The building has been slow, but looking forward to another open house this weekend (1-6pm) to show off the fact that we've had a LOT of "picking" activity. Estate sales, auctions, flea markets and clean out leads have brought us some exciting stuff. So we are busy getting them in display condition and posting photos on Etsy.
Of course that has all slowed down my detailed inventory progress. I'm going to make a rough guess that I am about 2% done. Which entails going through each tiny section of the store and making sure the item is listed on my sheet, has a price tag and is either on Etsy or ready to be featured in the future on facebook if it's too big for Etsy. It doesn't sound hard, but the last section I did had about 24 items that hadn't been listed. And that's five photos per item, in most cases, to get all the angles needed. I'm missing my lovely niece and all the work she did over last summer to keep us up to date.
And then...a local non-profit put out a call for a home to host a fundraising event. It would probably be stupid for us to volunteer for that. So of course we did. And then we walked through each room of our house and wrote a list of all the things that would need to be done, which was actually not horrible until we got to our kitchen.
- Paint over the cutesy argyle border I did when we first moved in. Dumb.
- Refinish Hard Wood Floor - This was the floor in the house in the worst shape when we bought it NINE years ago. It's only positive attribute was that it kept you from noticing the counter tops.
- New Counter Tops - The counter tops that came with the house are white, 4 inch, ceramic tile and the edges keep falling off and the grout refuses to come clean. WHY would you tile a counter top?!
- Paint Cabinets - In the tradition of "If you give a Pig a Pancake", if you change the ugly counter tops you're going to want to have new cabinets. Actually, our cabinets are wonderful, solid-wood, well-made cabinets. I love everything about them except they are stained a very dark brown and our kitchen gets very little natural light. So we are going to sand and paint them white. Is that the smartest decision ever? We will see.
- If you have new cabinets and counter tops, you're going to need a new back splash (currently, matching tile). Throw in a new sink while you are at it. Preferably a new dishwasher, too. And maybe some lighting fixtures. We'll see.
So all in all, volunteering is costing me one kitchen renovation. Is it too late to get on "Renovation Realities?" I remain positive that the only structural part of this project is the counter tops. Everything else is cosmetic. What could possibly go wrong?