Thursday, December 17, 2015

Reno Project Update | Entry Progress

Another project update for you today! I'm sharing the before's & progress shots of the entry way of this lovely little 1989 gem :) Above is a photo of the space before we got our hands on it - complete with wallpaper, borders, pink carpet and honey oak. We knew we wanted to add structure and 'good bones' to totally recreate the first space you see when you enter the house. Trim and interior finishings would do just that! So I got to drawing up my vision, in a very amateur and non-AutoCAD way (ie. random scraps of paper):

I knew that the dated curved staircase wall had the potential to be a show-stopper. Just needed the ingredients to get it there. In came a truck-load of trim from Metrie, oh happy day! We selected a gorgeous panel mould combined with flat stock to create a recessed look, I love love love the profile and high-quality of the trim we chose!

We got to planning out and prepping the space. I decided to paint the banister and just the horizontal footings in a deep brown (Benjamin Moore's Black Bean Soup) - I was very proud of my meticulous taping job :) Everything else would get a nice fresh coat of BM's Chantilly Lace.

It's amazing what you can do with flat stock on a curved wall! Our fabulous trim guy Mark notched out so many points that we were able to literally bend MDF:

Ok, so cue the dramatic music - another before shot in it's 'honey-oak glory':
Banister sanded and sanded and sanded:
And a nice new lick of paint!
We hummed and hawed over the idea of staining the banister but after lots of research we figured out that we could get the look we wanted to achieve with paint and 2 clear polyurethane coats. I am happy with the results and it was much faster and easier. We've yet to add the flooring, baseboards, and lighting to the space. Here's a peek into the powder room, before & after:

The old doors got a coat of paint as well, a budget-friendly option! (Sherwin Williams Black Magic):

Front exterior door was replaced with a solid fir door that I am quite thrilled with. We lost light coming through, which I realize many people would hate to do, but for me privacy was more important (Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black):

Here's a peek at a few other things about to go into this space, we've selected a lovely patterned wool carpet for the stairs, a medium brown oak wood flooring, and these gorgeous ceiling fixtures from Shades of Light.

I'll share the final space when it all comes together! You can hop back to see our living room and kitchen progress in case you missed them.

Thanks for taking the time to check out the progress, you can follow along with current updates on my instagram account as well ;)


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our Winter Babe Is On The Way

Our little family of two is about to grow! I can't believe I'm in week 37 of pregnancy as of today. Time has flown by with this reno taking place, but we simply had to pause, soak it in, and try to capture the moment with a maternity photo session. It's been so hard to just stop and realize all that is going on around us. And as of about 2 weeks ago we've learned that baby is in a breech position and this may mean an earlier arrival via C-section. I'm still praying he'll turn around but I'm also realizing it's all in God's hands and I'm just going to take it one small step at a time.
Here's a little tid-bit of our photos for you (by Trina Lianne):
Thanks for coming along this journey with me! More updates on baby & reno to come soon :)

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