Reno Update

I haven’t been writing or providing updates on my house renovations that I was oh-so annoying about at the beginning, but I figured I should provide a bit of a break so people didn’t get sick of my obsessive color talk and 1980’s oak frustration. That being said, my husband and I have been busy!

So here’s whats been going on during the last little while…

A LOT of painting – Well the painting started with the formal living room that was initially navy and gold sponge painting; with three coats, we managed to get this room to a lovely white-grey, which I am slowly converting every room in the house too.

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Additionally, I removed our lovely serene lake wallpaper border, which somewhat represented the movie Secret Garden and painted over the pale baby blue walls with the same white-grey.

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Master Bedroom Before

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Master Bedroom After (still work in progress)

Finally, the our 3rd bedroom/office got a fresh coat of the same paint to bring the offensively yellow walls to a much more appealing color.

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Office/3rd Bedroom Before

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Office/3rd Bedroom After (still a work in progress)

New Bed – I’m not going to go to much into detail about this because I will be writing a DIY Blog Post in the New Year about my fabric headboard and bed frame. But I will say, it has taken me far to long to find a bed, and when I couldn’t find what I wanted, I decided to attempt my own; twas a success!!!

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Check back in January to do your own!

Fireplace Update – This was a very contentious issue in our household. All we knew is we wanted/needed to do an update on our fireplace and surround. It initially started out with just wanting to change the traditional looking oak mantel to a tiled wall and leave the wood burning fireplace; however, once we ripped the wall open we realized this was the perfect opportunity to convert the wood burning to a gas insert… so there went our budget. After endless hours of shopping, we finally decided on an insert from Wood & Energy Store. The conversion ended up being pretty seamless and easy, so we figured the hardest part was over. We were wrong.

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Before

Next came the discussion on where to hang the TV and how we wanted to run the wires… dare I say this nearly ended in two adults throwing a toddler tantrum in Home Depot. Finally, we decided to run a nice conduit (which was my idea) rather than doing HDMI outlets (husbands idea); I WON! Next was to determine where we were going to hang the TV; this to was a battle. I wanted it center between the top of the fireplace and the ceiling, and my husband wanted it lower for better enjoyment. Of course I want it to be symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing; in the end we found a compromise.

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During…

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Still during…

Final stage, was actually putting up the tile. I completely underestimated the work it was going to be and assumed we’d have it done in a weekend; so wrong, again. It took us close to 5 days total. The biggest issue was the uneven wall, the lack of straight lines, and the fact that we chose a very challenging large 12’x24′ porcelain tile. Needless to say, we had to do a lot of compensation behind the tile in order to get it looking flush. With the assistance of my mother, step-father, and many opinions, my husband managed to do majority of the wall.

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Getting closer…

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After – almost done

We love the finished product! And now I need to find new chairs, a rug, light-fixtures, and a coffee table… this will obviously be up for discussion in a later post.

What’s next…

  • Finish painting EVERYTHING
  • Replace the oak railings & spindles
  • Paint all doors & trim
  • New lighting
  • New hardware
  • Window treatments
  • Kitchen & Master bathroom (eventually, in my dreams)

Happy Renoing!
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