Same Furniture, New House! – Living Room Reveal

Out of all my attempts to makeover our new home with nothing but fresh paint, my favourite project by far has been changing up the colour in the living room. You might remember our old living room (the one with the red wall.) Well, we pretty much implanted the same design elements into our new living room BUT it is now much bigger, better, and brighter! We even got a plant so that we can breathe better when we're in there. The original walls were yellow. We decided to spice things up with... white! Now I know white is not a particularly exciting colour, especially not in comparison to sunny yellow; however, Macklemore once sang about white walls and I've been hooked ever since. Actually I made that up. We decided on white because it allowed us to go a bit more funky with the trim and artwork. Eventually we'd like to put up a faux-brick wall on one side and a picture wall on the other. I'm also on the look-out for fun curtains. Roger and I are going to take a short break from indoor fix-me-ups for the time being (at least until after the wedding.) We have our hands full with invitations, planning for the ceremony, decorations, and attire. I'm looking forward to the day when we can relax in our new front room! Before the paintbrushes came out... Lving room photo 1 (3) photo 1 And.... 2016-04-05 16.19.17 After! 2016-04-05 16.19.39 2016-03-26 18.22.14 2016-03-26 18.24.36 2016-03-26 18.24.17 2016-04-05 16.20.58 I hope you like. I love!
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Kitchen & Dining Room Reveal

Hello everyone! In my last blog post I promised to share more pictures of our main floor makeover. Over the past couple of weeks we kept ourselves very busy indoors and managed to splash new paint colours on our new family room, kitchen, dining room, and living room walls. Our house looks so much better already!! We still have renovation plans in the works for inside, but with the beautiful spring weather here (hopefully to stay!), we've since shifted our focus to getting the backyard in order. I'm going to keep this entry short because we have friends coming over for caesars on the patio! Here's a few before and after photos of the kitchen and dining room area. The living room turned out to be my absolute favourite project, so I'm saving the big reveal for another day. When we moved into our house every single window had natural wood framing. We brushed on a couple of coats of white paint in the eating area, which we feel really brightened up the space. Painting over older window frames also preserves the wood until the windows can be replaced. DSC_0193 2016-04-05 16.26.42 One day we hope to build a breakfast nook beneath the bay window. We also hope to replace the weird light above the table... soon! 2016-04-05 16.28.11 I really like that our new home has a traditional layout. There is a formal dining room right off the kitchen which then flows into the living room. DSC_0187 DSC_0189 I love love love the navy blue that we chose for the walls. It's called "Mysterious" by Benjamin Moore. We saved ourselves a few dollars per can by purchasing Behr paint and using Home Depot's colour-matching services. I'm debating using this same colour in one of the upstairs bedrooms; I just adore it. 2016-04-05 16.23.10 Again, we painted the window frames, trim, and wainscotting white to accomplish a more crisp and clean look. We received the dining table and hutch from my cousin, having been passed down through my family from my great uncle. I love the white and blue with the dark wood. 2016-04-05 16.22.53 Making a house into a home is definitely a work in progress. Even if you love where you live there's always a room to paint, a door hinge to fix, or a kitchen to remodel. Styles change, tastes change, weathering happens. Six gallons of paint was enough for us to take some quick pride in our house without breaking the bank. I feel like we've found the perfect place to be patient about... little by little we're going to make it our own!
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