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 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.


When it rains, it pours

Rainy days make me want to stay in bed and never get up. Today is the epitome of the “I want to go back to bed” rainy day feeling.

I woke up to this:

Two rooms flooded by the heavy rain. The breakfast nook and the storage room both had water glaring back at me, and not all of it was my tears. And of course the storage room’s bulb (which can’t be turned off) went out a couple days before I need to have someone come in and see the damage.

But the good news is, the fellow is who going to fix that saggy wall called and said he was going to come by. I was planning on calling him to schedule a time he can come look at the new-to-me leak, so it saved me a call! I hurriedly moved everything in the breakfast nook away from the wall he’d be working on, and in the process I was finally able to get a good look at the door hiding behind the white hutch.


Sorry for the blur….I was probably mid-move as I went on to the next project. The lighting in the room changed dramatically, even with the rain outside, once I uncovered the door and took the moldy curtain off of it. I can’t use the door due to it being nailed shut and sealed by mud on the outside so I’m considering asking for a window to be installed and this door to be hung between the master bedroom and the office/nursery.

There’s good news about the wall that I’m very excited about. Originally, it was suggested that the wall would have to be removed completely. However now that it’s been looked into (pun not originally intended, but I love it) by tearing a bit off and peaking at what’s inside, we now know that it’s not completely wood. They’ll still have to dig out the dirt behind it and allow the cinder-blocks to dry out, but once that’s done they’ll only need to use sealant on it and the wall to the storage area.

Oh, and I was on point in regards to the ceiling repair man not making it on Thursday. He’s delayed it until Monday, which will be great for Mister not to have to come home to a construction site! However, I’ve already made great progress packing away everything I can carry (and even some things that I can’t) to the back part of the house.

For now, I’m left with no coffee table, dining room chairs hidden about the house, and part of my wall ripped off.