Before I chose design as a career, I very seriously considered becoming a psychologist – a fact that, if you’re a regular reader of FOXY OXIE, is probably quite evident in nearly every post.
I can get pretty
anal analytical about details.
I even took a few psychology classes in college, but that dream quickly turned into a nightmare when I began studying abnormal psychology and reading up on the various psychological disorders out there – only to realize I may just have a few.
Case in point: The other day I found myself researching OCD behaviors to once and for all settle the question of whether or not I have obsessive compulsive disorder.
I know – the Internet can be so handy sometimes, right?
Why the candid confession, you ask?
Well, you see, I’ve been wanting to share the progress on the bungalow stucco exterior for quite a while – nearly three weeks, to be exact – but every time I stopped by the house to take some photos of the updates, I would try one angle and another – to no avail. All that unfinished business around the house exterior drove me and my OCD-ladden brain bonkers.
So today – more than anything else – is an exercise in kicking OCD in the butt.
Behold, the renovated exterior! Just a few painting touch-ups left to complete around the windows and door frames, but other than that, the stucco is finished – and boy, does it look fantastic, wouldn’t you agree?
That twilight gray – literally the exact name of the color – is oh-so-dreamy. I just picture all of the contemporary landscaping I plan to do around the yard, and the mere thought of succulent gardens, concrete walkways and gorgeous pergolas makes my heart flutter.
Do you remember what this house used to look like?
Well, here it is, in all of its “BEFORE” glory, when we first “fell in love” with it. It was quite the charmer, no?
And here it is after we cleared away the poison ivy that had staked claim on the front yard.
I know – “disgusting” doesn’t even begin to describe it, which is why these progress photos are all the more satisfying.
Here it is in the beginning stages of the stucco installation, all eager and full of potential.
And voila, the end results:
I want to end today’s post with the following slightly unrelated, two-part question: 1) Do any of you deal with OCD? And what do you think about our new stucco exterior?
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This is an AMAZING transformation! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out…
Thanks Kristine! Paint is definitely a miracle-worker! Do you have any paint-related home improvement projects in the works for spring? I ask because I’m working with an international paint company on a painting post and will be giving away FREE PAINT to one of my readers in a soon-to-come post! Stay tuned! XO
Oh my stars!!! What a transformation!! I love the color. I cannot wait to see what it looks like once the landscaping and final touches are done. Thank you so much for sharing all of this and “kicking your OCD in the butt” for us!
Thank you so much for your sweet words, Sara! I hope you found the drastic transformation encouraging in your own journey to reach your goals and big, wild dreams! XO
WOW this transformation so far is incredible!!! Can’t wait to see how this project continues to grow.
Thank so much, S! Can’t wait to show you more! :)
Wow, the house looks amazing!
Thank you, Elana! :)
Oh my goodness, wow! Your house has come a long way :) You should be so proud of the progress!
I also struggle with OCD. It can make blogging so difficult. Good for you for doing a post that puts you outside of your comfort zone!
Oh, I am definitely proud of the progress – just have a difficult time moving past details that aren’t “just so.” Thank you for your sweet words, and I hope you found the drastic transformation encouraging in your own journey to reach your goals and big, wild dreams! XO
Wow, this is an amazing transformation so far!!
Thank you Alex! :)
I was wondering the other day how things were coming along! The transformation is already amazing. I am kind of the same with OCD…you are not alone!
Thank you SO MUCH, Bella! Your sweet words are so encouraging! I hope you found the transformation somewhat encouraging in your own struggle with OCD! XO
Love following along with this project! It is looking amazing!
Thank you, Cristina! Things are happening waaaaay too quickly around here, so I’ll be sharing a ton more updates soon! XO
Oh my gosh! Wow! What a difference! It looks amazing.
Thank you Tiffany! :)
I am so OCD when it comes to home decor, but it looks so cozy!
Thanks Kayleigh! I hope you found the transformation somewhat encouraging in your own journey to reach your goals and big, wild dreams! XO
I love love love following along with the progress on your bungalow! And, I think those are all great shots of the house, but I can totally understand wanting to have something just the way you like it! I can’t wait to see what comes next with your precious bungalow!
Aww, thank you SO MUCH, Tiffani! Your encouraging words mean so much to me! Unfortunately it’s not even a matter of having things how I like it; I just get hung up on details that aren’t “just so” without really knowing what “just so” is… OCD is somewhat akin to shooting for the stars but not knowing where to aim, but I do hope you found the transformation somewhat encouraging in your own journey towards your goals and big, wild dreams! XO
Wow it looks so different but so good!
I absolutely can’t wait to see the rest of the updates.
Haha, don’t worry, there’s still a lot of landscaping and decorating left to do on the exterior, so hopefully the end result won’t look so “different!” :)) I’m working on a post on my contemporary landscaping plans, which should paint a better picture of how the house will ultimately look.
What an awesome transformation! The bungalow looks great so far!
Thanks Anna! :)