Thanks to my mom, some of the renovating has already begun. We are sending her the money and she is going to spruce things up for us by painting and redoing some of the floors. She has already pulled up the carpet in Tammy's Room and in the room we are putting together for when we are chosen by a birthmom and have a baby placed with us. Underneath those ugly pink carpets were hardwood floors. We are going to cover them with laminate hardwoord though. For 2 reasons, 1, we don't want my mom to have to go to the trouble of refinishing the floors. She would need to sand them down and then restain and revarnish them. That is a lot of work. Frankly, we already feel bad that she is doing what she doing and don't feel good about asking her to do more. Also something you have to understand about my mom is that she thrives on having projects to do. She renovated her entire house top to bottom by herself. Now that she is done with her house she has been itching for a new project. So she asked if it was o.k. if she tackled these projects so that when we get there we can just move right in. The other reason we are covering these with laminate hardwood floors is that our dog doesn't like actual hardwood. He is o.k. with laminate, but the hardwood for some reason he is afraid to walk on.
We aren't redoing the flooring in the family room or the living room yet. Those will be carpet and we need to be there to pick it out. So we'll do that later down the road. Once we get there we will refinish the cabinets in the kitchen. Why you ask? Well, cause they now look like this:
You can't see it too well, but the cabinets, while in good shape structually are scruffed up. So we are just going to sand them and restain them. We are also going to redo the countertops because tile countertops aren't what you want when you decorate cakes and bake a lot. So those will be replaced too. And since we know how to do the work ourselves we just need the supplies. Wish us luck!