A Hidden Letter

Hello! I have a super quick, easy and fun project if you are in the the midst of ripping down walls, replacing counters or any other rip-it-down-and-put-it-back-but-better projects.

If I was on top of my game, I would have thought of this idea before we had the counters installed.

Unfortunately, I am not.

I saw this idea on Young House Love a long time ago and decided to tweak it slightly since who knows who the next person to replace the counters in this house will be. It could be us in 30 years! Hopefully, by then I will have enough money to just have the Property Brothers (or their grandkids) come in and make all the decisions for me. Maybe it will be another young couple who buys the house and thinks “Holy crap those white quartz counters are atrocious we need to rip them out immediately”.

I won’t even be mad. I get it, future girl.

Fun idea- tuck a little note for the future homeowners (or next person to replace the counters) underneath them! Imagine finding it in 30 years!

Here’s the note I tucked beneath the counter so it rests between the top of a drawer and the counter. When installing our sink, they had to cut a notch in the side of the sink cabinet so I could easily tuck my note there. Ideally, you would want to do this before the counters get installed.

I sealed my note in an envelope and put it in a zippy bag for safe keeping. I included some information about us, as well as some interesting tidbits about the house that we gathered from the previous homeowner. Even if we are the ones who find the note in however many years, it will still be fun to see how much we have changed by then and reminisce about the house when we first moved in!

August 13, 2015

Hello! We are Maria and John. I’m guessing you are reading this because white quartz counters finally went out of style. I wonder what year it is! 

We bought this house in April 2014, got married that September and have been saving money for some major upgrades- like replacing the original laminate counters with white quartz, since then. You can imagine how exciting new counters are since you are getting “new” ones too!

The house was built in the 1970’s and had two previous owners before us. It was built by an architect who lived here until the 80’s. Then, it was bought by a very nice couple who lived here until we bought it in 2014. During this time, the laundry room area was covered and a pitched roof was added to the garage. We have big plans for this house, so there may be other major changes by the time you buy it!

We really love this house, the history and the uniqueness of it. We don’t have kids yet, but we do have a little rescue dog named Cannoli and two cats named Faust and Captain Crunch. There are some cats who live outside that I take care of, too.

I have a little hobby blog (are blogs still a thing?) called The Happy House Project- maybe it’s still going on in one way or another. I’ve been documenting the changes we’ve made to the house.

Anyway, we hope you and your family enjoy this house as much as we do. It’s truly a special place and we wish you many happy, healthy and laughter-filled years here! Happy renovating!

Maria and John

I also included our birthdays and the date we moved in since that would be something I would want to know if I found a mystery note.

I think I’ve been watching too much Criminal Minds.

Has anyone else hidden a note in a secret place or found a hidden note in their home?