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DIY Projects,  Selling Our House

A dump?
Did I read that right?

Yes, you read that right… in the words of my 6 year old son (who is thoroughly unimpressed with this decision), “we bought a dump”.  Why did we buy a dump?  Well, for my entire life I’ve had a soft spot for the underdog.  I have an abundance of empathy, which can be quite annoying from time to time.  However, I do believe this personality trait has brought me to where we are today… purchasing our second dumpy house to fix up.  When I see a neglected house in an adorable location something inside me screams WE SHOULD FIX THAT UP!

It started about 6 years ago…we were desperately seeking home ownership.  We were rather young newlyweds, and the budget was tight.  We needed to be close to my parents, wanted a back yard where kids could play, and needed 3 bedrooms.  We found this little gem that fell right in our comfortable price range … so we went for it!

outside of house


It needed some work, but we were ambitious and figured we could do most of it ourselves.  Over the last 5 years we’ve done more DIY projects than I can count.  All the while thinking…

“We should really document this process…”

We repeatedly talked about sharing these projects online with our friends and family.  People were always asking us, “How are things going with the house?” or “What projects have you been working on lately?”.  Why didn’t we have a place people could come and see the progress pictures and read the how-to’s?   It was an afterthought…and trying to go back and write posts for all the projects we had done over the years was a daunting task.

So, we simply didn’t do it.

That brings us to where we are today – prepping our house for its listing photos.  As we prep each room for its picture, all those DIY projects flood my brain.  We are truly proud of what we did to this little house, which is why we will not make the same mistake again.

Not one room in this house was left untouched.  Here are a few side by side comparisons of the listing photos when we bought it vs. now that were selling it.

before and after picture


kitchen before and after

kitchen before and after

living room before and after

living room before and after

You get the idea.  We knew we wanted to keep up with the process as we go through it again with our new purchase.  As soon as our offer was accepted on the “dump” we began brainstorming:

“What will we call this blog?”

We knew we wanted something easy to spell and easy to remember, that also captured our personalities.  We tossed around some ideas, none of which were that great, and thought “Well, maybe it’ll just come to us”.  Later that night, when we were sharing the news of our exciting purchase with our son, he was less than thrilled.  I tried to sell it…hard.  I told him about the spacious yard and the fact that he and his brother can get bunk beds, and even ride their bikes in the unfinished basement!  He saw right through my pitch, and responded with:

“We bought a dump, didn’t we?”

If you know us, you can probably hear those words coming out of Finn’s mouth.  My husband and I couldn’t help but laugh, and it hit us!  That’s the name – We bought a dump.

So here we are.  Follow us along our journey of selling for the first time, buying a new property, and putting in the work to make it a dream home.  We’re glad you’re here.

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