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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. 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 …

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 …

Fireplace Peek

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. 

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 …

Living Room: Paint meets fireplace

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

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: 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 …