I'm sure you're all thinking that either we ran out of money or we ran out of steam on our house renovations and I just haven't had any updates to share. Well...we HAVEN'T! Actually we've been getting things done at lightning speed, but between renovating, furniture being moved in and out every weekend (for the wedding rentals biz), throwing the summer markets, and trying to get cleaned up and organized, I have had no time to get pictures of the updates and share them. It's taken me days just to get the house clean enough for some photos. Things are still crazy because I still have unpacked boxes and places in the house where we just throw things that don't have a place yet. So I'm focusing now on that.
Seriously...there have been some very stressful days and late nights of working on sections of this house to get done for "deadlines" like hosting a shower or having guests stay with us. At the time we wanted to just say "who cares if this room isn't done?" (Well actually we did say that), but I knew if we didn't meet that deadline then we were sure to not meet the final one....the baby's due date. So with a ton of help from family, we have come soooo far and are so close to finishing this house!
This room is one of my favorites...along with my favorite wall in the house. So much sunlight streams in and I don't want to put curtains up or anything on the walls because it's just so cheerful the way it is! (Please excuse my lack of decorating...we haven't gotten that far yet).
I had the most perfect crystal and glass chandelier hanging in the dining room. It completed the room!! But we rented it out for a wedding and it never came home :-(. So I'm on the look out again.
MY FAVORITE WALL - For a few years now I've been storing a large piece of wainscoting I found at a yard sale. This is the real thing...not just trim on the wall. There wasn't a place where it fit perfectly in the house, so no matter where we put it we would have to come up with some way to finish it. Well I knew I wanted it on the wall in the dining room. It is where it was meant to be! But it took us days and weeks of discussing different ways to finish it. We would decide on one way and then run into a snag. Finally, my husband decided to just add 2 more panels to extend it to the end of the wall...which meant using trim that doesn't exactly match the trim on the original piece, but we didn't care at that point.
Here's the before shot:
After it was up, finished and painted, no one could tell that it wasn't all one piece of wainscoting. Phew! My husband did an amazing job on it! Oh and for the small shelf at the top we added trim to the edge of a board, and for the little "brackets" we cut a piece of trim into those little inch-and-a-half sections.
So there you have it. I've got 6 more rooms and a hallway to show you...so stay tuned!