Tuesday, February 19, 2013

MY HOUSE: before and kinda after.

You know we've been working like crazy on the house since we moved in a month and a half ago and I'm finally feeling like its liveable. 

I was hesitant about showing the pictures before its completed because I've always thought I had to have at room done before the post. But this post by Jenny reminded me of the truth that in blogging we can share not just the result but the progress. That's what makes blogging different.  
So my goal in this house renovation is to let you into my head more, share why I'm doing what and not being afraid of progress pictures. What do you think? Are you ok with progress, not the finalized product?

Here's the before: taken the day we moved in:
 Our dining room goes into our living room which has a sweet little fireplace, but it was in such bad shape with the plaster crumbling off the walls and the popcorn ceiling. That light fixture came down first day, for reals.
So we taped off the front two rooms completely from the rest of the house and got to work. We put up new drywall over all the old plaster and ceiling, sanded, primed and painted every surface.
So here is where we are now, no rugs (not until little miss puppy is potty trained) no drapes or artwork but fresh.
I knew I wanted all white walls, white with warmth but not grey. Color without color if that makes sense. Nan, my boss, is the most talented person I've ever met with paint. Everything she picks hits the nail on the head, so needless to say, she picks every color in my house. My favorite part is we painted the walls and ceiling in high gloss. Its GORGEOUS. New massive crown molding and trim around the windows still needs to be installed but I'm SO happy with the results.

30 comments:

  1. yes, the process is always our favorite part on another blog but the hardest to show on our own right? Well, I love what you've shown so far. And that dining room may be sparse but it's already perfection. Love the wood farm table with those white mod chairs. And the plant in the corner. I am absolutely going to buy a potted plant after we move. It's must!

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  2. I love the crisp white look- and the high gloss was such a good move! I just went with the color without color look in my kitchen. Out of curiosity- what white did you use?

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  3. Love the light you get, and the dinning is already looking great, I love wood tables with white chairs, we used to have that combo ;)

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  4. i want a dining room! and like...girl...ive been living in my place for almost 2 years and im not even close to being done. and its an apartment.

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  5. It looks amazing even if it is not finished! Love the white color and your dining room table and chairs! Job well done!

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  6. High gloss huh? I've never heard of high gloss on walls but it looks great! I am in love with your floors!!

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  7. I love seeing the process behind the process, so thank you for sharing these! You have really pretty wood floors (this is something I feel OK about saying now that I have an apartment too haha) and I love that faux fireplace!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  8. I'm so happy you decided to post the progress! I love seeing things all come together :)

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  9. OMG so much better already! Love seeing the process! All of my rooms are works in progress. Isn't it so fun being home owner?!

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  10. Your place is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your progress with us. :)

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  11. I think it looks great! And those floors are beautiful!

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  12. Such an improvement already! The white/grey is light years better than that gold. What is the name of the color you used? It is gorgeous!

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  13. Oh it is looking fantastic Eileen! Loving this step by step tour. xo

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  14. Love this! I can't wait to see the final look. Ah so excited for you. Sending love from New York City, hope you are well. :-) Please follow me! & like me on Facebook! I also recently entered a contest to be ELF Cosmetics new fresh face. Please vote for me here: http://www.exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2013/77855/Janice_Tran.aspx I so appreciate it.
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  15. It looks fabulous Eileen! Love the colors - subtle but warm and inviting. You're off to a killer start!

    xx,
    Maya

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  16. Aw, your house looks so pretty! I can definitely imagine it being a long process, I guess something I have to look forward to when I move out! xo

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  17. LOVE progress posts and not just a finished product! you have already done so much work - it looks great i cant wait to see what it looks like with the crown molding.

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  18. So much potential!
    I like when bloggers show the progress, it helps to tell the story so well. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the space!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  19. Wow, I think the "before" looked pretty good but the "after" is even more amazing! I love the contrast between your gorgeous floors and white furnishings.

    I can't wait to see more!

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  20. I love seeing the progress. looks so beautiful, my dear

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  21. From the comments above, I see I'm not the only one who likes to see the progress of projects! The fireplace is adorable, can't wait to see how it will turn out!

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  22. your hard work paid off! and where did you get those chairs? i'm in love with those chairs and am looking where to buy them.
    i definitely think that doing before and after photos is such a great way to show the progress and the result. without showing the before images, we wouldn't have known the difference or have anything to compare it with.

    andrea brionne
    @himandher-blog.com

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