I want I might bear in mind whose reel it was that I noticed on Instagram the opposite day the place she confirmed how lengthy every room in her home took to transform, as a result of I’ve been fascinated by that ever since. I used to be so fascinated to see how one room took simply a few months, whereas one other room took virtually a 12 months, whereas one other room (her grasp toilet transform) was in its third 12 months, and it nonetheless wasn’t completed.
While you buy a fixer higher, that’s simply the way it goes. Clearly, some rooms are so much much less concerned (dwelling rooms, bedrooms, and many others.), whereas others are an entire lot extra concerned and far more costly (loos and kitchens).
In order that made me curious. How lengthy did it take me to do every room in our home, from begin to end? Right here’s what I discovered…
Kitchen Transform — 7 months
Our kitchen was virtually an entire DIY transform. Once we moved into our home in October 2013, the kitchen regarded like this…
It’s so unusual wanting again at that. The doorway on the left leads to what’s now the breakfast room (quickly getting used as a sitting room/TV room). The wall with the cupboards is the place there’s now a cased opening going into the lounge. And simply on the opposite facet of the wall on the precise is the music room.
It was about March 2014 after I began tearing issues up — eradicating cupboards, eradicating the outdated flooring, rearranging issues to see how I wished the kitchen transform organized, and many others. So in March 2014, the kitchen had gone from dangerous to worse, and regarded like this…
So March 2014 is what I contemplate the start of this kitchen transform. It ended up being an entire down-to-the-studs tear out.
The wall within the image under is the wall reverse the one proven within the two footage above. That is the wall the place the “wall of cupboards” is as we speak, with the music room on the left, and the breakfast room and pantry on the precise.
Apart from hiring a professional to maneuver the plumbing and gasoline strains, this was a DIY venture from starting to finish. (I wasn’t the one DIYer concerned. I did have some household assist with among the large tasks, like pouring the concrete counter tops.)
I labored fairly steadily on this transform, and put in some very lengthy days frequently. (That was again when 12-hour work days weren’t uncommon for me. These days are lengthy gone.)
And it was in October 2014 that the room was lastly completed, and I had my inexperienced and gold kitchen.
The kitchen appears to be like fairly a bit completely different as we speak as a result of I repainted it in 2017, and lower into the wall so as to add a cased opening into the lounge.
However these had been simply minor adjustments alongside the best way. The precise kitchen transform took seven months.
Hallway Rest room — 6 months
Once we moved into our home, that is what the hallway toilet regarded like…
We lived with that rest room for just a little over a 12 months, after which in January 2015, I began tearing issues out.
This was additionally a down-to-the-studs tear out, and this was additionally the primary room I ever tore right down to the ground joists, which implies that the dust under our home was utterly seen. Speak about feeling very nervous! I simply knew I had bitten off greater than I might chew, however I used to be decided to do it myself, and tried to take it one small step at a time in order that I wouldn’t get overwhelmed.
Aside from hiring a plumber to rearrange and replace the plumbing, the remainder of this room was a DIY venture. (I don’t do plumbing or anything that requires me to crawl below the home. That’s the place I completely draw the road. The concept of snakes, black widows, brown recluse spiders, along with my claustrophobia, which has solely gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, makes going below the home a NO. It’s simply…NO. By no means. I’ll by no means go below below our home.)
That was one other room that I labored on very steadily, placing in some very lengthy days, till it was completed in July 2015.
The hallway toilet obtained just a little makeover in 2019 so as to add some heat colours to it. As I started to find my love for heat colours along with my beloved teals and greens, I wished so as to add these to this room.
However that makeover simply included just a few beauty adjustments. The precise transform of this room in 2015 took six months.
Residing Room — 6 Years
Figuring out how lengthy the lounge transform took is just a little bit tougher to determine. I began placing some ornamental touches in the lounge as quickly as I might proper after we moved into the home, however I did so at first figuring out that these had been “lipstick on a pig” forms of tasks.
The room began out wanting like this…
I put fairly a bit of labor into it to get the room wanting like this…
And but, I knew that every one of that was simply non permanent. The polystyrene ceiling tiles had been nonetheless there, the ceiling mild wasn’t centered, the drywall was outdated and cracked, the home windows didn’t match and wanted to get replaced.
(That image nonetheless baffles me. Who the heck was I adorning for? 😀 That room doesn’t look something like “me.”)
So whereas I did all of that to make the room look presentable, I actually matter the beginning of the transform for this room to be once we (my father-in-law and I) began tearing out the outdated drywall in April 2015…
Eliminating the polystyrene ceiling tiles and the outdated drywall, insulating the partitions, and putting in the brand new drywall actually felt just like the official begin of this transform. That’s after I was nonetheless engaged on the lavatory transform, however I wished to reap the benefits of his go to and have him assist me with this large venture that I used to be too afraid to do on my own.
After which it was October of 2015 once we lastly obtained new home windows to switch the outdated, mismatched, drafty home windows.
However so far as really getting the room to the purpose the place I’d name it completed? Nicely, that took till Might 2021.
This room gave me so many complications, and I had such a tough time getting my footing on this room. I attempted so many concepts that simply fell flat, together with one wayward try at turning the room right into a eating room.
However lastly, I discovered my manner, and I had a front room that was really completed in a manner that I liked after 7.5 years of dwelling on this home. That implies that from the start of this room’s transform till I had the room completed in a manner that I actually liked took six years. Wow!
The music room and entryway had comparable timelines, though the entryway got here collectively a full two-and-a-half years earlier than the music room and the lounge. However the drywall in these areas was torn out and new drywall put in on the identical time, after which it took me some time to determine what I used to be doing in each of these areas.
Entryway — 3.5 years
We don’t even have an entryway. We simply have a entrance door that leads into a giant room, however I’ve finished my finest to attempt to separate that large room right into a front room and an entryway by the position of the furnishings. And since I consider these as two separate areas, I’ve adorned them as such (but in addition in a manner that they coordinate with one another).
This room regarded like this once we purchased the home, with the “entryway” being the world with the door and the wall to the precise of the door.
Identical to the lounge, I did some “lipstick on a pig” makeover makes an attempt at first that I knew had been going to be non permanent. So I contemplate the start of this transform to be April 2015 (the identical as the lounge and music room), which is when the outdated drywall got here down and the brand new went up.
And identical to the lounge, this space took me a number of makes an attempt to seek out simply what I appreciated. Once I completed this space in October 2018, that is what it regarded like…
It has gone by means of some minor adjustments between then and now. The credenza obtained a little bit of a makeover. A number of the chicken prints had been eliminated and changed with mirrors. I added some throw pillows.
However that 2018 date is after I contemplate this are to have lastly been completed, which implies that this space took 3.5 years to complete.
Music Room — 6 years
Our music room was really meant to be a eating room by the builder of the home. However since Matt makes use of a wheelchair to get round, having this room full of a eating desk and chairs wouldn’t be sensible. I wanted this room to be open by means of the center in order that he can get by means of this space simply.
I used this room to experiment with just a few concepts, like numerous wall therapies. However identical to the lounge and entryway, I contemplate the start of this transform to be April 2015 when the outdated drywall and polystyrene ceiling tiles got here down, and the brand new drywall went up.
This room was just a little completely different from the lounge and entryway. Whereas I actually put effort into adorning these areas (and failed a number of occasions earlier than succeeding), that didn’t occur fairly to that extent within the music room.
I imply, I did throw out numerous concepts, and I even painted the partitions black at one level.
However after the brand new drywall went up, it wasn’t actually a matter of me making an attempt out 100 concepts and failing repeatedly (which was positively the story of the lounge and the entryway). It was extra that this grew to become the forgotten room. I used to be busy with different issues, so this room was uncared for for lengthy stretches of time.
However I lastly did get it completed in Might 2021, only a week or two after I completed the lounge, which places this room on the six-year mark as effectively.
Breakfast Room — 10 months
The breakfast room and pantry remodels had been began round July 2016. That’s after I obtained the room (again then, it was only one lengthy room) cleared out and got here up with a plan to get the ground in that room leveled with the kitchen ground. The room regarded like this at that time.
So by that point, I had already eliminated the inexperienced carpet, among the skinny plywood that lined the entire partitions, and among the plywood that lined the ceiling.
That ground was lined in asbestos tiles, so moderately than pull them up, I made a decision to have them encapsulated with a coat of concrete (this one room doesn’t have a pier and beam basis), which might additionally deliver the ground as much as the purpose it wanted to be in order that it might be stage with the kitchen ground as soon as the hardwood ground was put in.
That concrete was poured in August 2016, and this transform was formally underway. The breakfast room was completed in Might 2017, which implies that this room was in progress for 10 months. And it was throughout that point that I additionally repainted the kitchen cupboards.
That room appears to be like fairly a bit completely different now since we’re utilizing it as a brief sitting room (after Matt’s occupational therapist advised him he wanted to spend extra day out of the mattress, and I needed to shortly discover a place to place a recliner for him), however we’ll get our breakfast room again once we get the addition constructed. For now, this room has modified in appears to be like and in operate.
Stroll-In Pantry — 2.5 years
As I said above, the walk-in pantry and breakfast room was once one lengthy room. That is what the again portion of that room regarded like after I was able to get began on the transform.
However whereas these two areas had been began on the identical time, I didn’t get the pantry completed till January 2019. Since this room was tucked behind closed doorways, it was fairly simple to place it out of my thoughts and give attention to different issues.
So whereas the breakfast room transform took me 10 months to complete, the pantry ended up taking me 2.5 years to complete.
Visitor Bed room — 14 months
Once we purchased our home, the visitor bed room regarded like this…
And shortly after we purchased the home, I eliminated the carpet and refinished the ground. Then once we had the brand new siding placed on the home, we had them shut up that doorway on the left.
However none of that was actually an effort to transform this room. I contemplate the beginning of the visitor bed room transform to be November 2019.
That’s when our contractor tore out and moved the wall within the hallway, tore out the outdated drywall on this room and put in new, closed up the door to the closet on this room, opened up each closets to the house fitness center, eliminated the window on the precise facet, and had the stonemasons shut up the opening on the outside, and many others.
By the point the contractor completed up his half, the room regarded like this…
I lastly completed the visitor bed room in January 2021, so it took 14 months. However these 14 months did embody a worldwide pandemic that shut the whole lot down for some time. So I don’t actually understand how lengthy this room would have taken in any other case.
It’s attention-grabbing to look again and see these timelines. For me, it’s attention-grabbing to see that the rooms that ought to have been a breeze (front room, entryway, music room) had been the rooms that took me the longest. And the rooms that concerned far more work (kitchen and hallway toilet) had been those that took the shortest period of time.
Possibly that’s as a result of I did these first, and I used to be far more excited and extra motivated. I don’t actually know the explanations.
However the backside line is that all of us must go at our personal tempo. One other DIYer’s tempo actually isn’t related to our personal lives once we consider the whole lot else that all of us must deal with in our private lives. A DIY journey is simply that — it’s a journey — and all of us have our personal very distinctive experiences.
And I also can inform you that wanting again at these timelines (six years for a front room!?) makes me really feel an entire lot much less insecure concerning the year-and-a-half that our enormous grasp toilet has taken me up to now. That rest room took WAY extra work, and has taken far much less time, than the lounge or music room. So I’m feeling fairly okay about my grasp toilet timeline proper now. 🙂
Addicted 2 Adorning is the place I share my DIY and adorning journey as I transform and adorn the 1948 fixer higher that my husband, Matt, and I purchased in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do bodily work, so I do nearly all of the work on the home on my own. You possibly can be taught extra about me right here.
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