Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New House Update #3

Hi everyone!  I'm so sorry that I left those of you who don't have Facebook just hanging these past couple of weeks.  Things around here exploded into busy-ness all of a sudden and I didn't have time to post more than a quick picture here and there over on the FB page.  

On the last update I shared that Hubby had just finished scraping all the popcorn off the ceilings, I was trying to decide on a paint color, we had just taken the island out of the kitchen, and I had finally made a decision on the laminate flooring.  Wellllll, my dad came up one weekend and the three of us laid the new floors.  It took us 18 hours over the course of 3 days to get it done.  We moved in the very next weekend and 3 days later we hosted our first company and had back to back company of family and friends for the next 5 days over Christmas.  Then it was time to go back and clean the rental house and get it ready to turn back over.  So...things have been a mite busy.

BUT....the floors look AH-mazing!!!  They are SO ridiculously gorgeous and I am absolutely in love with them!!  These cell phone pictures don't do them justice, lemme tell ya.

This little alcove leads to the other 2 bedrooms and the 2nd bathroom.

Once I got the construction zone cleaned away and finally found the kitchen again I was giddy with happiness!  (I found that light above the sink at a thrift store for $11!)

I shared this picture of the moving in mess on Facebook.  Organizing kitchen cabinets is weirdly one of my favorite parts of moving into a new house. 

And did you notice that little table in the middle there?

I found it on Craigslist and used my birthday money to buy it.  It's gorgeous and chock full of nicks and scratches and nail holes.  I didn't know when I bought it what I would use it for, I just knew it was beautiful and it had my name all over it.  Most likely it will be used as a desk in our home office area.

A couple of days later it was all cleaned up and signs of life had started to appear.

On the other side of the kitchen is a big blank wall.  Eventually I'd like to get a big old cupboard of some sort to put there.  A primitive farmhouse hutch, a Hoosier cabinet, an antique pie safe...something.  But for now we had this little cheap bookshelf that we put there for some extra pantry storage.  I didn't like how cluttered and messy it looked so I came up with a temporary solution.

Much better.  : )

I put together a little collage of all the phases of the kitchen so far.  Top left is what it looked like when we bought it with it's dingy walls and dark trim, ending with the bottom right being how it looks now.

The next project on the to-do list is to trim off the blue underlay around the edges of the new floor and get the baseboards up in the dining room and kitchen.  I had two of the cutest little helpers helping me paint them.  : )

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you and yours a very happy new year!!



  1. Happy New Year! You are making progress, beautiful progress! I agree, your floors are gorgeous. I love all that you have done to your new home so far. Praying 2014 is a blessed year for you and your family.

  2. I cannot believe that is laminate flooring. It looks awesome.

  3. Beautiful work and so nice that you gave a big kitchen you can cook all you want in

  4. The floors are fabulous Stephanie and the light was a real steal.

  5. Those floors are ablsolutely gorgeous!!! But I loved the two helper's pictures the best!!!!
    You are moving FAST!! This old lady is so lazy that things never move with much speed :^)
    Blessings to all of you,


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