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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.

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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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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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Walls! Paint! Progress!

A few days I posted an update on the progress in the living room, but the photos were all newly installed drywall and that’s just not a good look, so I’m updating again.

Remember the new drywall:

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Look! Paint & the floors can be seen again!

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There’s still more to do of course, but the white walls (instead of the old brown paneling) are so nice. It’s so much brighter in there!

Can’t wait to finish & add the furniture & hang out in there! ūüėÄ

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Living Room Progress: Walls are Happening!

In the past month, since we ripped the paneling off the walls, we’ve had the air conditioning vent moved from the wall to the ceiling, and all of the electrical re-done. Then we took a pause to spend a week in¬†Portland and I spent a weekend working in Fort Worth, so… now we’re back to work!

After getting a few estimates on drywall installation, we settled on a company and today they started! It was loud & messy & so exciting!¬†It’s already so much brighter in there! It’s going to me aaaaaamazing! ūüėÄ

This is what it looks like tonight:

Over the next two days, they’ll be back to add texture and paint. Can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

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Living Room Progress: Demo Done!

After yesterday’s wood paneling removal-palooza, we were left with the solid wood built-ins around the fireplace that were reeeeeeally nailed in there & a bunch of clean up to do today. And since we recently got a leak fixed next to the chimney, we were sort of dreading seeing what it looked like behind there…

We went to Home Depot to get a sawzall this morning and that ended up being a great decision. I think the built-ins would still be stuck in there if we hadn’t been able to saw them up a bit and break them out in pieces.

We also grabbed some big suction cups and a bunch of clear packing tape to remove the mirrors without breaking them… and it worked! We covered them in tape, except for the spots we left open for the suction cups, then attached those, and wiggled & yanked until the mirrors separated from the backing. Without breaking! Phew!

We were also happy to find minimal water damage in the leak area. And it was all dry, so the¬†chimney/roof repairs we had done last month seem to have fixed the problem. Some of the wiring in the room looks pretty iffy though (and it is 55 years old), so I’ll be happy to have a fresh start after the electrician is out to re-wire the room.

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It’s not pretty to look at yet, but there are zero wood paneling pieces, the ceiling beams are gone, and the built-ins with mirrored backs are in a pile in the garage now, so it’s an improvement. It’s been an exhausting weekend, but we’re off to a great start!

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

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Living Room Progress: Bye Walls!

As promised, we’re in full living room demo mode this weekend. We spent Friday night emptying the room out so there won’t be any furniture in the way while we work.

Living Room demo prep

So now we’ve got two living rooms worth of furniture in one living room. It’s a bit cramped, but we’ve got paths to each doorway and the faux-sectional we created out of necessity with our two separate couches has made us sure we want a sectional in the other living room. So much lounging!

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And then today, this happened:

Living Room paneling off

We rolled out Ram Board and taped it down to protect our wood floors, put on some protective goggles, and grabbed our pry bars. Bye, wood paneling!

Our paneling only had studs behind it, so it wasn’t that difficult to remove once we got it going. The ceiling beams were a bit tougher. They were made of different layers of solid wood wrapped around other wood and the pieces were long and heavy. Luckily, Husband is tall enough that he could easily reach them without needing a step stool of any kind, so he had stable footing to help him out as he ripped them from the ceiling. I stood under them with my hands in the air trying to keep pieces from bouncing off my head. (Note to self: Consider a hard hat next time!)

The toughest job of the weekend was removing the built-ins that surrounded the fireplace. They were made up of layer after layer of solid wood, attached to other pieces of solid wood, and had big mirrors lining the back. We used up a ton of tape trying to protect ourselves from the mirrors breaking on us and used big suction cups to yank them out, then we bought a saw to cut the wood into pieces and remove it in chunks. It took us a few hours to finish both and was pretty exhausting. But we did it! And the mirrors didn’t even break!

Next: We’ve hired an electrician to come re-do all of the switches, plugs, light fixtures, and wiring. The original wiring has been there since 1960 and is frayed, and some newer wiring was installed sometime after that by someone who didn’t seem to care much for doing it properly. We’re happy to be starting fresh! And we’ve got an appointment soon to move the air conditioning vents from the walls to the ceiling so they’ll fade into the background a bit better.

And psst… If you’re a numbers nerd, I’m tracking every penny we spend and will share the details once the room is done, so check back!

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