1.26.2016

our home updates

There's been a little radio silence around here on the home front. I haven't felt like there have been enough changes to warrant a post, but I want to keep y'all updated as we go. We are plugging away at this little fixer upper here and there—just trying to make a dent in the big changes the house needs. And by "we," I really just mean Brandon. There's so little I can do since I can't lift much or breath in any sort of fumes from paint, etc. It's been driving me crazy to be so worthless, but he has been doing a great job of picking up the slack. A lot of the things he has done are so not fun—like building a drainage system in the yard, fixing up his shop out back. Fun things for him, though! This house is certainly a labor of love and although it's not always pretty, we are so happy to be here. It feels like home and we are loving being in the heart of town vs. out in the suburbs like we were before. It's convenient and that is so valuable to us.




I also want to mention that nothing—literally nothing we've done so far is perfect. It's just little temporary changes so that we don't go crazy waiting for the big things to happen. For example, this room needs some major brightening up. 


We added furniture and that helped a little.



Ultimately, we want to add some doors to the outside in this room, change the wall color, sheetrock the ceiling (it's wood now), maybe even change the siding although I don't hate paneling, and even though we'd love to change the flooring completely, we are going to try and just paint it a light grey first. 

We also decided to paint the fireplace and that made a big difference.




It's amazing how just changing that mantle color made it so much brighter in the room. We are trying to decide whether to paint the beams or just freshen them up with some sanding and stain. Painting the floor is next and I can't wait to see that change. I hope it brightens up the room because it's still SO DARK.

We also painted the front door and added this Michael Healy brass door knocker.


I'll show before and afters on that once we paint the trim, etc. Meanwhile, our guest room looks like this.


All of baby's things are in there right now while Brandon paints the room and has the ceilings slicked.

I did take on one little project and spiffed up this sewing machine/table that my great aunt gave me. I changed the hardware and seat cushion on it last year when I received it, but finally decided to paint it white. 



We are finishing up the design plans for our kitchen right now, so more on that to come soon. I think that will make the biggest difference in the house. The floors, cabinets, window, ceiling—literally everything is being demolished. Here's where she stands now. The refrigerator and dishwasher are new and we will be keeping those. 


Notice the cabinets on the bottom don't even shut all the way, which proves to be extra convenient for Winston, as that's the cabinet where his food and treats are stored. He just lets himself in. This kitchen creaks and has interesting smells. I cannot wait for demo day.

And just so that I can end on a few photos that aren't so terrible! This is the front living room. I really don't mind the grey walls at all, but those will be changed soon I hope. I have found that color on the walls is just not a favorite for me personally—I love it in other people's homes, though, and really wanted it to work here. I think it's because I picked all of this furniture after our walls were white/grey in the last house—and now it just seems like too much to me with the pigmented walls.

Meanwhile we are still curtainless! We tried to install our West Elm drapes and rods, but they literally shrunk five inches after we followed the care instructions on the labels. Might replace them, might just do plantation shutters, might just leave it as it is for a while.



So that's where we are now on the home front. A lot lot to do, but we are plugging away! 

45 comments:

  1. I love a good fixer upper! I can't wait to see more home updates. Have you thought about painting the brick fireplace to white instead? I think that would brighten up the room a little more :)

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    1. We have! In fact, we were originally planning on whitewashing the brick, but then put those plans on hold once the mantel was done. Since we are painting the floors a light color and the walls white, we thought the exposed original brick might be a nice contrast. So we are going to make the ultimate decision on whether to keep the brick as is or paint it once the floor and walls are painted. :)

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    2. Yay! Can't wait to see how the floors turn out :)

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  2. Everything looks so good so far! I'd also paint the brick on the fireplace white and I'd paint the beams on the ceiling. Can't wait to see your kitchen plans!

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    1. Ok girls, now y'all have me thinking! Brandon is going to hate coming home tonight when I give him more projects, haha!

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  3. I love all the white! I agree- I'd paint the fireplace and the beams. The more white the better, especially on the ceiling.

    Emma | Seeking the South

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    1. I feel the same way, the more white the better! :)

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  4. I love the walls in your living room. It goes so well with your furniture...this may sound terrible, but I don't wash our drapes...I'm always so scared they'll shrink!

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    1. Not terrible! I doubt they need cleaning often, if at all. I normally don't wash ours, but we decided why not freshen them up before packing them up for the move. The care instructions said washable. Well, they aren't apparently!

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  5. Where oh where did you get your sweet pineapple door decor from? I am in LOVE!

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    1. Thanks! My brother got it for me for Christmas and I am in love, too. It's by Michael Healy: http://bit.ly/1QqErlJ

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  6. Loving all the progress. I can't wait to see the finished product. The cabinets and flooring remind me of my grandparent's patio home which we hope to renovate one day. It is hard to imagine it any different so I am looking forward to seeing what you do!

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  7. Megan, it all looks so beautiful! I love the natural light everywhere – so nice. I love the contrast of the beams / fireplace. Go girl!!

    Annie Reeves

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  8. What sofas do you have in the den? Love the white!! Excited to see what you do in the kitchen and hope you're able to recommend a good contractor after everything is completed. We're finishing up a bathroom on James Island but I need someone to come in and make plans for our kitchen/living. Picking tile is easy, making engineering plans for a kitchen gut blows my mind!

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  9. I'd take a peek at the cover of Country Living right now (on Elements of Style today). The fireplace is painted white and the beams left natural which seems to warm it up a bit. Just a thought. It looks great so far!

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  10. Hi! I was wondering where you got the couches in the first picture (and the leopard pillow)!?

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    1. They are from Rooms to Go! They are from the Cindy Crawford Home Beachside Natural collection. The leopard pillow was a Homegoods find. :)

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  12. It’s coming along great Megan! I would actually not paint the beams on the ceiling, keep those natural and just paint the brick on the fireplace! Love the progress so far!

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    1. You know, I've been thinking about this all day and I agree with you! Once the floor is painted too, I think the beams will be a nice, natural contrast. Thank you! :)

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  13. Megan, it looks amazing! the before and after just with the mantle is incredible! I envision it as such a cozy family space, especially once the little one arrives! Also, droooooling over that door knocker. Makes me want to replace our glass front door all together! ;-)

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  14. It looks so great! I love the light and bright that you have gotten in there so far! Those beams are SO fabulous! I would maybe sand and do a lighter stain? The contrast would be so fabulous! I can't wait to see the new kitchen when it's all done!

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  15. Love your post! We bought a fixer upper for convenient location, so I feel your pain! It is so worth it though when you make changes and can see the creative impact you make on a space. Can't wait to see more progress! Oh, and I ADORE the brass door knocker!!

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  16. It looks beautiful! What kind of plant is that in your living room? We recently renovated an older house and literally everything is white/cream/pale gray, so I think some greenery would be beautiful in our living room. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! It's a Fiddle Leaf Fig. :)

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    2. Love your decor style! Where did you find the Fiddle Leaf Fig? I've been looking for one around Charleston but haven't had any luck yet!

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  17. Loving it ALL! Looking forward to the rest of the updates - small and large, alike! I have to agree with all of those who recommended painting the beams white - and possibly the brick, too! Sorry, Brandon! 😩

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  18. I think painting the fireplace made the biggest/best difference! I don't hate the paneling. It might not be perfect but it reminds of shiplap (that thing Joanna Gaines is always talking about) so to me, it looks good! Come style my house pretty please?!

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  19. wow the fireplace looks SO different painted white, i love it! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  20. Loving it ALL! Looking forward to the rest of the updates - small and large, alike! I have to agree with all of those who recommended painting the beams white - and possibly the brick, too! Sorry, Brandon! 😩

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  21. Love the freshening up you've done so far!! Do you happen to know the current color on the walls??

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    1. I just found out! It's Sherwin Williams Gray Screen. :)

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  22. Looks fantastic! I was wondering what type of paint you used on the fireplace and if you could comment on the technique at all (eg: did you strip the old stain, did you use brush, etc?) Thank you!

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    1. We just used flat interior paint! No special technique - didn't even sand it. :) We used Sherwin Williams Decorator White.

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    2. You know what, we did prime it first! I forgot about that.

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  23. Where did you get your Fiddle Leaf Fig? I love the look of it and have been tempted to buy one but they price range seems to be all over the place and I am reading they are not the easiest to care for. Have you had any trouble? You house looks wonderful, btw!

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    1. We found it at a nursery in Charlotte, NC called Pike's, I believe. They have them at family owned nurseries quite often. Ours was about $125 for reference - they can get very pricey!! The small ones there (about 3ft tall) were $30. They are a little tough to care for and we've definitely had a time with this one - thought we lost it a few times, but it always comes back. They like a little water - not too much and not too little. I think we give it about 32 oz per week, but if the soil feels damp at all when we go to water it - we skip the watering until it feels completely dry. They like natural light and don't like to be under a fan or a vent! I have no green thumb at all, but that's just what I've observed. There are tons of blogs out there that have great care instructions for them. :)

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    2. Just saw this! No need to respond to my earlier comment about where you got the plant.. Thanks! :)

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  24. Think about painting the bottom of the fireplace white as well! I did to mine and you wouldn't believe how much bigger it looks!!

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  25. Love it! were you able to request all neutral pillows with the sofa purchases at rooms to go?! I am not liking the accent pillow options, and see your pillows match! Thank you!!

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    1. The sofa comes with two of the neutral pillows to begin with, but then you get to choose two accent pillows. I ordered in the store and there, they will allowed me to make my "accent pillows" the same exact fabric as the natural ones. The fabric on all four pillows on the sofa is exactly the same as the sofa itself. :)

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  26. I love the changes!! Looks amazing!! I'm hoping to update my apartment in the spring!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  27. Living through a home reno right now so I feel your pain! Are you replacing the tile in the kitchen with hardwood or a different tile? If it's a different tile, I would love to know what you're thinking! I'm trying to decide what tile floor will go with our white shaker cabinets and butcher block countertops.. Thanks!

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  28. I'm living through a reno now so I feel your pain! Are you replacing your kitchen floors with a different tile or going with hardwood? We have to have tile in our kitchen so I'm trying to decide what to use, would love to know what you're considering! Thanks!
    Jane

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  29. Love it! Could you tell me where you found your glass top coffee table?

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