Monday, February 28

Reno part one

I have finally sort of caught my breath since our remodel pause this February. We are still waiting for the kitchen cabinets we need to come in and install them, and counter top, and lighting,(that will be fun, I will show you cuz I have to customize them) hardware, faucet, paint job....yikes. The demo is done, the new appliances are in (fridge and hood vent!), floors are down, and doors installed. Whew. I painted the bedroom Woodlawn blue, and it also has wood floors. After it is all finally done, I am going to design an island, very much looking forward to that! Waterfall? Hm, maybe butcher block and modern? Oh the options!

Before: Small opening into kitchen, hallway and door to master located in the kitchen, cutting 1/3 of it off (what? bunch of dorks.)

View into dining room from living

Wall between master and dining, and small opening into kitchen....wwwaaaaay over there

Old photo from the kitchen into the dining room.

 First few days, the opening into the kitchen grows, and a new, symmetrical opening into the large bedroom. Down there the floors come up in the kitchen and bedroom. Paint the bedroom...Put panelling in dining back up.

 Next, lay wood floors in the kitchen. They are not exactly the same as our existing floors, but it would have been super expensive, and less sturdy to lay down unstained floors and have them all matched up. The difference is hardly noticeable, when you get down to it. I have not stained the sanded down parts yet, so it will be much nicer when I finally get down to the details. The floors look super different in this photo, but I promise it isn't so bad in real life.


 View from bedroom, doors primed but not painted yet, and I need another door knob. So much nicer to see this when I come out of the room versus the wall in the kitchen. Down there the view from the bedroom again, so pretty and sunny.

View from kitchen into dinning. New fridge! I love it so much I want to caress it all the time. The furniture is temporary, the server will move, and we would love long, sexy sofa where the two chairs are.

The whole house was covered in dust and paper pathways, a tool repository in our entry. So glad to have my nice neat entry back. Down there, new view from living room. (We are changing the front door soon, it will be solid, no windows.)

View of new space when you come into the dining room from the living room. So you can see that the island in the kitchen will be visible when you enter the dining room. I can't wait to design it! Plus all those wires will be gone, and it will be neater when we are finished.


  1. Your house looks so amazing. I love how it has so much light pouring through. You really improved the flow of things. Beautiful.

    BTW, I had a BLAST! in Atlanta this weekend. The weather really was amazing.

  2. It all looks wonderful and to think, you're not even done. The bones of your home are fantastic and your excitement is contagious!

  3. much awesomeness to take in here, Michelle. Your house is gorgeous already, so I'm sure it will be beyond lovely when the renovations are complete.

  4. This is looking so beautiful. I'm so excited for you and your new old home!


  5. looks good! we love our new french door fridge too. i can't stand to take the plastic all the way off though yet cuz i know my kids are going to jack it up!

    can't wait to see the next phase:)

  6. Oh wow! The remodel is looking amazing!!! Great job. I can barely get my 2 br apt under control, so I can't imagine how much work you have done. And to still carve out enough time to paint! Amazing, truly amazing.
    Who did the painting above your fireplace (black & white)? I adore it.
    I can't wait to get my very own Armas panitings soon!! So excited! Will send you photos when they arrive.
    - Pamela
    p.s. found you via Design for Mankind.

  7. Gorgeous! Love the dining table like crazy! Is the metal table staying in the kitchen?

  8. you weren't kidding. that dining room is large and in charge.
    your whole house is amazing.

  9. Ummmmm, this looks ALL kinds of awesome!!! Seriously, and I thought it was good before. Sigh.

  10. gorgeous! this is amazing. dream house...

  11. gosh this is nice to watch. Hi, I'm Erika. Just tuning in. . . but loving your paintings and your style. Can I have that door if you're throwing it away, anyway?
    (just kidding. . . sort of)


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