April 2015 archive

Fixer Upper- Week Five

Progress has been slow lately as all of our kids’ activities have been picking up.  That’s right.  Upon this writing we have:

Four kids

Two houses

One dog

One Fixer Upper truck

Two kids in soccer

One in dance

One in baseball

And one soccer coach

Two kids in piano/guitar

One full-time job that earns money

One full-time job that does not

Two part-time jobs that earn money

Oh, and we have a life

That totals a ton of insanity.  How do we do it?  Not very well.  But we’re managing.  So there are times when work comes to a halt.

Today I’ll show you some after pictures of my paint job.  And know that we have been making a ton of purchases for the new home.  As the designer, that means tons of decisions made by me.  I really enjoy this part.  And I totally feel for those of you who have built new homes.  Without having some experience at this, it would be really difficult to make such decisions!

Here is the master bedroom all painted up.  This was BM Owl Gray.  It has blue/green undertones.

Before-

Master Before

Master Before

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Here is the second bedroom.  I painted this one the beloved BM Revere Pewter.

Before-

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom After

Second Bedroom After

(Sorry that picture is a little fuzzy.)

Here’s the hallway, done in BM Classic Gray like the living room and kitchen.

Before-

Hallway

Hallway

Hallway After

Hallway After

(Geez.  That one’s blurry too.  I’ll get some better picts!)

Living Room before-

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room After

Living Room After

I was still trimming when I took this shot.  Clearly it’s going to look a little better without all of the tools in it.  🙂

Now on to the kitchen.  In the kitchen I have a little surprise.  Remember when we opened up the wall between the kitchen and living room?  We did a little something special with that opening.

Kitchen before-

"Dining" Room

“Dining” Room

And after-

Kitchen Dining Area

Kitchen Dining Area

Do you like that opening?  I had an idea on framing that opening with some beams.  They are from the outdoor section at your local home improvement store.  These are made of cedar, as you do not want treated lumber in your interior.  And I stained them Minwax Jacobean Stain.  For some reason I did not take any pictures of that process.  I must have been in a hurry!

Beams With Supports

Beams With Supports 

Here’s from the entry before-

From Entry Before

From Entry Before

After-

From Entry

From Entry

Here’s a close up-

Close Up

Close Up

I may be biased but I think they turned out lovely.  It draws your attention to that space and makes it beautiful instead of boring.

More surprises to come!

 

 

 

 

 

Fixer Upper- Week Four

This week some fun things began to happen.  As the designer of this place, I had to make my paint color choices!

I’ve been through my mount of paint swatches 100 times and spent some time on Pinterest looking at different rooms and paint colors.  (If you’d like to follow my Pinterest sounding board, it’s called Fixer Upper under me- Style from the Sticks.)  I wanted to do the whole and house in shades of grey. Cue 50 Shades snarky comment.

Here are the colors I picked.  Sometimes they are hard to read on a computer screen. BTW, I’m in love with Benjamin Moore paint colors.  I don’t know why but I love them SO much more than Sherwin Williams or anywhere else.  They’re so much more livable. Just my opinion.

Swatches

Swatches

Classic Gray- This is a Ben Moore paint that I liked because it is a true grey without too many undertones and it is very light.  This is the paint I chose for the entry, living room, kitchen and hallway.  I wanted to make the space there feel more open, larger and like one big room.  And this neutral will go with many different colors.

Silver Strand- This is one of Joanna Gaines’ favorite colors so I had to try it out somewhere. I chose to make this the bathroom color because it has a bunch of green in it and I didn’t want anything else to have that much color.  It’s from Sherwin Williams.

Decorator’s White- This BM paint will be my trim color.  It’s a very bright white but has a cool undertone that I’m hoping will pop the white accents.

Gray Owl- Another BM.  This grey has a slightly green/blue undertone.  It is the master bedroom color.

Revere Pewter- From BM.  You’ll see this color show up again and again on Pinterest.  It’s a muddy grey which makes it very desirable.  If any of you locals want to see it in person, it’s the grey color on the city library walls.  I picked this for the second bedroom to make the northeast room more cozy and warm.

So that’s the palette!  I hope to get some finished pictures up soon!

 

 

Fixer Upper- Week Three

This week was demo week.  And for that we called in some recruits.  Thanks to my brother and my dad for bringing in some muscle to this messy job!

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Here are the kitchen cabinets coming out.

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Here’s a shot of the kitchen with the cabinets out.

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They tried to haul away this little lovely to the dumpster but I save it.  It’s the old bathroom vanity.  I have big plans for its future!
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There’s the empty space that bathroom vanity left.

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Tub and shower gone.

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No more carpet!

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Trim gone and closet doors off.

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Here’s the old flooring stacked up to be used again somewhere.

wpid-20150328_100306.jpgThis is a coat closet at the top of the stairs.  I had an idea for this space too.  A little demo on the other side and it’ll be half a pantry/half coat hanging space.  (More on that later!)

This kitchen definitely needs more storage!

Now that the demo is 90% done, the real work begins!

 

 

 

 

 

Fixer Upper- Week Two

One thing that I noticed right away in our fixer upper was that in true 70’s fashion, the kitchen was closed off from the living room by some short interior walls.  After consulting with the Mr., it was determined that we could use some different support for the wall and take out the short walls.  It will involve a little reconfiguring, but now it will be so much more open and inclusive.  It should feel like all one big room!

Here’s the before-

Wall Separating the Kitchen and the Living Room

Here’s what it looks like now-

Looking Into the Living Room

Looking Into the Living Room

Looking Into The Kitchen

Looking Into The Kitchen

Another Kitchen Shot

Another Kitchen Shot

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy painting ceilings just to give them a fresh coat.  I was kind of sad painting over the clouds.  🙁

Second Bedroom Ceiling

Second Bedroom Ceiling

Ceiling After

Ceiling After

That’s all for now!

Fixer Upper- Week One

 

As promised, here is a tour of the main floor of the fixer upper.  It is your typical 1970 split level and looks like it was in the process of some updates before we purchased it.

Come on in!

Front Door

Front Door

Up The Stairs

Up The Stairs

Looking Down the Stairs

Looking Down the Stairs

Entry

Entry

Front Window

Front Window

Living Room

Living Room

"Dining" Room

“Dining” Room

Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Cupboards

Kitchen Cupboards

Hallway

Hallway

Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Shower

Bathroom Shower

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom Ceiling

Second Bedroom Ceiling

Wall Separating the Kitchen and the Living Room

Wall Separating the Kitchen and the Living Room

I have big plans for this place. After all, I’m the designer on this project! I’ll try to keep you updated on our projects but you’ll have to be patient. I am a part of the labor too. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the tour!