The house is not 100% complete but our apartment lease ended September 30, so it was time to move, ready or not. Among the things still to finish: paint & caulk main floor base & case, finish upstairs casing where we ran out, paint & install interior doors, paint & carpet the stairs, paint the entryway crown, re-install living room crown (where the wall was cut back). It’s not a terrible amount of work and the house is definitely livable and cozy as is. My plan going forward is to obviously finish the big things but then switch to a room-by-room approach. Take one room each weekend and tackle all the little details that make a house a home. Things like coat hooks, rugs, curtains, decor, etc. Once that is finished it will probably be time to get started on the backyard … or the basement … haha. It’s never ending 🙂 And now, a room-by-room look at the changes as they stood on moving day.
Wow! I know we’ve been working since June but, man, all these pictures really show just how much work we’ve done. When I first walked into this house I was not impressed. The evening after our initial showing I told J: “Every inch needs work *sigh*” and sure enough we have worked on nearly every inch — and those inches we haven’t worked on yet are simply waiting for future time and funds. This house went from “meh” and “ick” to “Home Sweet Home”.
Going from a 990 sq ft apartment to a 2800 sq ft home is amazing! There is plenty of room for all our stuff — our materialistic, American, collection of stuff; plenty of room for little L — I don’t have to dodge landmines aka toys just to sit on the couch; plenty of room for friends and family — we don’t have to crowd into a tiny living room. The one down side of expanding our living space is that we don’t have enough furniture! We technically have the same number of seats as before but at least people aren’t sitting knee to knee anymore. And the basement is essentially empty except for storage. Little L’s playroom is mostly a room of toys without kid-sized furniture (here we come, Ikea!). The rug that used to fill our entire dining room/nook in the apartment is now a sized-too-small rug for the playroom — it looks so tiny!
I could go on and on about this house. I haven’t even touched on the exterior work yet. And I haven’t even started on about the neighborhood or our great neighbors! This is simply, hands down, a very good move (pun intended). Our future looks bright (not to be too cliche).
P.S. I promise we will host a housewarming once things are a little more settled and the big work is finished 🙂
I’m getting behind on posting. I’m sorry! All of this happened last weekend — it was such a huge transformation it’s a mystery why I forgot to post about it. But here we go. Paint colors for the main floor! If you recall, the swatches were revealed a few weeks ago in Paint Samples. We ended up not going with Sherwin Williams so we had to pick out paints again at Home Depot but since we already had the colors it was simple to just find a match. Let our paint transformation, main floor edition, begin!
J managed to paint the entryway ceiling with only himself and a ladder. I have no idea how he accomplished this in a 2-story entryway but it happened. And it looks great!
This isn’t the best picture of the dining room but here’s a mediocre before & after. It went from thickly textured yellow-beige to smooth brown. I think it’s a nice mature, calming color perfect for a family dining room. With dark walls and dark floors we’re going to have to be careful about furniture and decor so as to brighten the room, not make it even darker.
The living room went from thickly textured white to an interesting pale green. In some lights it looks avocado in others a light lime green. When we first started painting it on it looked really yellow-green. I called it “newborn poop” green. But as it dried it turned out to be more what we were looking for. I know it’s not for everyone but we like it. I just hope once our existing furniture and decor moves in that it all coordinates. I don’t have it in the budget to redo furniture and decor just yet!
The playroom is mostly the same Fennel Seed color as the living room. Being two connected rooms we wanted the same color to flow between them. I wanted to add a bit of a playful, fun feature to the playroom though. So we went with an accent wall. At first we went with Carraway Seed (Behr) which was two colors darker. The difference was so subtle that it basically looked like the same color wall just with a shadow. So we went back to Home Depot for Dash of Oregano which is four colors darker than Fennel Seed. And here you go! A for-sure accent wall, no doubts about it.
Also, we had to deal with the mess left behind from removing the chair rail (Paint: Main Floor). As you can see in the picture above, it turned out just fine. Close up you might be able to see somethings — if you know what to look for. Otherwise, it’s a perfectly plain wall again.
The kitchen was mostly cutting-in with all the little sections too small for the roller and around all the cabinetry. It was probably the most time consuming room (if you don’t count the repainting of the accent wall). It’s a fairly bold blue but J loves it. I think it will work out well once everything else comes together.
And last but not least. Here’s a shot of all the colors together. It was important to both J and I that all our color ideas fit together well so even though the main floor is colorful it still has a cohesive feel to it. I think we accomplished that goal.
Saturday was an errand day. We did get a little work done on the house (yard work and wired the sprinkler control box) but mostly we looked at paint and tile.
We spent a fair amount of time at Sherwin Williams looking at colors and types of paint. Even with 40% off it was still more expensive than we’ve seen elsewhere. It’s probably true that you get what you pay for but right now we’re trying to do this reno on a budget so we’ll go with bargain paint and update later as needed.
Here’s the color scheme we picked for the main floor.
I think they all look good together and are the light, slightly neutral colors we had envisioned. I’m concerned it might be too much green but J thinks it’ll be good so I’ll trust him. He did pick the house when I was hesitant, the entryway tile when I was hesitant, taking down the walls when I was hesitant. So he has a good track record. 🙂
We also pondered colors for the kids bath and selected this. Very light blue walls with a bright, playful vanity since it is for the kids. I’m not sold on this shade of berry red but this is generally the vision.
I’m excited to see everything start to come back together!