Thursday, August 30, 2012

Home Updates

I'm back as promised to show you guys what we have been up to in the last few months in our new house.  There are a couple minor things we did and one very large project with lots of impact.

One of the very first things I tackled was the front door.
I really love the size but wasn't crazy about the maroon/purple color.

I've always been a fan of black front doors.  So you guessed it...

I painted it black for a little more pow!

I think it updated it a little bit too.  (I got the "E" from Etsy.)

The big project(s) that "we" tackled were the flooring and baseboards.  I put "we" in quotations because we didn't actually lift a finger unless you count all the cleaning afterwards to rid the dust from the house.  We hired a company to rip out the old tile, hardwoods and carpet, and install new hardwoods and baseboards that are a little thicker.  You'll have to look hard at the baseboards to tell the difference because I didn't get great photos of it.
Entryway before...

Entryway after!  I'm still looking for a killer rug to help define this space.  Any suggestions are welcome!  And I'm still going to paint the walls so I haven't done much with the decorations in here yet.

Living room before...  side 1
(you can see the flooring had been delivered in these pics)

Living room before side 2.... (and a Yogi photo bomb)

Living room after!  The lighting was doing something really strange to my camera.  I promise it's not yellow/orangish.
(10 points to whoever can spot Yogi & KC!)

Again I'm looking for an amazing rug for this room.  I want something larger then I have in there right now as a place holder.  And it needs to be soft!  Again, I haven't put anything on the walls because I want to paint in here as well.  That's definitely up there on my list of things to do.

I didn't show any before and afters of the kitchen or dining room flooring because we have more plans for those spaces that I'll show separately.

And finally the last smaller project Ryan & I tackled.  We painted the fireplace mantel to match our moldings.  It was an oak color before hand (like our kitchen cabinets), but I forgot to take before shots!  You can see it here in the home video tour I did.

I loved how it turned out!  Our next project on the list are the kitchen cabinets!  They will be getting the same treatment as the fireplace mantel.  We are hiring that to be done because it's such a big job!  I can't wait for that to happen, because I know it will have a huge impact on the look of the house.
So much to get done!!

Guess what?!  I'll be back tomorrow with my 3rd post of the week!  I'm getting back into the grove.  :)


  1. You have such an eye for this stuff, I love everything that you did! I thought it all looked great before but the after pictures are that much better! Can't wait to see what else you have planned.

  2. Oh my goodness!!! It's amazing what a huge difference wood flooring can make. You guys did such a great job with everything so far!

  3. I LOVE your new floors!! Your house look beautiful!!

  4. Love love love your new house!! the floors are beautiful!!! keep posting pictures. one day i'll live in america and you can help me. you've moved and done this so much and with such great taste!!

  5. Yogi on the white chair; KC under the coffee table.

    10 points!!

  6. Amazing how simple it can be to communicate with people and have them understand a certain topic, you made my day.

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