Renovation Realities

Jennifer —  May 11, 2012 — 9 Comments

Warning…this is more of a story post but it is a crazy story.

 I am worn out.  I am sitting down for the first time it feels like the last two days.  Have you ever seen that show on the DIY network Renovation Realities?  Its one of those shows that if you ever are thinking about DIYing something don’t watch it.  Well, maybe watch it to make sure you are not that kind of DIYer…the in ordering viagra over their head kind.

Well, we were not in over our head.  Every project we had to do for our friends house we had done before…two or three times before.   It wasn’t a full renovation…, it was what I called a “spit shine”.  My definition of a spit shine is where the majority of the transformation is new paint with a few new things.  We had our last day yesterday.  We were supposed to be done…go home and our friends move into day.  We were right on schedule and them Boom!  Life happened.  Here is the timeline that starts with the night before:

  • 10:00pm on Wednesday – The hubs and I came home to find out neighborhood having a black out.  We did not have our set of car keys to get in the house.  The only way to get in the house is the garage code…which is no longer working.  The hubs goes around back to get through a window.  We are in.  Yes!  I was fully ready to sleep in the car.
  • 6:00 am  Thursday  -The Hubs and I get to the house with Starbucks in hand.  We got there a few hours before work to get a few odds and ends done.  We made a list.  There was a lot but all doable in the time.  We worked on putting light fixtures in and off to work we went.
  • 8:00 am – Work
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch Time  The hubs and I have flexible work hours so we had planned to work on the house all Thursday afternoon.
  • 12:30ish – Our ABSOLUTELY AMAZING NEIGHBOR called us and told us that Piper, one of our Vizslas was on her back porch.  She took Piper back to the yard and saw that the gate was open and Finnley was gone.
  • 12:40 – We got home and set out on a four-hour search for Finn.  The Hubs realized that the gate might not have been shut the night before.  We let the dogs out to play outside and they just got out.  Four hours down the drain that was supposed to be used knock out a ton at the house.  It didn’t matter, my tears said it all.  I had to find Finn.
  • 5:00 pm- After making thousands of phone calls to all the right people when you lose a dog, the hubs decides to go back to our friend’s house and I stay home just in case Finn finds his way home.  We had rushed to our house with one car, together.  The Hubs left me with no car.
  • 8:30 – The Hubs called.  He has chopped his finger on the chop saw and he is headed to the ER.  I can’t get there but the Hubs assures me that he’s fine and it just needs to be cleaned.
  • 9:30 – The hubs is still in the waiting room and no sign of Finn.
  • 10:30 – The hubs is still in the waiting room and no sign of Finn.
  • 11:30 – The hubs comes home and I was expecting to see stiches.  Instead he has a Walgreen’s bag in his hand.  The ER never got to him so he just left.
  • 12:00am – I take one last drive around the neighborhood and put some food out.  No Finn.  I go to bed sad.
  • 6:00 am today- Back at the house and its go time.  I don’t know how we did it but we, with the help of one of Lee’s coworkers knocked a ton out
  • 10:00 am – I had a meeting at work.  I washed the paint off my hands (in my work clothes) and headed to my meeting
  • 11:00 am – The Hubs is heading back to get stitches.  He reopened his self-doctored wound.  (The good news was he didn’t have to get stitches anyway!)
  • 11:30 – My grandparents show up, to the house we are working on.  What?  They live 7 hours away.  They didn’t tell us they were coming up.  They just decided to come.  They went to my work to surprise me and my boss told them where I was!  So fun but wow!  It just added to the craziness.
  • 12:30 – Finished and loaded the car
  • 1:00 – Our Friend’s moved in
  • 2:15  - Lunch with the grandparents
  • 3:30 – Trip to Lowes to make returns
  • 4:00 – Scoured the neighbor hood and make a few phone calls to see if anyone had picked up Finn…nothing.
  • 5:00 – Start Blogging

Not that you needed the breakdown of my day but it just reminded me that life happens around a renovation.  I was getting frustrated that things were not done when I wanted them to be but in the just have to let go and go with the flow of life.  I am still praying for Finn to come home.  In the end, our friends moved in and I will give you a little sneak preview of what her new home looks like.  We did this total renovation on a serious budget with lots of fun easy updates to share with you.  Here is the kitchen:

Not bad at all.  Just needed a “Spit Shine”.  For $300 (not counting the floors.  New floors were needed for the entire  for the entire house) we got this:


More to come soon.  Until then, I will be searching for Finnley.

Thanks for reading,


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9 responses to Renovation Realities

  1. I hope you find him soon!

  2. I am sad Jennifer. Sorry about Finn. Maybe he will find his way home..

  3. I am thinking good thoughts for Finn. Have you put out any posters?

  4. I am so sorry about your dog. I know you’ve been super busy, but have you visited the humane society, called around to vets in your area, knocked on all the doors in your neighborhood? Was he wearing a collar with your number on it? If you don’t mind, I’m going to screen capture his picture with my phone so that I can pass it on through my instagram and facebook. It’s a long shot, but you never know. I sure hope he comes home soon – fingers crossed for you!

  5. “Life happens around a renovation,” how true is that!? It seems like every time I start a project, life hands me 4 other projects of it’s own. Great job keeping it cool and getting it done nonetheless!

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