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The Ultimate DIY Project

We weren’t even going to include it on our thirty before thirty bucket list.

Do a DIY project together

We wandered through Michaels one date night browsing together, up and down the aisles taking a longer time since I had no littles hanging out of the cart. It was fun, we compared our tastes in decor and laughed at some of the more outrageous design ideas. I suggested we count that outing towards our DIY project and check it off the list.

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And then, we found the ultimate project to work on together.

We bought a house!

May and most of June were filled with a flurry of phone calls, emails and discussions. House viewings and inspections and asking ourselves if we were crazy. And now there’s a beautiful SOLD sticker on the for sale sign and I can pin all the things for real now.

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We’ve discussed paint colours, the house’s palette currently involves dark red, dark purple and navy all of which I love but not in my kitchen or living areas. We’ve sketched out lots of garden ideas and we have big dreams for the big backyard. The girls are lobbying for a treehouse they can live in and I want an English cottage garden along the front deck.

After renting for seven years of our married life and living in four of the ten Canadian provinces, it feels so good to put some serious roots down in this province we’ve grown to love so much.

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We won’t be actually moving until September so I’ll be filling my Pinterest boards with all my ideas, figuring out paint colours and applying the KonMari method as I sort and pack all our stuff.

I’d love to hear your tips and stories about moving and home ownership!

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  • Megan June 30, 2015, 9:18 am

    How exciting! Congratulations!! You’re smart to paint before you move in. We did not do this, as we were so ready to move in quickly and now 2 years later, we are slowly painting room by room. I’m also trying for an English cottage garden spot. Slowly and steadily planting pretty perennials and easy-to-grow annuals. It’s not done yet, but each year a little more.

    • thisvintagemoment June 30, 2015, 6:24 pm

      We have some time before we move in otherwise we would be painting room by room too. I’d love to know what has worked for you in your garden and what hasn’t- I have lots of ideas but would love some tried and true stuff. =)

  • Elizabeth Vega June 30, 2015, 12:53 pm

    Congratulations! We just bought our first house, too, and it is filled with DIY potential! We chose a few fix-ups to do before we moved in, to make the place feel livable and to minimize stress once we’re already living there. The biggest “project” was testing our ugly “popcorn” ceiling and finding out that it did contain asbestos! So it was no longer a DIY, because we had to pay someone to remove it safely. But now it’s done and it looks beautiful! We’re painting the bedroom, too, because that furniture is the heaviest and hardest to move. Everything else, we’ll play by ear! Can’t wait to read about your adventures!

    • thisvintagemoment June 30, 2015, 6:27 pm

      How fun! Congratulations to you guys as well, I loved reading part of your story, it’s so refreshing to hear of others who want to step out of the mainstream culture. We’ve got compost bins and garden plans and possible chickens in our future as well!

  • Krista July 1, 2015, 6:58 am

    I’m SO thrilled for you guys!!! I love having roots here in Oz, and know it will make your nesting heart so very, very happy. 🙂 The only tip I have is take it slow for the first year. It took me that long to see how the house and yard felt in every season, to see how I felt in the house and yard in each season. I thought I knew what I wanted to plant and how to decorate in the beginning, but it wasn’t until a full year had gone by that I KNEW. 🙂 If I could tell my newbie self anything, I’d say PREP PREP PREP – jot down the things you want to do and experience in your new house and yard, and a separate list for the things you’ll need to accomplish it. Gardening for example: Plant in pots until you’ve had time to build up your soil and make it awesome for growing things. Research what things will grow well in your area, and focus on those. Start a compost pile. Collect rainwater for watering. Collect seeds. Collect canning jars, freezing and processing equipment, and books that teach you how to do everything. It’s amazing how just when you need information the power or internet goes down. I love my books. 🙂 That’s all my tips for today, I know you’ll do fantastically. 🙂 XO

    • thisvintagemoment July 1, 2015, 8:23 am

      Oh that is incredibly helpful, Krista! I tend to rush into everything and wanting it now, especially gardens and such. There’s a good size shed in the backyard which will be perfect for storing all the equipment as we wait. I’m glad we’re moving in our fall so that I have the winter to sit tight and research and plan. =) I can’t wait to make our place lovely, your farm is SUCH an inspiration to me as are you! =) XO

  • Rachel July 2, 2015, 2:06 pm

    Congratulations! How exciting for you guys 🙂 Our home’s previous owners did a lot of DIYs around the house – it looks really good, but we inherited a long list of details that weren’t quite done. Four years later, most of those details are still on our to-do list. We’re learning that it’s okay to hire a handyman for things we think we ought to be able to do if we never seem to find the time to figure out how. And the most knowledgeable staff at Home Depot work the day shift; evenings and weekends are not the time to get answers for anything more complicated than “where are the nails?” And for the big and scary surprises, a contractor is a must. Hopefully you don’t have any of those! Best of luck in your latest adventure! I look forward to hearing how it all turns out 🙂

    • thisvintagemoment July 2, 2015, 2:37 pm

      Good tip on the Home Depot staff! So far there doesn’t seem to be any surprises, the inspector seemed impressed. All the big stuff was redone a few years ago, we’ve got plans to paint before we move in, a new deck in a couple of years and a kitchen reno in even more years. I’m a huge fan of hiring someone to do stuff, its so much less stressful then figuring it out ourselves. J is pretty handy, I’m not at all. =)

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