Jul 31, 2010

A little back in time...

Going back in time.  Just a little.  Back to the first time at the house after it officially became ours.
Bub and Kona got the chance to explore their new territory.  The Mr. and I walked around thinking about all the things we would do to change it's look and make it ours.  We are getting closer and closer everyday! 
Cannot wait until we can move in and enjoy our success.

Jul 28, 2010


Paint, paint, paint. The past couple weeks have been spent painting every square inch of the 1st floor. It is so nice seeing color on the walls and much easier than priming. It actually looks like things are starting to come together and my "design" is more noticeable. My sister and I were at the house tonight working and figured the 1st floor is basically half way done. What a huge accomplishment. Yay!

All of our paint is Valspar from Lowes. Of the different paints I've used this is my favorite. Love the Eddie Bauer line and the Signature paint is easy to use and coats very well. One negative is there are no VOC free choices.

Most of our colors are from the bungalow collection and a few are from Valspar's main line. For those of you who saw our condo the colors will look very familiar. Colors used are:

Living Room/Dining Room: Pecan - Walls
Vanilla Bean - Ceiling
Craft White - Trim
Mercer Blue - Accent Wall

Kitchen/Hallway/Office: Ochre - Walls
Craft White - Ceiling

Our Bedroom: Woodsmoke - Walls
Camel - Ceiling
Craft White - Trim

Katie's Bedroom: Lavender Heather - Walls
Craft White - Ceiling & Trim

When choosing paint colors it is so important to marry the rooms and not make it feel like a rainbow of different colors. Colors chosen for our house has a blue/tan/cream theme that flows throughout. Also when you choose colors take the paint swatches home and check them out in your light. You will be amazed at how different it looks at home and you want to be sure you still like your choice.

Jul 22, 2010

Please No More Writing on The Walls!

Work is under way. So much going on that I have no time to keep this blog updated.


We could not wait to get in and start work. Boy did we find so many other things we needed to do after we got in the house and the previous owner's stuff was all out. It is amazing what furniture can hide. We are even more grateful now that we did not get the first/sinking house. This one itself has become a lot of work. Who knows what we would have got ourselves into with the first. We now consider it a gift the other one fell through! We also found out a 2nd deal on it fell thru too...

The first lesson I've learned with our new home is it is not acceptable to write on walls. The previous owner let her kids have free will on the walls and write away. We practically had a book that has been erased away with primer. Our bedroom had a closet filled with words and pictures. Favorite was "Please do not paint over" which was fresh and the last thing left behind for us...hmmm. If you look close you may even be able to see it! We also had messages the kids wrote to each other, hearts in gel paint that had to be sanded away and even a wall of stickers. Maybe I missed the boat and this is the new trend in home design.

After spending endless hours priming almost every inch we have embarked on our painting...now we get to start seeing some hard work show.  Here are some before shots.

Jul 11, 2010

Welcome Home!

We closed on our house on June 30th. It's been a couple weeks but things have been super busy! We've been working hard and late into many nights trying to get it ready for us to move in. It felt like forever waiting for the big day to come. It was like waiting for that vacation you just cannot wait to pack for and leave. Then poof the day came and was just gone. All that anticipation over. It's ironic how this closing was much better than when we sold our condo. Too bad the sale wasn't better for us...but now we at least got this great house to start working on!