Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bedroom Progress

This is a bit overdue, but figured I'd go ahead and paste some before, during, and after shots of my bedroom remodeling. My room is such a fun getaway. I still have a small amount of painting left to do in the alcove, but the larger part of my bedroom was completed in time for my Kodai Tamak, which was a blast. It was fun to get to see so many of you! 

The bedroom was probably my hardest room to do so far. It had wallpaper on the walls that was glued to the walls very well, especially at the seems. At times it was coming off inch by inch. Also, there happened to be a layer of paint under the wallpaper that started peeling off the wall with the wallpaper. As a result, I had to sand the entire room to make sure the paint didn't bubble when it went on. It was a tedious project and not one I would like to repeat, but the finished product was definitely worth it! 
Wallpaper Removal
Preparation for Sanding
I hopefully didn't scare off my neighbors
 Walls and floors cleaned from dust and ready for primer and paint
 Painting Finished and Furniture moved back in - The gorgeous bed was given to me and fits so perfectly in my room and my house!  
Final touch: curtains

Thursday, April 9, 2015


It's been fun to see how God has provided furniture for me along the way. I bought the buffet below for $35. I have had fun staining and painting it to make it my own. I wasn't sure how I would like the blue, but I love how it turned out.  I look forward to doing more of this in the future.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Living Room

I have been working on all sorts of different projects around the house. It seems like I rarely get a chance to complete a project, but am instead in the midst of a bunch of different things all the time. Last week I was able to complete (for the most part) my living room. It has been so much fun having people over now that my dining room and living room are livable. Here are some pictures from the project.  

Come to my Kodai Tamak (God meal) on April 12th to see it in person. A Kodai Tamak is something Kazakhs do to celebrate the blessings God gives. In this case, I would love for you to come and celebrate God's blessing of a house with me. Drop by anytime between 3-5pm. Email me for my address.  
 Thankfully, wallpaper removal for this room was fairly painless
Finished (mostly) product

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Living Room Remodel

I have been working hard to revamp some of the rooms in my house. The first project I started on was removing the wallpaper in the living room.  The wallpaper came off easily.  I then fixed up some of the walls and did some priming before I was able to paint.  I was able to find some inexpensive used furniture. I also installed hung some new curtains. I have some more work to do related to decorations, but it's coming along well.  My next project is removing the wallpaper in my bedroom. Here are some before/after pictures of my living room as well as some flowers I found in my flower bed.  Enjoy! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Making Changes

I returned back from a great visit to Kazakhstan in early February. Since then, I have been doing some subbing, setting up life here in Muncie, as well as doing things around the house to get more settled. In the last week, I have been able to set up my internet as well as purchase a car. Things are definitely coming together quickly, although at times it feels kind of slow.  

I am learning that being a home owner means having lots of unfinished jobs. My biggest challenge right now is prioritizing what should come first. I have started with my living room and game room (dining room) and things are slowly starting to feel more like home. 

The dining room is definitely the easier of the two projects. Since it was already painted, I just had to do some caulking, spackling, and sanding in order to prep for a new paint job. Some friends came over last Friday and we got the first coat of paint on the walls. Then, I was able to finish up the second coat yesterday. Other friends came over to play games and helped me hang the pictures I purchased in Kyrgyzstan as well as one photograph I took while living in Kazakhstan.  

The living room has been a bit of a bigger project. First, I had to remove the existing wallpaper. Then I had to caulk and spackle. This was followed by a coat of primer. It is now ready for two coats of paint (whenever I am ready to paint again).  

In the process, I have learned a lot about what it takes to prepare for painting and painting itself. I am thankful for all the friends who have given me advice and helped along the way. I am excited to see how things come together. 

Here are some pictures of what I've been working on.  

 My new car - 2001 Honda Accord

 Photo I took in Kaz (stairwell)

 Dining Room

  Dining Room

 Dining Room