December 2016

Home Renovation- the side no one shows you….

I’ve always heard people say that they would never LIVE through a home renovation again. I never really understood that until recently. I was all over here like “What’s the big deal? A few days worth of dust and not being able to use your stuff?” That’s no big deal!

This is how I feel about that today….


^I look like a train wreck because….well, read below!!!

So while DIY and home updates look fun, I’m here to tell you that they are anything but! They are well worth it in the end….but living it is another story

We are in the process of having our entire downstairs flooring redone. When we bought the house, it had carpet all throughout….Well, we have FOUR dogs. Carpet wasn’t going to fly. Mr. McMay and I had carpet in our house in Illinois and I spent every Sunday with my carpet cleaner because the dogs would pee on it…not cool. Literally, Riley would come in from outside and would pee. on. the. carpet. After that, I said no more…

On top of the flooring, it was in the inspection that all the faucets in all the bathrooms were leaking. That’s a fairly cheep inexpensive fix…. We bought faucets on black Friday for less than $25 each!   We got them home….and realized we had bought these:

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And all of our counter tops were designed for these:

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There was no way to make it work with the current counters because the holes didn’t match up. The separate pieces faucets cost $150+…That wasn’t going to work either! New countertops it is! Or so we thought. After measuring the counter tops to get sizes for the new ones, we quickly realized they were custom sizes….which means custom sized prices….EEK! So, we ripped out the cabinets and bought new vanities. Where do you stop the bleeding!?!?!?!!

So, all that to say that currently, we have no sinks in any bathroom because they are all being replaced. Also, a random sink in our laundry room that is waiting to be installed.

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We are using the toilet in the half bathroom since the toilets are all removed to install the floors….and the sink in the kitchen. We are all sharing the shower in the master bathroom because the other shower is holding toilets…


We have no doors on anything because it makes installing floors easier…


Try telling a two year old that the solid wood door is not for playing because it will land on you and hurt you!!!

Because the master bedroom is getting new floors, we haven’t been able to move any of our stuff in. Evan and I are living out of bags out in the garage….the running joke at work this week is “at least you have clothes on!” because I cannot find ANYTHING.

Evan and I are sleeping on a mattress in the boy’s room because we can’t find the screws to the bed…we still have a ton of stuff at the other house that Sheri and I have to get out today.


We haven’t been able to organize the playroom because it is storage for all the doors


The stairs are a serious hazard….

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These bookshelves? Yea, they are holding all the stuff that needs to go to our room but can’t yet because the floors can’t be walked on.


Random boxes and carpeting in the middle of the room


I always forget this tidbit about moving….your kitchen ALWAYS looks like this until you get your stuff put away. No matter how hard you try, when you are doing any sort of project, the kitchen is a disaster.


We have random buckets of paint just waiting to be used….


And last but not least….I got the genius idea to try to install the dryer myself. Since the house is old, it still uses the three prong plug for the dryer instead of the four prong. Evan asked me to get a new plug while at Walmart, which I did. Once I got home, I decided I didn’t want to wait for him to get home from gymnastics to fix the plug…How hard could it be, she said. It’s just a simple cord, she said…. I got the screw driver out and removed the old plug. At this point, I thought it would be a good idea to make sure that the plug matched up to the outlet (WHAT?!). I took the plug and brought it up to the outlet. I didn’t even plug it in….just got a little too close and BAMMMMMMMM!!!! Sparks flew, there was a bright flash, I yelled, and dropped everything I was holding. I checked to make sure I was ok….I was, but the Carly I was wearing, not so much.


I promptly sent a picture to Sheri and Evan and the first response wasn’t OMG ARE YOU OK?! It was “OMG WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!” haha typical.


And, the plug…..


Word to the wise, folks. When you are working on electricity, don’t try to get an unattached plug near a live outlet….it’s similar to not keeping the prongs seperated on jumper cables after you hook them up on one side….it never ends well.


But hey, at least our floors look AWESOME! It sounds like we should be able to move our stuff in today….stay tuned for more pics soon!!!



Wow, thinking that living through renovations could be a breeze….that was ignorant of me. This is what it REALLY looks like….not what PINTEREST makes it look like. We are so used to the pretty “before and after” pictures…no one ever shares the real life “in the process” ones. So here ya go, my messy house for your full viewing pleasure!!!



House Update!!!

Hey there, lovely folks! The McMay’s here FINALLY have some good news about our housing update! WE ARE MOVING!!!!

Here’s the deal:

We were initially supposed to close last month, before Thanksgiving but due to a poorly informed real estate agent (not ours, of course) we had a few set backs. The agent left the inspection for the home on the MLS site which was then found by the appraiser. Since we were trying to go with an FHA loan, the appraiser was then requiring about $10,000 in repairs. We are eventually going to make these repairs after we moved in but were unwilling to do them until the house was ours….and the sellers wouldn’t do them. We are buying this house AS-IS, after all….it is a fixer upper!!!

Several of you have reached out and told us how much you love our blog and keeping up with our story! We LOVE to hear this so please feel free to drop us a line any time!

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On this blog, we plan to post about life with the McMays and our DIY projects we are completing on our TOTAL fixer upper house.

Below is what we are starting with!

Entry way to the house with formal dining room directly off of it. We plan to use this space for our office!

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Pretty much needs gutted but we will wait on that for a bit!

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Living room:

This and the backyard is what sold us on the house. I mean, LOOK at the mantle….and those cathedral ceilings! This room is even more grand in person!!!

So far, we have completely ripped up the carpet and flooring in the downstairs. Our tile guy is installing wood look tile in the whole downstairs living areas. You can see some progress below.


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Back of the living room has built ins.

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Upstairs landing. This is the kiddos playroom….complete with a gun case. Maybe we need to get some Nerf rifles to put in there!!!


Outside of the house:

The backyard is what pretty much sold us on this home. The backyard is HUGE. The home is on a culdesac so the lot is massive. We love to be outside and so do our kids so we wanted a space we could all enjoy. I can’t WAIT for it to stop raining so we can get it all set up!!!

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Upstairs Jack and Jill type bathroom. Who puts carpeting under a toilet? That is just SICK!

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As many of you know, our dear Cooper is a fence jumper….We’re talking SIX FOOT fences, he just clears them…We need to make sure this thing is STURDY. Under all that ivy is a completely rotted fence. Mr. McMay cleared this out and redid the fence on that side. Gosh, we’re glad he is handy!

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Look at all that flooring! Ready to be installed…oh and a close up of the super cool map!

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Master Bedroom:

Again….CARPET in the baño?! We ripped all that out, too!

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As y’all can see, we have our work cut out for us….Luckily, progress is being made! We hope to have some updates for you already by the end of the week!!!


Stay tuned!


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