So, we bought this charming old house, built in 1912. The house was actually purchased last year, but we allowed the current tenants to hang out for a bit. So, come this summer, they moved out and the renovation began.
One full month of work: paint, floors, lighting, bathrooms. We’re so happy with the results–it’s amazing what just a little facelift can do.
Living Room: Before & After
Dining Area: Before & After
Kitchen: Before & After (the kitchen had been updated not too long ago, so luckily we didn’t have too much work to do here).
Upstairs Hallway: Before & After
Playroom: Before & After
Kids’ Room: Before & After
Kids’ Bathroom: Before & After
Master Suite: Before & After
Here are some of my most favorite rooms:
The Kids’ Playroom! The second floor of the house has three rooms all dedicated to the kids. Because they’re sharing a room (for now), we have room for a playroom and family room that’s all theirs.
The Kids’ Bedroom!
The Kitchen! We added the faux-tin backsplash and light fixtures as an easy pick-me-up. The little figurines on the cabinets are old liquor decanters painted by my Great Grandma.
We even had time for a little DIY project in the few weeks since we’ve moved in. Funny story: I felt like the protruding wall in the living room was just begging for a faux fireplace mantel. A friend pointed out that there’s most likely an actual fireplace behind the wall–sure enough, there’s a chimney there! I’m not really into doing any more demo right now, so this faux fireplace will have to do in the meantime:
We have a friend painting a chalkboard hearth for us to go inside–I can’t wait to post the final results!
We absolutely love living Downtown. We take a walk every night, we visit playgrounds, ride our bikes on the Rail Trail, walk to Downtown shops and restaurants, flag down the ice cream truck, check out local historical buildings, play Pokemon-Go and talk to our neighbors. I’ll share more as we continue to settle in!
Have I shared with you yet my love for spray paint?
Today, I found some crappy old folding TV tray tables in my basement. Rather than following my first instinct of tossing them, I instead decide to spray paint them fun colors to give them new life.
I’ve become slightly obsessed with spray painting things. It’s been my goal in the last year to add more color to my home and spray paint certainly does the trick. I also appreciate that it doesn’t have to be an exact art, so I can be somewhat haphazard in my application.
Have a boring old piece of furniture or home good just sitting around? Pick up a can and go to town.
The first step in the big girl room process was refinishing a dresser and nightstand we found for $30 at a yard sale. To be clear, my only contribution to this process was spray painting the handles. But they look damn good.
The dressser, before:
I picked the color: Valspar Pink Burst (isn’t it, though?)
I painted the handles (with Valspar White High-Gloss Spray Paint):
More to come from the big girl room, including before-and-after wall paint photos!
Now remember, I can’t sew to save my life. AND, as I was looking into the various patterns and quantities of fabrics I was going to have to buy, I realized… I’d be better off just buying the damn quilt.
So it definitely feels like cheating a little to call this a “Pinterest win” when literally all I did was buy this auto oil drip pan from Walmart (for $11.97)…
… and Command strip it to the wall, but whatever. I mean, I actually had to go into Walmart, which is pretty much the worst. But I did find the super-cute letter magnets there (for 97 cents) so that was a bonus.
Most of the boards I’ve seen on Pinterest were hung vertically, but with Holdy being so little (and having a tendency to pull on stuff), we decided to mount it horizontally. We put it in front of the fireplace because, well, it was the only adequate amount of “wall space” we had, and we never use the fireplace anyway because the glass gets too hot for baby hands.
Holden’s clearly not spelling yet, but she does have fun moving the magnets around (and, let’s be honest, throwing them, putting them in her mouth, etc.)
Boring, right? No character… also almost no real evidence of a child (pay no attention to the sick little girl on the couch, or the random bassinet attachment I had chilling on top of that basket there for some reason). Our original thought was that the living room would remain a relatively kid-free zone, while the (finished) basement would become the romper room. That… never actually happened.
So I decided to embrace the fact that the living room would now be the dedicated play room. I wanted to add some color and whimsy. And I really, really wanted a teepee (thanks, Pinterest). So here’s what the living room looks like now:
We’ve already established that I have no sewing ability whatsoever, so I bought the teepee from Little Birds Boutique on Etsy. The listing only included the fabric (which has pre-sewn pockets for the rods). I also purchased the Teepee Accessories Package, which included crutch tips for the poles, nylon rope and electrical tape. We bought the PVC pipes at Lowe’s and Mr. B cut them to size and drilled little holes in the top. It was a relatively painless process.
The teepee is great for hiding toys, it looks adorable, and it’s become Sally’s secret spot.
The “You Are My Sunshine” bunting was a birthday party purchase that I decided to keep up all the time. I feel like it adds a little somethin’. It comes from Pickled Cherry Paper on Etsy.
So that’s my living room currently. I’ve decided against drapes because I love the natural light, and the openness that the naked windows bring to the room. I’m tossing around the idea of adding strips of Washi Tape to the blinds to add a little color, but I haven’t found a pattern I like just yet.
I’m a winner! I was super psyched to learn that I won my choice of a hand-lettered chalkboard print by Lily & Val through a Facebook contest.
Chalkboard artist and typographer, Valerie McKeehan, lives in Central PA (near me!). I fell in love with the custom chalkboard signs she had created for my friends’ wedding. Her work is whimsical yet rustic, and so fun.
Valerie creates each piece entirely by hand, from sketch to slate, hand lettering each design on a chalkboard surface. The design is then professionally photographed and the photograph is used to produce fantastic prints and note cards. Valerie will also create custom chalk boards for weddings and events.
So that left me with the tough task of choosing which print I wanted. I mean, definitely go check out all of these amazing prints so you can understand what I was dealing with. Song lyrics, famous quotations, cute culinary sayings, a mojito recipe…
So what did I go with?
I chose the lyrics to The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” my “theme song” from my first months with Holdy. Adorable, right?
And… exciting news: Lily & Val will have an exclusive line of holiday themed wall art at TJMaxx for the 2013 season. Be sure to check it out!
If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve decided that, after three months in our not-new-enough-to-call-it-new-anymore house, it’s time to start decorating. But because I’m me, I have to do it a little bit at at time.
I have these super cool vintage liquor decanters that were painted by my great grandmother. I actually have no idea how old they are. I do know that they portray ridiculous cultural stereotypes, but I love them anyway.
They represent, from left to right: rice wine, vino, brandy, Scotch, Vodka, Irish whiskey, moonshine and bourbon. Aren’t they fantastic?
I mean, check out that cool colonel.
But this Moonshine guy is my all-time favorite:
So I took the cool liquor decanters and paired them with various vases, filled with just some of the thousands of corks that my husband has been collecting for years. He’s not a huge wino, I promise; once people hear that Mr. B collects corks, they tend to save them for him.
It’s not a gorgeous backsplash, but it’s a start. I’m making my way through the house, bit by bit.
So, we moved into our new house just about three months ago because we were quickly outgrowing our townhouse. Now, while I love our beautiful (bigger, airier) new home, it’s (relatively) new construction and is lacking a bit of character. I was too busy to care at first, but lately it’s been bumming me out. Also, I’ve been totally lazy about decorating, so that hasn’t helped.
We had the first floor of the house painted while we were in Disney World(Sherwin-Williams Collonade Gray SW7641), so now we’re slowly-but-surely starting to get around to finally hanging some of our stuff.
So far, we’ve gotten the dining room pretty well situated:
Pretty amazing what just hanging some artwork (and a fantastic mirror) can do.
I’m in love with my super colorful prints. They represent various landmarks in my hometown, painted by a local artist named Brenda Wintermyer. We received the first print as a wedding gift and have made the subsequent prints our Christmas gift to ourselves each year.
I’ve been feeling yellow and gray lately, so that’s where my other pops of color come in.
My curtains are custom drapery panels from thislittlehome (etsy) in Suzani Print in Corn Yellow and Slub White.
My chevron table runner (that needs to be ironed, I know. And is too short for the table with the leaf in, I know.) is from Appleberry Attic via Very Jane. (do you know about Very Jane’s daily deals? Awesome.)
So it’s a start, anyway. The good thing about this being a work-in-progress is that I should have plenty of blog material. Stay tuned as I make my way through the house!