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Dining Room: Coffee Bar Time

The dining room project, in which we turn a formal living and dining space into one big dining room, is almost done, so: time to work on the coffee bar! It’ll be in the old dining space within the room. It’s the space in the far back of the first photo in this post. The hanging light you see there has been replaced with the drum shade in the photo below. The dining table is in the spot where the couches were. (That photo is from when we had to put all of our living room furniture in there to renovate in there. I promise we didn’t think that was a good look.) Here’s the space now: That’s the Hurdal dresser from Ikea and CB2’s Drum Flush Mount Lamp, plus our usual wood floors and Simply White paint by Benjamin Moore. And today we started painting the dresser: That’s just the first primer layer, so I’ll keep the final color a surprise for now. Other than painting the dresser, we’re going to pop that chair rail off …

Front of the House: Updated To Do

In an effort to keep myself honest about progress around the house, I’m sharing an updated to do list for the entire front of the house (minus the kitchen). I originally shared the list last November here, when I first made it. I’ve since added to it and recently have crossed several things off. Seeing this progress happen (the living and dining rooms are soooooo close to being totally done!) while also working our way through a full master bath remodel feels great. Even when the bathroom is stressing me out, at least I can look around other parts of the house and feel good about the work. We’re making great progress and I love my house more and more. So! Here’s the list… Living Room: Add sectional. Finish up & paint built-in bookcases white. (Finished, now paint!) Install & paint trim around small doorway. (Installed!) Install & paint baseboards. (Installed!) Add new rug + rug pad. Move coffee table & TV stand into living room. Set up TV stuff & surrounded sound. Put books & things on …

Dining Table Surprise

We ordered a dining table back in September (when we decided to convert our front “formal” living room into a big ol’ dining/project room, instead) and it’s hereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee: I had to move it closer to the wall than it actually belongs to be able to fit it all in one photo because IT’S SEVEN FEET LONG! We can eat dinner on one end without disturbing a board-game-in-progress on the other end. (I have priorities, people.) Also, now that it’s in the room, I’m really glad we got the legs painted instead of stained to break up the wood & wood & more wood look. (We’re not putting a rug under it, so that would’ve been very brown!) It’s lovely this way though. Now we just need some chairs… More room details soon.

Front of the House: To Do

We’re in the process of renovating our living room & dining room, and plan to finish up our entryway and hallway soon too. Basically, the whole (interior) front of the house will be fixed up, except the kitchen, which we’re saving for sometime in 2016. So, to better keep track of it all while we finish up, I’m posting a list so I can cross things off and keep track of everything. (Yes, this list seems really long since we’ve already made some big changes, but… well, there’s more to do!) Living Room: Add sectional. (Delivery should be soon!) Finish up & paint built-in bookcases white. Touch up grey paint on fireplace around mantel. Install & paint trim around small doorway. Paint & install baseboards. Add new rug + rug pad. Move coffee table & TV stand back into living room. Set up TV stuff & surrounded sound. Move books onto bookcases. Decorate the fireplace/mantel. Setup fireplace stuff (tools & log storage). Add sliding barn doors at large doorway (or trim only — still deciding.) Plan/shop for/hang wall …

How about a Dining Room Update too?

Our house has two living rooms, which has come in handy while we’re renovating the one we actually use (because we can stuff all of the furniture in the front “formal” one while we work). However, now that we’ve finally spent more time in the front room and tried to imagine a dining table that could fit off in the smaller side of it without feeling squished into the kitchen doorway (hiding between that bookcase and standing lamp in the photo above), we realized that tiny space for our only dining table (upon which we’d love to do lots of board game playing & do projects that require space to spread out) totally sucks. So, why not make the whole extra living room into one big dining/project room? (My husband randomly said that when our measuring wasn’t going well and we agreed to do it in under a minute.) Luckily, this room has our wood floors and white paint, so it’s almost ready to go in terms of decorating. We’re going to have to move the hanging …

Sarah’s House: Welcome!

My husband & I realized after a year of living in Dallas that we liked it more than we thought we would and decided to buy a house. We found a great one last year and moved in a few months ago. (Okay, like 6. Pardon our boxes.) Our house was built in the ’60s and none of the previous owners have brought it into modern times, so that’s what we’re working on now. It’s in the city, but still in a nice neighborhood with old trees and quiet nights. We can get to the movie theater that shows the limited release films in 10 minutes and can always find a great new restaurant to try. Basically, we love it here, and we love our house (even if it needs some work). And by work, I mean: Look at our living room in the photo to the left! It’s so brown! (Those boxes are full of the hardwood floor we had installed right before we moved in.) Check out the mirrors backing those shelves! And …