Friday, May 24, 2013

Lots Going On...

Not getting many dolls done. Been mainly focused on stripping wallpaper in my bathroom. We are trying to hold out till the housing market goes back up but in 3 years we are out of here regardless.

We live in a 4 bedroom house with 2 kitchens, which when my brother moves out this year and my daughter moves out too will be too large for just my mom and me. We may end up renting the house but certain projects we held off on till now need to be tackled.

  • Sprucing up the bathroom upstairs.
  • A complete re-do of my kitchen
  • New carpeting
  • New railing for the stairs
  • Entire inside of the house needs to be painted
  • Work in the backyard
Just had the house appraised again and it's worth significantly less than we paid for it and all the money we put into the house: new roof, new windows, new siding, new gutters, 2 retaining walls in the front of the house, the 4 season sun room, new tub and shower in 2 bathrooms, new sump pump, new water heater, new air conditioner, high quality laminate wood floor in the foyer and the mudroom, new front door and storm door, new kitchen door, new patio door, new privacy gates that lock, landscaping around the sun room, stepping stones into the yard from each gate, new sewer line from house to street, is now gone!

When I think of the money spent and the loss of equity I want to cry. The house has lost $105,000 in value since the last appraisal 6 years ago. Unfortunately to even try and sell we HAVE to re-do the kitchen. The grand plans we had have been scaled down a lot but doesn't matter to me since I won't really get to enjoy the kitchen, it's all done for a future buyer. Sucks but whatever.

I know this is an art blog but other things do happen in my life and on occasion I share them here.
Here's a golden haired girl I did work on this week. She needs clothes and accessories and then will be in my shop.

2 comments:

Cynthia Myers said...

I totally understand.
My homes value has dropped too but since I'm not moving it doesn't affect me like yours does. :(
They do say that the market is slowly turning around so hopefully it will be much better when you are ready to sell. I don't know what you are facing as far as the kitchen but I would repaint cabinets rather than replace and adding new hardware and fixtures can make a huge difference. Maybe a new backsplash? I've been working hard on my home and not doing Art or blogging. Now I find myself very sick and I've even missed some work at my "real" job. So please take care of yourself. It's so easy to run ourselves down, trying to do it all. xoxo - Cindi
(love your doll!)

l.wilks11 said...

So nice to hear what you have been up to apart from art, but i love your little art doll......xx

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