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November 19, 2009

This weekend marks our 6 month house anniversary.  Yep, we’ve lived in this baby for half of a year!

We find it interesting that we feel more at home here than we did in either of our two previous houses.  I think it’s because we moved in and plowed through a whole bunch of stuff.  It helps that I’m mostly unemployed.  And that I figured out how to hang pictures without my husband’s help.

After we got the keys to the house 6 months ago, the first thing we Jason did was change the locks.  All of them.  Because the seller’s behavior worried us a little (lots of insane requests – like she had to have an extra 24 hours in the house after the closing to have a rummage sale?).

After that, Jason removed the carpet in the upstairs hallway and stairway to uncover hardwood floors.

Meanwhile, I began work in our bedroom, removing the shelves from the walls and the old wallpaper border and repainting a deeper shade of blue.  Here’s a glimpse of the before (with the previous owners’ furniture):

We tried to remove the old, stained bedroom carpet.  Despite the fact that the rest of the upstairs and both of our bedroom closets have wood floors, there was no nice hardwood floor under the dirty old bedroom carpet – only plywood subfloor.  Plan foiled! (And also?  This is ridiculous.  Who installs hardwood floors in closets and not the rest of the room?)

And here’s our work-in-progress:

Our current bedroom is much larger than any of our previous rooms, so we’ve picked up a few new pieces of furniture (like the chair, bedside tables, and madeover dresser).  I sewed curtains from a beige fabric, hung wedding photos on the walls, and added accessories that we already had (like the candles on the table above – they’re plain candles that I wrapped in twine for a little bit of fun).

I’m finishing up a little dressing table/chair revamp, and we’ve still got some things to hang on the walls, fabric to make throw pillows from, and bedside table lamps to purchase.  Eventually, I’d like to rip up the nasty blue carpet and replace with beautiful wood floors, and replace the overhead lights with something a little more inconspicuous (recessed lighting?).

Overall, though, I’m pleased with our progress.  Our room is organized, functional, and calming (when clean) – which are really the main goals here.  Not bad for only living here 6 months!


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10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2009 8:40 am

    No joke…that picture you have of the Effiel Tower next to your chair, I took a picture just like that! I did a double take at it!

    I will say, your home reminds me of a country home with the wood touches, like the doors, which I think are super cool! What are your plans for the flooring in the bedroom. I can’t believe they didn’t install all the way through!

  2. November 19, 2009 9:23 am

    You have the same picture? That’s awesome!

    As for the flooring, we’re debating between hardwood floors or laminate. I like the look of the hardwoods, but not the price, and I think the dogs would wreck them. We only have one full bath right now, so we’re talking about adding a second master bath sometime in the future (5-10 years or so) and are trying to decide if we should wait to do the bedroom flooring until we start that project to make sure it all works together.

  3. November 19, 2009 9:30 am

    What was with all the shelves the po had in the bedroom? Did she collect things that she displayed stuff on?

    • November 19, 2009 10:48 am

      I’m not sure what they had up there… the people that lived in our house passed away and their kids were selling it. It made the room feel a little cave-like, and the ceiling lower, though, so we were glad to get rid of it.

  4. Aunt Tami permalink
    November 19, 2009 9:53 am

    Installing a real wood floor is actually very fun and not too hard. You can rent tools to make the job go quickly. We’ve done it a few times and are planning on putting one in this winter in the office. The varnishing is not too tough either…HOWEVER…the initial sanding is a real art and I would recommend having your floors professionally sanded. Any inconsistencies in the sanding (edging vs. the middle of the room, etc.) become very apparent after you put down the first coat of varnish.
    We have never had laminate, but a friend put it in her kitchen/ living room/dining room area and the dogs and kids scratched it up. Unlike wood which can be refinished, the pergo-type floor was trashed. Good luck..the room looks good, like the rest of the house!

    • November 19, 2009 10:52 am

      Wait! Do I hear you and Doug volunteering to take a road trip to help us install hardwoods? Ha ha! 🙂 It’s good to know about the pergo floors – we have them in our kitchen and hallway and are waiting to see how much damage the dogs can do to it. We’d eventually like the entire 1st floor to be wood floors as well (white carpet + wet, muddy, forest-y areas are not a good idea), but want to find something that will look good even with some serious wear and tear. Sounds like your office is getting all spiffy – with the new paint and now new flooring! Did you ever find built-in shelves?

  5. November 19, 2009 10:38 am

    love your transformation –
    and love your white dresser. I love finding treasures like that – sometimes more so than brand new furniture. Thanks for the pics.

  6. Debbie permalink
    November 19, 2009 9:22 pm

    You’ve done more in 6 months than we’ve done in 25 years… although you know that and will again be reminded very soon. Itooks great! Love the chair!


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