Reality has set in. A long road ahead!

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I met with the Insulation guy yesterday.  7am no less.  I regretted that decision at 5:00 am wondering if I was going to wake up to the alarm.  Sure, I can meet you, what time, 7:00 am?  Sure, that’s no problem AT ALL!  So all morning before 5am I was awake, asking myself, “Did I set the alarm?” And “is it loud enough?”  Is this thing on?  So, the insulation representative came and he had worked on the house when it was being built.  He was taken aback when he saw the drywall out. We have to get him in before the drywall can be put up and painting can be finished.

We ordered the bathroom vanities today and bought some really cool tile.  We were looking for cabinets and on our way back, we drove by the airport.  We drove by this area that had remodeling store, granite, kitchen, everything we needed.  I think they were shocked how quickly we made a decision.  We had both looked on-line and figured out what we needed…we just needed to find it.

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Jeff knocked out the shower wall a little more just in case.Andre’ (the plumber) needs to get in to another area.

Jeff discovered another area to the grounds that we hadn’t noticed before.  It’s a pretty sitting area that we hadn’t noticed or even mowed.  It’s quite pretty he says.

Kelsey and I painted her closet.  Lacewing (light green).


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“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen.  I think there is some improvement in the landscaping.  We’ve had some great weather to get landscaping done.  

What’s behind door #17?

Of all the things we accomplished over this long weekend, one of the least stressful was the changing of all the locks.  17 in all.  17 doors.  That’s quite a few doors!

In addition to all of the doors, have really seen some progress with the inside and outside.

We pulled up carpet.  This is in the dining room.

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We pulled all the carpet off the stairs.

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We removed the lovely green carpet from the study.  I’m not sure the green and mauve paint go together anymore…just sayin’.

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Even Kelsey’s room is going to get a face lift.


Steve and I took off base molding.  Steve in action, getting things done.


Jeff demolished the Master Bath.  And I mean demolished.

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I took down every wood shutter…27 in all.  27!  And all the brackets.  I have come to the conclusion I have way more patience than I used to.  I have also found out that I wouldn’t be a great drapery or shade hanger.  Just not my think baby!

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Jeff took out drywall to see if there was any leaks in the wall that needed to be fixed.

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And Ishmeal, an extremely talented landscaper, worked on the yard and really accomplished a great deal in just 4 days.  We worked for about 3 weekends in a row to cut back as much as we could on the landscaping.  So, I’d like to think we helped him do such a great job.  I really thought I had ruined some of the bushes, but, thankfully I did not.  He made it look much better than I could have ever expected.  So, I guess that means I’m not a landscaper either.  I try, really try, but I don’t have the eye for it.  And when I have a trimmer, I get all Rambo like and want to take the tree down.  Bad tree.

So, I elluded to a water leak.  It’s confirmed.  There is quite a drip going on and we have to rip out the shower to where the leak is.  So, guess what!  We are fixing the master bath.  It will look great when it’s done…but not so much right now.  That means there is a fun trip to the tile store.  There’s a tile shop in Nashville that is so awesome.  I hope I can find something like that here.  Is there something wrong with you if you like tile shops?  Don’t answer that!

Today I prepped the moldings and washed them.  Looking forward to sanding them on Thursday.  That should be as mind numbing as the cleaning, but it has to be done before I can paint the old molding white.

I also had the crawlspace guy come out from “New Leaf”.  I thought that was a catchy name. Smell is funky down there so we are replacing the vapor barrier with hopes of covering up the ground and getting rid of the smell.  He said there was a lot of activity down there.  Hoping that the new vapor barrier stays nice and dry.


Have dumpster, will dump!


Lot’s to do.  We must have felt we need to spice things up a bit. Things were going to smoothly.  Too predictable.  We need a home renovation to create some havoc in our lives.  1 Chronicles 28:20 says “Be strong and courageous and do the work.”  Well alrighty then.  We weren’t going to buy a house yet.  Nope, not going to do it.  Then we saw this cool place and thought we can do this!  Remember that kitchen leak that left a really big whole in the kitchen in Franklin?  That got fixed.  How ’bout that shower wall leak in Brentwood?  Fixed that too.  We can do this!

I heard someone say successful people do things that other people don’t want to do.  I’m hoping this is one of those times!

The Beginning

We were trying to figure out what to name is this blog. Victorious Remodel, The Remodeling Adventure, Courageous something…fix-up, redo, how about Courageous Endeavor!  Yes, that’s it!  We took a chance and hopefully, fingers crossed, it will all work out!


This is quite an undertaking. Probably our most aggressive remodel we have done thus far.  Most of the homes we have updated haven’t been in this shape.  But, what fun would it be to just do something we’ve done before?


This house at one time, was amazing.  We saw old pictures and when everything was landscaped and clean, it was really a nice property.  Now, well….the home has sat empty for 2 years.  Think what happens to a house with no maintenance for 2 years.  It gets quite run down.  This should be prove to be rewarding and surprising, I’m sure.

You know the house on the block that needs some TLC?  You know the one that you look at and say, that’s so sad?  This is that house.

Thanks for reading along as we go on this journey!