DIY Electrical Rewiring
When it comes to our Jou Fixer Upper, Wayne is such a jack-of-all-trades. His handiwork knows no boundaries and he attributes his DIY electrical rewiring skills all to YouTube University.
There’s a lot to catch up with our Jou Fixer Upper and it’s hard to keep up. Our previous recap post focused on the repairs and installation behind the walls. This installment will touch upon our design style, inspiration, and a couple project repairs.
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve last updated on our fixer upper. We’ve been spending our weekends and weeknights giving it much more than a facelift. In the beginning process, the majority of our time was spent in demo-mode. We had some #demofail, but made some progress with removing the carpet, kitchen appliances, and countertop.
After taking a break to handle the landscaping, it was time to get back to demo. Up next was to completely gut the kitchen. This includes removing all of the cabinets, lighting, sink, and appliances.
One of the big changes of owning a single-family home is having to handle all of the landscaping. At our previous condo, all of the landscaping was managed by the HOA so we didn’t have to worry about fixing sprinklers, mowing the lawn, or trimming the hedges.
The country boy teaching the city girl how to mow the lawn 👨🏻🌾👩🏻🌾 #myfirsttime Yea, I mowed the same area like 4x because I lost track of the lines 😆. It was easy to push and I eventually got the hang of the manual mower. @fiskarsamericas @itsjoulife #timelapse . . . #joufixerupper #landscaping #DIY #urbangardener #itsjoulife
We decided to take a break from the interior of the house to mow the lawn and check on the sprinkler system. I grew up mowing the lawn at my parent’s house so it wasn’t anything new to me. But J had never done it before and wanted to give it a try. We purchased an updated version of the old school manual reel mower since our yard is small and doesn’t require something more powerful. The reel mower is also very quiet since there is no motor. After showing J the basics, I let her finish up the front yard while I watched. Back and forth she went, occasionally mowing the same area over and over and over, but overall, a great job for the first time.
After our first failed demo day, we were itching to start working on the house. We decided our first demo project would be to remove the old carpet since it would be fairly simple and would also make it easier to work on other projects in the house. However we came to find a not-so-pleasant surprise and it set us back a few weeks. More details below.
It wasn’t difficult but since there was carpet throughout the entire house, it took us several days to cut, remove, and roll up the carpet.
The past few weeks have felt unreal. Not only did we buy a home in our ideal neighborhood, we bought a fixer upper! This is a big deal. We are huge fans of HGTV’s hit-show, Fixer Upper, and we can finally swing a sledgehammer to things and design beautiful and practical rooms. Big thanks to our realtors, Derek Hirano andJohn Capellaro for helping us get this dream of a home.
We really love working with our hands and these projects not only represent home improvements, but craftsmanship filled with love and purpose. For those who don’t know Wayne, his dream is to have a fixer upper home. He’s happiest when working with his hands.
Whether it’s designing the entryway bench or woodworking on the walnut coffee table or out in our community garden tending to the persimmon tree–he builds things and grows food with joy, intention, and purpose.
Over the next few months you better believe we’ll be channeling Chip and Joanna Gaines. One thing we know for sure–we have our work cut out for us. It’s just the beginning. Handling a fixer upper will be a process–it’ll be messy, it’ll take work, we’ll be tired and sore, the dollars will add up quickly, and can get downright frustrating at times. However, we’ll learn a lot and we’ll get to make this home our very own. Ready for this epic of projects!
We’ve officially sold our condo! It was on the market for less than a day before we accepted an offer. I loved our first home together and just had to document it with a farewell home tour.
In the home tour, keep your eyes peeled for our DIY projects and Wayne’s creations:
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There were so many magical memories associated with buying our first home several years ago. I remember we got our keys and moved in the week before getting married. (Boy, was that a whirlwind of a week!) Two huge steps to real adulthood–Mortgage & Lifelong Commitment.
We love our home. It’s our favorite place to be–with people we love.
God has really blessed us with this place to call our first home and given us the opportunity to share this space with loved ones. We’ve cooked countless holiday feasts and shared intimate meals, held meetings for groups we serve with, adopted our first dog to bring home, played bed and breakfast for family during our wedding, and even had as many as six people stay in our 2-bedroom condo. Our home was like a retreat for many.
Even though we bought new, over the years we loved having little home improvement projects to really make it our own. We installed our own subway tile in the kitchen (a recap post on that to come), built pull out drawers in the large kitchen cabinet (see photos below), created shelving and a shoe rack in the once empty pantry, and built out a fully customized walk-in master closet. We really love working with our hands and these projects not only represented home improvements, but craftsmanship filled with love and purpose.
Trying out new woodworking techniques is always a highlight. So when one of our friends mentioned that she was looking for a charcuterie board, we jumped at the opportunity to build one since we’ve never made one before. It gave us a chance to make something for our friends that will (hopefully) last a lifetime as well as try out new woodworking techniques.
The three main considerations in cutting board design are shape, material, and grain orientation.