Tuesday, March 4, 2014

house update and a peek at our entryway

You may remember that we bought a mess of a house back in September. Week in and week out we are working, slowly, to turn it into a home that we love. I knew my husband was a hard worker before we bought this house, but I really didn't know how hard until now. Oh. man. Am I the luckiest woman in the world.

To be honest, I haven't shared that much of the progress because my camera lens isn't working (you can see all the before photos here). Boo. And let's face it, iphone photos are only so good. But I did want to let you all know what's been done and what's still on the list to be done. And I promise, I'll get some more updates posted soon. In the mean time, here is what we have updated, renovated and fixed:

3 new windows. 4 still need to be replaced and will be before summer.
The front, back and side yards have been completely cleared of trash, rock and all other randomness we found.
New tree in the front yard!
The front door, trim and shutters have all been painted to match.
New carpet throughout the house.
We painted the entire interior of the house. Mostly white, except for the boys' room and the bathroom. Both are gray.
New (to us) appliances in the kitchen. We replaced the ugly, dirty, gross vent/hood over the oven with a mounted microwave.
We installed a garbage disposal. There wasn't one prior.
Chalkboard wall in the kid's play/school room.
New door on the master bedroom. I can't even explain how horrible the condition was of the door that was here originally. It was frightening.
We hung doors on the laundry area in the hall. There were no doors originally. We added new shelves over the washer and dryer.
New washer and dryer.
Replaced the light fixtures in the entryway and hallway.

I'm absolutely sure I'm missing some things. But, there is still a ton to be done! Here is the dream list of what else we'll be renovating:

Paint the exterior.
Landscape front and back yards (this is going to be an on-going process. piece by piece by piece).
Floors in kitchen, hall and bathrooms to be replaced. They are currently a very cheap and very poorly laid laminate. We're planning to do a dark wood laminate, although I wish we had the money for bamboo! Alas, we'll just have to compromise.
New counter tops in the kitchen.
New sink in the kitchen.
Back splash in the kitchen.
Paint kitchen cabinets and add knobs.
Hang a light over my kitchen sink.
Remove ceiling fan over kitchen table and replace with a fancy light fixture. I'm still on the hunt for one I love!
Tint the side/back sliding door. It faces the sun all day and is going to make the kitchen unbearable in the summer if we don't do something soon.
New vanity/sink/counter/faucet in both bathrooms.
Basically the master bath needs to be gutted and completely re-done. We don't even use it at this point. It's just gross. We'll add a new vanity, toilet and standing shower. Put up a new mirror and paint.
Ceiling fans in all 3 bedrooms and living room. They need to be wired properly through the ceiling.
New doors and doorknobs throughout the house.

And then on top of that there's, of course, a ton of decorating that remains! But one spot that we are done decorating (okay, with the exception of one piece that I'm still hunting for) is the entryway.

The entryway posed a bit of a challenge. It's quite small. The front door is directly across from the closet door and so there is absolutely no room to place any furniture on the wall. If both doors are open, they take up the entire space. But, I wanted to be able to have some storage on the wall. And so, we decided to hang wood with hooks for purses and bags. Coats can go in the coat closet.

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The first photo is looking at the entryway from the living room.

We used lumber from Lowes that we simply cut to the proper length. We considered staining the wood to match all the other dark wood in our house, because we love stained wood, but we decided to change things up this time. Instead we just sealed it and hung it.

I bought the hooks to hang on the wood at Walmart. They match the doorknobs we've chosen for the house. We hung 2 baskets from Hobby Lobby, also the same color as the hooks. And I'm still looking for one last storage type basket to hang on the lower piece of wood.

Basically the top storage is for adults. The bottom is for the kiddos. Isaac and Eli already love hanging their bags, hats and jackets on their hooks.

The painting was inspired by this. I knew I wanted black and white words but went back and forth for a long time on whether to paint a scripture or just something else. In the end I landed on "this house belongs to the Lord, we just live here." It says very succinctly how we feel about our home.

The mirror on the opposite wall was originally hanging over the fireplace when we moved in (the previous residents left a ton of stuff, most of it junk). I just cleaned it up and hung it. They say you should always have a mirror in the entryway so people can check their hair and makeup as they leave and arrive.

We also changed the doorknob and deadbolt on the front door. And we replaced the light fixture. It was either white or gold, I can't even remember, and super ugly and dirty.

 Honestly, the photos don't do it justice. We love the final product and I'm so glad we have finally been able to cross this project off our list!

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