Goodbye Garage- Concrete Floors

Hey guys!

Today, I’m going to share the flooring situation in the garage. If you noticed in the pictures in my previous post they are just your typical concrete floors you would find in a garage.

Here’s a pic to refresh your memory:

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Our only two options for flooring were tile or refinishing the concrete. Well, we quickly decided to go with refinishing the concrete for budgeting purposes. Definitely the most cost effective and I actually really like the look of stained concrete floors.

Here are a few inspiration photos:

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I like the gray tone, matte finish and clean/modern look.

We hired a concrete company to come out and tell us our options.

Option 1- clean, pour an overlay of two coats of concrete to smooth out any imperfections, stain and seal. $$$$

Option 2- clean, no overlay, seal and stain. $$

We decided to go with option 2 because we need to save anywhere we can. I’ve got a nursery to do here…haha!!

The guys came in, cleaned & stained one day and came back the next day to seal. The floors had to cure for 2 days which meant no walking on them, but we were out of town so it didn’t matter. They actually got 4 days of no walking so they were extra cured. πŸ™‚

Because we opted out of the overlay to save money, you can still see imperfections in the concrete, but it doesn’t bother us and there will be rugs to cozy it up.

After:

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If money hadn’t been an issue we would’ve done the overlay or maybe even tile, but working within our budget, this was the best option and I’m pleased with the outcome! I like the gray tone of the stain and the clean/modern look.

Next up, TRIM!! In my next post, I will share the trim work I knew I wanted to add for that extra punch. πŸ™‚

Can’t wait to share more progress!!

xoxo,

O


The Kitchen is Open

From the first day we saw our house, I had big dreams for our kitchen. There was only one wall standing between me and an open concept floor plan. It almost took a year of living in the house, butΒ in November while we were on West Coast tour we were FINALLYΒ able to get that wall down and start updating our kitchen. Excited was an understatement!

These were the last photos I took before transformation began:

This is the wall that kept me from an open concept for almost a year. Its days were numbered from the moment we bought the house πŸ™‚

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Entry into the kitchen. The only thing we had done at this point was get a new light fixture and paint the walls. It was very closed off from the rest of the house and not much fun to be in.

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Same view, but daylight. The only redeeming factor are the big windows above the sink!

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This is the wall from the other side.

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Phase 1 of kitchen updating included:

-remove wall (which is where the refrigerator was before which meant we had to find a new spot for it, so we decided to cut the cabinet and countertop off and put the fridge where it looked like it always belonged)

-new flooring

-subway tile backsplash

-new appliances

We would love to get new cabinets and countertops, but that will be in the future.

All of the work was being done while we were out of town so our contractor sent us photos of the progress.

First step, cut countertop and cabinet where the fridge will move to:

Believe it or not, this small amount of progress got me super excited for the new kitchen layout!!

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Next step, remove the wall and make an opening.

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View now standing in the kitchen facing the living room. We can see to the front door now!! Woohoo!!

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Next step, which proved to be the most stressful, was the flooring. When they pulled up the old floor there was a not-so-pleasant surprise underneath….

Completely rotted/moldy subfloor!!! (this was NOT a fun picture to get)

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I’m really glad we weren’t there because the contractor said the smell was unbearable! EEK!

So the original plan was to rip out old flooring, apply cement board and lay new tile. Simple right? Well, plans changed when the rotten floor was revealed, so they had to demolish the subfloor all the way down to the joists!! $$$ (the joys of updating an old house)

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Getting these pictures while being out of town was definitely not fun, but we were just glad to know the mold was gone and a brand new subfloor was going in.

New plywood subfloor was laid and then cement board on top of that. Things were starting to look up πŸ™‚

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We got home from being gone 2 weeks and the very first thing we did was prime the walls because now that the kitchen was open to the rest of the house we wanted it to look cohesive.

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Ready for some pretty photos now??

View in living room now!! A million times better!!!

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I was so happy to get rid of the laminate orang hued fake hardwoods and replace with these beautiful tile floors!

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We needed some extra storage/counter space since we lost some when we moved the fridge. This little IKEA cart did just the trick. It’s the perfect size and look for the space!

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Subway tile will always be a favorite of mine. It’s just classic.

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We took off the old bifold pantry door. Still need to get a cute curtain or something to hang, but for now it’s open and I don’t mind it πŸ™‚

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View from kitchen to dining area.

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We are so happy with how everything turned out! It’s like that wall was always supposed to not be there! πŸ˜‰

Our next project is our garage that’s not used as a garage anymore. I will be sharing that process as it happens!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

O

 

 


House Progress: A Little Over A Year In

I haven’t posted since May!!! How did that happen?? I will definitely not be winning blogger of the year award. Haha.

Today, I want to share what our house is looking like a little over a year in. We celebrated the year anniversary of living in our house on January 15th. I really can’t believe it’s been a whole year! It’s exciting to see how far things have come and it’s also exciting to keep doing projects and making our house feel more and more like us!

And now a slew of before and “progress” photos because let’s be honest…I don’t know when or if I’ll ever feel like my house is ready to be called “after.”

Living Room:

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Dining Room:

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Hallway:

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Guest Bathroom:

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Guest Bedroom:

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Master Bedroom:

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Master Bathroom:

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3rd Bedroom (used as Stephen’s music room):

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Progress- As you can see there is still no light fixture, nothing on the walls and basically everything was just plopped down in there. Did I think this room would still look like this a year in?? No way, but life happens and other things were priorities πŸ™‚

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You’ll notice that I left out the kitchen because I am going to share the whole process we went through in November of updating it. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

That sums up our house at this point. Still a lot to do, but proud of how far it’s come!

xoxo,

O

 

 


We have a white house!!!!

My vision has finally come to life. We have a painted white brick house!!!

I have dreamed about this since the moment we bought our house and I am SO excited to finally share some after photos!

Paint colors:

BM – White Dove (brick)

BM – Brandon Beige (doors)

We had new gutters installed, a new light fixture, house numbers, and worked our booties off on our yard!

Here is one before photo just to refresh your memory:

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AFTER!!!!!

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It’s crazy how different it looks! I really don’t even feel like I’m at the same house!

Here are a few more angles of the front of the house:

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Stephen has become quite the landscaper πŸ™‚ I love that we have this built in planter!

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Side of the house:

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Back of the house(taken the night of our housewarming party):

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We love that the exterior now matches our style and personalities!

I will leave you with one more before and after because I’m a sucker for transformation πŸ™‚

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Goodbye old and drab; Hello beautiful and bright!

xoxo,

O


House Progress

We have now officially owned our house for 2 1/2 weeks and I feel like so much has changed in the house in that short amount of time!

First order of business, which you saw in the last post, was carpet removal! What a huge difference it made when that carpet was gone! For now, we are having hardwoods installed in the living room/dining room/hallway and leaving the carpet in the bedrooms until the budget permits!

Here is a list of things we wanted to do immediately:

-remove carpet in the living/dining/hallway and replace with hardwoods

-have ceilings sanded, refinished and painted

-take down ALL light fixtures(get rid of them where they can never be found again haha) and replace with beautiful, new fixtures

-paint beams and brick fireplace

-paint all walls

-refinish both bathroom vanities

-tile bathroom floors(and scrub every surface :))

That’s our starting list! We have started to tackle each of those things the last two weeks and a lot has changed in the space!

Here are some photos of what the house is looking like at this point:

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It’s amazing how much brighter and airy it feels now! Note: that pile of wood is our hardwoods acclimating to our house. If you didn’t know, real hardwoods have to acclimate to the space they are going in for several days before they are installed or else they can warp and bend. We decided to go with 5″ wide plank white oak hardwoods! Cannot wait for those puppies to be installed!!!

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We hired someone to sand and refinish the ceilings and it was SO worth it! Perfect, smooth, brand new ceilings that really took it from 70’s to modern day! Note: that light fixture is hanging on by a thread…don’t worry its time is coming to an end very soon πŸ™‚

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We spent Every. Single. Night. last week painting the walls!! Exhausting and tiring, but fun at the same time. Getting to see your place transform with something as simple as paint is fun to watch πŸ™‚

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Guest bedroom with new ceilings and fresh paint on the walls. That weird box light will be parting with us also πŸ™‚

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We removed the gold brass shower door, the cabinets are being refinished(just primed in this picture), the floors are getting new tile, fresh paint will be going on the walls and a new light fixture will be going in!

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View standing in the hall facing the living room.

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The only thing different about the kitchen is the new ceilings and the the old light fixture has been removed.

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I absolutely love the brick fireplace painted white! It has a whole new life now!

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So that is where we are at this point!

Still to do:

-finish painting remaining walls

-have flooring installed(which is happening this week ahhhhh πŸ™‚ )

-remove old light fixtures(and replace with new ones soon)

Oh, here are a couple shots of the backyard because I forgot to put them in my last post. Great space, lots of potential!

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More photos to come as progress is made!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

O


New Dining Table

Our little dining area recently got an update…a new table!! Our table was one of the first pieces we bought when we got engaged and was and still is one of our favorite pieces. We bought it from an antique store and fell in love with it immediately! It did the trick for the last 3 and a half years, but it was time to pass it over to a new purpose(more on that in another post) and replace it with a beautiful rustic table that will seat 6 comfortably instead of 4 tightly. It’s the perfect size for the space! I found it at my favorite store in downtown Franklin, PD’s, where I have found several great pieces at great prices. We already had two of the metal tub chairs and the slipcovered end chairs, but needed two more metal chairs…so I sent Stephen to World Market to pick em up…Ok when i say ‘pick em up’ all I can think about is that scene in Dumb and Dumber! Haha, anyways…so he got the chairs, we moved the table a little further out from the wall and we were set! New dining area ready to be used!

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I love all of the details in the wood.

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It’s always exciting to buy new furniture for your home and I couldn’t be happier with this purchase! It fits right in like it was always meant to be here πŸ™‚

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Has anyone else been updating your dining room?

xoxo,

O


Pineapple Park

I thought it would be fun to take a peek into a great interior decorating store in my hometown of Woodstock, GA. Woodstock has developed a lot over the last few years and become quite the happening town. I discovered Pineapple ParkΒ about a year ago and absolutely loved it! It was just the interior decorating store that Woodstock needed. It smells absolutely amazing when you walk in, feels comfortable, luxurious, and exactly how you want your home to feel!

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The store front

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One thing I love about this store are all of the textures you see when you walk in! Exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, layered linens, natural wood pieces, and gorgeous lighting.

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They have a wide variety of accessories for your home from driftwood garland, to beautiful mirrors, to unique pillows.

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I just love horse paintings! There is something very classic about them.

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They have so many different chair styles all gorgeous, elegant, and comfortable.

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I love this wood piece!

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Ok, let me just tell you…these candles are to die for! The line is Park Hill collection and they have some amazing scents!! Every time I go into this store I have to buy a candle because it smells so lovely when you walk in. Some of my favorite scents from the line are, Burlap & Barnwood, Park Hill Home, and Evergreen & Embers! Any of those candles burning in your home and you will have people asking, “What is that amazing smell, where is that candle from?” Trust me, you won’t regret the purchase.

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They have several beds layered with luxurious bedding, linens, and pillows.

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They also have so many wonderful lights. If I had a house, I would definitely get my lighting fixtures here.

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It really is a beautiful store with a variety of options for your home! The owner and employees are very welcoming, nice, and helpful! Whether you live in Woodstock or you are passing through be sure to stop by Pineapple Park. You won’t be able to leave without a candle.

xoxo

O