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Here is a quick glimpse of more of what we are currently working on in the house!

This was the fireplace in our living room on closing day. I have no clue why the picture is crooked – I was going picture happy and just clicking away, not really thinking about getting straight shots or thinking much of anything for that matter. I was just so happy to be in our new place!

Here is our fireplace now! We were watching TV and relaxing after finally getting the shelves painted and put back in so please excuse the can of paint and the Chili’s commercial on TV. 🙂 This is a ‘quick’ list of everything we updated in this picture:

  • painted the brick on the fireplace
  • painted the walls
  • painted the ceiling
  • painted the moldings
  • ripped off the old mantel
  • had a new mantel made
  • distressed and stained the new mantel
  • took off the fireplace cover
  • painted the built-ins on either side of the fireplace
  • mounted the TV
  • had an electrician run the cables and plugs behind the fireplace so there wouldn’t be any cords

Whew! I think that about covers it…

I’ve started decorating the shelves and still need to put a coat of finishing wax on the mantel and get some decorations on it. I’m still trying to decide what I want to do and how I want to decorate it. I’ve heard of the ‘three plus one’ rule (three things on side of the mantel and one thing on the other that balances it out) but I’m not sure how that works with a TV/art mounted above. Lots of playing with decorations in my future! 🙂

More to come in the process of updating our house…stay tuned!

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Here is a close-up of the pattern to our curtains in the second living room…

I love them! They are orange but also have a really cool pattern. I bought several yards of it and my mom hemmed them up for us. We’re in to no-fuss, no-muss so all of the window treatments in our house will be fairly simply and just casual. We get a ton of natural light too so we don’t want to ever block that out by putting heavy drapes or liners on the curtains. Nothing over-the-top for this house!

Max assuming his position at the window. I think our neighbors were having people over for dinner when I took these pictures. He had to make sure everyone was behaving! 🙂

Remember when I posted about those lamps I found at Goodwill this summer? (http://lauraandconnersteen.blogspot.com/2010/06/thanks-goodwill.html) Well, this is the blue one! I love how it turned out and it was fairly easy to do.

I spray painted a coat of primer on the lamp first, including the brown base, and then did several, light coats of orange. I used Valspar’s orange paint from Lowe’s and it turned out great! I didn’t even have to use the high-gloss clear paint at the end. I thought I would, but the shine from the colored spray paint is perfect! I used an extra lamp shade that I already had (probably from Target, they are great) and it works so well. The best compliment? Conner loves it!

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