Dining room transformation

The dining room renovation is nearly complete. It is not yet decorated, but that part may take awhile. The dining room took forever to get finished because not only was there water damage in the ceiling that needed fixing, but there was also a set back where we had to take down the ceiling to change the pipes to be up to code. 

These two pictures are from when we first got the house; untouched color and everything.


It became clear that the ceiling would need major work. It was wavy, cracks, uneven--just bad. My dad took on the project himself (I helped here and there where I could). We also traded out the old knob and tube electric for modern electricity ;)

After we got the ceiling drywall up for the second time, it was time to mud the drywall and paint. With the holidays, this project took longer than expected (common theme?) and so this was the view to the dining room for awhile.
The place was sealed off and paper on the floor. I think the dining room had paper on the floor for... 5 months? It was a long and never ending project

Over the past two weeks, we finished painting the room and hung the chandelier. The room looks great. I spent some time cleaning the floors too.

Decorating has not really started yet in this room and I think it will be awhile, but it's nice to have somewhere to sit and eat!

Laundry room (before)

The title to this post is a little deceiving because there is no "after" yet. The laundry room is completely in the "before" stage. I know better than to jump into a million projects a once... but this laundry room can be spruced up quickly and for cheap in my very honest (and very OVER this room) opinion. So here is the tour of the lovely room. 

Entering the laundry/utility room, you see a cinder block wall, a bunch of old pipes, insulation, and dirt!
 I have all my stuff shoved to one side of the room because the other side literally has dirt on the ground.. Can't clean it till I can get those pipes out.

 I bought the washer and dryer myself off of Craigslist. They aren't perfect... a few scuffs and a couple quirks.. but I felt so proud buying them. It felt like my official crossing over to grown-up land. I can't say I like the look of the wood over the window, but my dad says it serves a purpose so I wouldn't want to mess with that!! ;)
 Pipes and dirt.
 This is the wall opposing the washing machine. It is probably my favorite part of the laundry room because it is a fresh slate. After the walls get a coat of fresh white paint I think the place will start looking a lot better. Maybe add art or a chalkboard paint design? Got the indoor-outdoor rug from Marshalls last weekend for $79. Its a 5x7, thought that was a pretty decent deal!

This is the utility side of the room. Besides covering the area up with sheets or curtains, I think I will have to just pretend that this part of the room doesn't exist?

Bathroom update

The bathroom is one of the most finished rooms in the house (although its not completely done...its use-able and you can get a good idea of where its going).

So let's take a look at the "before" pictures. Hole in the wall, old electric, vanity was okay but nothing special, small dirty toilet, and wood planks on the ground covering up layers of chipped up tile. 

There was a jet tub, but it was leaking through to the dining room below. All dirty. White square tiles.

Here is the bathroom now.  The bathroom was completely gutted and re-tiled. There is subway tile in the bathtub, carrara marble 12 x 12 marble on the floor, a new vanity and faucet, new lighting, new toilet, new mirror. The walls were painted edgecomb gray by Benjamin Moore. 

Its difficult to get a good picture in this room because there are no windows in the area, so forgive me for the overblown lighting shots. 

I got the shower curtain from West Elm. I am really liking it!

It's a small bathroom but it gets the job done! This is the only room so far that we've hired help for. The reno is going slow, so we decided to hire a local guy to do the tile, and he did a great job.

Entryway design board

I created a design board for what I am thinking I want my entryway to look like. 
If you have read any of my other posts, you may have noticed that I post a lot of design ideas but relatively few posts about the design actually implemented. Why, you may ask? Not really sure. I'm coming to find that getting the look that I want is really expensive. Even if I buy things that are deeply discounted!  Also, my house is still unfinished. There is crap.everywhere.seriously.everywhere. And dust! And bags from unpacking! Nothing is even close to being finished. Also, real life tends to get in the way.  

My goal for this weekend is to get some of these things if I can find them, to clean up and unpack more, and to take some pictures!