Unexpected Renovations {Motivation Monday}


The last 10 days of my life have been most definitely the most stressful of my entire existence. Last Wednesday, our sewer line heading out of our house clogged and backed up all of the outgoing water into our first floor and basement. You can read more here:/

As you can see, I have been fairly non-existent in this space for the last week. My husbands family was visiting so we were spending some time together (in the zone of destruction) but I have also had a lot on my plate with a house that is in complete distress, needing some unexpected renovations!

I feel partially bad about saying that these were the most stressful 10 days of my life. On one hand I consider myself extremely lucky for this being the most stressful. I would imagine anything having to do with the health of my children would be far worse and the one thing I can say about this incident is that everyone was completely safe and healthy the whole time. I also feel bad because though it has been really incredibly devastating in a lot of ways (my husband’s recording studio – one that he worked long and hard on was destroyed and most of our “living area” is no longer), it could be worse…it can always be worse.

We are now moving on and it is time to pick up the pieces. Though I would love to redo my home, this is quite unexpected. This brings me to a quality about myself that I am not always in love with…my indecisiveness. I have a picture in my head of exactly what I want BUT it will be SO incredibly hard for me to make that final decision and give it a go. I am going to need some help!

Let’s start with a tour of what got ruined and what our “plan” is for moving forward. Any and all suggestions welcome:)

The Entryway and Hallway


As you enter my home, what used to be hardwood flooring is now floorboards covered in canvas held together by fancy schmancy duct tape (courtesy of C). Here are the repairs that need to be made:

  • Replace flooring
  • Paint and replace baseboards
  • Possibly paint?

The Hall Closet


The hall closet (also hardwood) is now floorboard and will need to be re-floored. The good thing? Ben will now paint it white and we will finally be rid of every last bit of rose pink paint in our home!! YIPEE, {jump for joy}.
**side note: when we moved in 7 years ago, I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and our ENTIRE house was rose pink. Needless to say, it was all painted in 2 weeks (with the exception of the closet).

  • Replace flooring
  • Paint and replace baseboards
  • Paint the closet walls WHITE
  • Replace the damaged shoe organizer and possibly add some other form of organization.

Living Room


About 25% of the living room carpet was ruined so the re-mediators took up that amount. But we can’t just have 75% of a carpet so we will need to:

  • Replace carpet in the living room
  • Replace the damaged desk that held the computer

Powder Room


The scene of the crime. Totally ruined. Here’s the line-up:

  • Replace all flooring in the bathroom
  • Paint and replace baseboards
  • Replace toilet (either with old one or get a new one)
  • Replace the vanity
  • Paint the bathroom
  • New mirror in the bathroom (the old was not ruined but we are taking the opportunity to take it off and paint the whole wall)
  • New fixtures
  • New step stool for the kids because their other one was damaged.



Though there was no surface water in the kitchen, it crept under the floorboards and so some of the ceramic tile that was in there needed to be ripped out as well as one set of cabinets. The redo of this room is a bit more complicated because we were a few years away from attempting an entire kitchen overhaul which would have included ripping our existing island out, moving it, and replacing it with a breakfast bar style island. A little sooner than expected, but we are just going to go ahead with that part now.

  • Replace kitchen and pantry floor
  • Paint and replace baseboards
  • Pick up island and move electric
  • Get a new island either a pre-made one or custom made one
  • Look into cabinet re-facing



The poor recording studio:( Ben designed and finished this studio himself. Double drywall and insulation. Ruined! His equipment was all wet and potentially damaged (we are still in the process of checking it all). The one good thing was that there was no attached carpeting, just throw rugs down there.

  • We will be getting a contractor down there to walk us through some options as far as finishing goes. We will probably put this on the back burner until the projects upstairs get finished.

So, all in all we have a lot of work ahead of us. I will say that though I pin an awful lot, I haven’t actually tackled too many home DIY projects. Get ready for them because here they come:) And again, any and all advice appreciated!


About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I was so so sorry to see this…but in the long run it (maybe, hopefully?) will be a good story to tell…
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