Front rooms renovation, day nineteen

I’m sitting in my living room while I write this. On my couch. Without the plastic.

I have reclaimed my living space!

Which, as you can probably guess, means the painting is finally finished. It took me two days of work to get the sizable front rooms dolled up and then another day to clean up and mostly put back together. Some of the pieces don’t fit and some pieces are missing, but this puzzle looks so much better.

Here’s a quick reminder of how these two rooms, living room and dining room respectively, looked when I first moved in.

Soak that in for a moment. Hole in the ceiling. Popcorn flaking down. Bird’s nest on an already hideous ceiling fan. Bad curtains. Dirty doors and baseboards. Faded (and horribly painted) peach walls. You can’t tell in these photos, but the master bedroom door is also the peach color that I’ve come to despise.

Now time for the painting reveal. We still don’t have the light fixtures up and our furniture and decorations need some love, but it goes without saying that there’s already considerable improvement.

This paint has made all the difference in the world to this old house! Brightened baseboards and doors. Brighter rooms. Accent wall to tie the separate rooms together rather than clumping them into one. Plus, I love my simple white curtains…which are just flat sheets from Walmart. Eventually, I’ll be adding an accent color around them but I’m still working on that.

If you have any questions about my renovations so far, please leave a comment!


Front rooms renovation, day twelve

The ceiling is finally finished! I could sing and dance and drink until I fall down!

The husband unit and I spent the entire day preparing the dining room and living room for painting and then he painted the ceiling. It was after sunset once he was finished but it was as if a weight was lifted off of our shoulders.

In the next couples days I’ll begin painting the trim, doors, and window frames. They’re all going to stay white — I’m simply trying to bring them to a cleaner look since they likely haven’t been touched up in decades. The new door is likely to take a considerable amount of work but I’m determined to conquer it. My goal, though ambitious since I’ll have to work alone and in-between other obligations from here on out, is to have all of the painting done in a week.

Tonight, however, I’ll revel in this major milestone reached!

Front rooms renovation, day one

Despite my overwhelming discouragement after my last post, the fellow who was going to replace my ceiling did show up! It was already one or two in the afternoon and I had all but given up hope. After working for less than 8 hours, the three man team made some amazing progress! They’ll likely be done in four or five days.

They didn’t take out the original ceiling like I originally thought. Instead they covered the old one (popcorn and all…will that gross texture haunt me from its grave?) with new, fresh sheet rock. They even tried their best to level out the old ceiling’s waves. All that’s really left for them to do is secure a couple more places and smooth it all out.

Then I get my hands on some paint brushes and go to town primer every surface apart from the floor, fireplace, and built-ins in the living room and dining room!

The cats, much to my displeasure, love the plastic wrap.