You know those people on House Hunters who won’t stop yapping about that “turn-key ready” house that they want? You know, the ones who gasp at that the thought of having to so much as re-paint a bedroom or, heaven forbid, rip out some old wall-to-wall carpeting? Well, I’ve always made fun of those people, and if you’re reading this blog, chances are you like getting your hands dirty and you make fun of them too. The thought of not wanting to do a single thing to the house you’re trying to make your new home is a bit foreign to me and would never be the case for us, in fact, we wanted a fixer upper that we could make our own. And while I will still to continue to enjoy poking fun at those “move-in ready” house hunters, I will say that I am starting to understand, just for one split second, the appeal of a house with less of a to-do. Shhh!
This whole house renovation business is an interesting one and as a first time fixer upper of my own new house I’m learning to except the, often times, slow moving, scattered and chaotic process we’re calling progress around here. More and more lately is seems like there’s so much to do and so little time to do it (this whole darkness at 8PM thing isn’t helping much!) but we are learning to accept and enjoy all of the little bits of progress here and there, and this week, happiness came in the form of a new mailbox. With Fall weather fast approaching, we realize that we won’t be able to do much, as far as the exterior of the house goes, until next year but a new mailbox was a quick enough fix, that we could handle in just a few hours, that would make a big difference when it came to curb appeal.
The the old mailbox was very sad. Imagine sticking a big old frowny frace right on the front of your house. That’s what that old, brown, wonky mailbox was like. Definitely not the feeling you want when you get home, right!?
From its sad, weather-stained post to its bad posture and peeling numbers, nothing was working with this mailbox. It wobbled every time it was opened and wasn’t doing our front yard any favors. I just wanted something simple and classic and, get this, straight! Is that really too much to ask!?Much better! It feels like a breath of fresh air every time I pull into the driveway. So, for a trip to Lowe’s, under $75, and a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, we turned that house frown upside down! (Too cheesy? Whatever, it’s almost Friday.)
Easy peasy! Because sometimes it’s really just the little things. Have you made any quick updates around your house lately?