7.10.2013

New House: Six-Week Progress Report

It's been a whirlwind of activity at our new home since before we moved in. Six weeks after our move in date, it's kind of fun to see what's already been accomplished:

The first thing we did– before we even moved in– was paint the walls our favorite shade of greige- Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. Replacing that creamy yellow color was an instant upgrade for the entire living space. It made a huge difference in the kitchen, where we painted over the three different shades of yellow. The new grey color really made the cabinets look white instead of yellow, which I like much better!
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Phase Two of that initial paint job was a beast of a project: painting the den's original oak built-ins. We're DIYers all the way, but we also know our weaknesses. We're not good at painting. Well,  I'm OK at the artistic type of painting, but I have no patience for the type you roll on the walls. We hired painters to do all of this work before we moved in (while we were frantically getting our old house ready to be an income property) and it was actually a really good value. If you find affordable painters, don't lose their phone numbers! We paired those white cabinets with a darker wall color, Benjamin Moore's Galveston Gray, to create a really cozy TV space.

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Once the paint was completely dry, I unpacked all my decorative doodads and decked out those shelves! We also hung shades on the windows and put the curtains up.



The last job for the painters was to repaint the deck, which had these terrible green railings you could see perfectly from almost every room in the house. But before that could happen, Scott had to replace a few rotting boards. A simple brown helps the deck blend in with nature and doesn't distract from the creek view. I haven't had a chance to really make the deck a living space yet, but I have fun plans for the space. I can't wait! I'm hoping to stumble upon some excellent end-of-summer deals, of course.

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Before we moved in, I began collecting thrift store lighting. One of my acquisitions was this giant 1980s lantern, which we freshened up with some spray paint and hung up in our brand new dining room. It's one of my favorite rooms in the house, and it's come a long way!

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One of my other thrifted lights was an antique crystal chandelier, which found a lovely home in my new office/art studio. This room also got a newly painted table (plus some fresh white walls) and some crafting storage. This is now one of my favorite spots in the house!

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We've been working hard on the formal living room for the past few weeks. It had the worst lighting in the house, so we bartered with our electrician friend and got him to install four fabulous pot lights last week. The new lighting totally improves the room, plus I'm slowly getting it decorated. I'll have a full reveal with nice pictures on the blog soon, but here are a few sneak peaks that I've been posting to Instagram (@jordang106).
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For our next project we tackled our dated front door. A snazzy new glass insert and some fresh paint gave it a completely new look. Now it makes me smile every time I pull in the driveway. 

I'm pretty proud of the progress we've already made in our first six weeks in this house. I have to give the husband 90% of the credit because May and June are my worst months at work and I haven't been able to contribute that much. On the other hand, the summer is his most productive time because he's a high school teacher/coach, so he's been doing SO much work. 

Right now he's in the middle of his most ambitious carpentry project ever, a custom closet/wardrobe for our master bedroom. I took this shot last night on my phone as he added the upper storage and the shoe shelves. (Ignore the mess, we're stuck living inside a construction zone!) It's really coming together but there is still so much work to be done. I'm amazed by his work though – he has done the entire thing himself!


Of course there is still a ton of work to do, but it's fun to check in every once in a while to see our progress. It motivates us to keep going!

I'll be gone the rest of the week as we're giving this house its first big test– eight of my in-laws are coming to visit! We've been busy finishing the last of the unpacking and preparing the three guest bedrooms for visitors. We'll be bursting at the seams but it should be fun.

I'll be back next week to share some full room reveals and a really fun DIY project I just completed for our living room. If you want to see a sneak peek, check out my latest Instragram shot. I like to post a lot of updates to Instragram so if you want to follow our house progress live, that's the best place to do it. It takes much longer to construct a blog post then to post one picture!

* Practice Makes Progress *

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4 comments:

  1. You've done more in 6 weeks than most people do in years. I think it looks great; it's coming together nicely.

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  2. So Amazing!!! You put the rest of us to shame!

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  3. Outstanding progress for such a short time. It's hard to believe its only been six weeks. And I know you have new appliances that aren't even in these pictures!

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  4. Can't believe you guys have gotten all that done in only 6 weeks... Great job!

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