Living Room Makeover: After

Okay, yesterday we left off when I had some weekend helpers and a real fire under our butts.


We painted, painted, painted all weekend long (I’ll get to that all in a minute). When Alex got home he was really excited about all of the progress we made. He was also incredibly surprised to see his best buddy in our driveway! The boys took a break from the paint rollers for some birthday golf.


Then it was time to get back to work… here’s a couple progress pictures:




Once the paint was done, it was time to install all the molding. We finally decided to add board and batten to the bottom half of our walls. During this point in the project, Alex’s parents stayed with us for a week and helped so, sooo much! There was a ton of work involved — painting all the molding, cutting it to length, nailing it in place, covering and painting the holes…. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of pictures during all these tedious steps since I was at work for much of the day. I’m sure you aren’t really interested in seeing pictures of measuring tapes and miter saws anyway.

We had some hard to reach painting to do…


And apparently pick some strawberries…



Already enough messing around — let’s get to the final product!

First…. a before shot to jog your memory:



(sorry, I had to include that one!)

Okay… and now, on to the after shots:








I can’t even begin to describe how good it feels to get this room knocked off our to-do list. And you know what? Not a single cell in my body wishes we had done it sooner. It definitely would have ended up a different color with different fixtures.. and to be honest, I’m loving how it turned out!

We’re currently on the hunt to get rid of our little green accents. As much as we love our green pillows and placemats, they don’t really go with our new slate grey-blue room. As always, we’re waiting until we find “the ones” — no sense hurrying to buy a bunch of pillows we only kind of like and then replace them again in six months.

So, there you go. A big project that we somehow managed to squeeze together in about three weeks. Can’t believe it took us over two years to get to this point! But, I tell ya… it feels good to be on this side of things 🙂

What’s been going on with you lately? Any big projects? Anyone recently get engaged (cough, cough — SUZZETTE)?

Living Room Makeover: Before

I am fully aware that I owe a big, bigbigbig, biiiiig update on what’s been going on with us in the last month. Not necessarily just so you can follow along, but for my own little record keeping as well. This afternoon I won’t get into everything we’ve managed to squeeze in the last few months, but I really want to share our living room makeover with you guys! And maybe a couple pictures of the dogs.



Phew! Now we have that over with, we can finally get down to business.

If you guys have been following along for awhile then you are probably aware that we like to really live in a room before we jump to big decorating decisions. Don’t get me wrong, I still spend too much money at HomeGoods in the meantime, I’m just not tearing out tile (okay, okay – let’s be honest, I’m not tasking Alex out to tear out tile) until we are both 100% sure what we want the end result to be.

We’ve lived in our house for two and a half years (holy smokes, by the way!) and we finally, fiiiiinally re-did our living room. High fives all around!

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

When we first moved in, we had these absolutely stunning window treatments. And laugh all you might, they must have been fashionable at one point since the previous owners also had matching slipcovers for their dining room table.


I know, right?

We also had some really lovely light fixtures hangin’ around.



Oh! And we also had this dated mirror-closet in our hallway… That had to go pretty immediately.


Basically, this room needed some love… and fast!

We replaced the light fixtures and pulled down all of the curtains…



But, as you can see in the top picture, we still had gaps in the crown molding where the window treatments once were and a lovely full length mirror tucked in the corner.

Later on, we finally found the right size table to fit  in an otherwise awkward place. As you can tell from my fall decorations… this, well, wasn’t yesterday. We also bought some rugs for around the couches and two runners for down the hallway.


Yet, the room was still very unfinished! We started thinking about wall colors, but it seemed like an endless charade of moving colors around to find the perfect match. I took these pictures back in January and obviously our vision of the room wasn’t yet solidified.



Months later we decided to host a big party at our house to honor my dad, who passed away five years ago. It was going to be the first time that most of our extended family would be at our house and we really wanted our living room to feel a little more complete. Plus, it didn’t hurt that people who had been coming to our house over the past two years kept pointing out our remaining spackle spots and missing crown molding. Maybe it was that we were embarrassed that the room we sat and watched TV in all that time was such an eye sore, maybe we were just tired of hearing other people talk about it being unfinished, but…

The fire was lit and we knew it was time to getting the living room crossed off our list!

Alex pulled off the floor to ceiling mirror on a whim –


Here’s what that side of the room looked like after the first coat of spackle –


And then something funny happened… Alex had to leave! So here we were less than three weeks before our party and I had to bust my butt to tackle two people’s worth of work.

I pulled off the chair rail, spackled, sanded, spackled, sanded… over and over again.


Get this: that weekend a miracle happened! Alex was getting ready to come home (just in time for his birthday!) and our friend, Joe decided to come down from NY to surprise Alex for his big day. He also agreed to help me prep and paint the room for the weekend. Not only that, but my brother, Justin and his friend, Russ came over to help paint all weekend long!



Alright — this is getting super long already and I haven’t even started getting to the real meat of it yet! Check back in tomorrow to see how it turned out!


Laundry Room: Complete

First and foremost, I’d like to say thank you for all of your sweet, kind and uplifting words after I shared my story of my emergency surgery and ectopic pregnancy. Each of you brought a smile to an otherwise very morose me. I got messages and emails from people I hadn’t talked to in years with positive, kind words; it was wonderful to reconnect with many great folks.


I’m still recovering, but I’m doing much, much better than the first few days. Over the weekend I started venturing out of the house for a couple hours at a time. I quickly needed to get back home and rest, but it was great to finally get out.

With mixed emotions, I attempted to go back to work today. I hadn’t driven since the surgery and was surprised at just how tired I got after just driving into work. I didn’t last the entire day, just 5 hours out of my normal 8 hour work day. However, with the hour drive to and from work – I was out of the house for 7 whole hours. That’s at least 3 times longer than any other outing.

As proud of me as I am, I over-exhausted myself today. I arrived home with a face covered in tears and splitting pain through my insides. After I took some medicine, had lunch and talked through my emotions, I started feeling better. I’ve definitely decided to ease back into my normal work schedule, as to ensure that I don’t find myself in a similar sobbing exhausted mess. I think now that my body has recovered a great deal, I’m starting to deal with the emotional side of losing a pregnancy. There’s been a lot more crying the last few days than there was when I first got home from the hospital. I’d like to get all my reflections down, but I’ll save that for another day when everything is a little more clear.

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Alex and I couldn’t appreciate the support from our family and friends (and bloggie readers!) more than we do. You all are what makes the world go ‘round.

For now, I’d like to share our long overdue recap of our laundry room remodel. We finished the room about three weeks ago, but with how life has been going lately, this post fell off the radar. I can’t believe we started this remodel way back at the end of August! It has been the never-ending project that we thought would be completed within a couple weeks. Alas, we didn’t have such luck but we’re finally done and ready to show the world.

First, let’s jog your memory, shall we?

This is what the ol’ wash room looked like before we got out hands on it.


Why yes, the wall color is the same white, flat primer that coats the ceiling.

Back in January we took advantage of the holiday sales and purchased a new washer and dryer for the price of one. We also added some shelves on the wall parallel to the one shown, but besides that – this room was a blank slate.

In our last update, I showed you how we ripped out the linoleum and laid new beautiful tile.


We also pulled down a wall and replaced all the old copper pipes to new PVC to prevent any future water leaks.


After the new wall was hung, puttied, and sanded – we were ready to paint. We decided on the color Misty Morn by Behr for it’s light appearance – it wasn’t too blue, too dark or too grey. Oh, and we went with our standby eggshell finish for easy wipe downs. Check out the back wall after the first coat of paint.


Better than this, right?


Alright, moving along. We put things loosely back in their places to work on the rest of the details. I’ll tell you what – it was incredibly irritating to hook up the washer and dryer every time we needed to do our laundry!

Next came hanging new cabinets! As I mentioned earlier, we hung some open, temporary shelves earlier this year. With two fur ball dogs , I had to re-wash all my small appliances each time I wanted to use them. Doesn’t that seem counterproductive? Clean something, put it away, to take it out and have to clean it again? Here were the old shelvies.


Functional, yes. Could they be better, yes.


Oh my lordie, how much better are those puppies? A million times better considering I got to watch this hunk install ‘em.


We also purchased new cabinets for above the washer and dryer. We scored a fantastic deal and the new ones give us over a foot of additional storage PER cabinet. Storage space for the win!

Okay, okay…. we did some other stuff but let’s share the before and after picture before we get to the little details!!




Laundry Room After

Can you believe that this is even the same room? And what’s better? We did the entire thing ourselves. Well, Alex did the entire room himself and I occasionally handed him things. Kidding. Kind of.

So, in the after picture you can see the new cabinets and the new sink that we got for a steal! The great folks at Lowe’s were trying to get rid of last year’s stuff to make room for their new truck load and we ended up giving us the sink for $100 when it was originally $279. Yes, that happened. Check out the sink again –


We installed new shelves in our former-bedroom-closet-turned-kitchen-pantry for additional storage as well.

Before —


After —


Now all my important baking ingredients are at arm’s reach and magically organized – aka – life is good.


As for the little details: we added a closet bar under the cabinets for a perfect clothes drying location.


Our favorite doggie dish looks even more fancy now. Was it fancy to begin with? Uh, no. Now it just matches all the stainless steal. Whatever.


And remember how terrible to light situation was in the old room? No? Let’s jog your memory then..



Here’s the new light with a fresh coat of semi-gloss ceiling paint.


Badda Bing Badda Boom.

Project Laundry Room: Finished!


Of course this room will continue to evolve. I’d like to get more pictures/art/mirrors hung to spice up the room. We also just need to throw on the pull handles for the cabinets. I’m also thinking a roman shade would look fantastic in there. But for now, I’m happy to call this room complete!

What have you guys been up to lately? Finish any projects that have been haunting you for months? Does anyone else want to go rub their face on their laundry room? Probably not. Awkward.