Ya’ll may be wondering why I haven’t shared any updates on how my two week fitness challenge went, or my fall wardrobe makeover… well, turns out those were both much bigger projects than I had anticipated. Talk about biting off more than you can chew! I am still working on them and I will share them soon, but it is taking me a little longer than I thought it would.
Okay, so in the meantime I’ve been looking around our little house and thinking about decorating it for fall and all the things I still want to do and fix… and I had to stop and realize that it’s been two years since we bought our first home and we’ve come a long way. Maybe not as far or as fast as I would like, but it’s good to slow down sometimes and just appreciate how far we’ve come. So in that vein, I thought I’d share a little of our house progress with you this week.
In the front yard so far we’ve planted four trees in the front yard and added a row of bushes in front of the house. We also laid brick pavers next to our single-car driveway to make it wider for our daughter’s power chair and handicap van. Other than that, not much has changed on the front… because all of our extra cash was being spent on the inside. Priorities, right?
Here is our yard a few months after we moved in…
And here it is now…
Living Room & Entryway Before
Welcome to our living room! Or how it looked two years ago. When you come in the front door, the tiny entryway puts you right into the living room. See all those big, square holes in the walls? Yeah. We think the architect who designed this floor plan was going for an “open-concept-but-not-all-the-way-open” look. It drives me crazy! We’re currently trying to think of ways to fix them up a little so they don’t look so awkward.
If you’ve seen our other room makeovers then you know the whole house was painted matte “butter yellow” with dingy greige ceilings. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I saw edges where the previous owners repainted over a mustard-yellow-green color. Thank heavens they painted before listing the house! But it still looked dark, and the contrast between the yellow and the greige was driving me crazy.
The view looking toward the front door (if you are standing in the kitchen)…
Living Room Update
And here we are now…
We painted the living room a crisp white, replaced our “newlywed-hand-me-down” couches (we kept the white cover the same though), and bought two matching lamps and throw pillows. (It might not seem like much, but even little things like pillows add up when you’re trying to update your first house all at once! So yay for throw pillows that match!)
We also painted the baseboards white to match the crisp, clean look of the walls. When we moved in, the baseboards were white, but there was quarter-round attached to it that was a lighter brown than the floor. It looked really funny and made the room feel small, so that was a big change (though you can’t really see it in the pictures).
It’s not finished yet (those big, blank walls are in desperate need of some art), but we’re making progress! I forgot to shut the door to hubby’s “office”, the only room we haven’t painted yet. Keeping it real!
And the tiny entryway after… (I don’t have any “before” pictures of this spot, but you can kind of see it in the living room “befores” above. Basically it was just a blank slate.)
The entryway was a challenge to make functional because it’s so narrow. I added a row of hooks for purses, scarves, and coats since we don’t have a coat closet.
The mirror is so that I don’t rush out the door looking like a zombie. It’s nice to be able to check my appearance before answering the door or rushing off to appointments. Because the alternative is to run to the bathroom mirror before heading out the door, and that’s never going to happen with two little babies in tow!
After searching high and low for a super skinny entry table, I decide to mount a shelf to the wall instead, and I ended up really liking the way it looks! The shelf holds our keys, change, and various other odds and ends. I try to keep it cleared off and pretty looking, but it’s really where we dump everything when we first walk in the door. It has been such a game changer for getting out the door in a timely, organized fashion! No more hunting for lost keys!
Shoes have a habit of coming off at the door, so they need a place to live that’s not tucked away in a bedroom closet somewhere. Because how often do we actually put our shoes away in the bedroom? Unless they’re dress shoes, never. This wood crate was the perfect solution for our shoes!
So what do you think of our progress so far? There are a ton of things we still want to do with the living room, but that’s how it is for now. I would love to hear if you have any ideas for those holes in the walls. Any ideas for how to make them look… nicer? more natural? less awkward and small?
Be sure to check back Thursday- I’ll be sharing our kitchen progress! And next week I’ll share the bedrooms and study. 🙂
You can read about our other room makeovers we’ve been working on here: