Our New House {the dining room before}

Here is our cute little dining room. We are pretty much having to start over in here furniture wise since ours won't fit. The door to the right leads back to the kitchen finishing the downstairs circle.

The light fixture will be changed, but I will be keeping the medallion. I think something more modern could be ever so fun. Currently I am on the fence between this one and this one {since it has potential to go on sale}, but who knows maybe I will go in a whole other direction in the end. Probably not though. Again the walls are going white.

We will be selling our dining table to afford another. I want to see it in person, but this one it our top contender for now. I like that it can expand when we have family holidays, but on a daily basis it will be plenty big for us. We still have no idea what we will do for chairs. I think we will just live with the many stools and benches we own till I have a clear cut idea. I want to be sure not to waste money on pieces that will just act as holders especially since this is only a rental. Here are a few I have on my radar and am pondering... one {I have the kid version}, two {I have the bucket version}, three {these are a great price point and being metal should surely last}, and four {I may just give these a test run if they have them in store}.


Our New House {the main living room before}

I have been up since 4:30. Boo. I literally woke with paint colors, flooring ideas, and the "I still have more to pack" dread. Thankfully the Mr can sleep through anything so I am able to time stamp posts for next week. Did I mention we are going out of town for a week for a wedding at the same time I am suppose to move and do all major things to the new house? It should be excited!Anyhow, back to the house... This room may make me the most happy. It's bright and will be even brighter once these walls go white. It has some bends here and there due to settling, but I think it adds to the charm. The thick moldings, working fireplace, and hardwoods that make my heart sing.

 I can't wait to get my hands on this door. Hard to tell here, but it has beveled glass! The boys had it covered and once I took the blind down I knew this house and I were meant to be. The inside and out needs a new coat of stain to make it really shine.

I like how the living room and dining room are spaced together making this room feel larger. I have also been bringing our pup over here and there so he will get used to the house before we actually move in. I personally think he loves it.

The piano will go on the entry wall. As far as my eye can see this is the most level spot and the only place it will fit. One of our current sofa's will be centered on the window and I am doing something fun in the nook next to the fireplace.

The above wall also holds two rooms just past the fireplace. One will be used for the master and the other will be used as an office/guest room. The master will pretty much hold our king bed and a wardrobe, but that's about it. I am thinking of hanging these lights on the wall and just use stools we curently own as end tables. I think the biggest challenge will be finding a way to store our clothes. The room does have a closet, but it is smaller than our current coat closet. HA. I may get a Pax unit or try to find an old piece that hopefully does not smell. Until i do figure it out thoug the clothes will just hang on our trusty rolling racks. Who knows maybe I will find it functional? We shall see. Any tips on how to store clothes without closets?


Our New House {the bath before}

Be warned, this post airs on the gross side. HA. This is the main floors bathroom. The good thing is once it has been thoroughly cleaned it will take me about a minute to maintain it every day. It's teeny tiny. I am praying the white tile and grout will be able to be cleaned and look like new. The shower wall to the right actually looks really good. The tub is in really good condition too which is a huge plus. On our right away list after it's been cleaned of course is to change out the toilet, have the walls and ceilings painted, take down the blind, new showerhead that can actually accommodate the Mr's height, change the mirror, and light.

On my future wish list is to rip up all the beige tile and install something new and fun. The square footage is tiny so I could go bold on the floor. I have been fawning over this bath by Amber Interiors foreva-eva now and am thinking something along those lines. More than likely I will keep the current vanity since it fits so well and just paint it out and add new hardware. We will see once I can really ponder for a bit. I also like the idea of just planking the walls to keep costs low. I still have this light that I bought for a steal so it will finally be put to good use. I am pretty much head over heels for this medicine cabinet, but the price is WAY out of reach. Any thoughts on where to buy a decent wall mounted mirrored medicine cabinet by any chance?

Here is another view just for reference to where it is. Right behind me is the front door and I am standing in the front living room. The two doors to the right go to our bedroom and what will be an office. Directly to the left of the bathroom is the den I posted yesterday. The house is like a circle of sorts. Don't you just love the crooked door frames? Old homes just get me.


Our New House {the den + stair's before}

In the new house {rental} we actually have a den and I'm thrilled. Although I do love our current homes open floor plan I also love the idea of separate spaces made with actual walls. The Mr and I keep on going back and forth whether to make this a movie room or just a place where I tuck away art supplies and a few lego bins and keep it more of a cozy creative space. I have a feeling our TV will go back and forth the first week before we make a permanent decision.

I took these pictures late in the day and the darkest room in the house still has the most beautiful light. The floors are wavy, but ever so stunning.

I'm standing at the back windows here. To the right is the kitchen, straight ahead are the scary stairs that go to the kids room and an additional bath. To the left it wraps around again to the front of the house which also has a bath, and two bedrooms.

The railings must be removed in order to get furniture up and down the stairs. HA. Oh, and don't you love the so called frat house carpet? GAG. It's being changed before we move in.

Here's looking down at two of the goofiest kids. This area will be simple. We are going to have the whole space painted out in a white just like the rest of the house I am sure and change the lighting as good sales hit. This ceiling will be scraped and painted and I am hoping that will ease some of the scariness {the upstairs is the only place with the lovely popcorn ceilings}. Of course new carpet is a must and I would love to do a sisal, but I still have to price that out. It may not be the best use of our limited budget. Jenny's DIY version may be worth a try too, but I wonder how well it will hold up with the little's. I think this runner could be a fun graphic choice and I love that's it's also good for outdoors. Then maybe paint the small upper railing a fun kelly green or yellow. As for the den I still want to use this original plan. I think it's fun and will liven this place up!

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Our New House {the kitchen before's}

Technically these before pics have no place on my blog. They are semi awful, but I personally love seeing before and afters. HA. I did a walk through with our friend, the owner of this rental, and she was so excited that we are going to bring it back to life. The 30 something year old boy/men renters called this place the frat house and treated it that way too. Sad really. Without further adu, here is the kitchen...

I have a love hate relationship with this kitchen already. What I love is the real wood, what I believe to be original, cabinets. The light in the space is amazing. The crown mouldings, original doors and windows make my heart sing even if they have been painted shut.

This piece alone will be such a beauty once I'm done with her. This also is the only decent storage in the house.

Here is from the back door in. Beyond is the dining room {can you see that moulding!}  and the door to the left leads to what will be a den of sorts. Now to what I am thinking... We are obviously painting the walls and the cabinets. I am changing the hardware and faucet. We get a new fridge, thank goodness. The lighting will be changed too. Currently I am thinking we will keep the counters. They are in decent shape and just need a good scrubbing and I am trying to keep the budget super tight, but we will see. i do think a butcher block would be kind of amazing.

This lovely spot in the floor is quite soft and we are having it checked. More than likely we are having the tiles replaced. They are are simply grosser than gross.

Where I would love some help... I have to make all painting decisions like now. The walls are going white. That I know. I want to make this place look bright. Now the cabinet style, although I love it has me stumped. My first thought is to do a slightly off white {like farrow and ball shaded white} cabinet to keep it from looking sterile. The other thought is to do a slightly darker color maybe a taupe or light gray. I really want to keep in style with the 1930's home, but make it fresh. I am having a hard time finding inspiration. Any thoughts?