Talk of the Trains: House Updates

Friday, August 15, 2014

House Updates

Since the house we are purchasing is pretty much exactly like our old house but with an upstairs, we decided that we would do a few things to make this one feel new.

At first I was uncertain and I am still a bit nervous, but honestly, I am so darn excited, I can hardly wait!

We talked about painting ourselves, we got bids from an independent guy and then met with a designer at Lowe's for the kitchen who talked us through dollars and processes as well. At closing, the sellers realtor referred us to the guy who did the fixes we asked for when we bought the house. I figured that we might as well let him give us a bid as well just to see where we could stretch our dollars the furthest.

Long story short, if we did the painter for the house and Lowe's for the kitchen, we would still have other projects we wanted done and we would be coordinating lots of people in lots of places at different times. Matt's company {the guy the realtor referred us to} could do it all and his price was a bit less than the other two, plus he would throw in a bit more - since he was doing the whole job. On top of that, Lowe's would take 4-6 weeks for some of it and Matt and company will be done by Monday.


Yep! The trucks come Tuesday with our stuff and the contractors will finish up on Monday!

Here is the short list of the upgrades we are doing::

  • Painting the entire house. 
  • Updating lights and fixtures in the bathroom. 
  • Trim/switch out bathroom mirrors.
  • New counter tops and a new back splash. 
Picking out colors has been fun but a challenge. I wanted light, airy, cool, calming and neutral colors. No brights or bolds here as I am a huge proponent of painting plain Jane and then fancy up with accessories or pillows or lamps or something that you can change easily if you hate! I knew the idea I wanted, but took to the interwebs for help! 

Sherwin Williams has this cool feature where you can upload an actual photo of the room and then select the paint color and paint the walls. This was super helpful just to get an overall picture of what it would look like. 

Thanks to all in blog land, Instagram and all who emailed, messaged and commented with paint color suggestions! My SIL clued me into the fact that you can take any color to Sherwin Williams stores and they will color match it. Though we chose a Benjamin Moore color, we got it all through Sherwin Williams. We tried six grays on the wall and decided on Revere Pewter for the entire house and the bedrooms Revere Pewter at 50%. With the exception of one wall, all walls in the house will have a shade of the Revere Pewter on it. That one special wall will be pink and will be in a sweet little girls room... 

{Insert Mommy sucker award here.}

We were on our way over to talk about paint and she was SO excited about her PINK room. I couldn't tell her she wasn't getting pink - especially after she told others about it and was almost in happy tears, so instead hubby and I smiled and nodded as we picked out a light pink for a sassy little princess! 

....Speaking of pink. We were at my parents and I was trying to pull out the samples to write down the names to text CT3. Lets just say that Brother Bear and Sis Sis were trying to help me put them back and Brother wasn't as gentle as he could have been. The top was not all the way on and it busted off and paint spilled all over my parents hard woods. I grabbed it and ran. Literally, through the house, out the door, down the driveway and threw it in the pine straw.

DON'T even ask why I thought grabbing it and running was the right thing to do, but I did. We spent a solid hour and a half scrubbing the driveway on that one. Oops. 

You cant tell here, but the left wall has one coat so far of paint! 

As mentioned, in the bathrooms, we are switching out lights and hardware. Our contractor pulls it all down to paint so he said if we had it all in there and ready, they would install the new at no charge since they would be putting it back already. Here is the current/old pictures of two of the three bathrooms.

As of now, the mirror in the master bath has been pulled down, they will patch and paint and then we will install the new mirrors as well as the new lights. 

This may be one of the things I am most excited about. I feel like its relatively inexpensive but will make a HUGE impact and give it a totally different look and feel. 

I think my Dad or CT3 or someone is just going to trim out the other one to give it a framed look versus  us pulling it down and purchasing new. 

Lastly, the kitchen. The day we were starting, we met Matt at the house and by the time we got there at 10 am, all of the upstairs had been taped to paint, the vents and lights and all pulled down and the counter tops gone! EEEEK! No turning back now, right!?

We are going with a lighter granite with more of a silver {versus gold} undertone and a white subway tile and a white sink. I think that the granite will provide the perfect contrast with the walls and the white back splash and I cant wait to put our butcher block table in. The silver frame on it and the light wood really will pull everything together and I think make it look super sharp! 

So that's it for now!! Friday they will finish the paint, Sunday the granite will be installed and then Monday the back splash and then Tuesday we move in! 

Many more DIY projects are ahead {including the hubster tiling the laundry room floor} and I cant wait to show you the finished product of it all! 

Happy Friday! 
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  1. Obbbsesssed!!! With everything!!! We totally need to update our bathroom fixtures and mirrors. Thanks for the motivation. :) xx

  2. Yea! I'm a little jealous. Deep breaths. Three weeks. AND SELL THAT DARN KATHLEEN HOUSE.

  3. So much fun - I love seeing what you're doing with all of this!


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