Monday, February 22, 2010

The List

I decided a while ago that I was going to post a list. One that I could reference back to on here. I love lists, more than that I love crossing things off of them. Sometimes when I do things that aren't on my list of "to-do's"--I'll add it, just to cross it off. It brings some sort of sick organized satisfaction to me.

As I was saying, a list. A beautiful list. So here we go:

- Kitchen
- Living Room
- Master Bedroom
-Master Closet
- Master Bathroom
-Upstairs Bathroom
-Basement Bathroom
-Craft Room
-Man Room
-Outside Shutters
-Front Door
-All Trim
Kitchen Makeover
-Redoing Kitchen Cabinets
- Installing Pantry
-Hardwood floors
-Strip Banister and stain
-Paint spindles
-Replace post.
Master Suite
-Closet Makeover
-Tile Bathroom floor
-Redo vanity
-New carpet in bedroom & Closet
Craft Room
-Install shelving in old closet.
-Install counter-tops
-Add lighting
-New flooring in bathroom
-New vanity in bathroom
-New cabinet storage in bathroom
-Redo one of the closets in Baby C's room
-New faucet in bathroom
-New Tub
-Install shelving.
-Replace/fix up interior doors
-Replace fan in Baby C's room.
-Replace fan in Living room.
-Replace fan in guest room.

All typed up that list looks SO DAUNTING. Maybe I shouldn't have typed up a WHOLE list of ALL the things we want to do with the house..ever! Ha ha. Maybe I should have made the list of stuff we're going to do NOW. But, it is what it is. And we've got years to work on all of it!

Most Recent Edit: March 27th, 2010. I have added some things to the list, and crossed some things off. Blog posts with pictures are coming, just be patient with me.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wee One's Room is Painted

After closing today we stalked our new house (the previous owners are in the process of moving) anyhow I was on the phone with her (the previous owner) when we were driving by just looking and we decided to just go ahead and stop in. The person that they have painting the two rooms was finishing up Baby C's room while we were there. And I LOVE IT Y'ALL! Right now there are no blinds in there, and no furniture. So it's very, ummm, eye opening. But I am so excited about it. I am almost GIDDY to make it all her's! It's going to be AMAZING. It could quite possibly become my favorite room in the house!!

I forgot to take a picture of it today. But we're going by tomorrow to put some stuff in the house, and so I'll take one then. But I may not post any, I may hold out until we at LEAST get her furniture and blinds in there so I don't get phone calls telling me how crazy I am for the color. I have faith you will all love it as much as I do when you see it totally done!

*I have edited this 6 times already. So any sentences that don't make sense are going to have to stay that way! It's been SUCH A LONG DAY!


WE ARE HOME OWNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Well, tomorrow is the big day!

I think I've posted about every room in the new house. The only pictures that are left are the pictures of the outside. But since there have been some changes I'm holding off posting those until we've taken pictures. (probably tomorrow).

Tomorrow is the big day: CLOSING DAY!

Tomorrow the house is ours. OURS. Tomorrow the adventure starts.

Next week I will try to take some pictures of the painted rooms upstairs (Wee one's room, and the guest room) and post those before we finish moving everything and are out of touch (internet wise) for a few weeks.

I am excited for this next chapter in our lives. For the next few months there will be a lot of transitioning...making it the house the home we love. I also can't wait to start on all the decor projects I've been bookmarking for a couple of months now! As soon as the big stuff is done I can start with those.

Basement Bathroom

I haven't got much to say about this bathroom. It's fairly new, the current owners put it in. We like the look of it....the only thing we *may* change is the wall color. But all in all this bathroom is perfect for a basement bathroom. It's perfect for when we're doing things down stairs, it's perfect if we've been doing yard work. So here's a quick picture.

Kitchen aka Biggest Project

Ok well the Kitchen is the biggest project of 2010. In the next couple of years when we renovate the bathroom, that will likely be THE biggest project of the house. But for now, the kitchen is our big task. The big dream. The task that we face with excitement and a little bit of dread.

The Kitchen.

Here are some pictures at different angles of the kitchen (and it's attached dining area). Yes I took TOO MANY pictures of it. But because we do have big plans I wanted to be able to look at the pictures as many times as I needed (and I would say that these are some of the most viewed pictures we took that day!).

I can give you some definite inspiration pictures for the kitchen. I had decided almost right away on what I wanted to do with it. All Mr. C really wanted to see was some pictures, he needs to SEE something in front of him to get an idea of what I'm describing.

Our plan goes a little something like this:

-Repaint the walls. This will probably be done VERY soon as I really do NOT like the color that it's in there right now. It's the color the owners before the current owners painted it, and it is just not our style at all.

-Pantry. It appears that there is already a pantry in the kitchen. And to a certain extent there is. The accordion doors in the kitchen used to be where the washer and drier were. They were moved downstairs to the basement. We've decided to stay with that plan and make the space in the kitchen into an awesome pantry. We finally won't be filling all the cabinets to the brim! Finally -- A Pantry!!

-Refinish the Cabinets. This is the step that causes my to get a little weak in the stomach. It's a big job. Even though there aren't A LOT of cabinets. It is still a big job. They will go from the current finish to white. With refinishing the cabinets we are going to make window cabinets (probably not the technical term of what those sort of cabinets are, but you get the idea) out of all the upper cabinets. We are also replacing the hardware on the cabinets.

-New Countertops. We are going down the granite path. Since these days granite seems to be the standard. We are going with a black or very dark gray color for the countertops.

-Tile back splash. we haven't picked the tile. I am really liking the idea of a light gray glass tile. But I know there is always something classic and clean about white subway tile.

-Hardwood Floors. This step was complicated almost instantly. After talking to the current owners we found out that the floors need some sort of re-leveling or something or other. They had plans of putting in hardwood and didn't want to deal with re-leveling so never bothered. We are set on it so we are currently in talks with some contractors to see how much and how long of a process that is. Once that part is done we'll be putting in dark hardwood.

Like I said, HUGE project! huge HUGE huge!

We are excited. There will be a lot of DIY here (pretty much everything except the countertops and re-leveling the floor). Mr. C's brother just recently put in hardwood floors with a contractor friend of theirs, we will be utilizing their services during this big old project. So hopefully it all doesn't drag out forever! I just can't wait to see the finished product!!

Here are a couple of pictures we're using to draw inspiration:

Mr. C's Room

Yes, the room he'd like me to call his "man cave", but I can't bring myself to say it because I just feel silly. So I guess the name doesn't matter...after all a rose by any other name...........

Currently this room is serving as the current owners oldest sons room. It's directly off the garage, and there is a door to the room that leads right outside. We are struggling to decide how to arrange any furniture in this room because of the shape. Mr. C wants to rip out the closet. I don't. I feel like you can never have TOO MUCH closet space. Why would anyone want to rip out closets?? I look at it as a great place to store jackets and stuff during the warmer months. We can store all sorts of stuff down there, out of the way! I'm sure we'll come to some sort of agreement.

This is the current look of the room: (I've blurred out the kids, and the owner. Since this isn't their blog I am not comfortable putting their pictures in here)

The color of the room will be the same as the craft room and the basement stairs. Which may or may not be blond.

I like the curtain in front of the door. Especially as a way to block light when watching a movie or a football game or whatever it is men watch in their room (yuck-"Man Cave") I'd like the door to be functional. So I'm thinking of doing a fake out curtain, as in making it much wider than the door area so it doesn't look so...well so doorish. If I have the panels centered in the middle it keeps the door functional but also makes the room look less "off the basement" (although it IS ha ha).

Eventually (as in probably this summer) we will be putting our current living room furniture down there. This room may take a little longer to get to a funtional point simply because I know he wants a TV and with all the other projects in the house that will probably be put off.

In the spirit of it being HIS he has been wanting badly to put up a poster of Michael Chiklis from The Shield (it is autographed, and was sent to him while we was deployed years ago). I have been dragging my feet on this, but only because in my mind posters go in room of teenage boys and girls. But after looking up some framing options I think I've found a way to make it work with out looking terribly awful.

Again, no real pictures to give you an idea of what it will look like when it's done. But you'll just have to check back to see.

Ohhhhh My Craft Room.

I am really excited about having a room to not only organize all my craft stuff, but also a place to work on this with out anyone moving things around on me!!

So here is the craft room in its current state (it is a teenage boys room!)

I can not wait to get to work on this room. It is going to look SO DIFFERENT when we are done with it. I don't know if you can see it well in these pictures, but the baseboards...yeah they are black. We toyed with the idea of what would be easier when it comes to fixing that, and we've decided to just tear out those baseboards and put down new ones. Painting over that black is just going to be too much of a hassle.

Before I get to ahead of myself let me tell you what I have in mind for this room.

It's going to be an open space, well as open as you can get for a room this size. We are going to brighten up the entire basement with new paint. A much brighter shade. We haven't picked a definite color yet (I have so many color swatches on the table right now, I don't know how people make these decisions!!) I am in love with the color "blond" in the basement, but I am not as in love with it for the living room (Mr. C is completely the opposite, and so until we decide I guess it's all still up in the air). (you can see the blond color here) Anyhow, it will be a similar shade as the blond as far as brightening up the space.

We are taking out the mirror closet doors. In that area we are going to put in some shelves (organization here we come!!). I am in love with the idea of hanging "curtains" there to give some character to that side of the room.

We haven't figured out a desk situation yet. There will be two "desks" (more like a counter space, and a desk). The desk will be for our "office" stuff. And the counter will be for my sewing machine and things like that. Whatever we decide, they will be white. When I said I was brightening it up, I wasn't kidding! White and light colored walls! I am so excited it's going to be so fresh looking!!

I know this entry isn't really picture heavy. I haven't found a lot of pictures of other craft rooms that really show what I want to do with the room. So you're just going to have to wait until it starts to come together! :-)

(if this post seems scattered, I am going on very little sleep, and I am typing pretty much one handed as Baby C has fallen asleep in my arms.)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Master Bathroom

Deciding on the wee ones bathroom was easy. We weren't changing the actual color, just the feel. Easy peasy. Master bathroom? Not as easy.

In the next two years the master bathroom will experience a real renovation. As in new floors, stand up shower, garden tub, new vanity. Renovation.

However, a project that size, that costly has to wait a couple of years. The kitchen has a top spot on the renovation list.

But, that said the bathroom will be getting a makeover. New paint, maybe a slight change to the floor, and a face lift to the vanity. Just enough to hold us over until we win the lottery save up for a renovation.

Here is the current bathroom:

I am going to turn to you. My friends that have made their way here from my family blog, the fellow SITS's and the possible readers from the D&R.

For reference the bedroom will be shades of gray. Soooooo you can leave me comments, or e-mail me (there's a contact me button at the top).

I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Monday, February 1, 2010

If we could pick a living room color... would help me put together a whole mood of the living room. It would help me to visualize more of what sort of things we will hang on the wall. It will help me to piece it all together.

But we.can.not.pick.a.color.

It's the truth. I've looked at so many blogs and websites, looking through color options. I think I say "What do you think of this one?" to Mr. C more than I say anything else. His response "It looks like the Blond color."

They never look like the Blond color. But he is obviously in love with that color. And I like it too. Don't get me wrong. But I wish I could see it in person before being in love with it. The living room is a major deal. It's not like the color of the guest room, which I will hardly be in. Or the guys room (Mr.C would like me to refer to that room as the "Man Cave" but I just can't bring myself to do it).
Here is a picture of the living room as it is now:

View from doorway.

View from fireplace. *pictures blurred since they aren't MY kids I don't want to be posting pictures of their kids everywhere. Safety First right?!

View from the top of the stairs.

So not the best pictures or the best angles, but you can see that the living room color is going to be a major color choice, it's a lotta wall!

The Blonde that Mr. C is in love with is from this blog post. Expect to see a couple other things from this blog. We are in love with a banister makeover that they did!

Anyhow, that's the talk of the casa at the moment, living room color!!