our very first project
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!