We are remodeling our bathroom and carpeting our upstairs.
We have two full bathrooms at our house: one upstairs, one downstairs. The upstairs was actually once an apartment with two bedrooms and a bathroom. There’s a wide spot in our hallway which I assume was once a kitchen. There was a fire at one point a long time ago when it was used as two separate apartments.
The carpet in our bedroom is a nasty nasty orange. Carver’s room has a different color, the hallway has a different color, the closets have a different carpet, it just is very mismatched. We have always intended on replacing the carpet but now we are getting serious about it ESPECIALLY since the home depot has FREE carpet installation.
Our upstairs bathroom could use some touching up but guests never use our upstairs bathroom so I’m not worried about that. Our downstairs bathroom, however, is in desperate need of an upgrade. First of all, the cupboards aren’t set up well for organization. Second of all, I’m not set up well for organization. This is real life what our bathroom vanity looks like.
I painted the bathroom blue for some dumb reason when we moved in. Then I tested out a few colors on the wall two full years ago that I never fully painted over. The linoleum is intact but leaves much to be desired. The trim is falling apart and I never even took the painters tape off on one wall. (whoops)
Overall, it needs some attention. So, while we were feeling inspired by the fresh Spring air and the contagious Spring cleaning attitude, we loaded up the kids and took a trip to Home Depot.
Now imagine rural northeast Iowa, it is at least 35 minutes to a WalMart and at least 1 hour/50 miles to a mall, a Target, a Home Depot, a Jimmy Johns, a Lowes, or anywhere that sells a 2×4 on a Sunday afternoon.
Craig and I are no stranger to DIY. We muscled our way through installing entirely new life proof flooring in our living room and dining room in Summer of 2017. We loved the life proof brand so much, we immediately knew we wanted life proof carpet as well. We ordered some samples. Jim walked us through everything we needed to know about carpet. We ordered a sample. He suggested multi color carpet because it hides a lot of dust/dirt. We selected a cushion as well. I would like something a little darker/grey but we will see how the sample turns out. Someone is coming to measure on Thursday – they do the stairs, furniture moving, closets, and everything for free with purchase of carpet. We are super excited.
While strolling through the carpet section, I started dreaming about this pretty decorative tile. I showed Craig with the intention of him shooting down my hopes and dreams but he said I LOVE IT!
We’ve never tiled anything in our lives but just like Marie Forleo says, everything is figure-out-able. We watched a ton of DIY tiling videos in the meantime and signed up for a tiling class at the end of the month.
We picked up paint for the walls – I only buy Sherwin Williams paint after our toy room makeover – read more on that here:
I also picked up paint for the bathroom vanity which isn’t actually paint but more like a cabinet transformation kit. Our goal is to have the cupboards painted and the walls painted before the tiling class on the 28th.
The boys were… a handful to say the least during our THREE HOUR Home Depot run. In retrospect, they weren’t half bad all things considered.
Now here’s where I’m conflicted. Home Depot offers 24 months interest free financing on a Home Depot card. We will be credit card debt free at the end of the month – a goal we’ve been working on for the past year. $10,000 + later, here we are. We will meet our goal.
While we could save up about a month or two and cover the remodel expenses out of pocket, it is SO TEMPTING to reach for the Home Depot card. Craig and I talked about it and I think that’s the route we will go but it feels kinda wrong. I feel like a hypocrite after touting how much we love Dave Ramsey and his plans. I figured if I’m honest about it that helps.
I feel like this is different – we are using it specifically for the store where as I would throw anything on our Discover card – insurance bills, groceries, amazon, etc. This is specifically for a project. It is specifically a store card. Craig and I will talk about what goes on this card. It is debt, but it is different.
That’s all I have for today folks! Stay tuned for more updates!