Christmas is by far my favorite holiday to decorate for! While some are out Black Friday shopping, I prefer to get my holiday decorating on! We finally finished up over the weekend, having 2 sick kids in the house cut into our decorating time over the previous weekend.
Our tree this year:
And here is Little Miss Jocelyn, checking out the tree for the 1st time:
And our Mantle:
Our fireplace was built my Wes' Grandpa when he lived in our house! We love the fireplace and knowing that it has a family connection makes it that much sweeter!
We have finally reached the end of our addition project and I feel like now is a great time to look back on what we've accomplished in the last few months. We have added about 1,000 sq feet of living space to our home. In that space is a Master Suite (bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet), a formal dining room (so our front door can open into an entry instead of our dining room table), and an additional bedroom upstairs (which still needs to be finished)! We eventually want to knock out a portion of wall upstairs to turn the interior bedroom into a TV/Play room for the kids, but one major project at a time!
Before/After of our Home from the front.
Below are photos from the side we added onto.
We are excited to finally be using our new space! It's been great not having workers at our house at 7:00 in the morning too!
Ever feel like the small things are the most overwhelming? After months of living in construction, it has taken me close to a month to find the motivation to think about what I need to do to finish up. Hopefully now that I've started a list, the ambition I need will magically appear! Here are a few small projects that we still need to accomplish, listed in no specific order:
paint touch-ups in new dining room, bathroom, & bedroom
putty and touch-up trim work in bathroom and bedroom
move furniture into new dining room
mount TV in bedroom (still need to find a media chest though)
paint window shelf built-ins
pick out and hang curtains in bedroom and new dining room
find new light for old dining room, now entryway
replace laminate floor in front of bedroom doorway with hardwood to match rest of living room (this is going to be a project!)
We still have some other major renovations left to do, (laundry room, upstairs loft, kitchen) but will get to those as the budget allows.
My current project (I want this done to do Holiday decorating) is the old windows, turned into built-in shelving. These were the 2 windows facing the outside of the original house where we added on. Instead of drywalling up the holes and losing the amazing old woodwork, my Uncle (our contractor) made these great built-ins. Now I just need to finish them!
This is how they look now:
As of last night, all the painting is done and just needs to dry so that i can fill these! Check back soon for the after pics! If i can get my Grandma's Christmas decorations done early enough tonight, I may just have time to work on these shelves!
I have been waiting for this day to come since July! I am finally able to start decorating! My stockpile of purchase I've been making can finally come out in the open! YAY! Pictured below are the pillow shams & decorative shag pillow for my new KING size bed! Wes and I have had a Queen size, which works until we have 2 kids and 2 dogs in bed with us.
We had our bedroom set delivered last Tuesday, that we bought at Jackson Street Gallery in Millersburg. They have been nice enough to keep it in storage for us until we were ready for it (since I bought it in August!). Tracy and Jim delivered it after our carpet was finished on Tuesday.
When our mattress finally arrived on Tuesday, I couldn't wait to get our bed all put together. I fell in love with the bedspread from The Company Store and found sheets at Kohls that matched during their Labor Day white sale! Throw in some throw pillows we already had and bed is complete! I dream all day about getting home from work and hopping in bed! (After all my housework is done and the kids are in bed, that is!) It's so comfy and inviting, what do you think?
I still have so many thoughts/ideas running through my head on how I want to decorate the rest of our addition, along with (small) changes to the rest of our house I would like to make! Can't wait to put some of these ideas to use!
Ever have one of those days where you feel like you are getting so much accomplished, just to step back and realize that everything you just did was WRONG??? Well, I had one of those on Tuesday. I took the day off work so that I could be home when they delivered our new mattress. Instead of just sitting around all day, I decided that I would touch-up all the trim in our new dining room.
I spent 3 nights last week in the garage priming and painting trim so that I wouldn't have to worry about painting once it was up. The trim went up Thurs & Fri and looked great! All that was left to do was touch-ups, which I did, in the wrong color of white! I used Bright White ceiling paint instead of the nice creamy white I had picked for the trim! I can't even express how upset I was when the paint dried and looked like I had painted two-tone spots on all of my trim! I wanted to cry. Now I will be spending my weekend taping off and repainting ALL of the trim! Not one piece of trim was spared the spot treatment! Oh well!
Thankfully this is the only "mistake" we've had with this project so far!
Its been a busy couple of weeks! Since my last post we have gotten all of our ceilings and walls painted (thanks to my Aunt Linda, Aunt Marty, and my cousin Rachel)! We spent an entire weekend doing this and I am sure without their help, I would still be painting!
The following weekend, the guys laid tile in our master bath and started putting down the hardwood floors. We went with real hardwood, hickory, and chose the character grade to give it an older look and feel. We love the original hardwood floors in our house and decided that we wanted something that was similair to them. Our original floors are over 200 years old though, so complemeting them was a better way to go than trying to match exactly. We chose the same wood and grain type, but went with a natural stain instead of trying to match what we had. The last coat of polyurethane is being put on the hardwood floors today and our bedroom carpet is getting installed! Woohoo! Also our new bedroom set (that I bought in August) is being delivered today as well! Just trim, doors, and finishing up our bathroom and I can start decorating! I've been waiting for this day for months! Am looking forward to ridding my laundry room and basement of all the things I've purchased and have been hoarding since July for the new rooms!
Below are a few pictures of our progress:
Bathroom tile before grout.
Hardwood floors before being stained/sealed.
Hardwood floors after being stained. They still need one more coat of polyurethane.