Thursday, April 17, 2014

Makeover Round Up: Our House Six Months Later

We've officially been in our house for six months now, and while it's definitely not totally done, it's certainly come a long way! I thought I would show most of the rooms as they stand today and give a little recap of the projects we did. Plus everyone loves a good before and after, right? So here we go...



We painted our living/dining room in Silver Fox by Benjamin Moore and replaced the light fixture with a French-inspired chandelier (no longer available from World Market, similar here) This is also where we spent most of our furnishings budget, purchasing quite a few pieces. You can get a source list and read about the original makeover here.

The built-ins were blue, but I gave them a fresh coat of Simply White to freshen them up. I would still like to remove the gingerbread trim, but it blends much better now that everything's white.

Notice my trophy collection is growing! : )

In this photo you can see the flow of the rooms really well. It's hard to take this shot now because of the furniture placement and because I try not to get the entertainment room (Matt's room) in the shots. It's his space and, while perfectly fine, is not exactly "blog worthy" so I have to get creative with my camera angles. But here how you can see how all the rooms are connected. The layout is amazing!


I painted the table with help from a friend, then filled the wall space with new and vintage finds. The end chairs are from here. You can read about the makeover here and the wall makeover here.


 The space off of our dining room that leads to the kitchen is actually quite large. My mom wanted me to put our dining table here actually, and I might try that someday. For now it houses a buffet and church pew. It's the perfect serving area.

The buffet has already changed since I took these pictures, as I've change out the window above it. The lanterns really live in another room as I'm still searching for the perfect accessories for the top, but this grouping definitely makes a pretty picture!

This corner was the first completed area in our house and I haven't touched it since. It's still one of my favorites!

You can read the original post on this area here.




Paint made a world of difference in lightening up the kitchen! Someday I would love to replace the counters and backsplash, but they are perfectly fine for now. You can read about the makeover here.

This is a photo from the fall, but our kitchen looks just the same except the space beyond the fridge.



Here is the area on the other side of the fridge. This also gives a better feel for how large a space it is. Someday I would love to make these windows into French doors as it would open right onto the patio. Wouldn't that be beautiful?

Actually I've painted this table and removed the leaves, but I didn't take fresh photos of it (woops) so this is all I have for now! 


The powder room off the kitchen was a dark moss green and very basic when we moved in. We just gave it a little lip stick with paint and accessories to brighten things up. 


You can read about this makeover here.


The hearth room was a chocolate brown originally, so we painted it Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore. I also painted the bar trim and stools, plus added architectural salvage to the mantel for interest. It's still a work in progress but I'm liking how it's turning out more and more. (Pssst...I'm working on a secret blog project for this room! Did someone say new rug? Stay tuned!)

The long mantel gives me fits, but it's getting there. Definitely not an easy space to decorate : ) I've learned height and layering is key!

Here is the other side of the room, and you can see where the entry/front door is.

You can read more about this room here and here.

I can't believe how much we've accomplished in just six months! Granted these are simply cosmetic changes (we aren't handy so the "bones" of our house had to be move in ready!) but the difference is still amazing! If you've read my blog much, you've seen these rooms before. But don't worry, I have so much planned for the next six months in our house! We just finished painting our guest bedroom, and we are tackling the garage this weekend. Still to come in the complete makeover department: master bedroom, master bath, guest room, guest bath, office, hallway, entryway, garage, laundry room and patio. Lots more on the way! : )

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Monday, April 7, 2014


So I'm sort of becoming a hoarder...ok, not that kind, but I am storing up lots and lots of goodies these days. I've decided that with a full-time job and busy life the easiest way to still involve my passion for antiques is to hold a once-a-year tag sale. That way I can pick when I have time, and if I spend an entire Saturday on the hunt and don't come up with much, it's not the end of the world since I don't have a shop opening the next week I need to have inventory for.

I'll hunt as I have the time and begin stock piling for the sale, which I think I've decided will be Saturday, September 6. If you're near Wichita, KS, I'd love to see you! I can promise tons of vintage finds, antiques, home decor, furniture and general eye candy! This weekend I scored quite a bit for the sale. I think picking is getting better now that spring is upon us, because I had really been struggling to find items the last several months.

These two little urns/trophies are so charming. And you know I have a thing for trophies! : )


I also found several wicker baskets with great patina.

Plus some cool old bottles, a couple finials, a rusty scale, chippy stool and very old coffee tin with great typography.



I'll probably paint these finials, but I love their shape!


I love this old crate from Weber Baking Company - it's very large and would be great in a kitchen.

Here is the entire haul, including a beautiful leaded glass window I recently bought for above our buffet. It was hanging there until I found...

This beauty! This gorgeous window is the kind of thing I see in magazines but don't come across. When I found this for a fairly reasonable price I snatched it up. Actually, I wandered away from it for a bit debating on if I should spend on it, but then got so nervous someone else would snatch it up I had to hurry back over to get it : )

I absolutely love it! It does have metal hanging cables on it that I'm not sure how to get off - anyone know? I'm sure there is a way (probably an obvious one) but I've never seen these before. It's still hanging proudly on the wall for now, cables and all : )

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