House Update – Bathroom and Living room

Hey everyone! We have some more updates to catch you all up on. Family came to visit last week and this weekend, so M&M had a break! Before that though, we were like busy bees doing projects. I’ve been inquired why I (Margaret) don’t take pictures of all the processes being done. Well, I will answer that here. I’m the other hands making these processes happen! haha Certain projects and objects are a bit much for just Mark to handle and he needs another set of hands. 🙂 Below are some of the things we’ve been doing. Check it out!

Bathroom vanity before:

This is the original bathroom vanity. We put it on Craigslist if anyone is looking for a vanity this size. It’s pretty good quality but just not the style we were wanting.



Bathroom vanity after:

This is the new vanity! It’s a beautiful granite top that we just love. Gradually, the bathroom is coming together.



Living Room before:

Just want to note that earlier pictures of the living room are located in older posts. Once rooms are completely done, we can put the whole progression of it together. As you can see in these first pics that we ripped out the carpet (which was very smelly). Of all the rooms, I’ve been looking forward to working on the living room the most. lol

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We painted the living room a light gray.



Here’s Mark in the midst of putting in the same wood laminate floor seen throughout the other rooms.



Living room after:

Here is the living room with the paint done and the flooring almost done. We still have to put in transition pieces to the kitchen and the exterior doors. The trim also is going to be nailed in soon. We will also hang some pictures on the walls very soon too.

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Our living room is an interesting shape which includes an area for a table near the kitchen. We wanted to put ours in the kitchen which leaves an awkward space in the back of the living room. I came up with the idea of a reading nook in the back corner. Fun fact about me….I love to read! This layout may change someday when we get or make a larger second table. For now though, this works great. 🙂


This is another area of the living room that is a different shape. I’m still trying to figure out what makes sense in this area. For now, there’s extra chairs and a lamp. For the wall, we were thinking of putting some of our pictures in a collage. (with frames) Maybe a family or vacations wall?


Here is the tile we plan to do on the fire place. We also have to put back the glass in front of it as well once that’s done. Then we have to figure out the tile to go on the bottom areas. Probably a gray toned one.


So that’s what we have now. I love seeing the whole house done at the end, but I have to admit, I love seeing the progression as well. I’ve learned for myself that sometimes the travel to get to a goal is just as important as getting to the goal. We love to put hard work into things and see and enjoy the results afterwards. The work makes the enjoyment even more. 🙂

Stay tuned for updates soon!

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.

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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!