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Thursday, January 18, 2018

We Bought a House!

belfast maine victorian house

Y'all. We finally did it. We bought a house.


Spencer and I had been scouring real estate websites for probably a year, and even though I knew we could buy a house, I didn't think we actually would. I guess that was because I was trying to not to get my hopes up so that I wouldn't be disappointed if/when something went wrong. Even when I e-mailed the realtor to schedule a tour, I didn't feel excited because I didn't think anything would come of it. We toured the house in late October, then again in early December. The day after the second tour, we put in an offer and it was accepted by the next morning.

The house is a Victorian style and was built in 1890. It definitely needs some work, though overall it's pretty solid. Minus the questionable, outdated cosmetic choices that the previous owners made, this house is beautiful and I can't wait to turn it into my dream house. Speaking of, does anyone know how to install a revolving bookshelf that leads to a secret passageway? Juuust kidding. Kind of.

maine victorian homeThe house is pretty big for just the two of us, but we'll definitely grow into it. No, I'm not talking about kids. It's just that I've been renting for so long that I'm constantly getting rid of things so that moving is easier for me and I have very few pieces of furniture-- most of it is from IKEA. I'm really looking forward to buying end tables that aren't from the LACK collection. Not to mention, a good portion of my belongings have been boxed up for years because I didn't have room for them in my rental home.

One of my favorite things about this house is the location. It's on one of my favorite streets and it's only a 10 minute walk to heart of downtown. I've been living in the middle of nowhere for the past few years which has made me very dependent on my car and I've missed being close to stores and restaurants. It's going to be so nice to live in such a walkable area.


I meant to be take more "before" pictures but I didn't really have time. We drove straight from the closing back to the house and immediately started ripping wallpaper down. I didn't want to look at it for another second. The striped wallpaper practically fell off, amazingly, but the floral wallpaper took days to steam and peel off. We used a Wagner wallpaper steamer, which was great because it didn't require any chemicals. Then we used Zinsser primer and sometime this week we're going to paint the previously wallpapered rooms.

I also already painted the downstairs bathroom "Rooftop Garden" by Behr and our bedroom "Ethereal White," also by Behr. However, with all of our paint we used Behr colors but Benjamin Moore Scruff-X satin formulas. There's no real reason behind that other than that I didn't want to drive nearly an hour to the place that sells Behr paint when I could get Benjamin Moore paint right down the street.

maine victorian house

We have been working non-stop since we bought the house and to say that I'm exhausted would be an understatement. Pretty much everything needs to be painted, we have some flooring to rip out and replace, we're replacing pretty much every appliance...and the list goes on. The stress from all of that seems like nothing compared to the peace of mind that I have now that I own a house and don't have to deal with renting anymore.


So what's going to change on Poppyseeder? I'm glad you asked! You bet your buns I'm going to be documenting any and all home renovations and improvements, you may have already seen some on my Instagram stories. I really can't wait to post more in-depth updates here, but I am just so darn tired so this is it for now. I'm off to go paint or sand something!

Do you live in an older home? Is there anything you wish you had known before moving in? Any home renovation tips for me? 
6 comments on "We Bought a House! "
  1. That sounds so exciting. I would also love to find a great home this year!

    Just a ten minutes walk to downtown sounds so great! I remember when I lived in a village, it was sometimes really annoying to be dependant on a car: always finding a spot to park the car, not having a drink with the friends, etc.

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    1. Exactly! It certainly didn't help that I hate driving 😅

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  2. Congrats on getting a new house! I'm so happy for you! Can you please please get a bookshelf that goes into a secret passage? That would be so cool! Congrats again, wishing you all the best in this fixer upper. I really look forward to seeing future pictures of your house on your blog and also on your instagram xxx

    Melina | www.ivefoundwaldo.com

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    1. Thank you 🤗 An ad actually popped up on my Instagram for a company that makes bookshelf doors, so that may become a reality someday!

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  3. Omg, this is so exciting. I'm so happy for you! You're living my dream right now. I'm so in love with old homes (I grew up in one) and have such a thing for GLASS DOOR KNOBS...OMG. When the day comes for me to buy my dream home, it will definitely have to have glass door knobs. And I hear ya on the secret passageway thing. I'm such a Nancy Drew nerd so the idea of a secret room or tunnel excites me so much. I hope you can find out some of the history of your house, if you haven't already!

    I can't wait to follow along on your new adventure! :)

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    1. Thank you 😊 This house was in the previous owner's family till we bought it, but the only information they really gave us was that the room that is my office on the second floor used to be the kitchen 🤷 We're definitely going to do some more digging, though!

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