On this day two months ago I set out with my Corolla full of plants and a flat screen tv, bound for Ohio. A lot has changed over the last sixty days. Here’s a look at what the house is looking like now after being lived in for a little bit:
The kitchen:This is a pretty different kitchen than the one we bought. We ripped out the old wood-trimmed formica countertops and had granite installed. With the counter came a new sink and faucet. It actually makes dishwashing somewhat enjoyable! We brightened the paint color from sage to celery…hmmm, sounds a bit like Thanksgiving. I changed out all the brass knobs to brushed nickel. We bought the new knobs before we realized how simple and cheap it was to spray paint them! The floors are the final difference…old stained linoleum to new linoleum.
The dining room:As I’ve mentioned before we didn’t want a formal dining room and the dining are off the kitchen is more than big enough to accomodate the “breakfast table” Jonathan grew up with. The bookshelf in the background was a little country style cabinet we picked up at Goodwill. It had scalloped trim and doors with heart-shaped cut outs. Very much not my style. But, the price was right and changes easy to make. Now it’s just a cute little blue bookshelf that holds our cookbooks. I still need to refinish it as there are raw wood parts glaring at me from the bits and pieces I ripped off it. It’s good for now!
The living room:So, you’ve seen the blue wall and a little bit of the mantel, but here’s the rest of the living room. We bought a new reclining sofa and “wide seat” from Ashley furniture and we absolutely love them. They are super comfortable leather just the right size for two tall folks like us. The rug, bookshelf and purple stool are from IKEA. As for the stool we decided on something a little non-traditional for the side table. My aunt found the stool at IKEA and we promptly walked it over to one of the living room set ups to see if it would work as a table. Obviously it did, but the color didn’t.
Unfinished wood + primer + 3 coats of Glidden Bright Black Raspberry=
The craft room:Many of you know I finally got myself a craft room after four years of using the dining room table and plastic storage bins under the breakfast bar in our old townhouse. It has been wonderful to work in there and not have to put everything away for dinner. It seriously expedited the construction of my latest quilt. I’ll share more about that later…after it finds a home in its recipient’s house. Though this isn’t the best picture, it gives you an idea of what’s going on in there.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour around the more finished parts of the house. When the other two bedrooms are finished I’ll be sure to share them!