Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Project

Since we have been expecting the kitchen to be the next project, I was surprised to find myself planning for our bedroom. Since it's all I think about house-wise, this will be our next adventure. Not only will the bedroom be budget friendly, but it will be nice to have the room that is meant for relaxation feel relaxing.

There will not be much renovation in the bedroom, but I think the small details will have a big impact. Right now the walls are a neutral tan and our bedspread is gray with yellow. These two color schemes don't really mesh. To add to the mismatch we have an old nightstand, a bed without a headboard, brown cloth-like blinds and a new tv and stand. Everything in the room is just thrown together and it shows. I would like to bring harmony to the room by adding a design that flows throughout the room.

In order to make this happen, we will be painting the walls gray, freshening up the ceiling, adding newer, brighter blinds, and some artistic details behind the bed. I don't like big over-sized beds or headboards, so we will be framing out a space behind the bed to give the look of a headboard. To draw in the design on the bed spread, we will either paint or look for wallpaper to fill the frame. We'll be putting in a night stand for each side of the bed as well. To maximize room, we are opting for floating nightstands which gives more floor space. This really helps to open up a small space.

Another aspect that makes the room lack harmony is a portable dog kennel. We love our pets to death, but the kennel has got to go. Meaning Poe is going to have to learn to sleep on a dog bed. He sleeps in the kennel because he likes to snuggle with us at night. I am not a fan of this at all. So, like new parents weaning their baby to sleep through the night, we will be weaning Poe to sleep on a dog bed. We'll check back later and let you know how it goes :).

Below are some before pics. I am hoping to get the ball rolling on this project over the next few weeks. Since it's mostly painting it should be done in a weekend or two. Any suggestions are welcomed :).

View as you enter the room. Notice the blinds. Not terrible, but they just don't go.

Dog kennel on the left will be leaving. The nightstand will be leaving as well, and floating
nightstands put in their place.

New TV and stand. I found a writing desk and turned it into our entertainment stand.
 It gave us the height we needed to enjoy TV from the bed.
The cords will also be dealt with as we make changes :).

Sunday, September 4, 2011

If you can't stand the heat...

So, it's been quite some time since our last post. Summer is over and school is in session, and our free time is gone. It's working 7 a.m.-7 p.m., squeezing in dinner, and trying to spend some time together before we collapse into bed each night, that takes up our time right now. Even with our busy schedules back, we have had some time to make some small changes. We were able to hook up the microwave and get the kitchen back in working order.

We are so pleased with the microwave above the stove. I never thought it would be so awesome, but it truly is. It gave us so much more counter top space, that we decided to keep one section of counter and cabinet we were thinking of taking out. As far as the rest of the kitchen goes, we are still researching cabinet restorations and flooring. I'm pretty set with the floor, now it's just a matter of finding the time to lay it. Hopefully, as the school year continues and I get settled, we will have that floor laid in no time!

Here's some pics of the microwave and the lovely new appliances. Hopefully, we'll be back soon!!!

The beautiful microwave and oven :)

Appliances are in, now we need to make the rest of the kitchen as pretty!