Happy Housewarming

Well, as promised, I have new and improved photographs of our house!

Last Saturday, Mike and I had our housewarming party.

Popping some champagne!

Popping some champagne!

Happy hosts

Happy hosts

Our entire house is certainly not finished, no sir. But our living room, dining room, current bedroom & kitchen are in their “temporary finished state.” This means that they are as they will be for the next 1-2 years, before we do bigger renos like vaulting the living room ceilings, replacing the dining room ceiling, insulating the house, putting in new windows, adding custom shelving, renovating the other half of our house, giving us a new master suite, raising and painting the kitchen cabinets and adding new hardware , putting in butcher block counters and a new sink, and oh-so-much-more!

The items on that list will happen slowly, one by one, month by month, so the current state of our house is as I said, temporarily finished. Finished for now! So, here you are ladies & gents:

Click here to see some earlier before & afters of our living room. Since those afters, we’ve hung some hook and pictures, etc.

Living Room

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Denver photo bomb. Also still anxiously awaiting the arrival of this lovely crate cover to cover that eye sore!

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We replaced our ivory rug with the colorful flowers with this older brown one we already had because Denver had trashed the other one to the point where it was no longer ivory, but grey and it was so snagged that parts of it were unraveling! We’re waiting til Denver gets a bit older until we get a nice, new rug.

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See those pillows on the far right of the photo? Floor pillows for 4.99 each! BARGAIN!

See those pillows on the far right of the photo? Floor pillows for 4.99 each! BARGAIN!

Before (even before we moved in- this was taken at our inspection)

Before (even before we moved in- this was taken at our inspection)

After

After

After

After

Before (@ home inspection)

Before (@ home inspection)

After

After

After

After

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We added some hooks and shoe shelves for an easy entry-way space

We added some hooks and shoe shelves for an easy entry-way space

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Dining Room

Click here for our last round of dining room befores & afters.

Before (@ inspection)

Before (@ inspection)

After

After

It took a lot of primer and paint to get here!

It took a lot of primer and paint to get here!

After

After

After

I got these cute yellow chairs at 25$ for the pair and the green hand-scraped bench for $80 at an antique store! I think it goes with our eclectic, coastal cottage vibe! Now we just need to save for a delicious, rustic farmhouse table…hmm.

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My little dachshund salt and pep shakers! Only 5$ at an antique store!

My little dachshund salt and pep shakers! Only 5$ at an antique store!

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Before (@ inspection)

Before (@ inspection)

After

After

After- we took the yucky cabinet doors and cheap shelving in the dining room and painted the back with the same inky blue of the interior on our front door. Then Mike installed some nice floating shelves.

After- we took out the yucky cabinet doors and cheap shelving in the dining room and painted the back with the same inky blue of the interior on our front door. Then Mike installed some nice floating shelves.

Rustbelt Chic! Click on the photo to read my essay in the book and to see where you can buy the book!

Rustbelt Chic! Click on the photo to read my essay in the book and to see where you can buy the book!

Bedroom Before (@ inspection)

Bedroom Before (@ inspection)

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

And remember this? This was our original "after" of the bedroom, before we spruced it up.

And remember this? This was our original “after” of the bedroom, before we spruced it up. Amazing what picture and a dresser will do!

Before (@ inspection)

Before (@ inspection)

Progress

Progress

After (still need to paint that closet door!)

After (still need to paint that closet door!)

Kitchen

Before (@ inspection)... Note the grimy carpet!

Before (@ inspection)… Note the grimy carpet!  The room to the left of the fridge is our pantry and the room to the right of the fridge is the bathroom– they did not have the door on it…wtf??

This was the kitchen floor we lived with for a month and a half!!! We had ripped up 1/2 the carpet and vinyl that was covering old hardwood... and there were layers of black glue on top of that.

This was the kitchen floor we lived with for a month and a half!!! We had ripped up 1/2 the carpet and vinyl that was covering old hardwood… and there were layers of black glue on top of that.

Eventually Mike hand-scraped the first coat of glue off and then sanded.This is after the first go.

Eventually Mike hand-scraped the first coat of glue off and then sanded. This is after the first go.

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Floors sanded! Denver likes them.

Floors sanded! Denver likes them.

Staining and polying

Staining and polying

Before (@ inspection)

Before (@ inspection)

Before (@ inspection)

Before (@ inspection)

After

After

After

After

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Don’t judge the beer cans still in the sink from our housewarming party.

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Our groovy, still disheveled pantry

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We’re going to put up nice, new floor to ceiling shelves, possibly with some cabinets to hide the messy look. And although the wallpaper is pretty unique, we’ll paint this room to match the pallet of the rest of our home.

After

After

After

After

So, as you can see, we’ve had out work cut out for us! This summer we plan to continue work on our kitchen– painting the cabinets, walls, and ceilings as well as putting in a garbage disposal, dishwasher & new sink in our pantry. We’ll replace some windows at the front of our house, stain and seal our front porch, and we’d also like to paint and/or vinyl-side the  now dirty pink and white aluminum exterior. We’d also like to enjoy the summer and relax a bit, so we’re going to try to slow down a little in order to do that!

Working on the house is frustrating and there are so many bad surprises, BUT it’s so rewarding to finish a room and see the difference it makes. We’re finally feeling more like this little house is our home and that is a great feeling.

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Until next time.

~Steph

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5 thoughts on “Happy Housewarming

  1. Wow – I gotta say, those are some hella crazy ‘before’ pics! It’s nice that you guys were able to see past the cosmetics and still take on such a project! I totally empathize with the ‘halfway-finished’ state – we are hoping to gut our kitchen in the next year or two, but for now, it’s not that bad. Can’t believe you did your kitchen floors yourself, too! That’s such a laborious process. High five!

    • Haha, they are crazy, right?? Looking past the ugly is well worth it– we got a house on a street we love for a great price. And even though it’s so much work, we’re making it completely our one, which is awesome! Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Your renovations are fabulous Steph!! If you replace the teak dining table, let me know. I’ll want it back to either give to my bro, or refinish – I think it’s solid teak 😉 R

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