To start, I wanted to shed light on my skillset and explain what inspired me to choose a fixer upper.
There are two reasons that I chose a house that needed some work. First, with a fixer upper, the owner has the creative freedoms to make the house their own. They are the designer. Second, money. Let’s be real. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m not swimming in cash. I needed an affordable home, but the type of house I wanted I could only afford if it was a fixer upper.
I’m planning to move in by the end of July, and I’m also taking on most of the projects without hiring in anyone. When I say I’m taking on most of the projects, I mean that very loosely. I would be nowhere without my team of people behind me. I would like to introduce you to them.
Luckily for me, my parents have built all three houses we’ve lived in and they are very handy. My dad is an electrical engineer and can handle all of the electrical work. My grandpa has worked for a mobile home company for years and leads/assists my dad in the tile laying, ceiling replacing, etc etc. My grandma has painted her home about 23497 times and can paint anything you give to her. Jourdan is my creative arts person and is working on two special projects, and Taylor for some reason had a huge desire to take care of the backyard ponds. (Jackson helped him). I’ll say, I had my doubts, but he really pulled through. My mom is invaluable with her contracting knowledge and sense of design.
At this point, you might be asking yourself, what are you even doing Nikki? Well, I ask myself this too. I shop for things at Menards (it takes me probably 3x as long as it would take an actual handyman because I have no idea where anything is located.) Recently I’ve been buying things and I bring them back only to find out I bought the wrong thing. Lots of returning has been taking place… Who knew there were so many different types of light dimmers and light switches etc.
I also have been painting. Most recently, I painted some of the baseboards only to come home and find out I used the wrong paint (my mom had to repaint them…) Who knew there were so many different types of paint (I’m not talking about color. I’m talking about wall paint vs. wood paint vs. ceiling paint vs. concrete paint vs. who knows what else). I also tried to help my dad with the electric work. This mainly consisted of me dropping screws down the stairs and handing him the correct screw driver. Oh and telling him to be careful about 23489 times. I also famously gave the screwdrivers nicknames. When my dad asked which screwdriver the screw needed, I looked, saw there were 4 indentations (??) and said um, a four…a four pronged one. He looked at me and said “Nikki…you mean a Phillips?” (I didn’t know all Phillips were four pronged (what’s the word..I’m sure it’s not prong ha). Then later we needed a straight screw driver and I called that a one.. Hey I’m learning. In all seriousness, the fireplace has been my pet project. I’m super excited to fix it up. I’ve loved being able to design my house. My house. Crazy to say that. I feel too young for this and very overwhelmed at times. We’ve had plenty of money talks and just talks about what really is necessary to be fixed and what we can’t cut corners on. If I had it my way, I would’ve cut corners on way too many things. Shout out to my mom for being the voice of reason. That being said, I’ve created a new design for the house that I love and can’t wait to share with you. The bulk of my money is going into the kitchen, so I’ll share that change at the very end, but I’ll update you on progress over the weeks for everything else.
FYI, the next post will have more pictures and fewer words. Thanks for sticking with me on this long winded post. And, if you’re thinking about renovating, you can do it. Hopefully you feel encouraged after this post because you realize that I have no clue what I’m doing besides picking out pretty things and designing a home that I’ll love. How to make my dream a reality, I don’t know, but I do have an expert team behind me who does know!