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 :)
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…
And then this…
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.
We still have some work to do here but things are definitely improving. Do you remember what it used to look like?
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.
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.
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 :)
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…
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.
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…
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…*
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.
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.
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…
Remember how it used to look?
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!