Thursday, June 14, 2012

Living and Dining Room DONE

Although the rooms are sparsely and randomly decorated, and some furniture still needs to be purchased, painted, or moved, the living and dining rooms are done!

Here's what it looked like when we first bought the house back in March.

And here are all the grueling changes my husband and his father made. It took a total of about 3 months to complete.
  • Removed wood paneling and all molding from walls
  • Removed carpet in living room and laminate in dining room.
  • Removed old insulation and added new thicker insulation
  • Hired a contractor to put up sheetrock on 5 out of 6 walls
  • Primed and painted walls and ceiling
  • Added a layer of plywood in both rooms to even out the floor
  • Installed bamboo floors
  • Painted and put up new crown molding, baseboard molding, molding around windows, and molding around doorways/hallways
  • Replaced chandelier
Our renovation work in fast forward.

With a big sigh of satisfaction and relief, I bring you to the present. Welcome to our home!

Side-by-side comparison.

The light green couch is the only brand new piece of furniture we purchased for the house (if you're not counting 3 Ikea bookcases). It is THE most comfortable couch I've ever owned. The other new item I bought for the living room was the rug. It was a recent purchase from HomeGoods and I'm now seeing them pop-up everywhere in other bloggers homes. For once maybe I'm ahead of the curve?

A new "old" purchase we made is the farm-style dining room table with painted green legs. I bought it from a nearby consignment store and thankfully they delivered it for only $25 (cheaper than I would have had to pay for a UHaul!). We do have the leaf and it extends to a square-shape rather than a rectangle which is perfect for the size and shape of the room. As mentioned in previous posts, I plan on painting the dining chairs as well as the little hutch you see in the left corner of the first picture. 

Scattered here and there are my older furniture project pieces and yard sale finds like the coffee table, white bureau, painting on the bureau, floor lamp, and the rocking chair. The piano was my childhood piano from my parent's house that we moved up from Houston. It was difficult and awkward to move, but I'd like to think it was worth it to my husband considering Annie plays it everyday now.

We love being able to use these rooms now!!! We're finally able to "live" in our new home and use the furniture instead of navigating around and over it. Another big THANK YOU to Brendan and Poppa for all of their hard work. Also thanks to Momma (Brendan's mom), Uncle Jenny (yes we call her "Uncle"), and Uncle Terry for coming over and helping us when we needed it the most. And of course, thank you to my mom, dad, brother, and his fiance Jennifer for our wonderful washer, dryer, and stove. Thank goodness for family!!!

10 more days until my due date. EEEEEEEEEEEE!

Love the Beasts,


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