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Our New and Improved Bedroom

The master bedroom is finally back together and looking decent so I thought I would give you guys a quick tour.  Everything is painted (for the most part), the furniture is back in, and the closet curtains are up.

Before we look at the new photos, I’ll do a quick recap of where this room started out.

Here it is when we moved in.

Here it is today.

I used the same Ritva curtains for the closet doors that I used earlier in the office, and they are so much easier to open and close.

We also have a lot more closet space compared to the room we were in before so both Jimmee and I can hang things in the closet.   It’s a little messy in this photo, but you can get the idea.

The other nice part is that we have built-ins in the closet for Jimmee’s clothes and my shoes!

Eventually, I’m going to paint the gray chest of drawers and put photos into those frames, but I’m still deciding what photographs to use and what color to paint….

My mom planted a bush of these Drift Roses when she was in town, and they are blooming like crazy.  I keep going out and picking them for each room of the house because they’re so cute, and they smell so good.

Now I’m off to look for those photographs and hang a couple more pictures around the house.  Hope you all have a great day!

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Bathroom Makeover: Part 1

I have been working on the master bathroom for the last couple of days, and I’ve learned several things during this project:

1.  It is very difficult to cover up mint green paint and may take three to four coats of white paint.  While this was very frustrating, I’m happy to say that the green is all gone, and it has been replaced with a fresh clean white.

2.  Our bathroom needed a complete cleaning from floor to ceiling, including scrubbing, spraying down with water, bleach, sprays….  I didn’t know it was that dirty until I took everything out and took a good look around, especially in the top cabinets.  eek.

3.  Mirrors make rooms look and feel much bigger.  After I took the large mirror down, I felt like I was in a teeny tiny closet.  Mirrors are back up, and it feels open and spacious again.  Amazing!

4.  Wallpaper is very frustrating and annoying to take down.  I’m making a mental note of that because we’re planning to put wallpaper up in our other bathroom.  I’m going to think long and hard about that decision.  It took me forever to take down the small floral border in this bathroom, and when I say forever I mean half a day.  That’s a lot of spraying and scraping paper particles off the wall.

Now onto the photos.  Here are the photos from before and during the process.

The border wallpaper (up close with a flash).

The wall paper is almost gone!

View from the other side of the bathroom.

The previous owner decided to take a little short-cut while redoing the bathroom- she used spray paint to change up the look of the cabinets!  Definitely a quick fix, but not so pretty to look at considering it got everywhere and has bubbles in it.

Now onto the new look, which we’re not quite finished with because I need to have an electrician out to move the wiring for the lights.  We’re going to put a light over each mirror, instead of one big light.  Other than that, there are a couple finishing touches that I’ll get to next week.

I had this paper from Marshall’s that I decided to use to line the cabinets.

I used mod podge to glue them down, and it was a quick and easy project that added some visual interest.

That wraps up the first part of our bathroom makeover!  I’ll post the rest as soon as I can make a decision about the lights and have an electrician out…

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Polished up Living and Dining Room

After many many hours of sanding, painting, cleaning, and sweating, the living and dining room are finally done. Actually they are almost done, but if you know me, I am a little bit impatient and went ahead and put the furniture into place.  I was so excited to see the finished result, and I’m thinking we can do the last two things this weekend (quarter round and a new chandelier for over the dining room table).

I’m going to start out with the before photos for a quick reminder of what we had on our hands at the beginning.

When we looked at the house, I knew that the room had a lot of potential, but it was really hard to see it through all the nasty carpet, 20 year old blue and silver wallpaper, and rot iron decorations hanging from the ceiling.  After pulling out the carpet, wallpaper, and rot iron, replacing some of the wood floor and refinishing all the rest, and painting everything, I think we have finally made the living and dining room livable!

Here is the final result:

Side note: eventually, the small windows will have two panels, but somehow when we went to IKEA a Lenda curtain snuck in with our Ritvas (they have such crazy names for their brands) so we had to make do with three packs instead of four.  We’ll just have to make another trek down to IKEA, I guess.

Our new dining room.

Hydrangeas from the garden- they are blooming despite the hail damage.

The living room, complete with our new Ikea rug.

More hydrangeas, along with some of our helpful remodeling books.

Hope you all enjoyed following the makeover, and I’m hoping we’ll have the finishing touches done by next week.  It seems like every time we get one thing done, there’s another huge project following right on it’s heels.  Now that the rooms off the kitchen look good, it makes me antsy to get going on that space.  For now though, we’ll just enjoy relaxing on the couch and maybe catch up on some reading.

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