Living Room/Dining Room Remodel – It Begins…

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We’ve been living life on the easy side these past several months, enjoying our little family…..life was simple.  Since putting new shingles on our house last Summer, the Summer of 2012,  we’ve not yet tackled another major renovation project in our home.  We’ve done some little things here & there, but nothing earth shaking.

That’s all changed now.  One of the first projects dreamed up when we first bought this house was tearing down an odd wall that had been added at some point in our home’s history which divided an otherwise spacious front room.  This wall…

Front Room Remodel

Our living room for the past 4 years has looked like this…

Front Room Remodel

Front Room Remodel

Front Room Remodel

This space has really been very cozy & we’ve loved our living room, red carpet & all :).

But, on the other side of that wall, there’s a fireplace…

Front Room Remodel

Here’s some more shots of what we’ve always refered to as the “fireplace room”…

Front Room Remodel

Front Room Remodel

Front Room Remodel

Because this room is so dark & just an odd space, we’ve never used it for anything more than storage.  Because of that, I feel like we are gaining an extra room in our house!

Once we have the wall out & we are left with one big open room, the plan is to move our living room area over to the space by the fireplace.  The other half of the room {where our living room was before} will then be our dining room.  I am SOOOO excited to see how it all turns out.  I’ve been arranging furniture & decorating this space in my head since the first time we looked at this house.  So fun!

Here’s a glimpse of the progress so far…

Front Room Remodel

The living room furniture is out……the wall is still intact just long enough to help contain some of the mess from the lathe & plaster removal…

Front Room Remodel

And a little bit of insulation starting to go back up…

 

Front Room Remodel

The mess is never fun to live through, you just have to keep focused on the finished product……it will get there……eventually.

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Fall & Winter Crafting Wish List

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I logged in today fully planning on posting a recipe from my long list of recipes that I have waiting to be shared but…… as usually happens, I was distracted.  So instead, today I’m sharing my wish list of crafts I’d like to complete over the coming Fall & Winter months.  And yes, I’m fully aware of how dreamy & ambitious this list is.  If I could even get 2 of these done, I’m sure I’d be happy.

I’m getting together with a group of friends in a couple of weeks for a full on crafting day.  This is going to be a complete blast!  We’ve been sharing pictures & ideas back & forth trying to decide which crafts to work on that day which is probably part of the reason my mind drifted there today.

I’m also in full on dream land thinking about decorating our new front living/dining space that we’ve just tore into remodeling. {I hope to have some “in process” pics to share soon!}  I’ve been scouring Pinterest for all the different ideas I’ve had for that room since we bought this house over 3 years ago.  

So, here is my dreamy craft list….

Burlap poms

 

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Burlap poms

I’ve seen these gorgeous burlap as well as cotton & lace poms several places around the web & I’m crazy about them.  They may be a part of my image for a little 1st birthday celebration we have coming up soon as well.

Burlap bunting banner

 

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Bunting Banner

It’s embarrassing how long I’ve been planning to make one of these but simply not gotten around to it.  I think this tutorial seems awesome, since you can change out the pennants for different seasons or occasions. 

Photo clipboards

 

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Photo Clipboards

I really like being able to change out pictures frequently & these would make that super easy & definitely look really cute too.  And down the road, these would work great for hanging Wiley’s works of art up for display too!

Shaggy Fabric Wreath

 

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Shaggy Fabric Wreath

There are so many pretty, homemade wreath tutorials out there but this is one I’ve had on my idea board for quite some time now.  Looks like it could be a bit time consuming but there’s nothing complicated about it, so that’s definitely a plus.

Plush alphabet

 

Plush Alphabet

I think these letters are adorable & I so hope to get a set made for our little man.  Realistically, it just isn’t going to happen before Christmas, but wouldn’t they make a wonderful Christmas present?! 

{I’ve had this pinned on Pinterest for a LONG time.  When I tried to follow the link through so I could share that here too, it appeared the site was no longer there.  I’m sure there are other tutorials for these out there somewhere though.}

 I also have countless wood signs & pallet wood projects dreamed up.  Oh, and there’s still my project furniture stash in the garage, so I doubt I’ll find myself bored or without a project for the next several months. :)

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Old School Filing Cabinet

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A few months ago I decided that I absolutely needed more storage space in my office.  I love to have things organized, hanging files with their little label tabs all lined up make me happy.  Weird, I know.

Lucky for me, I just so happened to have this beauty stashed in my little corner of the garage, just waiting for some attention.

Filing Cabinet

A super awesome friend of mine gave this to me when they were moving several states away {come back Beth!!}.

This hefty beast isn’t like the filing cabinets you buy nowadays.  It’s a combination of wood & metal, totally old school.

It does have a little wear & tear, a little water damage possibly on the bottom edges, but all in all, this thing was built to last.

After some clean up & a little sanding over a few rough patches, I went to town painting, using paint from the mistint section of Sherwin Williams {read – SUPER cheap!}.

Filing Cabinet

Because I was anxious to get my office storage in place, I got a little lazy & decided not to paint the drawer fronts.  I had considered making this a two-tone piece anyhow & because the drawer hardware would have been next to impossible to remove & because I thought trying to paint over the hardware would create one giant mess, leaving the drawers brown seemed to be the best option.

Filing Cabinet

There’s definitely some character marks in the brown paint, but I tend to like that look.  At some point I may end up adding a little more character by distressing the rest of the paint as well, but for now, I’m really happy with the look.

Filing Cabinet

And check out all that storage space!  Oh yeah!

Filing Cabinet

One more look.

Before….

Filing Cabinet

And after….

Filing Cabinet

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Stairway Makeover {phase 1}

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It has been far too long since I’ve shared any updates on our house renovation project.  It might be because, since getting Wiley, very little has happened.  But, a fair amount of work did get done before that & I just neglected to share it then.  So, here’s one of the projects that is semi-completed.   I give you, the stairway…

This is looking at the stairway & hall area from the main floor, before we painted.  Not too bad here.

Then,  we venture up…..and things start to get dark…

From the molding up, everything was a DARK maroon color.  Not my favorite.  And, because the walls are all paneled in this area {another “not my favorite” feature, but we’ve decided to leave it for the time being} & the corner trim pieces had all been painted white, the fact that it’s paneled is all the more obvious.

So dark!

Rather than choosing two different paint colors for the upstairs portion of the stairway/hall & the downstairs portion, we decided to pick one color.  And because there are so many different rooms leading off of this space {8 to be exact}, we went with a neutral color that hopefully won’t clash with the connecting spaces.  We ended up with Dutch Boy’s Northern Climb.

Ta da!

I know, I know, you LOVE the red carpet.

There is so much more light in this area!  It much more cheerful.  I love it!

Which is good, because this is definitely not an area I am anxious to paint again.

The railing & banister was a beast.

There were a lot of hard to reach places…

And crazy ladder maneuvers…

This is so not recommended!

But it was worth it.  It always is!

Phase 2 of this particular project will be tearing up the carpets, refinishing the hardwood floors & replacing some of the trim.  It will be so much fun to have it all completed!