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The Living Room Bookcases are Almost Done

Hi! ūüėÄ I hit 366 days straight of blogging on April 11 and then I decided to break my streak to avoid accidentally starting to aim for¬†two years straight. I had to¬†really¬†break it by not posting for the last several days so I would get over it, and you have no idea how many times I almost blogged. But it’s broken for good, so I’m back now. Hello.

So, I think I’ve shared this photo here before, but this is what my living room looked like when I bought my house and the wood floor was waiting to be installed before we moved in. It was mostly¬†original to 1960, except that inset carpet had been replaced I guess, but that didn’t make it any less horrifying.

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When we first moved in, I filled the shelves with as many brightly colored and pretty things I could find around the house to bright up the very brown room and hide those mirrored backs while I waited for the chance to update the room.

Then we covered the floors and ripped everything out to get new drywall installed and bookcases built in around the fireplace.

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And ta-da!

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The fireplace brick is gray now and it has new all-black doors. I’m waiting for the paint on the shelves to cure so I can clean it all up and fill the¬†bookcases up, and¬†oooooh, I love it so much even before I get to put my books away. It’s so bright over there (and in the whole room) now.

I’ll share the room (in color!) once¬†I can fill up the shelves. Because the other side (with my beloved teal sectional) is looking pretty fantastic now too.

Check out all of the living room re-do posts here.

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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 bookcases. (When the paint dries!)
  • Decorate the fireplace/mantel. (Halfway done.)
  • Setup fireplace stuff, including¬†tools (check!) & log¬†storage.
  • Add trim around large doorway & paint.¬† (Installed!)
  • Plan/shop for/hang wall art.
  • Install curtain rod & curtains at sliding door.(After paint is done.)
  • Paint trim around sliding door. (This week!)
  • Shop¬†for/build console table for behind couch.
  • Paint end table.
  • Shop for chair for near sliding door/fireplace corner.

Entryway:

  • Replace tile & baseboards.¬†(Probably June.)
  • Replace trim around doorways.
  • Convert old door into Living Room into open doorway.
  • Paint & install new coat closet door/hardware.¬† (Friday!)
  • Have painters repair/texture/paint. (Probably in June.)
  • Clean out & organize closet. (Soon! I swear.)
  • Replace overhead light. (After paint.)
  • Hang¬†mirror or artwork.
  • Update¬†light switches. (After paint.)

Dining Room:

  • Move out the temporary living room setup, so it can be a dining room.
  • Add dining table.
  • Order dining chairs.
  • Create coffee bar. (In progress!)¬†
  • Install¬†shiplap to wall behind coffee bar. (Friday!)
  • Hire electrician to move¬†overhead light & add outlets.¬†
  • Install curtain rods & hang two layers of new curtains. (Hemming!)
  • Move sideboard into room & setup.
  • Plan/shop for/hang art.¬†(In progress!)
  • Update switches & outlets.

Hallway:

  • Have painters repair/texture/paint. (Probably June.)
  • Paint new linen closet cabinet doors¬†& add knobs.
  • Replace all doors, including hinges & knobs. (In progress!)
  • Hang gallery wall of photos. (After paint.)
  • Replace overhead light.
  • Replace doorbell.
  • Update light switches.

We’re working on getting lots of these things crossed off so we can start on the kitchen later this year. It’ll require its own giant list though. ūüėČ

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Fireplace Peek

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The living room re-do is progressing nicely. We’re still finishing up a few things, but even not completely done, it’s already much improved and we love hanging out in there.

So that you can fully appreciate the changes, here’s a side-by-side of the before & after:

So much better! 

More soon! We had bookcases built in around each side of it, so once we finish those up I’ll share a more zoomed out pic. 

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It’s here!¬†

 
I’ve waited 10 weeks for this sofa to arrive. More soon!  

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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 art.
  • Install curtains/panels at sliding door.
  • Shop¬†for console table & an end table.
  • Shop for chair for near sliding door/fireplace corner.

Entryway:

  • Pick out tile & have installed, along with baseboards.
  • Paint & install new coat closet door, including new hinges & knob.
  • Have painters minimize texture/repair, then paint.
  • Clean out & organize closet.
  • Replace overhead light.
  • Hang¬†mirror or artwork.
  • Update¬†light switches.

Dining Room:

  • Move out the temporary living room setup, so it can be a dining room.
  • Add dining table. (Delivery later this month!)
  • Order dining chairs.
  • Create coffee bar. (This will require its own to do list soon.)
  • Hire electrician to move¬†overhead light & add outlets.
  • Install two curtain rods & hang two layers of new curtains.
  • Move sideboard into room & setup.
  • Plan/shop for wall¬†art.

Hallway:

  • Have painters repair texture where needed & paint.
  • Paint new linen closet doors & add knobs.
  • Replace all doors, including hinges & knobs.
  • Hang gallery wall of photos.
  • Replace overhead light.
  • Replace doorbell.
  • Update light switches.

Whew. We’ve got work to do, but it’s going to be great.

Once we’ve got lots of these things handled (and before we move onto the kitchen), we’re going to get to work on remodeling the¬†master bathroom and finishing up the master¬†bedroom. So, stay tuned! ūüėÄ

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Living Room: Paint meets fireplace

We primed the living room’s brick fireplace tonight after work, y’all! Look:

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We’ve still got to the get actual paint color on there (the bottom gray shown here), but¬†whew, just seeing the primer on there makes for such a nice change.

Also, let me just say: Painting brick is not very fun and requires way more dabbing with a paint brush than I anticipated. I imaged much more roller-only action than what actually happened for some reason, so getting that layer up there feels like an accomplishment and now I just have to convince myself to do it one or two more times with the paint.

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before the renovations started:

Living Room demo prep

Such an improvement! ūüėÄ

So now picture the white bricks painted light gray and install some built-in bookcases with your mind and you know what it’s going to look like. ūüėČ

Custom teal sectional is on order! Bookcases are being built! The end is near…ish.

Check out all of the living room re-do posts here.

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Living Room: Painting brick & a bright new sofa!

Remember when I showed you the wood paneling that made up my living room walls, and then when that was ripped off, and later when there was sheetrock up and white paint on the new walls?

Well, we’re moving onto the next steps! Finally! We took a break for a few weeks there to go to Europe on our annual visit family & see some stuff vacation, so there was a bit of a long pause.¬†(Still more trip details & photos forthcoming!)

Annnnyway!

We’re picking out the paint color for the brick fireplace right now:

Paint options for our brick fireplace
(Paint swatch photo from my Instagram here)

We’re leaning toward the bottom option right now. It’s warm enough to work well with the warm white on the walls, looks good next to our dark wood floors, and I¬†think it’ll work with the stain we’ve picked out for the mantel.¬†We still need to check the swatches next to the rug (which has a lot of a darker grey in it) to be sure.

Tomorrow the bookcase builder is stopping by to finalize some details so those can be made and installed soon. They’re going where the old built-ins were and will fill the wall space on either side of the fireplace. They’ll be painted white, which will be a nice contrast to whatever grey we end up putting on the brick.

And at some point after that, our new sectional will arrive. We ordered it a few days ago and it’s estimated to take 5-9 weeks to be made. We’ll see how that goes. (Maybe we’ll get lucky & it’ll be done early? I want it here, like, yesterday.)

Because look!

Our new sectional and fabric swatch

We ordered an L-shaped sectional in TEAL. So fun! The room only has one window (a sliding glass door), so previously it’s been a bit dark… Not anymore! White walls & a teal sofa are changing that room’s life. Also, this thing is so comfortable, the back is tall enough that my very tall husband (6’6″) won’t hang over the top and squish the top cushions down into annoying lumps, annnnnnd we can both stretch out fully on it at one time. Can’t wait!

After pics coming… sometime! We’re working on it. ūüėČ

Check out all of the living room re-do posts here.