Remodeling our new home is in full swing, and we've been working like crazy. (Well, except for this week, because my car has been in the shop and Jim has been out of town, so I couldn't get over to the new house, but that's a whole nother story.) We still don't have approval to remove the load bearing wall between the dining and living rooms, but we're moving ahead with the other changes we want to make, and the list is long.
So far we've removed wallpaper and some paneling, primed and painted two bedrooms, installed two ceiling fans (I know, I know, not great interior design, but sometimes comfort has to trump design), removed three doors, repaired some wall damage, designed the kitchen and sent the plans to a cabinet guy, pulled out four bushes, and few other things. Why is it the more you do, the longer your list seems to get?
I think the most satisfying change so far has been priming all the 1970s style paneling. We thought about removing it, but didn't want to deal with any "uh-oh" surprises that could delay being able to move in. So, we decided to paint the paneling in both master bedroom and the family room. I actually like the look of painted paneling. It gives the rooms a cottage feeling, so I'm not disappointed with our choice at all.
|Priming the Family Room Before and After|
|Colors I'm considering|
|Close up of the fireplace stone|
Even though I am getting a clearer idea about colors, I honestly won't know for sure what colors will work until the wall is removed and the front awnings are off the house. Those things are making the rooms look much darker than they're going to be. So until then, it's hard to know how the sunlight will play in the house, and that will be a factor in the color decisions.
For now, we're going to finish priming all of the rooms and the trim, since that will be painted also. But in the mean time, I'm excited about the changes we've already made. Every change makes it feel more and more like our house. We still have a lot more to do, but it's coming along.
|Finished painting and removed the plastic.|