Monday, September 26, 2011

getting to the new normal

I'm finally finding my new normal. I've been in the house a month now and yesterday I actually got my sewing space together finally (new curtains and slip covers soon!) and I stitched when the day's work was done. Here is my progress on Birds of a Feather. Back to the border. I don't want that left when the guts of the piece are done. I'd never go back to the rest! :-)

I took a bunch of photos of the house yesterday complete with shots of the dogs throughout.

I have a long living room and this is what is looks like from the front door. I divided it into two sections - one the tv area and one what I'm calling a book reading area. I need to recover / slipcover the 1980's colored green chairs to the right still but they were a bargain at a garage sale two weekends ago - $22.00 for the pair and just what I was looking for in front of the bow window.


This was the main bathroom before I got my hands on it. It was a mess and I took it down to the studs. New everything. I'm actually still working on it - I still have to put down some trim and finish sealing the tile floor I put down. The bath is small. On the someday wish list is knocking out a wall to make the bathroom bigger.


Here it is now. Chocolate brown and white. I love it.


My dining room is right next to the living room and is open to the kitchen. In fact all the living room, dining room and kitchen are open to each other. It was one of the things I liked most about the house. Here is my china cabinet with some of my depression era glass.


One of my brothers made me a corner cabinet several years ago. I pulled down some cabinets in the kitchen that overlooked the dining space and I lost all my glassware storage. So I made a bar out of my cabinet! I'm so happy with how it turned out. It stores all my bar ware, wine and liquor.



The kitchen area is really low on storage so I put in a pantry in the laundry room. This is still a work in progress - I have another cabinet to buy and install on top of the one shown and I need to add a couple of shelves to the actual laundry space. But I found another space to show off my quilts! They are everywhere. I'm so happy that I finally have space to live with more than one or two at a time.

A shot looking into my kitchen from the dining room - one of two rooms that still needs a ton of work. But the money has dried up and I have much more pressing issues to deal with as I find more money. The kitchen works and I put in all new stainless appliances - there is an peninsula of cabinets and counter top on the other side. I'm planning on putting in a slate tile back splash in the coming weeks and as soon as I have finished doing the outside of the house, I will start to redo the kitchen - a couple of years down the road at least.


This was before looking into the kitchen island area and dining room.

Now after. :-)

The front hall before.

The front hall after (Isabelle is looking out the screen door hoping one of the neighborhood kids comes over to play with her - they come over almost everyday after I get home from work and several times during the weekends). I've haven't touched the front door yet accept to replace the screens on the screen door and Isabelle proof it. :-) I'm replacing the doors shortly and didn't want to waste the time or money to make it look better. If I can't get to it before Thanksgiving, I'll paint the door a nice bright white and get rid of the nasty flat grey color (which by the way is the same color of the siding outside - I can't wait to make it a nice light almond/yellow color with green shutters).


Looking into the house from the front door before.

After. One of my best garage sale finds of the summer. A cabinet made from old barn wood. It was being used as a tv cabinet and has the type of doors that slide into the unit to get out of the way. The plan is to remove those type of hinges and put on the type that just open wide - I'll add shelves and put quilts on the doors to display them and put them on the shelves.


No photos of the bedrooms yet. I ran out of money before I could do over my bedroom. There is a crawl space and there was standing water in it when I bought the place. I've put in a sump pump and drain tile so it's now all nice and dry. The bedroom however is where the crawl access is (in master closet). There was a ton of mold in the room and I had to rip up the floor and I need still to replace all the drywall - walls and ceiling and all the windows in both the bedroom and the adjoining bathroom. And as noted earlier I'm out of cash. So this means I'm sleeping in the larger of the two remaining bedrooms - one is going to be my sewing room and the smaller of the two, my spare room. I'm hoping to start on the bedroom in January or so.


Have a great week!


25 comments:

Edgar said...

What wonders you've worked !! I am loving your new home. Congrats!!!

Berit said...

Wow, whatta tour! I love how you are really making it your own; the dogs look happy, too. Are they loving the yard?

Cari said...

Oh my gosh...your home is lovely. You have done a marvelous job. You must be HOUSE PROUD !! Congratulations!!

mainely stitching said...

Congratulations - what a lovely new home!!!

JulieF1962 said...

You've done a really great job with your decorating! Your home looks so warm and inviting! :)

Chris said...

It's looking great Margie! I love your color choices.
Your mystery sampler is looking great too!

Theresa said...

Wow~~~~ Your house looks wonderful!!!!! Love the colors and finishes you choose!!! It loos so cozy~~~~

Nicole said...

Your new house is wonderful Margie!! I love all the changes you've made! It's so pretty!! Congrats again!!

marly said...

Loved the tour. Those chairs and that cabinet - what fabulous finds at garage sales! You've done a great job and have a lovely home.

Kelly said...

Congratulations on the new house!! I missed your post with the moving truck. You are doing a beautiful job decorating. Love the chocolate and white bathroom.

Glenna said...

Oh, my goodness, you are an absolute worker-bee genius. What a fabulous, drool-worthy home you're going to have (already have!) Wow--I am so impressed, especially since I'm both lazy AND untalented with tools. There are so many things my house needs, and I've also run out of cash to pay others to do what you have so handily and wonderfully done yourself! Yay for your many talents!

Katrina said...

Your doing an awesome job with your house!!!! I love all the pictures and how you have it decorated :-).

Rugs and Pugs said...

Margie ~
You've come a long way in a very short time. Your home is lovely! Love all your quilts and you'll have so much room for cross stitch.
Show us more!
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Cheri said...

WOW!!! You have really made your home cozy. It looks great and thank you for sharing. What an inspiration.

Deborah said...

You have done a wonderful job on the house so far. You should be so proud. The quilts look great.

And This Little Pig said...

Margie, I feel exhausted just reading your post! You have achieve so much, in such a short period of time, can't wait to see what you do with your bedrooms and the outside. Bet the Pugs and your Lab experiment are enjoying their new home as well.
LiBBiE in Oz

Jacqueline said...

You are my role model. Great job. and as we all know you are never done re-doing a house to make it a home.

Giovanna said...

Great stitching on BoaF, and congrats on your new home - you've done wonders with it.

Sherry :o) said...

Oh Margie - what wonderful progress you have made. And don't worry, it will all come together in time. I still am waiting on $$ to fix up parts of my home and we've been here for 9 years - but we had a son to get through middle/high school and have had several setbacks. And the big thing - there are two of us to make decisions and we vary on some...like flooring preferences. Gotta love the hubby!

I love Isabelle looking out the door - how sweet the kids play with her; what great exercise for her and extra time for you.

I love your Halloween towels in your kitchen. Beautiful progress and your quilts are absolutely awesome!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Margie, it looks wonderful! I especially like the bathroom. I'm partial to darker colored bathrooms myself. Our hall bath is a dark blue grey. Kina like a storm cloud grey. Love the quilt displays too. Have faith, it will get to where you want it to be all in good time.

Susan said...

You sure have come a long way with the remodel. It looks beautiful!

Happy Stitching!

Marsha said...

It looks amazing, warm, comfortable and inviting. What a LOT of work you've done to make it so. So happy for you and the dogs. What joy!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Margie you have done an amazing job with your house. It looks so comfortable and cozy.

Karoline said...

Your house is looking lovely, congratulations

Stitching Dahling said...

What a lovely home you are making :) Congratulations on the new house.