Progress This Week 11.21.14

Happy Friday … again! Where did this week go?! Between sick kids, doctors appointments and LIFE – here is our progress.

1. My husband finished texturing all of the ceilings. I can’t tell you what a difference it has made in each room. Our home feels brighter and more spacious, not to mention much more appealing to the eye.

texturing ceilings

I will post a before and after next week!

Right now we are painting the ceilings using Eminence by Sherwin-Williams, and I have been super happy about the coverage and quality. For the most part we have been able to cover everything in one coat. Yay! I didn’t have it tinted, I’m just using the color that’s in the can (Bright White) and as I said earlier, it has lightened and brightened everything up in our home. I love it and would highly recommend it.

 2. I spent most of my time in the kitchen again filling in the holes to the cabinets, sanding the wood filler and taking down awful wallpaper that was seriously super-glued on.

taking down wallpaper

I started off using a steamer on this main wall…

how to remove wallpaper

And after 3+ hours, this was how far I got. It was pretty frustrating, so I tried fabric softener and warm water mixed together, sprayed it on the walls, let it sit for a few minutes and then used the steamer again. That worked soo much better and I was able to get the rest off in a little over an hour.

kitchen progress

Just for fun, here’s a picture of our beautiful kitchen. Have I told you how glad I am that we don’t have to live in this right now?! I need to do some serious cleaning so I can start priming the cabinets. Man it’s been a slow process, but I’m hoping to be done with the kitchen before Christmas?? Let’s hope!

3. We also picked out our flooring, appliances and paint colors for our playroom. Have you seen the 2015 Color Forecast from Sherwin-Williams? I am picking up their color of their year, Coral Reef, along with some other colors from their 2015 line from my store today and I can’t wait to try it out in our playroom. It’s such a fun, happy color.

 That is it for this week! Do you have any major projects you are trying to get done this weekend before Thanksgiving, or maybe for Christmas? If you do I wish you the best of luck! More paint colors and hopefully more progress next week. Have a great Friday!

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Our Progress This Week 11.14.14

Remodeling is a SLOW process when you’re DIYing it. I have thought on a number occasions, what did we get ourselves into?! But when I look at what we have accomplished over the past week, it makes me feel a little better. We still are not living in our house, which I am so grateful for because we can work on a project and just leave but that means we only spend a few hours during the week in the evenings, and then we devote our Saturdays to being at the house. It’s still a little overwhelming to think of all we need to do, but my Mom reminds me by the yard it’s hard, and by the inch it’s a cinch. Smile I have repeated that to myself many times. So what have we accomplished?

Our biggest project that we have completed so far is our popcorn ceilings. They were everywhere and soo messy. I will show you how we did it in another post, but here is a picture of my husband scraping them off, it was a huge job and pretty physically demanding, but they are finally off!

Popcorn ceilings

Now he is in the process of texturing the ceilings which I hope we can finish tomorrow. Then we get to paint them and move on to more “fun” projects.

My focus has been the kitchen. I have all of the cabinets sanded (with a little help) and now I am filling in the holes with wood putty, and will hopefully finish that today and then move on to priming them tomorrow.

Sanding kitchen cabinets

Another major accomplishment? I have decided on a paint color for our kitchen! Wahoo! I went a little crazy at the Sherwin-Williams sale and bought 16 samples of some of my favorite neutrals.  It’s so much fun to see them on your wall and compare them to each other. Here are the colors I sampled, complete with my mental notes.

Kitchen paint color options {neutrals}

1. Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore – love this color, but it’s a little too light. I might use it somewhere else.

2. Sandstone by Behr – also too light, and I want a little more gray

3. Wheat Bread by Behr – Red heart

4. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore – Red heart

5. Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore –  more blue than I want.

6. Ashen Tan by BM – red undertones

7. Accessible Beige by SW – Red heart

8. Senora Gray by BM –  green undertones and a little too cool.

9. Ocean Pearl by Behr– too green.

10 Castle Path by Behr- Red heart

11. Bar Harbor Beige by BM – too much gold.

12. Collonade Gray by Sherwin-Williams – not warm enough.

13. Amazing Gray by Sherwin-Williams – Red heart

14. Sea Salt by SW (a little too light and blue for the kitchen. A possibility for the dining room.)

15. Comfort Gray by SW – Red heart 

16. Vapor Trails by BM ( Red heart my favorite bluish gray)

I had a hard time deciding because I have seen so many of these colors in your home and have just loved them, and I know that any of these colors would look good, but I wanted something that was warmer, would pop against my white cabinets, and not have any weird undertones. After looking at them over the course of the day I decided on….. (drumroll please)

#10 – Castle Path by Behr

It’s a perfect balance of gray and beige and it is dark enough to contrast well with my cabinets, but not too light that it gets washed out. Right now we have some lovely raspberry wallpaper that needs to be taken off first and I want to finish painting our cabinets, so it’s going to be a little while before I get to paint our walls, but I can’t wait to see it in the whole room.

That’s our progress for now,  I will continue to give you more updates along with more paint colors. Thanks so much for sticking with me in this journey and have a great weekend!

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Tour of Our Home (before)

Happy Friday! As many of you know, we closed on a house at the end of October and finally have a place of our own! We are super excited, but also a little overwhelmed with the work that needs to be done to transform it into our home. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know we have started some renovations, but today I am giving you a tour of how everything looks in it’s original state. My brain is constantly thinking about the potential and what I want to do with it, and I can’t wait to share that journey with you.

Right now I am currently working on the kitchen cabinets and my husband is redoing the ceilings, and we will be sharing our progress through the coming weeks, but will continue to share lots of paint colors too. I am trying to decide what I want as far as paint goes, you’d think I would have it all figured out, but there are so many colors that I LOVE it’s hard to choose. I am just about to go to Sherwin-Williams – they are having their 40% off sale this weekend which has come at a perfect time for us. I will let you know what I decide! In the meantime, here are some pictures from the listing.

living room

dining room3




downstairs bath

girls room

downstairs living

downstairs bedroom

laundry room


Thank you for letting me share with you today and have a great weekend! And don’t forget about the SW sale. :)

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