During our mini holiday break (and by break, I mean that we had no obligations to leave the house unless we absolutely wanted to – which was pretty much limited by this beastly weather – stay warm out there!), Scott and I found ourselves with our fingers in many pots (or is it pies? I’m terrible at those idioms and tend to botch them completely). We suddenly had all this time; time to build out the coat closet, choose tile, fuss with furniture and curse the furnace installation (while trying to repair cold air gaps in the window casings and doors).
Our list of can’t-wait-to-dos suddenly feels a mile long (that’s a good thing – hooray!) – now that we can, essentially, do anything we’d like within these walls! There are no more contractors, no more dust and nothing but a big, blank slate. I find myself writing reminders; shop for window treatments!, put together that Ikea shelf!, start thinking about studio shelving! and so on – as if I could possibly forget. I have miscellaneous notes in pads, our phones and our in-boxes, and every day, the list grows and grows. (Needless to say, this is going to be a fun, exciting and transformative year for this house!)
And one of the most exciting to-dos? The most impactful? Paint!
Although we’re living through it, I still get a kick out of sifting through older photos and seeing where we started. Prior to the first box making its way through the front door – or the first sledgehammer through the wall, for that matter! – we were here. A saggy ceiling, a boxed in chimney and closed off rooms:
And, well, what followed wasn’t all that long ago:
But now? A large room that makes more sense for us and our family; a room with a unifying color! You might remember that we were leaning towards Pensive Sky by Behr, and we stuck with it. Despite my many hesitations along the way (Is it too blue? Is it too light? Should we go a smidge darker? Or, maybe, lighter?), we really do love it. It’s soft, barely blue, barely green and barely gray. It’s just right.
I’ve likely mentioned this before, but our furniture is, for the most part, temporary. The coffee table will stay, but we’ve been on the couch hunt for several weeks now. (This one will ultimately be used in the upstairs studio.) The yellow and green velvet chairs may make their way into a bedroom, the studio or the nook, but we are so, so undecided. We’re imagining a larger, bolder couch (Deep navy? Charcoal gray? Emerald green?), a soft rug and a more neutral chair (or two).
To balance a vibrant (I use that term loosely!) couch, we’d like to see something with pattern and color under the dining table and pair it with a sleek chandelier. Of course these pale (but one-colored, thank goodness) walls need art and photographs, and while we have a stock pile of framed goodness in storage, we have a handful of new ideas, too.
Painting the main room was a huge first step in the right direction, but we’ll also need to paint the yellowed doors to the bathroom and first floor guest room. And maybe you’ve noticed a few things missing?
During demolition, a lot of the baseboards were pulled up as we formed two rooms into one, doorways widened and a chimney removed. We’re looking forward to installing something with more oomph, more beef. This old house is worthy of classic charm, and taller trim plus crown molding is on the front of our minds! We’d like to replace the majority of the baseboards room by room, as to not overwhelm ourselves (and our pocketbooks!).
To be honest, we never thought we’d be so excited about trim, and yet, here we are.