we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)


we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

 

De-gloss walls.

Sand.

Wipe down sandy messy walls and vacuum.

Patch Holes. Patch knots.

Sand patch jobs.

Prime (forever). 2 coats worth.

Let kids play nearby with little supervision.

Even the dog is concerned about kid mess.

Eeek, look at our mess.

Paint. 2 coats. 

Teach kid to rewire outlets.

Clean up (a lot). 

No more brown paneling. Joe won the color with his green. I'm saving my cream for the kitchen now. Yellow for the dining room and maybe the book shelf room too.

This room doesn't get a lot of direct light, more like soft filtered light. It makes the green look sort of yellow-ish. It's actually a grey-ish light green. We replaced the existing curtains with some I've been holding onto for years. They're just Ikea curtains, but I love them. I love even more that they are from our Wisconsin house (five years & two moves ago), in a room painted almost the exact same color. I didn't realize that until we hung them up and I had a total dΓ©jΓ  vu moment. I had exactly enough and I didn't even have to hem them, they were perfect. We bought new curtain rods at Target. We mounted them a bit wide and moved the existing hooks up so the curtains let in a lot more light when pulled back. What a difference this makes!!

I took a picture to show you the tile we put in where we had to pull the mantel out. I love the copper tiles in there. Speaking of copper, Joe's brother made that copper guy, the brewer, for us awhile back. It's nice to have him hanging out by our fire now.

We moved the furniture around a tiny bit, hung up snowshoes, Joe taught Soph to swap out the electrical outlets. We still need to paint the ceiling, replace/fix moulding where we pulled the bookshelves out, but that will come another weekend. I also have some beautiful pieces of art we picked up in Sitka the summer before last, I can't wait to get them framed and hung up in here.

Speaking of which, I never showed you the sunroom mini makeover! We pulled the blinds out, painted it a lovely soft grey (with a hint of blue), unfortunately had to replace the couch, added two new chairs & hung up our old wooden propeller. Have I told you my dad picked it up at a yard sale when he was fifteen? That was awhile ago. Ahem. And it has since traveled from Idaho, to Alaska, to Cape Cod, back to Alaska, to Wisconsin, to Louisiana, and now to Massachusetts for the second time. Crazy right? Joe also hung up some family photos, which make me swoon every time I look at them.

It's feeling more like home all the time……

xo~

s

 

24 thoughts on “we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

  1. It’s so much brighter!! I can’t wait to see the real thing.
    And that prop! Your dad bought it for a quarter and like a real Alaskan, I brought it from Idaho to Alaska as checked baggage and standing in line in front of me was Peg Phillips who played Ruth-Anne Miller on Northern Exposure. People must have thought we were filming an episode of the show.

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  2. You must really love that house, that place and your surroundings. You are hanging family pictures…which you never did in MC. That alone says something. I have still yet to finish painting and haven’t hung any pictures.

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  3. You must really love your home and your surroundings. You never hung family pictures in MC. That says something right there. I have still not finished painting and I haven’t hung any pictures. *sigh*

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  4. There is *so*much*painting* to do still. The entire house needs it. (I mean REALLY needs it) 
    After 4 years of basically no pictures hung up, it was on the more immediate to do list here. I loved our time in Morgan City, but I never felt like the house was ours. It seems silly, but we were always renovating with the potential buyer in mind. I'll be searching for more frames…. we plan to cover a big chunk of those walls with pictures!

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  5. Really lovely! Those rooms look so warm and cozy. A place a family can really live. Congratulations! Well done.
    Also love that you’re teaching the kids to rewire.

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  6. Your house is beautiful!! I love the colors on the wall. Oh and I also have put in a formal request for someone in your family (preferably someone who knows what theyre doing lol) to come and work on my house and or get my hubby motivated to do something.

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  7. Good luck. Lol. Joe is a little over-motivated at times. He hated the dark room and insisted we get it painted. I know he wanted that space to be nice because he *loves* his fireplace. Men + fire. I am lucky to have him though, he really can do just about anything!

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  8. Isn't that great? Totally Joe's doing. He was an electrician for 16 years before he switched careers to become a vessel (boat) inspector. It's sure a handy skill when you buy old houses! Thank you for the compliments on the room…. it's so nice to slowly make things our own and feel like we're home. Lots of knitting by that fire this winter πŸ™‚

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  9. I love your dog’s puzzled look and the wooden propeller over the doors… your home in general… all SO lovely. Such beautiful details made all the more special by the memories that come with it. I’m impressed your girl is swapping out the outlets.. that’s awesome!
    Enjoy it and thank you for sharing your home.

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  10. She's so funny, isn't she. She makes me laugh everyday. Thanks for the house love….. it's so nice to have it feel more & more like home. Also, my girl now knows more than I do about electricity. Not that it took much……. lol.

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  11. i love this! we will have some wood paneling to paint when we move to our new-to-us house. also, did ya’ll do the hardwoods in the fireplace room? i love the wider boards and looking where to buy them…

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  12. Hello Alana…… The floors are original. Built in the 70's and the neighbors tell us they are a signature custom design of a local builder. I love them too! Painting the paneling makes such a *huge* difference! And paneling is so much tougher than sheet rock too. I love hanging art on it because it's much more stable. Congratulations on your new-to-you home!

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  13. Fabulous! A lovely space in which to enjoy / bear the winter months! Given that we live in a place where buying the sort of house in the sort of neighborhood that fit our preferences requires being a millionaire, I only dream of such domestic adventures. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh I know exactly what you mean! We really struggled to find a house that fit our larger than average family + smaller than average budget when we moved to this area. Luckily my guy is super handy & we were able to take on (another) home that needed some updating. We really lucked out with the woods and area around the house….. makes yellow bath tubs and paneling all the worthwhile πŸ™‚

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