Well it’s official, we’ve lived on Robin Lane for exactly one year. We signed the papers and got our keys on February 18, 2014 but did not move in until February 22, 2014. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone by and more importantly, all the projects we have completed
Here’s your look back……
#1 We painted and decorated the dining room
Remember those awesome bamboo vinyl decals? Yeah, who doesn’t? We also put up new draperies and replaced the light fixture. Next up in this room? Replace the sliding glass doors with french doors.
#2. We painted the master bedroom walls and doors from that terrible corduroy thing the last owners left us with.
I know this photo is not from the same angle, but its the only one that really showcased the awesome paint job before I got my hands on it.
#3. We removed the off-centered window in the master bedroom by covering it up with a handmade headboard. The only thing left in this room is to fix the closet situation (not enough closet space for two people) and find the perfect mirror to hang over the dresser.
#4. We replaced every light fixture in the house, literally. The dining room, the upstairs hallway, the downstairs hallway, the entry way, the guest bathroom, the kitchen….here’s just a reminder of what we were working with.
#5. We painted what we still affectionally call, “The Blue Room” aka, spare bedroom #1.
Oh my goodness, do you remember the disaster that was this room? I still remember the look Andrew and I exchanged when we walked in this room when looking at the house. With a little help from my mom, it turned out nicely. This room really is perfect and doesn’t need any more help from us for the time being, but eventually will have all the trim and doors painted white to match the rest of the house.
#6. We painted what we still affectionally call “The Yellow Room” aka spare bedroom #2.
Oh those walls! I swear you got a sunburn just standing in that room! This room, much like the other spare bedroom is in pretty good shape. It is furnished, functional, and appears “finished”. I eventually plan to repaint the trim which the last owners had painted FLAT white. *Yuck* It will get the same semi-gloss white we painted the rest of the trim in the house.
#7. We took down the 80’s-refic wood spindles that “separated” the entry way and living room.
If I had known it would only take the 5 minutes it did to get these things down I would have done it February 22, 2014. We were so worried that the ceiling underneath the wood was not finished, which caused me to not want to take them down just because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle. When we got ready to install the wood floors, I knew if I wanted them down, it had to be now so we could fix the ceiling beforehand. It took Andrew and one of his buddies literally 5 minutes. The ceiling underneath turned out to be finished and all we had to do was a bit of touch up paint! #8. We painted the basement’s wood paneling.
You remember the story, it was supposed to be stained a nice dark brown, but that didn’t work out for me, so instead it got painted the nice cream. It truly brightens the room and I’m happy with the outcome!
#9. We’ve added a few personal touches to the basement recreation room.
This room is not anywhere close to what I want it to be, yes it is painted and the wall storage units have had a facelift, but I’m not done yet. We had tons of other things to do to make the upstairs of the house feel more homey and haven’t had the money, resources, or time to tackle this room yet. Next up for this room is a complete revamp of the furniture. I plan to purchase a large brown leather sectional and a HUGE television. We also plan to replace the sliding door that goes to the front walk-out with french doors. I’d also like to look into putting an electric fireplace unit in our fireplace so we can use it easily and more frequently.
#10. Andrew has added his own touches to the downstairs office.
This room was one that didn’t require any work other than decorating. No paining, no floor fix, nothing! The laminate flooring that is in there now works awesome for Andrew’s office chair and he liked the the current paint. He added some of his own favorite things and moved some stuff to put actual office supplies of mine (like paperwork and bills and boring stuff). We do however plan to purchase a new desk, one that is larger for comfort and storage.
#11. We did a minor master bathroom remodel.
We painted, hung a new mirror, and added a nicer over-the-toilet shelf to make this room look a little more put together. I also repainted the cabinets and replaced the hardware. Next up for this room is a new counter top and tile floors.
#12. We did a minor guest bathroom remodel-last week actually.
The guest bathroom was functional, but it just looked worn and tired and kind of sad. I started this project last week by accident while painting the trim and doors to match the other trim and doors in the house (we wanted to finish everything up while I still had all the supplies out). I lifted a piece of wallpaper to paint the board under it, and well, suddenly all the wallpaper was gone. We painted the walls a brownish-gray, put up a new over-the-toilet shelf, and bought a new shower curtain. I also painted the cabinets, because they could not have been worse to look at before.
#13. We re-grouted the tile backsplash in the guest bathroom.
This was pretty simple and created quite a bang for our buck. In the coming weeks I plan to frame the mirror using leftover molding from the floor install and replace the fan/light. The room eventually will get tiled floor and a new counter top.
#14. We replaced the outlet covers and light switches from cream to white, to match the new white trim.
#15. We painted the front door a nice cheery blue.
#17. The most impressive and extensive project of the year? We replaced the carpet in the living room, dining room, hallway, and master bedroom with hardwood.
This has been my goal since we moved in and to see it in real life is crazy. It has completely changed the look of the house. It makes it look bigger, cleaner, and more modern. You can read about the week long process here, here, and here.
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So, as you can see, we’ve had a busy year here on Robin Lane and we’ve checked off most of my short term goals. What’s up for us next? I’ve still got quite a few more projects to check off.