Sunday, August 9, 2015

Renovation Update

Since it has been awhile since my last renovation post I thought now would be a good time for an update of what's gone on over the last few weeks. 
Grace and Emma's room, the living room and the office/den/library have had the plaster and lath removed, insulation put in, blueboard put up and plaster put over that. 
The newly plastered walls were amazingly smooth and completely gorgeous. 
Once the plastering was done, Joe, our contractor, reconstructed the corner shelf in the den/office. 
After twelve years of wanting to re-do the upstairs bathroom the Epic Winter That Was finally made this dream a reality for us. Thank you, Mother Nature! 
Another long discussed project was finally checked off the to-do list when Dave removed the attic fan and installed a ladder and built a door.
The remains of the upstairs bathroom vanity and the attic fan. 
Flipping through the Pottery Barn catalog while we order some bathroom lighting. 
Last week the interior of the house was painted. 
The kitchen before. 
And after! We are just loving the cheery yellow color! 
Another section of the kitchen (before).
And after. 
We cannot help but smile each time we come into the kitchen!
Dining Room before. 
Dining Room after. 
Truly gorgeous!
The moment we saw this room for the first time I burst into tears. This room turned out even more gorgeous than I had imagined it would be! The pale blue with the white is just so classically beautiful and just so very us. 
Den/Office/Library before. 
Den/Office/Library after. 
 Today, we moved the girls back into their room. Dave and Emma worked to put the beds back together before the girls got to work moving some of their things back into their room.
New sheets for their new and improved room. 
Over the course of the renovations we've done a lot of talking about how to better use the space and the rooms we have. We decided that once the girls were back in their room we'd turn the guest room into more of a sitting room. We can easily turn it back to a guest room when needed, but we felt that we'd get more use of this room if we turned the bed back into a couch to give us more usable space. Next up for that room (at some point in the not too distant future that is): cleaning out the closet and coming up with a better way to use the space inside it to store things. It's such a funky closet space (it's crazy long) that it's going to take a bit of creativity to make it more usable. Ah, one of the many joys of owning an antique home! 
Happiness is...being back in your new and improved bedroom (complete with lovely new mermaid sheets)!

We still have about two more weeks before the renovations are complete. It's been such an amazing experience to watch our sweet old farmhouse transform before our very eyes. It has truly been an honor to be part of its history these past (almost) twelve years, and we are so grateful to get to help heal the wounds that were inflicted on her over the course of last winter. We are excited to see the remaining projects be completed, and we cannot wait to share one final renovation blogpost with all of you once all the projects in all the rooms have been finished! xo


  1. Oh wow, Shel, it looks amazing!!! I can just imagine how wonderful it is to see it all come together. I bet the girls were happy to be back in their own room :)

    1. Oh, Kim, it has been so amazing to see it all take shape! I wish you were closer so you could come by and see it in person! For as much as the girls loved sleeping in the other room and sharing a bed again they were so very happy to be back in their room! Their beds (extendable ones from IKEA) are not extended all the way, too, which they said just felt weird to them! :)

  2. Everything looks so beautiful!! The yellow and blue are my favorite :)

    I may have mentioned this to you before, but my girls have those exact same beds. We will need to get a fourth one soon! Grace and Emma look so cozy!!

    1. Thanks, Abby! It's been fun to watch it all come together! Grace and Emma were thrilled to be back in their lovely beds (and even more exciting is that they are finally fully extended)! We just love these sweet IKEA beds and know that you and all your girls do too!

  3. It looks great! I love seeing before and after photos so don't forget to update when it's completely finished!

    1. Thanks, Patricia! I cannot wait to see it all finished and cannot wait to show it to all of you (via the blog, Facebook and Instagram) too! It's been such a wonderful experience and has been amazing to see it all come together! xo