Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Home Improvement Time
We've been saying for years that we wanted the main living spaces in our house painted and freshened up, since it was never done when we moved in 7 years ago. It was finally time to bite the bullet, and after A LOT of research, getting 5 estimates from various companies, and extending the project into light fixtures & refinishing the kitchen cabinets, it was time to start!
Picking paint colors for a whole house is never easy, and I was seeing stars after all the staring I did at different samples for weeks! We had friends look at them, and checked them out in different areas of the house & at different times of day & under different lighting... Everyone got to vote (even though not everyone's choice was picked), and we are happy with our final choices!
Before the crew arrived, we finally had to figure out what we wanted to do with the entryway wall, and Brian did an awesome job adding some decorative molding!
We bought all new light fixtures downstairs to keep with our rustic decor, and I love the new kitchen lighting!
Prepping the house for the painting took days, as I had to empty out every drawer, cabinet, and shelf, and remove all the pictures and decals from the walls. Some came down better than others, but it all got done!
Our guest bedroom became the staging zone for everything from the rest of the house... You could barely walk in there, and it looked like a flea market! Once I get it all sorted out and put away, I'll have to paint that room myself, but it was nice to have somewhere to put everything!
For the 5 days that the painting crew were working at the house, we lived out of the basement, ordered in a lot of meals, and even cooked out in the backyard some nights. It wasn't so bad with the basement space available to us!
The crew came in and removed the kitchen cabinet doors & drawers to take to their shop, and then prepped the house for painting. It looked like a quarantine zone around here!
The playroom wall definitely had the biggest prep to be done, but they did an amazing job!
The oil primer on the cabinets smelled AWFUL, so we stayed out of the house for the day, and the light coat scared the kids into thinking the kitchen was going to look terrible! But, it turned out great in the end!
Brian's new molding on the wall looks great with a slightly different color inside the moldings...
I have loved having the opportunity to deep clean the house with everything off the shelves and moved around... It's taken a while, but SO nice to finally get to some deep cleaning and organizing! I've been dusting, polishing furniture & cleaning everything I can find... The kids even caught me out on the roof one day while I was cleaning windows!
We are loving all the fresh paint on the walls and the super clean house! Since the kitchen is the biggest change for us, let me share some pictures of our beautiful new space with you!
Check out our before and after pictures of our new, updated space! We love it, and would love for you to come over and enjoy a drink or a cup of coffee with us soon!
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