House Status – Coming along in many different rooms!

For today’s post, I’m going to present which projects we’ve done, are doing, and will be doing all at once for each post. There always seems to be multiple projects going on with ones “on deck.” haha I guess you could call this the “progress report” then. Today, luckily, we will be taking a break for the evening and going to a concert in the park near us. As a good friend of mine told me, it’s important to take a break every once in a while. As exciting as these projects are, it does become overwhelming and it’s important that we refresh. Gotta make sure we squeeze in our M&M time too! So before I bore you too much, here’s our progress report. 🙂

Laundry Room Before (not the total beginning though – that’s found in an older post):

Here we have all of the drywall and drywall mud up for the laundry area. Also, we pulled out the carpeting in the hallway, so what you see is the OSB sub-flooring.

IMG_4852 Here’s my goof wanting a picture of his hand and painting the inside of the laundry room. IMG_4862 IMG_4867

Laundry Room After:

Painted, base trim, and flooring all in! IMG_4876

My washer and dryer that sing to me before and after they’re done. I probably love that WAY too much. lol IMG_4903

Putting in more hallway flooring. IMG_4899

Kitchen Before:

Disclaimer: Kitchen is not done yet but will get there eventually. The kitchen originally was not horrible but just isn’t our taste. We wanted to go a little more modern and the roosters just didn’t make the cut. lol

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Kitchen After:

We want to go a little more neutral with our colors so we went with a semi-gloss grayish white for the walls. We now have a fridge and stove in there. We want to replace the counter tops and put up a back splash. Cabinets will probably fill the area that was formerly for the laundry. Crown molding around the room may be a possibility to add a nice touch because we feel the edges around the ceiling are a little dull right now. Maybe the roosters were important to the design?hmm…….nah! IMG_4883IMG_4881IMG_4888 IMG_4885

Back splash to go up in the kitchen. We are also going to do this on the fireplace. 🙂


Bathroom Before:

Disclaimer: Well, just like all of the other disclaimers…not done. Here is the larger bathroom of the two. The wall color is WAY too dark for our taste. It was a very dark brown. So as you can imagine, we want to lighten up this room and add a little more “airiness.” For some reason the shower picture came out with blue walls? Not sure how that happened. full bath 2 full bath1 full bath4

Bathroom After:

We painted the bathroom the same color as the kitchen. It does seem very bright but we will definitely have other colors and decor in there. We plan to replace the counter top, put back the mirror and lights, and put in tiling or wainscoting in that lower half. I’m voting for wainscoting, but we’ll see. We just got our counter top last night and love it! Can’t wait to put in in. 🙂

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Well, that’s where I’ll leave you for now. Plenty more to come soon!

Laundry Room – before the finish

So, a laundry room did NOT exist in this house when we got it. The laundry hookup was in the kitchen. Well, we didn’t mind having the extra storage with these built in cabinets in the hallway and bathroom. However, it seemed like the perfect area to put a washer and dryer (stacked) and some shelves. Besides, the drawers were hard to open, the inside was smelly, and we weren’t particularly fond of the previous paint choices…

Before pics:

Here are pics of the before of these and with the drawers and cabinets taken out.




We put in proper sub-floor. Then we filled in the open part of the wall where the bathroom is. Next, we put in the connections for the washer and dryer. Lastly, we put up drywall to make proper walls.






We are going to be finishing off the drywall, painting the walls, putting in floors, and we’re getting the washer and dryer very soon. Stay tuned!

Living Room – Built in Shelves

We love the size of our living room and the huge back doors and windows it has. However, the colors and flooring are not quite what we want. The carpet even smells a bit. M&M to the rescue! Disclaimer: This room is not finished yet but just giving an intro to it.

Before pics: (need to get a pic of the back door)

As you can see, this is when we were first moving in. Sorry for the focus on the vacuum cleaner in the pics haha that wasn’t on purpose.



We decided to go a little more neutral and paint the cabinets and the fireplace a bright white.








This is all we have so far in the living room but stay tuned for changes soon! We plan to paint and floor it similar to the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom – the beginning, middle, but not quite done

Over the past months, we’ve been doing various projects around the house and yard. Now is the time where our vision is starting to come together in some rooms. Our master bedroom renovation is nearly done!

Before pics:

This is after we closed on the house. The room did not look horrible but had stickers on the walls, paint wearing off, paint stains on the trim, and smelly carpet.


The largest problem in this room was actually beneath it in the crawlspace. We found out through our inspection that there was some bug damage/rotting on the floor joists. Luckily, it is not in every single one and the bugs are not active. Over time working on this house, we have found fixable solutions to preventing any further problems such as gutter water drainage. You can see in the one picture the contrast of the worst floor joist and the new ones going in.





We also painted the room a little bit more modern color. It’s a light grey with a touch of blue to contrast nicely against the reddish trim.


After pics:

The last project we have done on this room so far is the floor. We put in a floating wood laminate floor that we believe matches the existing trim and is beautiful to look at too!




Once we get back to the master bedroom (because we have so many other projects needing finishing ha ha), we plan to put up white crown molding. Stay tuned for those pics and other ones to come!