We’ve been busting @$$ on our bathroom now for 3 months and I’ve been so busy with bathroom-ing, working and hosting out-of-towners (7 out of the previous 10 weeks – and people wonder why we have a dedicated guest room??) that I honestly have completely forgotten to update you on some of the other things we’ve been working on. See, when I got frustrated or overwhelmed with the bathroom (which still isn’t completely finished – yet), I’d focus on other things like, say, the dining room, the Room of Requirement or our Living Room. In most cases, they weren’t massive changes, but I thought now would be a good time to update the Nickel Tour page with more up-to-date pics. Since I actually don’t have paint, caulk, grout or thinset stuck in my hair now is a good time to actually clean up the house a bit and take some pics!
One of our big changes in this room actually happened last fall and was F-R-E-E. But we’ve made one other major change in here which really brought it all together. Basically we a) changed around the furniture layout (FREE) and b) bought a rug from Pottery Barn for a super duper clearance! I bought the rug back in March sometime and told you all about it here, but then that pesky bathroom kept getting in the way of my reporting and blogging! It has a nice big pattern and is loop pile (almost feels like berber), which means stains, footprints, etc all kind of vanish – meaning, when you spill red wine….which never happens around here….it’s not such a big deal to clean it up! Not that I’m inviting your lush-ass to my house to spill red wine. Don’t get your hopes up. We don’t live in THAT kind of house. Actually, I don’t let red wine drinkers in the family room. White wine? Hit it up! Beer! Belly up! Red wine and spaghetti sauce? Get your ass in the dining room where you belong.
Our new rug!
We’re still playing around with furniture layout in this room. But this is what we’ve settled on for now.
The room is such an odd shape and then I have this ridiculously long wall here that just confuses me with what to do with it. I’ve never been happy with this wall of mirrors – it was just a cheap solution until we could afford something grander/larger:
Oh, how I can't stand super long walls!! The possibilities are endless!
I’ve thought about doing something similar to our upstairs landing like so…
Check out the photo collage on the right
….but I can’t really decide. Oh, and then there’s that pesky bathroom that keeps getting in the way (link to pesky bathroom). Sooner or later I’ll get around to switching it up. Or I might not….that’s how we roll around here people. But back to the family room – do you notice how light and pretty the family room is? And then the kitchen in the background just kind of sucks the life out of the rest of the room?
Urg….how I would love to have a white kitchen. No, really….a white kitchen! Cream…don’t care…anything but what we have…
The Front Door
Ok, don’t get me started on our front door. Before we moved in, the previous owners kicked in the door, so the outside (and inside) is just in crap shape. Add to it the fact that we still haven’t changed out the brassy sherriff’s locks and our whole door is really ready for a makeover, which we’d love to tackle sometime this summer if we have time. But in order for us to do that, we need to take the door down, sand it down, do some repair work and then put it back up. But as lovely as it sounds to have no front door for a few days while we’re working on the door, we thought a better alternative would be to get a storm door and call it a day:
I took this picture forEVER ago - look at how cloudy it is...
…of course it also serves a functional purpose once the door is refinished and pretty, which is to say that it will protect the door from water damage and warping down the line. Oh, and it gives Maggie something fun to look out of. It’s like her personal TV set.
Room of Requirement
You’ve seen the pics from awhile ago, but we still didn’t have an end table, we hadn’t hung artwork and we still had our old ginormous TV. So here are the FINAL pics to our makeover.
…and I must say, I LOVE this room! It’s so much fun to hang out in.
We play the husband plays a lot of video games up here (especially lately since Portal 2 came out – yum!). And even though we don’t have Cable up here, we do have access to our XBox live account, which is attached to our TV downstairs, so if we want to watch recorded cable shows, we can easily do that up here. We’ve even had a few four person sessions of Rock Band and I’m so glad we got the two green ottoman stools because we can just move those around the room for the drummer and the singer. It’s awesome! And although we haven’t yet needed to use it as a sleeper, we likely will at some point in time, so it’s so great that we have an extra sleeping space when we need it, a reading room AND a fun media room.
So there ya have it! A couple of updates on some rooms (and not rooms). These are the projects we’ve been tackling behind-the-scenes since the bathroom has essentially taken over our lives! But it finally feels like the end is near when it comes to the bathroom (oh, it’s still not completely done, m’friends!), but now that it’s completely functional, we feel like the “urgency” aspect has kind of been removed thank goodness!