House Update – fireplace, laundry area, 3rd bedroom, and….roof!

Hello again everyone! It’s been a while since the last posting but projects were worked on. We also went on a week long, much needed vacation to Colorado. We intend to fill our walls with our pictures from there! So pretty!

We’ve just about finished our fireplace project. The fireplace area was OK looking before but we felt it lacked proper color and contrast. Here’s some pics to show how the work went down.

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Our fireplace has fangs!!


Needs some transition trim between the wood floor and the tile but is just about done.

We also FINISHED the laundry area!! Woo! Added in shelves for towels, laundry stuff, table clothes, etc. Then added in louver doors and put the trim back.

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Then we got started on the 3rd bedroom. Ripped out the LAST of the smelly carpet! Another woo! Filled holes and painted. Next will be installing flooring. I think we’ve got this room thing down to a pattern haha!



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Here’s what we have so far.

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The overall roof is good but, as you can see from these pics, the ridges were not doing so good.


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Mark cutting the ridge shingles.


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Also, another little fun buy for our front porch…teal chairs! I’ve been eyeing these at Lowes all summer. Got them on sale a month ago. Score! Would love to add a little table and/or outdoor pillows on them.

Love my chairs! Sorry for the leaves on the porch. It’s been super windy around here!

Now that we are back from our awesome vacation, we will be back to work on some larger projects. I haven’t even mentioned one of our larger projects that we will be tackling soon…stay tuned to find out what it is!

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

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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!