If Walls Could Talk

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

FASTER METABOLISM

An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.
Categories

Our house looks like a construction site!

IMG_9138 (563x750)

Who’s idea was it to take on two home improvement projects at once?! Whoa, baby. But, we’ve made some serious progress in the last 24 hours.

Yesterday afternoon, Mal and I finally decided on a vanity. We went with a smaller one (than we currently have in our bathroom) since we think it’ll make the space look bigger. Hopefully, it doesn’t look like a weirdly small vanity once it’s installed.

IMG_9101 (563x750)

We also bought plenty of painting supplies. Mal now wants to paint our living room”¦ like, ah, next week.

IMG_9102 (750x563)

After buying everything we needed, our friend Rob arrived at our house with his tile saw. Man with a tile saw.

IMG_9104 (750x563)

We were all hungry for dinner, so before we started our projects, we ate some pizza.

IMG_9108 (750x563)

I also cracked a beer. Priming walls requires beer.

IMG_9106 (563x750)

Once the guys had food in their stomachs, the bathroom demolition began.

So long sink!

IMG_9110 (563x750)

Check out the date on the bottom of the sink: 10-11-78. No wonder it never got clean””it’s almost 34 years old!

IMG_9109 (750x563)

Goodbye vanity!

IMG_9114 (750x563)

Eww, but check out the Scooby-Doo Band-Aid stuck on the tub.

2012-07-28_0925

The family who lived in the house before us had two little boys; I bet one of them lost it.

IMG_9118 (750x563)

And, finally, the toilet was removed. Later, two-toned super ugly toilet!

IMG_9121 (563x750)

While the guys were demo-ing the bathroom, I prepared the kitchen to be primed.

IMG_9123 (750x563)

When I moved the stove away from the wall, I discovered that at our kitchen was once painted a light purple. Cool!

IMG_9125 (750x563)

The three of us ended up working well into the night and finally called it quits at midnight.

IMG_9137 (750x563)

Another full day ahead!

Question of the Day

Have you ever discovered something neat/interesting about your house? What was it?

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

61 Comments

  1. How cute! The family that lived in my parents house before them, the kiddo’s put their hands in the cement on the front porch before it dried. 🙂

    Have a fun day!! 🙂

  2. Jesus, that is an old sink!

    My parent’s have been in their house for about 25 years now – Once they do eventually move out, I’d be curious to see what little momentos from my brother and I growing up gets left around.

  3. When my landlord redid part of my bathroom this spring they had to take down the huge mirror. Behind it was some lovely antique wallpaper…such an old design I don’t even know how to explain it. Our house is super old so its probably from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Crazy!

  4. your sink was installed 10 years before I was even born haha that’s so crazy! Now sure if we found anything in my house, but my Aunt who lives upstate towards Canada found a tunnel in her basement (they think it was part of the under ground railroad) which is pretty cool 🙂

  5. When we moved into our 100 yr old farmhouse, we were doing a demo and replacing the mantle and behind it, there was a note from the people like lived there 30 years ago. It had pics of the house then and a little note from them saying they hoped we enjoyed the house as much as they did. It was dated in 1981. It was REALLY cool and we plan on doing that if we move from here.

  6. I can’t believe you started after dinner. I’m pretty sure after pizza and beer, I’d be like “cool, let’s wait til morning!” 😉
    But it looks like you guys made some great headway. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I’m hoping my next apartment I’ll be able to paint and make it seem a bit more homey and like my space versus just another rental space.

  7. We just moved into our new house, and it was only 3 years old. So there really wasn’t anything to find. But I love that you found a Band Aid! That’s hilarious!!

    Have a great day, Tina. Good luck with your house projects!

  8. I think it’s really cool when redoing houses and finding older decorations (i.e. wall paper, hard wood floors, etc. But that is super gross about the Scooby Doo Bandaid. I wonder how long that had been there. Ugh!

  9. LOL we have the same vanity! In our house, I found a previous homeowner’s name and date carved into the underside of one of the kitchen drawers. It appears as though he made the cabinets by hand. Pretty cool.

  10. Growing up, when my family and I moved into a new house, my mom was unpacking stuff in the laundry room and found… a gun! It was just hanging out in a cabinet. We called the police and they came and took it, but it was kinda creepy!

  11. First of all, ewwwww pores! I hate seeing porous things on anything–especially concrete, stones, sinks! lol. I get goosebumps. And that’s so funny about the bandaid. I sometimes wonder what other people might have found in my previous homes from things I left as a kid. 😛

  12. “Check out the date on the bottom of the sink: 10-11-78. No wonder it never got clean””it’s almost 34 years old!”

    That’s my birth date!! Luckily I still clean up pretty well. So far as I can tell, anyway.

  13. Fabulous! I bet everything will look just amazing! Best of luck with all of the to dos. We haven’t discovered anything too exciting because we built our house!

  14. That sounds like so much work!
    My family just moved into a previously foreclosed home (we moved in last October), and when we got here, the house was a wreck! The person who last owned it had some serious anger issues, because they kicked a hole in a bedroom door, ruined the door hinges leading to the balcony, and broke a mirror in the bathroom downstairs.. Don’t even get me started on how much cat and dog poop there was in the back yard and front lawn!
    We had to do so much painting, remodeling, and cleaning (the bathrooms and kitchen were SO GROSS), but it was all totally worth it in the end. Now we’ve got a pretty house, and I try to block the whole experience from my mind. 😉

  15. Oh so much fun… we are about to put in tile in our kitchen.. GOODBYE linoleum! Not looking forward to the whole construction thing though.

  16. I am wanting to paint my kitchen your old color. It’s an off white now. It will be my first dark wall painting. Thoughts? Did you like the other color when ya bought your house? I’m nervous!

    1. I didn’t really like any of the colors when we moved in. Our house is small, so all of the dark shades made it look even smaller. It’s a nice color though! How big is your kitchen?

  17. Haha…your tiles were like outs except we had retro blue & green with a matching green toilet, I kinda liked it in a weird way! We actually found a empty drink can called “ping” in the framing of the walls, must of been from around 1975…it’s amazing what u find when u renovate!

  18. I agree that priming requires beer. Lol, my husband would say that about any household job, though. We found some not so wanted wallpaper under a crappy coat of paint our half bath. Had to update that – the right way, which is also the hard way! Taking off old wallpaper is not the most fun thing to do.

  19. Back in the seventies, we helped our neighbors across the street remove wall paper in their bedroom. Underneath were some pretty interesting psychedelic rainbows and artwork.

  20. When my friend’s family re-did the kitchen in their late 1800’s / early 1900’s farmhouse, they found a bunch of old newspapers stuffed in between the plaster and lathe for insulation! It was really neat to see all of the old headlines and whatnot.

    The funniest thing I’ve seen was on one of those remodel shows on HGTV — they tore down a wall in a sun room and a whole section was crammed full of pine cones! Apparently squirrels had been coming in there for years and storing their pine cones! Haha

  21. I just purchase my home last weekend. I am moving slowly since my lease is not up until the end of August. I have been over to my house everyday since last weekend. I have found all kinds of crawl spaces in my house that I can use for storage and “hiding places”!

  22. Whoah, that is one seriously cheesy looking pizza! My house is very old (and I think possibly historic?), but the one thing I’ve always found cool about it is the fact that we have bamboo growing in our backyard. I live in NYC suburbs, btw. What the heck is bamboo doing in my backyard??

  23. we lived in one of our houses for 10 years before we noticed the spice cabinet next to the stove was not a raised panel door….but all the rest were!

  24. Our house flooded in Katrina so it’s an interesting mix of new and old. The front of the house, the attic, and the window frames are all original (around 1920). But everything else is new: floors, walls, molding. It was original built to be a double shotgun, and now it’s a single, but we’ve still got two front doors!

  25. Wow, what hard workers you two are! The colors look great, and I’m sure the vanity will be just the right size.

    My dad remodeled my house when I was little and he insisted on getting an extra tall toilet. Apparently he thought that it added a little class to our downstairs bathroom!

  26. My boyfriend and I bought our first home just last October. It was built in 1971 and owned by an elderly couple (all of our neighbors are 65 and older). Well, when we got our new washer and dryer for our dolphin tiled laundry room, we had to put in the vent duct hose ourselves, so as I was running it through the ever so awesomely cut hole they had in the wall, I found at least 4 empty vodka bottles hidden in between the walls. Our satellite guy found one in our roof when installing our dish too…

  27. When my Mom bought the house she lives in around 2001 we discovered some pretty cool artwork in the unfinished basement. I guess the family before was full of talented people who decided using the cement walls in the basement was a good place to practice their painting skills.Kind of tacky if anyone was to go down there, but since we used it for laundry and storage it ended up being a pretty cool and colorful mural to look at from time to time! How exciting to be doing all of that to your bathroom, once its all done you’re going to feel so nice and clean in the new room you created.

  28. When my parent’s moved into their current house years ago, they put some paneling on the walls downstairs. Before they installed it, my brother and I wrote and drew ALL over the walls. Whoever owns the house next (and decides to remove the now outdated paneling) will be in for quite a treat haha.

  29. Pingback: Our New Bathroom
  30. I bought my house in 1980, it was built in the 1950’s. I married my husband in 1994. We decided to remodel our bathroom which contained the original fixtures. My husband took down the original bathroom mirror and you can imagine our surprise when we saw his exact birhdate: day/month/year stenciled by the manfacture on the back. Of course we could not throw the mirror away as it seemed like real karma. We are selling our house and taking the mirror with us. We still wonder what the letters XA after the date stand for. My husbands initals are not XA/

    1. @Claire: I felt I should fix some spelling errors.

      I bought my house in 1980, it was built in the 1950”²s. I married my husband in 1994. We decided to remodel our bathroom which contained the original fixtures. My husband took down the original bathroom mirror and you can imagine our surprise when we saw his exact birhdate: day/month/year stenciled by the manfacture on the back. Of course we could not throw the mirror away as it seemed like real karma. We are selling our house and taking the mirror with us. We still wonder what the letters XA after the date stand for. My husbands initals are not XA/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

DON'T MISS A THING

Join the community!

Get recipes, workouts. and discounts straight to your inbox for FREE!
© 2022 Carrots ‘N’ Cake. All Rights Reserved | An Elite CafeMedia Food Publisher | Funnel Build & Design by: Maria Filipina Co.