I am so excited today to be able to give you a little tour of all the work we've been doing here in our little corner of the universe. Grab a cup of coffee and a comfy spot on the couch, because here we go...
Welcome to our home!!!!! We mowed the lawn just for you!!
If you're new around here, the story on our sweet little home is that we closed on the same day we came home from the hospital with our second baby. And, because we're masochists, to say that it wasn't "move-in ready" would be like saying Kim Kardashian put on a little weight during her pregnancy. Um... can we say understatement? It had nothing but giant messes and long to-do lists from floor to ceiling, in ever single nook and cranny.
To give you some perspective, Casey spent the first two weeks of our new son's life installing floors to even make it livable, because our new house didn't have any.
Believe me when I tell you: It was baaaaaddd.
So when you see the following photos, please remember how far we've come! We're only one year in, and because of a really tough delivery and the fact that newborns demand a lot of love, care and attention (darn them!), we didn't even get started with any fixing up projects until January.
First up: The Entry
All the wood throughout the house was original and in terrible shape. The entry boasted a gigantic mirror - like 10 feet tall - that created a trippy who's that in front of me? effect when you walked in the front door. This was the first room we started our home remodel.
All the moldings got a fresh coat of white, as did the railings. We pulled off the baseboards throughout the house; we haven't exactly gotten around to putting them back yet.
So much better than a 10x8 mirror!
A little Logan photo bomb before we move on. He was very helpful to the picture taking process, in case you're wondering. I have such helpful children.
Someone had cut all the blinds, so they would go down but fall apart after that. We've replaced blinds on every single window throughout the house. Yowza.
There were a lot of colors happening in this room before - a yellow/beige, a dark brown, and then blue in the dining room. You can get a little taste for how all that intersected. And, the paint was shiny. Not sheen shiny, it actually had glitter in it. Little, sparkly nuggets, like a Stephanie Meyer vampire. Ick.
As you can see, we haven't yet pulled out the big ladder to address the really high stuff. Once that happens, this room will get some high molding to cover the seam and the color from the dining room will come across that partial wall all the way to the ceiling.
That grey fireplace, dark wood, wooden mantel. And, of course, who could do without the sparkly yellow/beige paint? What a great room!
First step was painting that mantel, and taking out the hearth underneath That sucker had to go in the name of avoiding bumps and cuts by small children who don't pay attention to where they put their feet.
It looks like we haven't done a ton of work in this room, but honestly there's been a lot of work to even get it into fighting shape. A lighter color on the walls, new blinds, new entertainment system... now we can layer in all the other stuff that will take it to the next level.
Casey installed those lights, and lights around the entertainment system, because this room was in complete darkness.
The purple room! Floor to ceiling - including the ceiling! - purple. Of course, the first thing I did was to spill paint on our brand new carpet while painting the ceiling. Go figure.
I have to admit that I'm not overly thrilled with how this room turned out. It was the very first room we did, because I wanted Logan to be able to move into a completed room when he was about 3 months old. I think I needed to live with the space before trying to decorate it, but cest la vie.
Notice it's still not quite done? Yeah... Logan will be moving out sometime in the next 6-9 months, so it seemed silly to invest a ton of time in this space. We'll see what happens with it when we get around to #3.
Leah's room doesn't really have any befores... more like durings.
|Ahhh, good times. Like 8 days postpartum.|
Again, this space will likely be changing in the next year, because Leah has decided that she wants to live with Logan. Stay tuned... I see a bunk bed in our future.
Last and totally least, my least favorite room in the house:
The pink room. Shudder.
Ahhh, that's better!
We haven't even touched the master bedroom; it's currently the home of anything and everything junk-related that didn't have another place to live. Including several boxes that are only partially unpacked - a year later. Being on top of things is really important to us here in our house.
So there it is! Our home, and a year's worth of fixing up. There is certainly more work to do, but we love the way our home is coming along! We'll post some additional information in a while, but please feel free to let us know if you have any questions in the mean time.
Thanks for checking us out!