Welcome back, now that you’ve seen my favorite room, the kitchen, you can the see the rest of our home renovations!
The living room had a few bumps and bruises we had to fix up, but overal it was an easy room. The grey paint we chose was called pewter mug and it looks grey in the right lighting but in the evening it has a periwinkle tint to it. We would prefer more of a brownish grey but we’re not discontent enough to repaint the whole room. The giant mirror currently next to our bed (photo below) will go in the living room above the green striped couch. We love this mirror; it really makes a room look bigger. We’ll eventually have to replace those blinds because the previous renters’ cat used them as a chew toy…
Bedrooms 1 & 2
All we had to do for the bedrooms was give the trim and closets a fresh coat of white paint and add a splash of color. All of the doors were wood but we painted them white to give them a cleaner look. I love the double doors leading into our bedroom; it definitely made moving much easier! The closets go wall to wall which offers a lot of extra space. The blue room is a second bedroom but we don’t plan to buy more furniture any time soon. For now it’s empty and we just call it “the blue room.”
Bathrooms (1 full, 1 half)
The bathrooms are the least finished of the home. The previous owner must have really loved yellow; it’s everywhere in the upstairs bathroom! The floor tile and the shower walls…really? We have not started any type of renovation on this. I’ll keep you posted on what we end up doing.
As for the bathroom downstairs, this was the BIGGEST pain in the rear, mainly for Dave. I’m confident the last owner took a hose and drenched the walls with wallpaper glue that took Dave a day and a half to scrape off. That awesome picture with the wood pallet wall is not our finished bathroom. That’s a dream inspired by Pinterest. We decided to hold off on that idea though until we get a home that will likely be our long-term home. The current plan is to see if we can make the photo with the stripes (also Pinterest) work in our bathroom. We’re planning to pick up a vanity like the three in the picture but ours will be white. The bathroom is pretty small so this vanity is only 12 inches deep and the sink sticks out a little bit.
Upstairs hallway/landingThe area between the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs is nice and open with a little nook for linens and a closet for extra storage. We gave everything in this area and stairwell a fresh coat of light gray paint and I used contact paper to cover the shelves. My mom came up with a clever idea for painting the stair well that I actually ended up pinning on Pinterest because it was genius. The rail was a handicap rail that would do more damage to take off to paint. Instead, we just rolled suran wrap around it and taped off necessary areas. It made painting much easier!
Odds & Ends
The odds and ends of this place were a little outdated so we did some upgrades. The light fixtures looked like old strobe lights and one was basically a bird house. We replaced them with what my mom calls “boob lights” as you can probably guess from the pictures
We tried a few things for the kitchen light that hangs over the dining table since we don’t care for it. We tried a fan but realized it would take a lot of work to put support beams in so we could screw it in. Then we tried a cool pendulum light but it hung too far down even without the chain. For now, we just have the original light back up.
Moving and unpacking was a little busy but we have made a few great meals since we settled in. Our first meal was breakfast: eggs! The dishes were still in boxes so we resorted to birthday plates. If you want to try out the Thai Peanut Tuna burgers, Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Goat Cheese, or the Sweet Potato Banana Bites, you’ll find the recipes at The Lean Green Bean. Lindsay officially became a dietitian a couple days ago and her site is amazing!