Welcome to our new home! We’ve actually lived here for about two and a half years now, and as you’ll see, have made numerous updates already.

living room 1

The above picture is our living room prior to move in. The floors were painted (not stained) concrete that chipped and scratched easily. As a matter of fact, less than an hour in the house I somehow managed to brand the floors with a four foot scratch.

The cornices were dusty, boxy, and too outdated for my taste, so they had to go.

Fireplace Kitchen

The fireplace was a focal point when you walked in the front doors, and I don’t mean that in a good way. The red brick seemed to almost float on the concrete floors.

The kitchen was one of the things that sold me on this house. My home buying wishlist included a spacious galley and this house delivered! The cabinets are from Ikea and were brand new, but that dark tile had to go.

6-30-16 Living Room Curtains Neutral

So here’s where we are today. We’ve painted nearly every surface and installed brand new floors downstairs.

7-9-16 Fireplace Before

The ugly fireplace is now one of my favorite parts of our home. Painting it a light gray (Olympic Quill) gave it a cottage-y feel. It contrasts nicely with our gray walls (Olympic Stormy Weather). The wood floors warm up the space. We saved a lot of money doing the install ourselves, so score!


Our stairs are kind of in an in-between stage. I’m hoping to paint the fronts of the steps white to give it some pop. The rails used to be white, but I painted them flat black. However, the kids soon realized that scraping paint off with screwdrivers is fun and now there are tons of nicks.

kitchen 1kitchen 2

The kitchen has come a long way since its painted concrete and ugly slate backsplash. Not that there’s anything wrong with slate (I don’t discrimi-slate); just not the slate the previous owners picked.

6-30-16 Kitchen

It really ended up with a farmhouse feeling! Especially with our deep sink.

kitchen progress

All in all, I’m happy with our downstairs so far, but we’ve got loads to do still.


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