Progress has been slow lately as all of our kids’ activities have been picking up. That’s right. Upon this writing we have:
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.
Here is the second bedroom. I painted this one the beloved BM Revere Pewter.
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.
(Geez. That one’s blurry too. I’ll get some better picts!)
Living Room before-
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 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
Here’s from the entry before-
From Entry Before
Here’s a 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!
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.
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!
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!
Here are the kitchen cabinets coming out.
Here’s a shot of the kitchen with the cabinets out.
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!
There’s the empty space that bathroom vanity left.
Tub and shower gone.
No more carpet!
Trim gone and closet doors off.
Here’s the old flooring stacked up to be used again somewhere.
This 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!
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-
Here’s what it looks like now-
Looking Into the Living Room
Looking Into The Kitchen
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
That’s all for now!
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!
Up The Stairs
Looking Down the Stairs
Second Bedroom Ceiling
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!