rebuilt the walls three years ago?
During (oh my)
There have been several other projects going on since then as our house is a never-ending project! The latest? Our downstairs bathroom. This room has been a huge frustration the past few years with a toilet that doesn’t work efficiently (understatement!), a bathtub that leaks, a sink that…well, you really don’t need all the gory details.
Here’s where we are with our “new bathroom” at this point:
And the “after” is yet to come. Matt is working double-time on this project because we very much need our second bathroom back. We’re in the midst of picking tile and a shower and a vanity and choosing colors schemes. This is not my specialty! I’m going with earth tones. You’re shocked, I’m sure.
I can’t wait to show you the finished bathroom, and I’m even more excited to have a bathroom for people to use when they come over that I won’t have to say, “Hold the flusher down for thirty minutes when you’re done, the plunger is in the bathtub if you need it, and if the door sticks when you’re trying to get out, just bang really loud and we’ll come kick it in for you.”
You think I’m kidding.
God is good to give us the resources to make these home improvements. I’m so thankful for my husband and his hard work and know-how. Very soon, I’ll be sharing the “after” picture of our beautiful new bathroom. I can’t wait!
What are you thankful for this Gratituesday? Leave a comment to let us know what God is doing in your life.
Lisa @LisaAppelo.com says
My hat is off to you for opening your home to so many over the years when the guest bath has *issues*! What a great attitude of hospitality. Hope you get to enjoy the new bath soon. I’m a newly single mom (widow) and I’m very grateful that I’ve been able to continue homeschooling even when life hit hard. http://lisaappelo.com/homeschooling-through-hard-times/
Sending my love and care to you as you grieve and get used to a new normal. May God’s peace overwhelm you and bring you joy.
Lisa @LisaAppelo.com says
Thank you Laura. God is absolutely faithful. And that makes all the difference. <3
I always lived in old houses, but now live in my first newer one. I know old houses are never ending projects, but oh, how I miss the character they hold! This Tuesday, despite my house’s lack of personality, I’m thankful we are not in the midst of remodeling and do have a warm, dry home to live in.
Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey says
I love older houses! My parents have one and although they’re a lot of work, they are so beautiful. This Tuesday I am thankful that my 2 month battle with vertigo is almost over!
I was just going to skim over this post, but I AM very grateful today. My husband of 19 years is finally going to retire after 26 years of service in the military. Although he has come home from deployments with broken body parts and many injuries, he has always come home and I am immensely grateful for that. Many of his friends and their families haven’t been that lucky. Now we can settle down and finally just be. I am grateful that we have been able to sit together every morning this past year to drink our cup of coffee, talk and enjoy each others company. I cannot even tell you how grateful I am, it makes my heart jump. Cheers!
Patty, thank you so much for your sacrifice. My dad was in the military, so I know first hand what it is like for the children and watched my mother go through the difficult job of being a military wife. Also, thank you to your husband for his sacrifice. So glad your family will be able to be together now.
BUSY MOM IN AL says
We tell company the SAME thing!! We rented a Port-a-Potty for a month, when we had some septic issues. We had to tell our company when they got out of the shower, ignore the loud knocking sound from the pipes! :) It sounded pretty scary!
Shirley Newton says
Laura, you are so lucky to have a husband who is willing to tackle a huge project like this. It is with any change, there are challenges and trials but when the fruits of your labor are realized, what a great reward.
I so much enjoy the posts and your talents expressed in your blog.
May God continue to bless you and Matt and those growing boys of you.
Vickie Houser says
Ugh! Bathroom remodel – my worst 2 months! Of course we only had one bathroom when we were remodeling so we had to use it while it was being worked on. I am thankful for patience that gets us thru these sorts of things and handy skills that allows us to do them. :)
Can’t wait to see your “after” pics!
I’m so thankful today to be celebrating our oldest daughter’s 13th birthday. Yup…I’m now officially a mom to a teenager! And even more thankful that the Lord is directing our paths as we move into this uncharted territory. I’m thankful for the journey that our family has taken over the past 13 years.
Praying that your bathroom remodel project goes quickly Laura. Be sure to share your after pictures when it’s all wrapped up!
Tricia Bl says
I am thankful for a warm house as two feet of snow is falling.
ann in E. oregon says
I am thankful for SO much, but as it regards your post, I am thankful that our bathroom remodel a thing of the past. The discovery of a leaky tub forced the remodel, but it is so nice now! :-))
Kentucky Lady 717 says
Love your msgs. Laura, and yes you are SO lucky to have a great man like Matt that can do that kind of work…..most of us are not so lucky……
Right now I am so lucky to have my warm place to live in and be retired and don’t have to get out in this cold weather……but been there, done that……..
Heather @ My Overflowing Cup says
I can’t wait to see the ‘after’ pics!
Today, I am thankful for my hubby, too. I’ve been sick and he has been taking wonderful care of me.
God is good! Happy Tuesday!
Please tell me that no one has to hold down the flusher for 30 minutes. :) I think most people have some quirks with their house. We certainly have ours!
I’ve been suffering through a bad case of bronchitis. Today I am thankful that I am feeling much better, the coughing is less and my chest is less tight. God is good.
Annie T. says
I had to laugh when I was reading my emails and getting caught up on everything! A couple days ago a pair of young men came over to help my brothers rip our downstairs shower out so we can replace it and (finally) finish the downstairs bathroom. (For their help: dinner and a movie.) So now we have dust all over the bathroom and the laundry area, and mud in progress in the bathroom, and a enormous cardboard box with a shower sitting on the covered porch. Of course, this bathroom is in the 120 year old part of the house, and the not-square corners have previously caused some distress for the guys putting up ceiling trim. Hopefully the shower will go in without too much difficulty. :)