The other great event today was that a friend related to that website where people in my town give away things for free, which is fantastic if you can't really afford to spend money right now, and love upcycling something someone else is ready to move on from. One man's trash and all that.
Today, I was gifted a giant llama painting (it's probably from HomeGoods, or something like that, and Llama Destroys The World" that I found last year, and have read so many times, I have parts of it memorized. For some reason, I always picture it being read in Phil Harman's voice- I don't know why, just the way he pronounces "a's" seems right for this story. E. and R. also delight int he story of a llama who eats so much cake, he tears his dancing pants (which make his butt look groovy) and thus causes a rip in the galaxy that swallows up the world. I didn't say it made sense.
|Llama in the front hallway before|
he migrated to E's bedroom wall.
Anyway, this all flashed through my head, and of course, we needed the painting. It is now hanging on E's wall. I also gifted out a bunch of books, and am excited to go through what else we would normally put into a garage sale, but for now, would just give away to declutter our place. I also received a sectional couch (which we're going to use to stage my friend's house and then move to our basement family room), and an adorable sign about being home (also to be used for staging, then to live above the doorway in the kitchen).
We are almost done with painting. It feels like we're almost to the finish line on this house, with the counters coming next week, and the bathroom glazing set for Wednesday and Thursday. Today I put another coat on the windows in the bathrooms, and finished painting the bathroom cabinet doors. It's extremely satisfying to see the transformation, and remember where it was just a month ago.
I can't wait to be able to post before and after pictures. Jeff and I have decided this should be one way he markets himself as an agent- as someone who can help a homeowner get the most out of their place by investing a little bit of time, money, and elbow grease. Not quite flipping, but doing the things that will give his clients the best return on investment when you need to sell. It's a smart decision, and we'll see what the numbers say when all is said and done on this one!