I have so much to tell you all! I’ve been away from the computer forever! I’ve been so busy trying to finish projects that I haven’t allowed myself time to write about them.
Before I get to the projects, I wanted to share some pictures of our late-season garden. Things have held up really well – usually by this time many of the plants have gotten really lanky or faded. The cooler-than-usual temperatures and above-normal amount of rain must have extended their season. I guess that’s one positive of a less than ideal summer!
I think the ivy needs a haircut!
I love our porch but it would be great to find a new home for our lovely old grill. ugh
I actually had tons of motivation to complete a bunch of projects in a short time, because I did a crazy thing back in June. A super-sweet lady from our neighborhood development committee stopped by our house and asked if we would be part of their up-coming home tour. I said yes. I can’t believe that I said yes. Because this is what our bathroom looked like.
Oh this bathroom. This black hole of a project. It’s so creepy. It was horrible before Kevin demolished the walls and tub and ripped out the floor. Two years ago. Now it’s beyond horrible. As it turned out, the bathroom wasn’t finished in time for the tour (it still isn’t!), but Kevin got all of the drywall up, so it actually looked much better. Walls will do that for a room!
Next up is the wall in our bedroom that was left with a huge hole when Kevin demolished a closet as part of the bathroom demo. He closed it up with a piece of plywood, and we kinda forgot about it.
I’ve gone back and forth so many times about how to finish the wall. Kevin would have loved to finish it loooong ago if I had made a decision one of the million times that he asked me about it! Then a couple of weeks ago I read a post from House of Smith where they used plywood slats (cut by Home Depot) for a planked wall. It sounded easy and inexpensive, so that was the route we went.
It still needs to be trimmed out around the top, and the edges need to be cleaned up. I really like the warmth that the wood adds to the room, and decided not to paint it (for now!). I’m searching for a long dresser or big armoire (to paint) that will sit along the wall. And I have a feeling I’ll be painting the rest of the room because I have no idea what the color is for touch-ups where the walls got messed up in the building process. rats.
The next big project is our office/play room. This one is a classic example of something that I thought would be a quick do-over that turned into a much bigger project. Here’s what we did in a few short weeks:
Moved piano from room
Widened the opening of the existing closet
Turned closet into a computer alcove
Painted stripes on floor
Hung a mural on one wall
Moved a gigantic, old cabinet into the room
I also made a new light fixture for the dining room, sanded and refinished our dining room table top, touched up every inch of baseboard and trim on the first floor, and tons of other little things that you only think about doing when you know that 100+ people are going to be strolling through your home! phew!
I’ll be posting all of the projects soon. It’s kinda funny that as I was finishing things I would think – ‘it’s good enough for the tour, but not quite blog-ready’. I’ll be busy in the next few weeks making things blog-worthy!!
Thanks for reading along…
Love you all!