A TOUR OF THE 2ND FLOOR

I’m never really a big fan of Mondays, as you may have gathered by now, but a Monday after the holidays might be especially rough. In order to ease the pain a bit, I figured I would pick up where we left off and finish giving you a look at our house in its current state & our plans for 2015. As promised, I’m back today with a tour of the 2nd floor (which I don’t believe I’ve ever shown you before) and a look at what has been going on upstairs and what is still to come.

Shall we?

a tour of the 2nd floor

When we bought the house, the carpeting continued all the way upstairs. We ripped it all out right away and exposed the perfectly preserved hardwoods underneath. That along with painting all of the trim and giving the walls a fresh coat of paint helped immensely in brightening this little area up.

a tour of the 2nd floor

As you get to the top of the stairs and turn left, you’ll see my step-son’s room and what we are currently using as my office (more on those later.)

But overall, things are looking a whole lot better then they did here…

a tour of the 2nd floor

To the right, you see the linen closet, full bathroom, and the master bedroom.

a tour of the 2nd floor

I’m in the process of hanging some artwork around the landing area, which explains the strangely low hung canvas and extra stuff leaning against the wall but I’m still sorting out those details.

We painted all of the doors, replaced the old doorknobs with nice new black ones for some contrast against the newly white doors and cleaned up all of the old brass hardware to maintain some of the original charm.

Here’s a similar view from before we got our hands on it…

a tour of the 2nd floor

So. Much. Better.

Plans for 2015: There’s not a whole lot more to do on the upstairs landing aside from hanging some artwork, finish painting the walls & ceiling, and replace the old light fixture.

Next up is the Master bedroom. We’re continuing on the theme of already having updated the basics (like painting walls, trim, and light fixture) but still needed a lot in the design department.

a tour of the 2nd floor

I’m still figuring out a few things, like our nightstands (we’re just using some filler ones for now), bedding, artwork, and all of that other pretty stuff.

a tour of the 2nd floor

You mike recognize that dresser from a project I did at our old house :)

a tour of the 2nd floor

It’s still a work in progress but it’s loads better than what is was before we bought the house…

a tour of the 2nd floor

Am I right or am I right? This room, in particular, is one that still has be saying “I can’t believe how different this room looks…”

Plans for 2015: A lot of the basics are done in here so far but I still need to do a lot of decorating. I’m on the hunt for some artwork and other decorative elements. I need to find new nightstands, (I’m thinking something reclaimed or vintage) with some additional storage. Lastly, I’m anxious to make a tufted headboard inspire by Jenny Komenda over at Little Green Notebook.

Next, we have the bathroom. This one needs a lot of work, so I’ll make this quick. We have plans for a full renovation at some point but until then, not much is going on in here.

a tour of the 2nd floor

I do find the vintage tile charming, and that’s not necessarily what has me itching for an upgrade, but the overall space (albeit tiny) could work a whole lot better with a few tweaks.

a tour of the 2nd floor

For now, it works just fine and it’s feeling a lot cleaner and brighter than it did when we first moved in…

a tour of the 2nd floor

Plans for 2015: While a bathroom renovation is definitely in our future, I don’t think that’s going to be happening this year. In the meantime, I’d like to refresh the space with some new accessories, replace the old medicine cabinet with a larger mirror that makes this tiny room feel a bit bigger and add some additional storage. Other than that, no big plans here for 2015.

Next up is my office. It’s a tiny little room at the top of the stairs but gets some great light and is a perfect spot for me to work on my design classwork and other projects.

a tour of the 2nd floor

We removed the doors, since it doesn’t really need to be a private area right now, and it helps to open up the upstairs landing a bit, making the overall space feel bigger and brighter.

a tour of the 2nd floor

It’s really just a mix up miscellaneous furniture right now but it’s a perfect space so put my drafting table, project supplies, and other storage for the time  being…although it has become a bit of a dumping zone for odds and ends right now. For now it’s nothing special, design-wise, but it functions well for what I need it for.

Plans for 2015: I don’t have any big plans for this space as of right now. I’d like to spruce things up a bit with some artwork, maybe figure something out for additional storage, and replace the ceiling fan with something a little bit prettier. 

Lastly, we have my step-son’s room. Right now we’re in the process of choosing a paint color (as you can see). He has requested blue so I’m still trying to finalize the color and figure out a game plan in here.

It's really just a mix up miscellaneous furniture right now but it's a perfect space so put my drafting table, project supplies, and other storage for the time  being...although it has become a bit of a dumping zone for odds and ends right now.

He is one seriously fun and creative kid so I just want to keep things feeling really playful and all “boy” in here.

Although all of the Christmas has been removed from the rest of the house, I’m having a hard some parting with this little cutie in the corner.

It's really just a mix up miscellaneous furniture right now but it's a perfect space so put my drafting table, project supplies, and other storage for the time  being...although it has become a bit of a dumping zone for odds and ends right now.

a tour of the 2nd floor

Plans for 2015: Up next on the agenda in here is to finalize a paint color and finish painting. That, along with a few other accessories and storage solutions, will have this room pretty close to done. 

Well, there you have it! Now you have a good idea of the whole layout of the house, where things stand, and what is left to be done. Now I guess I had better get going… looks like there’s a lot to be done in 2015!

Happy Monday, folks!

 

A CURRENT HOUSE TOUR & PLANS FOR 2015

Happy 2015 people! I hope your holiday and New Years celebrations were great and that you got to spend some time relaxing with friends and family (although I realize that those two things don’t always go hand in hand…) As for me, I turned my computer off a week ago and didn’t even touch it until now…and, let me tell you, it was Will Ferrell level glorious :) It’s amazing what a little recharge/refresh can do for you… and just in time for the new year.

With these well rested hands and set of fresh eyes, I’m excited to get back on track with work around the house so I thought I’d start 2015 off with an unedited look of exactly where our house stands right now (post holiday chaos & mid projects) and a list of our game plan for the coming year.

I planned on taking you around the entire house but the pictures were adding up and things were starting to get a little bit wordy, so I figured I’d split it up into two parts and start with a current house tour of the 1st floor (including a couple spots you may not have seen yet) and give you a peak at exactly how things are shaping up downstairs along with some goals for the coming year. This is a big one, folks…

Warning: Not all of this is going to be pretty :)

current house tour

It seems fitting to kick things off at the front door. Since the stairs are the first thing you see when you walk into the house, I wanted to brighten things up a bit and make the entry feel a bit more cheery. I think we’re on our way to that, considering this is where we started out…

demo day one

And then this…

demo day one

A little better? I think, yes.

Goals for the 2015: As far as the entry goes, there’s not a whole lot left to be done. I’d like to paint the exterior of the door and hang some art along the stairway but other than that, no huge plans for this area. P.S. That might be the only time I’ll ever get to say that this year…

We also tackled the inside of the front door and our tiny little entry by ripping out the old linoleum tile, painting the walls, trim and front door, and adding a little doormat.

a current house tour

We still have some work to do here but things are definitely improving. Do you remember what it used to look like?

a current house tour

Goals for 2015: We still have to deal with the weird doorbell situation that you see in the “before” picture. I haven’t made up my mind on what we’re going to do there yet. This year, I’d like to figure out a little bit of front door organization, hang some artwork, and make the overall entry feel even more inviting. Nothing too major. 

As you walk in the front door, the dining room is to your left.

a current house tour

Not a whole lot has changed in here since you’ve seen it last except for what might be my favorite change in the whole house :)

Remember that silly little bookcase in the back corner? It used to be an exterior window that, years ago, was turned into a shelf when the former porch was enclosed. Truthfully, I always hated it. I painted it and styled it to make it look okay in the meantime but it was really one of those lipstick on a pig situations.

In order to create even more of an open layout and really merge the dining room and living room, we decided to knock it out and create a 2nd doorway. It has done wonders in the overall circulation of the space and feels so much better… not to mention how much more natural light we get in the dining room.

current house tour

 I love the symmetry it creates on the fireplace wall and it eliminated the awkward space over in that corner. We still have to address the absurdly huge return vent on the floor (we’ve honestly never seen such an unnecessarily large return in our lives…it’s a little crazy) but more on that later :)

a current house tour

Another one of our best moves during the renovations so far was converting this once formal living room into our dining room during the great floorplan swap of 2014. Here’s a reminder of what is used to look like in here…

demo day one

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Plans for 2015: The dining room has, by far, made the most headway in the completion department so far, but there’s still a lot to be done. This year, we hope to add a ceiling fixture (show of hands, how many of you never noticed we’re lacking a fixture over the dining table!?) finish and frame the new doorways leading into the living room, build the steps leading into said sunken living room, hang artwork, style mantel and finish all final decor details. 

It’s no secret that the biggest changes to date have happened in our living/family room. Ripping out old paneling, raising the ceiling, installing recessed lighting, putting up new walls, and priming the windows are just a few of the changes that have happened so far, and while there’s still a whole lot more to be done in there, here’s a peak at how it’s looking right now.

a current house tour

a current house tour

a current house tour

There’s still so much to do in here (obviously) but it truly feels like a completely different room. Right now it’s just a mishmash of different furniture and we have big plans for the future but still, it’s hard to even remember it looking like this…

living room_before

our current house

demo day 2

Read more about our living room progress here, here, here, here, and here.

Plans for 2015: Although we’ve made a lot of progress, there’s still A LOT to be done in here including; finish painting brick, rip out old carpeting, add new flooring (we’re still deciding on what flooring will be going in here), paint windows, add trim to windows, new furniture & furnishings (area rug, sofa, additional seating, side tables, TV stand etc.), hang artwork, and window treatments, plus a whole lot of other things I’m sure I’m forgetting. Slow and steady…

Around the other side of the living room and back through the dining room, you can see into our kitchen, a spot you haven’t seen up until now. *Dun dun dun…*

a current house tour

If you remember, that used to be a closet. When we decided to take control of our floorplan, we ripped out the closet in order to open the kitchen up to the new dining room. In the process, we discovered some unexpected ductwork and plumbing but we have plans to move some of that around, possibly even adding a tiny half bath or pantry (depending on the reconfiguration and layout) and open things up completely.

a current house tour

See? I told you it wouldn’t all be pretty ;)

Plans for 2015: This year we need to move ductwork, move plumbing wall, add possible powder room or pantry(?), finish flooring, add lighting, and really just make it not look like a torture room from Saw I-VI.

a current house tour

We haven’t done a single thing to the kitchen since we moved it. It’s just a small galley kitchen but it functions well for now. a current house tour

a current house tour

As of now, we plan on letting the kitchen go until we make some more progress on the rest of the house. Eventually, we have plans for the cabinets, installing now floors and countertops and giving her a big ol’ face lift but more now this little lady is going to have to wait. A bigger kitchen overhaul may be in store at some point but that’s waaaay down the road so we plan on making some cosmetic upgrades until then.

Plans for 2015: While it might be last on our list of things to do in the new year, in here we would like to put in new flooring, new countertops & backsplash, paint cabinetry,  and replace the light fixture. 

Finally, through the back of the kitchen, we have the former dining room turned Joe’s home office. Not much has happened in here since you last saw it (actually, it may have only gotten messier. Oops!) But, as promised, here you go…

current house tour

a current house tour

a current house tour

Remember how it used to look?

house progress_the study before_2

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Plans for 2015: I think one of our first purchases of the year may be a new light fixture. That ugly ceiling fan has assaulted my eyeballs for far too long. Other than that, we need to do a whole lot of decorating in here. No major changes are in store but I really need to cozy it up for Joe a bit with some additional furniture, window treatments, artwork, area rug, etc. 

So, there you have it. If you walked into our house right now, this is what you would get. A lot has happened over the last 4 1/2 months of home ownership and, as you can see, there’s even more change ahead of us in 2015. Here’s hoping that at this time next year, I’ll be checking off all of the items listed above. Well, a girl can dream, right?!

Stay tuned for part 2 and a look at what’s going on upstairs later on this week!