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Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I have some 'down time' on posting since we will be working on the kitchen and mudroom for the next week and a half. I will update the process as I get pics taken and can show a finished product.

In the meantime, I will share some of the 'pre-blog' projects we have completed.

Mostly, it's just paint. Boring coats of paint.

Yet, how instantly a fresh color can transform a space, giving it new life and ownership.

Choosing colors can be tricky. Look at a shade in the wrong light and when you get it home on the walls, you could be in for a surprise. My rule of thumb, especially with the children is to choose a color, but I chose the shade or tone. My oldest girl wanted a purple and green room. We chose the lightest lavender and a fresh, springy green that just hints at yellow. With the right accessories, any color can compliment another and with bright white trim, the colors really 'pop'.

I love white trim, but I'm limited in this house. The trim that was painted is ok to repaint. I have 'carte blanche' in the kitchen/laundry room/mudroom which are the work horses of the house and therefore 'my domain' (DH is adamant about leaving all the other wood untainted by acrylic). The rest of the house has unbelievably gorgeous woodwork that has never seen the likes of a paint brush. We are not going to start now. Despite my yearnings to see white trim with fresh color, after painting the trim and windows and doors in the back section of the house, I'm done! It's painstaking work, and although I enjoy it - I can't imagine having to re-coat every few years to keep it looking fresh. No thanks. I'll maintain the integrity of the original wood and keep every guy that walks in here happy. What is it with men and wood?

Anyway, here are some photos to fill the dead air whilst I lay granite tile.

Third floor bedroom - dubbed 'the princess room' BEFORE

Another bedroom - BEFORE

Third floor stairs after they had their 30 year old carpet removed and before they were painted.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Remodeling Part one

The entire back section of the house is under construction. On the day we closed, the realtors were joking that my DH would most likely be bringing a sledge hammer to the settlement. He was that pumped to bring walls down.

First, it was a wall that closed off the back entrance to the house in the 2nd floor hallway. Previously, there had been a need for a private entrance to the third floor apartment. The removal of the wall was dramatic as it allowed light to pour in from the south facing side into the hallway and even down into the main foyer. My camera was not quick enough to capture any 'before' shots. He beat me to the 'click' so to speak.

The second to come down was the wall in between the kitchen and what was a bedroom for the first floor apartment.

Then it looked like this

Pretty soon, it started to look better.

This week, we had company in from out of town. Everything is on hold till the weekend. The kitchen is painted and the cabinets as well. Next is countertops and backsplash.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Laundry Room

We've been working on the laundry room this week. It is indeed the epi-center of work aside from the kitchen. The majority of energy goes into laundry. I wanted it to be cheery. It was previously the kitchen to one of the two apartments that were in this house. The ceiling is low as it was an addition and there is a 2nd floor porch above it. This is what it looked like 2 weeks ago after we tore out the sink, cabinets, and the acoustic drop ceiling.

We had a drywall pro come in to hang the ceiling. The joists were, let's say, less than plumb and true. He had his work cut out for him.
He did a great job and then we painted.

Now, it looks like this:

Yes, I have a chartreuse and turquoise laundry room. Anyone who doesn't like it can come join me and complain in person whilst we fluff and fold 14+ loads a week!

The floor will go in this weekend.

Next time, the mudroom!



This is my blog to document the renovation of our new-to-us old home. It is a Sears kit home, a "Magnolia" and we got it for a steal. Get it? Steal Magnolia? HAHAHAhahahaha....ha............ha, ahem. Anyway, I will post pictures and hopefully document this event as best as I can since renovation usually consumes my time. I want some sort of virtual scrapbook to share with friends and family. If you are a Sears home groupie or an HGTV addict, you may be interested in our little journey. Thanks for taking the time to read.