The major renovations are basically over (thank the Lord, Hallelujah, Amen!), the laundry room and bedroom that we added on are fully functioning and the construction crew has been replaced with Rupert and I. It is nice having the house back to ourselves, but we still have a ton of little things (and some big things) to do. We currently have about 10 DIY tasks in the making, each at various stages of completion all over the house. Here is to hoping we can knock a few of these projects off our list this weekend….
Above is a glimpse of the patio project I mentioned that Rupe and I worked on all last weekend. We painted the back wall to match the house (minus that trellis part that is kind of falling off since we will be taking that down and replacing it with something else, TBD) and started building some seating for around the fireplace. We were able to finish the bench on the left (minus the cushion) and got the entire right bench framed out, but still need to wrap it with the pretty wood and finish it off. A full post on that to come, in hopefully the near future.
In the den/family room I really wanted to create some built-in shelving to hold the TV and make it feel cozier. So, after buttering my parents up with the trip to Catalina and before they left town, I put my dad to work in helping Rupe and I make these built-ins. We still have to trim out each shelf, paint, add a door, and do a lot of caulking, but it’s one more project that I can just almost share the details of (soon, hopefully soon:).
Meanwhile… back in the kitchen. We got the second batch of cabinet doors from SemiHandmade to finish off the extension! Remember how we had professional painters do the first round? Well, this time I threw all my reasoning out the window because my dad was in town to show me exactly how easy it is to use a paint sprayer and which one to get. We ended up getting this HVLP one… and hooking it up to an air compressor. Now I want to spray EVERYTHING! (again, more on that soon. Is this getting old yet?).
We are still waiting on the rest of our cabinet pulls, and have to trim out the top and bottom of the cabinets too (one day I actually will paint the toe-kicks as well).
And finally, we moved into the new bedroom! This was the first morning waking up in the new light-filled space. While Rupert was trying (and failing) to implement a no dogs on the new bed rule with Pikku (she is a top negotiator), I was busy snapping away in bleary eyed delight. One project I’ve got in the works in the bedroom is re-upholstering our old bed. The sun had badly and unevenly faded the fabric so it was in desperate need of a refresh. I re-covered the base already (shown above) and just have to finish off the headboard, which I had saved for my mom to help me with (thank goodness for crafty parents).
So, now you know what I will be up to in my free-time for the next unforeseeable future! Project “finish this place already” is in full swing and I can’t wait to be able to share all the details.
Product Sources: PATIO: Vintage Fireplace from Surfing Cowboys // All BATHROOM Pieces // KITCHEN: Alto Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Bar Cart (vintage) from Hunt & Gather // Doors & Drawer fronts by SemiHandmade // Cabinet frames from Ikea // Cabinet Pulls by Lewis Dolin // Cabinet paint colors: Pigeon & Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Floor Stain Color is Ebony by Minwax // BEDROOM: Bedding from West Elm // Persian rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto