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!