Friday, February 25, 2011

Celebrating one week of homeownership


One week ago today we were high on happiness and had already stripped the living room of wallpaper!


We’re still happy one week later!

Saturday we ordered our new kitchen cabinets! And, we worked on stripping the kitchen wallpaper which had this lovely retro pattern.


Sunday we washed glue off the walls and one of my best friends/bridesmaids stopped by to help.

washing glue

Thank goodness for dads, uncles and grandfathers…the kitchen got stripped Saturday and Sunday.


Then the wall between the kitchen and living room got stripped down to the studs.

wall gone

wall gone2

After cleanup, a new L-shaped wall was built which will contain the refrigerator and pantry. It will also help to support the header beam which serves as reinforcement for the ceiling since the original load-bearing wall has been removed.

ranch kitchen remodel

Across from this, (to the left in the photo) a half wall with a column was built. The column will be the other support for the header. Photos to come later.

We had a dumpster delivered yesterday because we’ll also be putting on a new roof…photo taken this morning, a very rainy day…just want this snow to disappear already!


Here are the three bedrooms all before paint and carpet removal:

(bonus – hardwoods are under the living room and bedroom carpeting!)

Future office

office_1 office_2


Since both of us will share the spare, it will be modern with punches of color…a rich gray would be perfect…


…along with a colorful landscape painting of mine. He loves oranges, reds and blues, and I just appreciate all colors, so we’ll make it work!

k5 designs abstract acylic landscape painting


Guest bedroom/second TV room




We have a futon that will need a slipcover, a retro camel colored leather couch and a black TV stand that will house my future hubs’ video games (not sure if he knows that yet :-D )



master_1 master_2


We both LOVE blue. Our current bedroom situation is, in a word, chaotic. We want a peaceful retreat, without posters and noise on the walls, without my art stuff, and without piles of wedding and sports illustrated magazines everywhere. Our stuff will finally have a place in our new house and our bedroom will be a bedroom!

I think a deeper accent blue will go on the wall where our bed will be, to anchor the room.



Finally, the bathroom

3 people said it was a Victoria’s Secret bathroom (the walls at least!)



I despise the floral decals on the wall tile – why did they have to go and ruin a perfectly good wall of white tiles??? I really hope to remedy that in the future…the floor isn’t so bad.. the small tiles are cobalt/midnight blue…my inspiration for the new wall color. I also hate the medicine cabinet and light fixture.


Obsessed with white and navy.


lithonia lighting home depot

silver mirror


HomeGoods anyone? :)

This Saturday and Sunday will be painting galore and the roof is getting stripped.

Can you say PROGRESS?

We are feeling very thankful.


Aylee Bits said...

That is so exciting! I love all you're planning. But I love the navy and white inspiration for the bathroom most of all :)

jacin {lovely little details} said...

can't wait to follow the progress!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Yeyyy! So exciting! I love all of your inspiration pics! The navy and white inspiration for your bathroom and your blue master are my fav.'s! It's definitely hard work! We're going through the same, and it already feels so overwhelming but so exciting at the same time!

Saying I do said...

Wow! I loove your inspiration pictures..great color choices, I'll def. refer to this when I need to decorate my own house!

Kristin said...

This is so exciting! I can't wait to see each room come together....the previous owners sure did have an interesting taste in color, didn't they?

I absolutely love all your inspirations! It's going to be fabulous! :)