The floors are done and I couldn’t be happier! Last Thursday, after the family room was completely finished and I spent the day putting everything back in place, I was absolutely giddy by the time Carl came home. I was literally jumping up and down and clapping. I apparently have zero chill.
Let’s take a walk through the house and admire the beauty. I’ll point out other things that are different as well. Because since it was like starting over in our house, we took the opportunity to make some other changes to make the house exactly the way that we wanted.
Walking in the front door…
The big change in this room is that we moved the table in the other direction so it fills the length of the room now. We weren’t able to do that before because of the size of the barmoire and the molding between the carpet and hardwoods that were there (it didn’t give us enough room to push the chairs out).
Excuse the dining room light. My friendly upstairs electrician (aka Zack) needs to center it over the table now. We also made the decision to part with our Barmoire. Although I loved the uniqueness and beauty of the piece, we really didn’t have a good place for it and it was not actually convenient to walk ALL THE WAY into the front room to make a cocktail when the ice and mixers were located in the kitchen. I’ll show you the solution later in the post. But in it’s place is Carl’s grandma’s china cabinet, which was in the kitchen dining area.
Looking down the hallway….
Looking into the kitchen….
So instead of the Barmoire, we now have a convenient bar area right in the kitchen! After snagging the granite shelf from the Barmoire for some pizzazz (and scratching the heck out of the countertop while I tried to lay it down by myself because it weighs about 50 pounds, causing my husband to have a fit), I installed a hanging rack under the cabinets and put some cool lights around the perimeter.
Oh sorry, the bar is currently closed….you’ll have to come back later. Another upcoming change is again to get my local electrician to run an electrical outlet under the cabinet so that I can put a mini fridge right there, again, so I don’t have to walk ALL THE WAY into the dining room where it is currently located. Sweet!
The kitchen dining area (with another light that needs to be centered over the table now)…
Another view showing the green cabinet that was near the master bedroom door now located where Carl’s grandma’s cabinet was which is now where the barmoire was. You can see why some piece of furniture had to go. We have a slightly different plan for near our bedroom door, which is still to come.
The family room area…
Let’s walk back towards the master bedroom…
There’s a lot that’s new in this room…new rug, new bedding, new lamps, new recliner and new nightstands. I sort of want a new and real headboard now but I’ll give my husband time to recuperate from all of my other purchases right now.
Here’s a before photo to refresh your memory.
The nightstands that we had were good but they were so darn big and things felt cramped. So I found these cute little nightstands on Swip Swap.
After a fresh coat of blue/grey chalk paint and some new knobs, they were the perfect replacement.
Here’s another view of our room…
The recliner was replaced because the old one (which was a little too bulky in the bedroom) found a new home in my new and improved office. Since I spend about 15-20 hours (or more) working/playing in my office each week, I convinced my husband it was time to replace the 20 year old office furniture, which was an outdated cherry wood. He did comment that I’m old and outdated but he doesn’t replace me but his insult didn’t deter me.The other view of my reading corner with the recliner from our bedroom in its new home…I love my room so much! It is so much more comfortable and relaxing now and the perfect place for me to work and have my morning devotional. And it turns out that we ordered about 11 extra boxes of flooring, which is just enough to complete my office. So that’s going to happen sometime in the near future. YAY!
There is just one other area left to complete and that’s the stairway up to Zack’s loft. Carl thought that he was going to complete that yesterday but there are some complications that he has to figure out first. If anybody can figure it out though, it’s my husband!
It’s funny how new floors led to a long list of other projects that we never anticipated…painting most of the walls on the lower level, painting all the baseboards, painting the interior doors, moving lights, installing an outlet plus buying some new furniture and accessories. We’ve really worked hard over the past two months but I am so happy with how everything turned out. I love my house even more than before and all these changes just help us feel more settled and content here with no plans of leaving anytime soon. (Sorry Aunt Sandra!) My husband keeps asking if we can be done though with all the buying of new things. Soon, honey, soon.
Come and visit and see all the improvements in person!!