We have always been crafters but we are also new homeowners and have taken a stab at renovating a 1947 house.
In September of 2017, Thure and I decided to pull the trigger on buying a house. We were going stir crazy in our small bungalow apartment and needed a project. Milwaukee Wisconsin in a great place to buy a home with most homes being cheaper to own than to rent.
We did what everyone else does, met with a realtor about our wishlist, met with a mortgage lender for a real idea of a budget and went off. One day, I found this little house and said…”I think this is it.” It was a house that needed work but was completely livable. Something that was a good place for us to put our personal touches on.
This house had everything we were looking for in a house.
- Three Bedrooms
- 1.5 Bathrooms
- Finished basement
- Large “Gaming” Space
- Main floor laundry
- Attached Garage
- Livable home with room to put our own touches on it
Three months later and after a lot of negotiating, we are the proud owners of a 1940’s Cape Cod. This is when the fun started. We started from the top and worked our way down. January of 2018 we made the attic an insane office. We went through a ton of hurdles to get this project started because our attic is ANYTHING but square or level, but eventually we got to a really cool space
This project, like all in the house, is still a work in progress. We have trim to finish up and other little nonsense, but it is by far the coolest room in the house.
We then worked out way to the Main Floor, starting with the bedrooms. We had the plushest carpet installed and repainted both rooms. After the bedrooms were completed we started fixing up the main living room. This room ALWAYS made us feel like we were hanging out at our grandparents house. the walls were robins egg blue and puke green, our furniture didn’t fit, the crown molding was painted to match the wall, there was a weird reception desk where a walkway should of been, and the flooring was just awful.
One day I came home from work, looked at Thure in the living room and just ripped the top off the reception desk. It was liberating and started off a three month process of redoing the entire main floor. Unlike the attic, we wanted this space to be traditional and beautiful. We looked for a long time for inspiration and found that plate rail wainscoting was the way to go. We also realized that I take all the pictures making it seem like I do none of the work. I honestly helped even though Thure is in all the photos!
We still have to add back an air vent we relocated and put in our tile. We were waiting for Wisconsin to get warmer so we could put the tile saw outside and turn the furnace off. The main floor should be completely down by the end of 2019.
We are now making our way to the basement where we have to add structural beams and repair an area that has water damage. More Updates to come!
Tools Primarily used to remodel our home:
- DEWALT DWS779 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw
- Makita XDT111 3.0 Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit
- Makita XFD131 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 1/2″ Driver-Drill Kit (3.0Ah)
- Ryobi CSB143LZK 14-Amp 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw with Laser (Green)
- PORTER-CABLE Orbital Jig Saw, 6.0-Amp (PCE345)
- SKIL 9206-02 7.5-Amp Variable Speed Reciprocating Saw
- Makita BO5030K 5″ Random Orbit Sander, with Tool Case
- Shop-Vac 5989300 5-Gallon 4.5 Peak HP Stainless Steel Wet Dry Vacuum