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We finally have one room completely, for real, not changing except for the decorations, finished in the house! It is the entryway, so it isn’t the largest or most exciting room, but it is finished and I love it!

Entryway UpdateThe dark picture on the left is what the entryway looked like on the day we got the keys to the house. That tile…I forgot how terrible it was! The ceiling was the same color as the walls and the moldings were ‘white.’

The much lighter and much happier picture on the right is what the room looks like today. The new wood floors and molding around the opening to the dining room definitely help but that light fixture brings it all up to date as well – isn’t it great?

Crate and Barrel Light FixtureThe Finley Small White Pendant is from Crate & Barrel and was a family affair to get it in our house. Conner’s parents gave it to me for Christmas and my dad installed it this past weekend – they both saved me a ton of money on buying this and having it installed! Even after the new paint on the ceiling, moldings and walls, this light fixture really made the entryway more modern and flow with the rest of the house much better.

Entryway After2The mirror on top of the painted buffet was a nice way to judge how low the pendant should hang. There was a ton of extra wire that we had to cut to make the light hang just right so we measured several times and hoped for the best once we hung the pendant. It worked out and is the perfect height for the room.

Entryway UpdateEach time we update a room, I’m always surprised by how little can make such a big impact. While the new wood floors are a definite plus, paint and a new light fixture were the biggest visual updates to this small area!

Now the floors in the dining room? They were a huge update and I will show you that before and after in the next couple of weeks.

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Slowly but surely, we have been updating our master bedroom. (still love our updated cedar chest!) We have lived here for 2.5 years and still haven’t finished it – isn’t that sad? I wanted it to be the first room that was totally complete but like most of you, we worked on the areas everyone sees first. I’m hoping that by the end of February, it will be really finished.

IMG_2285We painted the walls a dark grey when we first moved in and they still look so great. The yellow-beige moldings and tan ceiling? Not so much. This picture shows what even one coat of primer can do. Original on the left – primer on the right.

IMG_1789This picture shows the ceiling and crown moldings completely finished – wow, right? The moldings on the doorway and the baseboards still have to be painted but we should be able to finish those this weekend. This picture makes it even more apparent how not white our “white” woodwork really is!

IMG_7599Once the woodwork is finished, I am doing a project that starts with this bad boy. I can’t wait and will show you next week what it is! If you want some play-by-play this weekend, follow me on Instagram and Facebook to keep up.

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Sorry for my absence lately – we have been busy painting! Yup, more painting. We are finally working on our two spare bedrooms and making them into nice guest rooms where friends and family will actually want to stay and feel comfortable…not to mention they’ll finally be rooms we will want to look at instead of close the door on!

The room we’re currently working on is the middle bedroom, otherwise known as the second bedroom. It was purple walls and purple ceiling – so gross. (My computer is being funny so soon I will be able to hopefully show you the before of this room) We have painted the ceiling, the walls are finished…sans crown molding that my dad and I will be installing – he just found that out last night :)…and now we’re working on the molding and doors!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so you can see progress as it happens instead of waiting for updates here!

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I guess the real title of this post should be Fireplace Update but since our living room is focused around our fireplace, it is really an update on our living room. This weekend, I came across the photos of our house on the day we moved in and couldn’t believe what our living room and fireplace used to look like!

On the left, our fireplace on June 25, 2010 (closing day). On the right, our fireplace this weekend (October 2012). What a difference, right? I love how much bigger this room feels with the white brick and lower/bigger mantel. For a recap on what we did here, check out this post.

Before you say it, I’ll say it first – I realize I still have the summer decorations on the mantel. I’m not sure I’ll have time to decorate for fall this year so this might stay like this until its time for stockings and garlands. I feel like such a rebel without my pumpkins!

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So, I should tell you. I get bored easily…especially with small projects that don’t take long to complete! Our living room ottoman is no exception.

This is what our ottoman looks like now. There isn’t anything wrong with it, just kind of blah for me. Our couches blend into it (a completely different story – I’m SO ready for new ones) and I want something fun and new.

Side note – Carl really does like to lounge on this but he really got excited when I was taking pictures for the original makeover post two years ago. (Picture quality can’t be guaranteed since this was long ago)

This is what the ottoman used to look like. Conner’s parents were finished using it and let us take it over when we moved. It works so much better than the coffee table we had already however, the outdoors theme was not what we were going for so we got permission to do whatever we wanted to it.

I have been searching high and low for the perfect fabric and finally found it on the Tonic Living website this week (one of my favorite go-to fabric sites!). This grey stripe is exactly what I had in mind and was even pictured next to the cross section fabric – our living room curtains – so of course, I had to buy it! It couldn’t be more perfect and I can’t wait to give our ottoman a (second) makeover.

I was in no way paid to say any of this – I just really love Tonic Living and their fabrics!

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Our hallway bar cabinet houses our extra and special glasses. Our everyday glasses are in the kitchen but this is the perfect spot for those glasses we use when company is over! It was once a desk nook but we have turned it into a nook for entertaining.

This is where we started two years ago and where we are now. I am so glad I took a ton of pictures the day we closed! It is really fun to look back and see what we were attracted to and how we’ve made it our own. The green room was their dining room that we turned into our second living room. I still love our navy spray painted bar cart!

With the help of Conner’s dad, we easily ripped out the desk. It was a pretty quick process and didn’t damage the wall except for a small spot – very lucky. You can see how the floor polish didn’t make it to this spot when the brick was laid. Luckily we ripped those out so you can’t see it anymore!

Once the wood floors were finished, we painted the walls and the cabinet. Originally, I wanted to replace the doors completely and change it up (remember when I couldn’t make up my mind and needed your help?) but then I realized it was easier to just paint the doors and put on new hardware. Give Conner props – he painted them on his own when I was at a fundraiser!

Since you would still be able to see inside, I wanted to jazz up that space as well. I gathered these supplies, looked at this tutorial and got to work.

I measured the inside of each shelf and cut the cardboard down to size. Unfortunately the shelves are not removable so painting them and measuring them for this to fit was not the easiest. Luckily, the glasses were going to cover most of it and the doors will be closed so it is not perfect by any means! I think in some spots, I just ripped away the cardboard when it wouldn’t cut…definitely not a straight line on these panels!

As I finished each section, I placed (read = shoved) the fabric-wrapped panel into the back of the cabinet. It really confused Conner when I was painting the inside and only painted the shelves and sides. This step was his “Oprah aha-moment.” So funny when you can see something in your head but can’t explain it until it happens. I was loving it already and couldn’t wait to finish!

The next update was hardware. The old stuff was not pretty. It was total 80’s and needed a little upgrade into the modern era. These euro bar pulls from myknobs.com were just the right touch. I made sure to find something that fit in our original holes and sure enough – they fit like a glove!

At first, I couldn’t stand the metal on the glass but once the new hardware was on, it instantly made the metal brighter and shinier! I love it now. It works perfectly with the chrome pulls.

Once the hardware was on, it was time to brighten up the inside and highlight our pretty glasses. There are 4 LED lights in these shelves and they work perfectly! Each has an on/off button and once on, automatically shut off after 30 minutes. I put two on the top shelf to reflect down and the other two are on the wall on the left side to shine across. They simply stick to the side with adhesive and twist apart for easy battery replacement. Love! (And no, I don’t paint the inside of my cabinet doors. The secret’s out!)

I love how the lights reflect in the glassware and highlight the fun fabric in the back. I wanted to make sure the greens and blues we have in the rest of the house flowed into here and this was the perfect way to do that! I don’t have a link to this fabric – I actually found it at a local fabric store. Let me know if you are local and want to know where!

Here is one last look at our before and after. In total, we spent $100 for this project, which is more than I wanted to spend but the lights took up most of that amount and were totally worth it (they were $14/each – whoa, mama!).

Next up in this space? Some wine storage next to Conner’s kegerator!

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Bar Cabinet Update

Remember this post about needing help with our bar cabinet? Well, we’ve come a long way since then! The walls are painted, the moldings are freshly white and the cabinet itself has gotten some paint and a fun update inside! We still need pulls (those have been ordered) but everything else is finished and it looks great! So much better and brighter for this small space. I’ll do a full recap post once the pulls are in but I wanted to show you something funny…

This was the first picture I took. I thought after my one photography class I was doing better so I started with this. Normally, I would have thought that this was fine and just done some editing on my computer. It was after work and the light was coming in weird from the windows, pretty hard to get good light since this is a hallway, so I had the overhead light on. But I remembered Emily’s recent photography post that said no lamps and no overhead lights in photos…so I kept trying settings to see if maybe my camera could do more work for me instead of the computer…

This was several attempts later. SO much better, right? I didn’t edit either of those photos, just resized them for the blog. Both photos were using the same ISO and f-stop but for this photo, I lowered the shutter speed way down so more natural light would come in. Crazy, right? I turned off all of the lights so this was just from the sunlight coming in from the window in the next room. Obviously there are bad shadows, etc but it is a huge improvement over the first photo!

If you’re a serious photographer you probably think I’m still missing some things besides just the shadows, which I know I am, but I think I’m coming along. I’m taking a photography course at our church for the next several months so I’m excited to learn even more and make my photos even better. I don’t like seeing bad photos on other people’s sites so why would I do that to myself?

Here’s one quick little (unedited photo) peek inside the cabinet – new paint and fabric lined back walls! We love it. Conner did the painting and I did the fabric in the only way I know how – at 9 p.m. the night before people were coming over. Procrastination at its finest!

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