Okay, it’s the moment
you’ve all a few close friends have been waiting for! Our big exciting house reveal (this post will just be showing the lower levels). It’s certainly nothing crazy and it needs a lot of love (and paint!) but I’m so excited to get started! Here are some pictures as it stands now, and the things I want to change.
Upper Living Room:
This is the upper living room and front entrance as seen from the dining room. I labeled everything we want to do, but the main project will be replacing the floors. The laminate is super scratched and it abruptly turns into an ugly tile walkway. Not only does it cut the room off and make it seem smaller than it is, it’s a really shoddy job that looks cheap. When we redo the floors, I want to rip up all the tile and have one cohesive floor in the entire first level.
Here’s another view where you can see the tile more. (and the ugly green door that will be painted asap)
Here’s the dining room which leads to the garage. (With a leftover huge bag of cat food- YES!) — The tile in here is the same as the entrance, but thankfully it was installed a lot cleaner. Still, we’d ultimately like to replace it so that the entire first level has the same floor.
The updates we want to make in here are the same deal as the living room – new paint, lighting, window treatments & floor. We also plan to replace ALL of the molding and old doors in the house eventually. Molding is one of those things that can easily be overlooked when updating a home, but it makes SUCH a big difference when it’s new and fresh. Especially around windows and doors.
Big dreams for this room: Built-in-bonanza! That little spot is perfect for some built-in shelving.
Next is the kitchen:
This will be a BIG project. I want to paint the cabinets, paint the walls, replace the tile, and replace the lighting. Thankfully, all of the appliances are pretty new & the countertops are Corian, so we won’t have to worry about replacing any of that.
The kitchen is the only room in the house that I can’t figure out. I know what I want to do cosmetically, but structurally, it’s a little odd. I HATE where the fridge is. It’s tucked inside of this T shaped wall that splits up the dining room and kitchen. It really disrupts the flow of the room and it drives me nuts. Hopefully someday we can change that. I’d love to take the entire wall down so that both rooms are wide open.
Here’s the deck off the dining room & a peek into the backyard:
I’m excited to give this puppy some stain and cozy it up with some nice lighting, seating, a tent thingy, the works.
Now we go down below to the lower living room. (Our house is a split level. I stuck my nose up at them before, but I’ve actually grown to love the many levels!) Hey, dad.
Must paint, paint, paint all of that wood and brighten up the room.
This fun little room is my FAVORITE!!! I am totally painting those built-ins (sorry wood lovers!) and making this into a cozy little reading room/office. The previous owners kept her….. lizards…. in this room.
Through the little nook room & to the right, there’s a half bathroom:
I cannot wait to do something awesome with this little bathroom. I already told Greg that this room is completely mine to design & he can’t veto anything! I think I want to play around with some funky wallpaper in here.
Down here there’s also a little storage room that we’d like to turn into a walk-in pantry.
I mean let’s be honest.. I don’t feel like I’ll ever have my sh*t together enough to have an actual pantry full of stuff that’s just.. extra. But some extra storage/shelving will be nice regardless.
Now we go down one more level to the basement: (Cue Nick Jonas ‘Levels’)
OMG LOOK AT THAT WORKBENCH!!!! NO MORE SANDING/PAINTING/BUILDING IN MY KITCHEN! I am SO excited to have a full, big basement and workspace. Behind the little office/library room, this is my second favorite thing about the house! I’ve literally been waiting for this moment since I was about 15.
So there’s the bottom half of our humble abode! Soon I’ll show you the upstairs. In the meantime, anyone wanna come over for some apples?
We have a Cortland apple tree in the front yard & a Granny Smith tree in the back yard!