The Before Tour

Well, it’s Thursday night so I went to a fabulous happy hour followed by bar-hopping Thirsty Thursday specials.  No, scratch that, I’m having a glass of wine watching Real Housewives on DVR while the smallest dachshund sleeps comfortably on my lap.  Quick, someone ask me how old I am while I can still answer 28 for another day and a half.

I figure any good DIY blog doesn’t jump right into house projects without sharing before pictures and a list of intentions.  Cobalt originally wanted to give the tour, but he calls every room “my room” so it gets confusing.  I’ll lead the way instead.

Living room:
living room before

living room empty

living room long view


Eventually, I’ll try to become more of a real person and use a real camera instead of my phone.  Maybe when I’m 29.

Moving on, the latrine.  Which also happens to be where we wash the dishes from which we eat. Sort of disgusting a multi-purpose room.

half bath

The blurry dining room:

dining room

dining room

Master bedroom:

master bedroom

master bedroom

Master A bathroom that is connected to the master bedroom that is my least fav room in the house:

master bathroom from bedroom

master bath

master bath vanity

Any tips for removing wallpaper?

The office…we’ll just keep this door closed for a while:

office before

Guest room…we’ll get to this when we have our first guests and are forced to at least make the bed:

guest room before

Guest bath…sorry future guests (aka Lorryn & Daniel), we probably won’t have gotten to this room by the time you visit:

guest bath

And finally, the kitchen…

This is the view from the small hallway between the living room and the kitchen where the oh-so-fancily wallpapered half-bath and door to the back deck are located:

kitchen view from living room hallway

That’s me, talking to our realtor, balancing on my heels like a 5-year-old because I was sick of wearing them all day.

This is the view walking into the house from the garage door:

kitchen before view from garage door

That’s me hiking up my pants because I didn’t know Nick was taking pictures.

This is the view from the dining room doorway into the kitchen, where you can see the kitchen window nook that looks into the backyard.

kitchen before window nook

That’s me blinking and biting my lip.  Thanks Chief.

So there you have it.  The official “before” house tour.  I’ll show more when I dive into projects in each room, and hopefully the pictures will suck less – either in quality or in lack of me awkwardly being in them.  There are a few little spots still missing from these photos like the upstairs hall and the backyard, but I promise to over-share later on.

Oh, I almost forgot about that list of intentions I was going to share.  But, Cobalt says he isn’t getting nearly enough attention/snuggles so I’ll post that tomorrow.  Without further adieu, your Cobalt of the day:

The real frankenweenie. 

cobalt zombie sleeper


No day like a snow day.

Here goes blogging.  What better day to start than a rare snow day in South Carolina? I’ve thought about doing this for a while, just like I’ve thought about a million things that I want to do.  As it turns out, life is flying by and I’m turning 29 this weekend. WHAT.  So I’ve decided to make it my goal to do more.   Less thinking, and visualizing, and list writing, and more actual doing.  If I combined all the time I’ve thought about a project, or working out, and all of the other things I want to eventually do one of these days when I have some free time and things settle down…I’d have house full of  completed projects and six-pack abs.  Or, I’d at least be further along than I am now.

I’ve been waiting for life to settle down for a few years now.  Why doesn’t anyone just warn you ahead of time that it never will?  That could have saved me a lot of waiting.   But I do feel more settled than I have in a long time.  I’m finally in a really good place and I’m excited about the future so why not document it?  If nothing else, it should serve as motivation to keep me “doing”.

Fast forward through a lot of things to where this story picks up – I moved to Columbia, South Carolina in June of last year, and then moved into a house Nick and I bought last month.  That marks the 6th move Cobalt (Cobalt = mini dachshund, love of my life, sweet baby angel, Nick = boyfriend, he’s cool too) and I have made in less than 2 years.  Long story 😉 We love our new house, but there is a lot on our wish list to make it feel more like ours.  We’ve done a few small things so far, and are in the middle of a kitchen renovation so I’ll be sharing all that here.

Cobalt wants me to show you the house already.  So here it is the day we bought it

Our New House

And moving in (don’t miss the bottom right corner)


And today…

snowy house
southern snow

southern snow

So there you have it.  A first glimpse of the house/life/dachshund you’ll soon be sick of hearing about.  Cobalt says, WHAT?? I have so much more to say!!

So, here’s your CCOTD (Complimentary Cobalt Of The Day)

Owwite, tell me all yoh pwoblems, I’m heowh to wisen.
(Alright, tell me all your problems, I’m here to listen.)
Cobalt still has a little twouble pronouncing his R’s. And sometimes his L’s.
Cobalt therapist

Until next time, cheers to doing.