So I shared with you all my before/after of our dining room, and mentioned how messy of a painter I am. Well, Match and I agreed that with our high ceilings, and then new carpet in the master, it might be better just to call in the professionals. So I felt incredibly spoiled, because after just 2 days, we now have a lovely painted living room and bedroom. Bye bye hideous purple master! Bye bye mint green living room.
We went with a lighter color, because our living room is really dark without all the lights on constantly. We opted for Valspar’s Seashell Gray, and it does look almost white, but once I replace the baseboards, I think it will pop. It lightens up the space so much, and I’m going to add accent colors in my decor.
I paid the painting company time and materials for two days of work, because we just couldn’t spring for the whole house. They painted both the living room and master, and even had time to prep and cut in for the master bathroom. I was able to get the bathroom done pretty quickly, and we are finally done with painting and able to hang up photos on the wall. I don’t know about you all, but I don’t feel moved in until pictures are up.
For the bathroom, I want to change out the light fixture out and paint the vanity white. I love the blinds because I can pretend I don’t have neighbors and just gaze at the trees while I take jetted bath. It is so relaxing, and I love looking at the view every morning when I’m getting ready for the day.
In the mist of all this nesting we’ve been doing in the new home, I almost forgot that today is Loki’s 9 month birthday! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday we took him home, and he was so small.
And now look at him! He’s HUGE! He’s so patient with Piglet too. Here he is patiently waiting for Piglet to wipe his paws.
Happy 9 months, Loki! You are mellowing out, you’re not quite as mischievous as you were before you were neutered. However you still get into trouble now and again, and let’s not talk about that time I took you to doggie daycare and you pooped out a glove! Um…embarrassing! But all in all, you are a wonderful, affectionate, snuggly ball of floof and we are so happy you’re a part of our family.
It’s always amazing to me what a little paint and lighting can do for a room. The staged photo for our dining room/kitchen made the room appear to be a fairly pretty shade of blue. However, when we actually got into the space we realized it was an ugly green, but with yellowish lighting and the right camera which bordered on wizard magic, they made it look a different color.
When I first got into the home to finally clean it (it was soo gross you guys, so gross), I kept squinting because the lights were so dim. The first thing we did besides clean the place from top to bottom, was replace the bulbs with better lighting and also replace the ugly light fixtures that were there.
That’s when we went, okay this is shade of green is not for us. I originally wanted to do a repose gray in this room, or even a shade of blue. But after painting the walls practically tiger striped with samples, I decided that white was the way to go.
With the honey oak cabinets, and the dark countertops, there was just too much going on. These cabinets are too nice to paint over, so I’ve decided I’m going to learn to love the honey wood. I am going to redo the baseboards in the chunky white style baseboards, though.
Here the end result of my self admitted terrible paint job. Even with my non-expert hand, I must say I love how it turned out. The wood colors are softened on the cabinets, and the whole room looks so much brighter and more open. I will have to post an after of the kitchen itself, once I tidy up a bit more.
After Match say my lack of skills, and just how much paint I managed to get everywhere but the walls, he agreed that for the living room and super purple master bedroom (bright purple, friends. Bright.PURPLE) it would be a job better left to the professionals. We’re getting the walls painted next week, yay!
We moved into our new home at the end of September. I am hopeful this is a home we settle in for a long time. Every day I wake up, and I’m just so excited that this is ours! Piglet says it feels like we are staying at a vacation rental.
We have been busy unpacking and of course starting on projects. Painting basically every room in the house, which is my least favorite activity. We have also been working on the yard, which had been severely neglected by the previous owners. I’ll do my best to post some before and afters soon. Here we are enjoying a celebratory sushi dinner after moving. Note the hideous green kitchen. I’ve since painted it white and it has made a huge difference. Can’t wait to show the before/after!
Piglet has already had two playdates since we moved in on the 28th. He doesn’t mess around with his friend time, especially when he has a gorgeous new playroom.
Since that photo, we took back half the room and turned it into a movie theater, and the other half is his play room. I have so many big plans for the space, and I’d love to mount the projector. But for now, we just can’t believe we have our very own big screen. It really does feel like being at the movies.
The ladies are loving their new yard, and their cute little coop. It is way smaller than their old coop and run, but because there isn’t a huge footprint, it gives us all so much more room to play. I try to let them out as much as possible too to free range and eat all the bugs.
I will post more soon, but it has been such a crazy whirlwind of moving, projects and I’ve really tried to be better about being more present in the evenings with the fam. When they go to bed early, I finally catch up on stuff. I feel like I have a 100 posts I should be writing. They’re all in my head, but by the time I have a minute to write them down, I’m asleep. I’ve missed updating the blog, and I have missed connecting with my readers (the 2 or 3 that still keep up with me!)
You guys, you GUYS! So our offer was accepted our counter offer on the beautiful home I shared with you. I am so excited! We officially listed our home for sale on Thursday…and we had 2 offers come in right away.
We were pretty much blown away. The first offer came in just over asking, but they wanted my dining room table that Match built me (gasp!) and our beautiful new master bedroom built-ins. The second offer came in well over asking, and they actually asked us the remove the master bedroom built-ins! I keep pinching myself because this all doesn’t seem real. I’m so excited/nervous. I’m also incredibly grateful for these buyers, and this opportunity to upgrade to a bigger home. We are so lucky.
Piglet is having a hard time with this whole process. He was in tears when we saw the for sale sign at our house. He told me, in words wise beyond his six years, “I want to move to the new house, but I don’t like this experience!” Me neither, kid. We’re doing our best to keep him included in the process, but I think he’s overwhelmed by all the changes. At least now that we’re done with showing and photos, we don’t have to worry about keeping the house spotless. Of course this is just the beginning. We still have the inspection and the appraisal, but I have a really good feeling about it all.
The best part of all this is knowing that once we get settled, we have no plans to move for a lonnnngggg time. I am beyond thrilled to settle in and set up roots for our boy. I’m going to miss our little house, especially the living room built-ins and that gorgeous barn wood.
Match is already scheming about what we can do to our new living room and I’m excited to put our stamp on the new place. Be prepared for DIY posts and a lot of before/afters.