Guest Bedroom Remodel


So when we first moved in this is what our guest bedroom looked like. Ancient rust-colored carpet (that had a disintegrated carpet padding under it), a ceiling fan with no light and white walls!120901-033It also has a strange little closet in the middle of the wall.

We did a garage repair and lifted a beam in the ceiling that tore the walls in the guest bedroom and office. Here’s what we were left with:


See the rips in the wall and the old ceiling fan? It was time for that to go!140908-002-3

A close up of the ripped walls before the renovation started. 140908-002-2

On the right side of the window. 

140908-008Dale started by tearing out the old drywall.


He opted to put in all-new insulation on the walls that face the window and the front doorway.


And this is how it looks now, with lovely new walls! Dale skim-coated all the walls so all four walls would be like new. Then we painted the walls blue and put up brand new trim. 141115-017

We hope to put in new windows next summer, maybe. 141115-015Lovely blue! Next up: We have to decorate the dang thing. We did get a bed for the room so it’s ready for guests. More pics to come when I actually get pictures on the walls (so…2016).



More Kitchen Updates

It’s been a long time since I updated but I finally have good pics of the changes to the kitchen.


I painted just about every surface in the kitchen–the cabinets, the cubby hole, the counters, the walls and even the tile backsplashes! Above you can see the cubby hole is now bright red against a soft green. The backsplash used to be a yellow/tan. And the counter, which was once just a simple formica, has been replaced by two IKEA modular pieces.

Dale eventually plans to gut the kitchen but I think with this refresh we can hold off!

A couple of before and afters:

This is how it looked on the first day we moved in–and how it looks now:

The only appliances we haven’t swapped out in past two years are the microwave and the stove.

I love that new clock over the sink! And while I still don’t like the rug, I picked up a couple of throw rugs that I like quite a bit.
Kitchen2014-1If I had to do it over again the only thing I would do differently would be the counters. I am glad I painted them but I would go a few shades lighter and I would put a few more coats of wax on it to make it stronger. Still, very happy with the new look in the kitchen!