Monday, June 24, 2013

Home Tour: Main Floor

Things are definitely feeling more put together around here after about a month of projects and organizing, etc. I am a little annoyed that although most things are unpacked, I still have yet to find things. I feel like I might be missing a box of something, but have no idea where or how I would’ve left it behind. I guess I’ll have to live without my trifle bowl a little longer until it turns up. Anyway, I wanted to document how I put together my first house. I know things will change a lot in the years to come, so it will be fun to see how we started out.

I’ll start with a few projects. (I did post a little of this on instagram already, but I’m not looking to use that as a replacement for the blog, so this may be a bit redundant if you follow me there.) The first thing I tackled was an art table for the kids. I had plans for a bigger dining table, so I wondered what to do with the trusty little set we bought over 7 years ago when we got married. It’s been a great table, and I knew it would be useful somehow. It has seen better days, so I decided it needed a little sprucing up. I’m all about adding bright pops of color throughout the house, and I thought this table was a perfect opportunity for that.

Lots of memories around this little table.  IMG_0878IMG_0877

Ruby legitimately helped me by tightening some screws.280

After a couple days of sanding, spray painting, rolling, and more sanding…337IMG_0880

The cute little table was transformed. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with how it turned out.035

The kids love their new blue table, and I love that even if the art supplies is left out now and then, it’s not taking up my counterpace or my table. And I have no problem letting the kids mark it up, since that’s is precisely what it's for. More on our art corner later.004

I found this bakers rack at a yard sale for $20. I’ve been thinking about getting one of these, and at that price, I knew it was the one. It definitely needed a little help. We tried sanding the wood, but determined a new piece would really help the overall look of it. It looks like there was some warping from water damage. No biggie, I just took the old piece in, picked out a nice looking piece of birch, some iron on veneer edging, and some stain. We thought about just painting a cheaper piece of wood, but we wanted to test out the stain color for the dining table, and thought this would be a great time to do that.057424

I love how the red mahogany stain looks against the yellow spray paint we picked out for it. IMG_0909

It really adds some character to the living room, and serves a purpose as a shoe rack, place to hold keys, etc.IMG_0914

I wasn’t ever really on the market for a coffee table just yet, but we do have a spacious great room, so when I saw this one at the thrift store, and I had a 50% off coupon, and got another 20% off that, I thought why not take a chance on a $16 coffee table. Mom helped with that decision. I didn’t love the color, but we thought the details were nice, and saw the potential.548549

I had planned on painting it, with that seeming like the easiest way to go, and it would be fun to play with colors, but with my varnish remover, and stain handy, I thought to go that route first, and maybe paint it in the future when I got tired of it.


It ended up with a really interesting finish. It’s not exactly how I pictured it, but I still think it’s kind of cool. I’m glad I gave the wood one more chance to shine before I got covered up with paint. 062063064

This little half bath has been more trouble than it’s worth. I wondered through every step of painting it why we didn’t have the painter just add it on to his list. We didn’t love this leaf d├ęcor going on, so we picked out a lettuce green, and decided to just tackle it ourselves. I decided later that maybe I just wanted white, so I used some paint left in the house, and only had enough for one coat, which wasn’t enough, even after priming all the leaves. So I just gave the lettuce green a shot, and didn’t have enough of that either, which was fine, cause I didn’t love the color anyway. I went and picked out a lighter green, and just bought a whole gallon without even testing it out. I was just done. I actually really like it, and after a couple coats of  that, it was finally done.  We didn’t save much by doing it ourselves, but, I learned a lot. I feel like you have to do a couple little projects like this when you buy a house. It’s all part of the adventure. Enough said about that.IMG_0799015It looks a lot more fluorescent here than in real life. It’s a nice sea mist green. There’s more decorating to do there, but that’s always last on the priority list.  077

Now to the bigger spaces. We have an interesting layout, but I like it. This is supposed to be a family room area off of the kitchen, but that wasn’t how I saw it. The fireplace it a little weird there, and I hate those built in TV spaces, but I decided it wanted to make it work as an art corner for the kids. IMG_0761

We had a great guy come and paint this whole area a light, neutral grey, and he painted the gold trim on the fireplace black to update it a bit. We’d been wondering whether to keep my old red desk for a while, and I’m glad we did, cause it fits perfectly in the TV space. I love having a computer in the main area now that there’s less danger of babies eating electrical chords. 027036

That rug was meant for this space. IKEA has been good to me.030

I liked the idea of putting a love seat in here. I like having a place to sit near the kids, and I’m also using it as a laundry folding area. I use the computer for my entertainment while I do it, and with a main floor laundry room, it’s very convenient. I got this beautiful love seat at a yard sale for $75. It was part of an estate, and was in mint condition (cleaned prior to the sale). It’s also a pull out twin bed! It’s in this space temporarily. Soon it will be in the master bedroom (I’m sure the bed will come in handy with sick kids or bad dreams in the future), but we need something here until we find what we’re looking for.002

And I can see the kids playing in the back yard from these windows, and the deck.003

Ruby LOVES displaying her art on the fridge, which is cute, but I thought giving her this little magnet board would be fun. She loves it, and my fridge is no longer being overrun. You like my other displayed art, Lili?032

I found this huge frame in the As-Is section at IKEA for $5. I wasn’t sure what to put in it, or where to put it, but at that price, I had to buy it. I thought about an art print in our room, but it’sa a weird size, a it dawned on me that I’d prefer my kids’ art in it. It was a black-brown color, but I painted it grey, and painted the frame backing white, and let them paint right on it. I joined in the fun and painted it with them. I didn’t want to hide it in my room, so I put it above their art table where it naturally should be. The kids are so proud or our original art.034

The other side of this space is just supposed to be informal dining, I guess, but I liked it for formal dining.  The kids were bummed when it was no longer a tricycle riding  space. IMG_0816IMG_0812

The table fits perfectly, and I love having it close to the food for easier serving. And notice how we switched out those silly hanging lights. Not toddler friendly at all, or my style, really.049

This bar has been a wonderful thing in my life. For years I’ve been carrying food on trays over gates onto high chairs. This makes mealtimes MUCH more convenient and enjoyable for everyone. The kids love it.047

I also love this extra counter space. So many uses for it. The extra cabinets there are also a huge bonus. That doorway heads to the bathroom, and the basement. BASEMENT! That’s for another post.050

My laundry room is right through that door. LOVE that. And I love that the garage is right there for easy grocery unloading. 051012015

Space I’ve always wanted but never known in a kitchen. It’s pretty simple, but I love how functional and perfect it is for me. I can’t believe I don’t have to clean off the counter to make sandwiches anymore! There’s always a space! It’s a fun place to play.044052

This is one little thing I’ve been really excited about adding to my new kitchen. Best invention ever. Oh, and I love that knife magnet. I was tired of the knife block, and too nervous to keep knives in a drawer. It’s so great to have a place for everything. 366367

Now to the great room. We have these great vaulted ceilings. But painting them presented a problem. That’s why we just called a guy to do it. We were going to do this accent wall white, and the rest grey, but the grey everywhere else ended up being a lot lighter than we thought it would be, so we decided to make this a darker grey.IMG_0763IMG_0760

I LOVE how the colors turned out. The blinds aren’t my favorite, but I can live with those for a while. We bought that couch new, and love how the while looks against the darker grey. We’re on the hunt for a new rug, and maybe a love seat, but for now we’re happy with how things look. It’s amazing how this rooms stays relatively clean with all the other places there are for the kids to play! Not something I can say for any other place we’ve lived. 056

We even had our painter paint the bannister, and I think it really makes the place fresh and bright.IMG_0765008



We weren’t at all sad to paint over this interesting artwork. I think that’s what inspired us to paint in the first place. It’s feels much more like us now. IMG_0768011

We’re thinking about a little reading nook in this corner. Another project in the future. This landing thing is a little odd, but I think it will be great to serve food at parties or whatever. I think this room is supposed to be used for formal dining, but I wasn’t into that.059

I did manage to hang a few pictures up, but curtains and things are for a later date. It’s been a lot of work, but actually kind of fun figuring all this out. I really can’t believe it’s me writing all this stuff about projects, thrifting, decorating, and everything else I haven't had the time for or desire to do for years. But, I do love having a place to make my own.068

The basement is next, and soon the bedrooms will be all ready to show you!


Kira: said...

It looks great! I love nesting :-)

Cami said...

Awesome! It looks so great! I'm glad you got a guy to paint it, because seriously, painting our upstairs was SUCH a project. We had to repaint our 13-foot ceiling entry! And let's remember that it took FORTY HOURS to paint my library. But NONE of that compares to the disaster that was the stairwell . .. ANYwho. I love the kids art area, and ALL the original art. So cute! And seriously, doesn't bar dining change your life? I obviously didn't have as annoying a situation as you, but nonetheless!

melody said...

Very beautiful and spacious! So excited I get to see it all in person so soon. Love the white couch!

Janice said...

It's amazing what you have accomplished in such a few short weeks. We love it all.

The Hunsakers said...

It looks amazing! I've said next time we move we should hire a guy to paint- smart decision. Can I say that I'm envious of your laundry room? Mine is in the entry room right off the garage and it only fits the machines and a shelf above them. I can't wait to get a laundry room with some storage and counter space.

Stephen Graham said...

We so enjoyed reading this. So fun to see how you have settled in. So impressed with your projects all.
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Kassi said...

Love it all. Seriously! I am so inspired to go create now. I love the layout of your kitchen/dining area/kids area. The coffee table look so good. You have great taste.

Jules said...

All those projects look great! I bet it's just a dream having all that space, especially in the kitchen. Also, I love that white couch!

Jeannine Scarff said...

Your site is so much good.I am very glad to visit your site.Your kitchen room,dining room are looking so nice.Thanks a lot for it. You have great taste.
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