Monday, May 13, 2013

making progress!

Oh man, this weekend was a crazy one!  It included:

27 hours spent on house updates.
7 trips to Home Depot.
1 pizza ordered, 3 fast-food runs.
5 rooms painted.
1 wall knocked down.

Here is the updated dining room (the kitchen is connected, but I forgot to take an "after" picture).  The dining and kitchen are the same color, Glidden Smooth Stone.


This next room was intended to be the formal dining room, but we'll be using it as an office/sitting room.  The new color is Behr Puddle.  In real life it's more gray and less brown, but it does have really warm undertones which I love.


Here's our new living room color.  I forgot to take a "before" pic, but it was the same blue color as the dining room. The new color is Martha Stewart Cement Gray.  We painted our bedroom the same color, but I forgot to take pictures of that too.  I'll take some next time I'm there, promise!


And now for our biggest project of the weekend (drumroll, please!).  We knocked out the wall down between the living and dining room!  This was all Tony, so I can't take any credit.  It's amazing how much bigger the place looks now that it's open.  It turned out exactly how I pictured.  We'll be staining the beams at some point too, so it will have a more finished look.


We also found this note from the original homeowners on the drywall!  So cool.


Lastly, I wanted to share with you this amazing tool that I discovered at Home Depot.  It's called Shur-Line Pro Paint Edger, and it's so amazing for painting around trim.  Such a time-saver!  And it's less than $5.

Just look at these nice clean lines!


I'm so happy that we accomplished so much this weekend, but we still have a ton to do, including:
  • Painting Chloe's room
  • Painting the playroom (halfway finished)
  • Painting the laundry room
  • Re-painting all of the trim white
  • Installing hardwood floors in kitchen, dining room, entryway, and hallway
  • Vacuuming and steam-cleaning the carpets
  • Installing all of our kitchen appliances

Those are just the things we'd like to finish in the next few weeks before we move all of our stuff in.  The to-do list for after we move in is too long to even think about!  Oh, and I'm not even thinking about the yard yet.  It's a disaster!

On the plus side, I feel less guilty about skipping the gym now that I've developed huge biceps from using the paint roller.  It's hard work!

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22 comments:

  1. oh my gosh! Its amazing what a new paint color can do huh?? I love being able to watch this transformation! Do you have a set date where you guys are hoping to move in?

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    1. Yes, new paint colors can have such make dramatic change! I'm glad you love watching the transformation because it's going to be all I blog about for the next few weeks. ;) We are hoping to move on Memorial Day weekend. I'm equally excited to watch you move into your apartment!

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    1. Thanks! OMG it was so exhausting!

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  3. holy crap, you got sooo much done!! it looks amazing w/ that wall knocked down! great job!

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    1. Thanks! Yes I'm loving the wall gone, it's crazy how much better it looks!

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  4. Wow- it looks great with the wall knocked down! I'm sure it makes it feel so much more open. Productive weekends can feel so awesome :)

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    1. It does feel WAAAY more open with that hideous wall gone. It did feel awesome but also extremely exhausting!!

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  5. it looks AMAZING i think my favorite color so far is the living room! So pretty!
    And the space definitely looks 10x better with that wall open! :) Y'all are making it your own yay!

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    1. The living room is my favorite too! It's funny, we used it in the living room and bedroom, but they look totally different in both rooms. Weird how that works!

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  6. I love that y'all (well, he) tore that wall down! That's got to be so much better!! :) Yay! Also love all the colors you picked. How cool that it was signed in 79! That's the year after i was born! LOL

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Melissa! I am SO glad he had the idea to tear down that wall! And I was completely amazed how much he finished in just one day!

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  7. hey ROCKSTAR!
    5 rooms in 1 weekend is AMAZEBALLS. & i loooove the behr puddle look!
    that room without the wall is a huge eye opener! way to go tony!! SO impressed!

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    1. Thanks!! It was such hard work, but I love that it's coming together!

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    1. Thanks Erica! Its pretty exciting. :)

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  9. It looks so much better with just a wall gone and a new coat of paint! Funny is I have alot of similar colors. Great minds think alike. Love the wall removal, you better thank Tony for all of that! I am so jealous of your fireplace too.

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    1. Thanks James! Yep, like minds do think alike! :)

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  10. I love that you found a note from the original owners!! So cool!:)

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    1. I know, it was so cool! Especially since earlier that day I told Tony that I've seen blogs where people hide a note somewhere like behind a kitchen cabinet, meant to be found by the next owners.

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  11. WAY TO GO!!! Seriously...homeowner 101 going down at Casa de Rachael. ;) Looks amazing!!

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    1. Thank you!! Seriously I never realized how much time it takes to paint! I cannot wait to be finished!

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