Six Month Progress: Linen Closet

by hollycombs

I love my little linen closet, it’s nothing spectacular, but it will be perfect for us. This is actually one of the very first places that I painted so I could start unpacking the items inside.

Before:
Linen closet - before

Current:
Linen closet

I still have some organizing to do and someday I’d love to switch out the wire shelving for wooden, but for now, I’m just grateful I have one!

Linen Closet Source List:
Wall Paint – Revere Pewter by BM
Trim Paint – White Dove by BM

Other Six Month Progress reports:
Big “before” post
Master Bedroom
Guest Room
Guest Bath
Living Room
Dining Room

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Six Month Progress: Dining Room

by hollycombs

For every room like the Living Room or Master Bedroom that are feeling calm and pulled together, there are several rooms that are disaster areas, like the dining room. It’s just steps from the living room, but seems to be a repository for all the kitchen items that have yet to find a home as we renovate in there.

So, a before photo:

Dining room - before

And current photos:

Dining room, 6 month progress

Dining room, 6 month progress

Dining room, 6 month progress

We have big plans for this room, but obviously, they are mostly just plans. So far, all we’ve done is paint the walls and trim and part of the ceiling…

Someday, we want to add floor=to-ceiling built-ins to both sides of the sliding glass doors (designed and built by my Daddy =) ). Also, we’re going to replace those doors with lovely French doors. And set up the aquarium along the chimney, and have a custom-built table made with a metal stand and reclaimed barn wood top. And replace to flooring with something more kid friendly (read: spill resistant). And and and. Lots of plans, not much money…

Plus, we need to repair the plaster where we were having leaks along the chimney, oh and whitewash that chimney of course!

Dining Room Source List:
Wall Paint – Revere Pewter by BM
Trim Paint – White Dove by BM
Table: Antique store in WV
Wooden chairs: Antique store in WV
Cube Shelves: Ikea
Metal Chairs: Garage sale in OH (these actually belong in the kitchen)
Aquarium and stand: Hand-me-down from a friend
Unassembled table/chairs: Antique family heirlooms from Great Aunt Pinky via my brother
Bird Cage: Antique store in OH, for our wedding

Other Six Month Progress reports:
Big “before” post
Master Bedroom
Guest Room
Guest Bath
Living Room

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Six Month Progress: Living Room

by hollycombs

The living room is one of our more “put together” spaces. It’s not all there, by any means, but since the first week we lived in this house, I’ve loved being able to come in here and just sit down. And in cooler weather, have a fire. (The fireplace is, after all, the reason I fell in love with this house.) So while the rest of the house is largely chaos, I love this more peaceful room.

A few before photos:

Living room - before

Living room - before

First night

Our first night in the new house =).

And current photos:

Living room, 6 month progress

Living room, 6 month progress

Living room, 6 month progress

Living room, 6 month progress

A little work/reading spot for me in the corner, comfy and great for when I’m home alone:

Living room, 6 month progress

In some ways we’ve done a lot to this room: painting all the walls and trim, installing the TV cabinet, hanging curtains, purchasing new matching chairs. Yet, in other ways we have a long ways to go. A few things on the to do list: whitewash fireplace (hopefully before Christmas!) and paint the front door. Midterm projects include attempting to dye the light brown leather chair to match the love seat, possibly removing the fish tank (there’s nothing alive in it, aside from some algae), and finding a permanent solution to the need to a coffee table stand/legs. In the long run, we also want to swap out the flooring and maybe invest in a larger couch? We’re also still contemplating how exactly all the furniture should fit together in here since it’s such a large room.

The big question is what color should the front door be?

Living Room Source List:
Wall Paint – Revere Pewter by BM
Trim Paint – White Dove by BM
Love Seat/Ottoman – Local liquidation sale
Coffee Table – Trash rescue years ago
Slipper Chairs – Sears
Leather Chair – Hand-me-down from roommate
TV Cabinet – Thrift store
Papasan/Ottoman – Pier 1
Cube Shelf – Ikea
DVD Rack – Walmart
Curtains – JC Penney

Other Six Month Progress reports:
Big “before” post
Master Bedroom
Guest Room
Guest Bath

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Marked by grief

by hollycombs

We had just celebrated our second anniversary when we lost Michael, my brother-in-law.

Marriage isn’t always smooth sailing, but ours was good and God provided and we were growing.

And then such a loss. Grief marked each and every day.

We just celebrated our fourth anniversary. And this weekend marks two years since losing Michael.

Half of our marriage has been marked by grief more than any other emotion — sadness more than happiness, pain more than joy.

And next year, it will be more than half. The percentage will grow with each passing year until we will have been married enduring the “after” Michael’s passing as compared to the happiness “before”.

I hope and pray that with each passing year while the longing doesn’t end, the pain will fade. The heartache will ease. Someday, maybe life will be marked by more good days than bad. By more joy than mourning.

It seems to be happening already, in fits and starts. But the reality of loss always comes crashing back into our life.

Sometimes I want to scream at God that it’s not fair. I didn’t sign up for this. This isn’t what life — marriage — was supposed to look like. I never agreed to this!

But the pain isn’t given at the hand of God, the comfort, the peace, the joy — those are the gifts of God.

We live in a broken world.

I’m ready for it to be healed. Yet it isn’t time yet. I long for it, but I wait.

I’m older than Michael now. 28. He was 27.

It’s a strange feeling, because he was a year older than me and now I am a year older than him.

Michael came into the world during Hurricane Gloria, and he left us amid Hurricane Sandy.

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. – 1 Kings 19:11-12

The Lord isn’t in the storm, He is the still, small voice speaking comfort and peace.

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Weekend

by hollycombs

A little clip from my weekend…

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#janethegoat feeling playful

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{Moments of Inspiration}

by hollycombs

“Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them;
for those experiences have left an indelible impression,
and we are ever and anon reminded of them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Sunday afternoon walk

Sunday afternoon walk

Sunday afternoon walk

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The good/The bad

by hollycombs

While I’m working on getting some more six month photos of the house, here’s a quick update:

The good:
My sister-in-law and her littlest came to stay for a night. Just one night, but it was wonderful to open our new home to family. It’s what we dreamed about when we first began looking for a home. No worries over the half-renovated mess in the kitchen — hospitality doesn’t require perfection. Oh, and we received the new chairs for our living room, looking forward to getting the room just how we want it.

New chairs

The bad:
Yet again, we hit a water issue recently. The breaker on our water heater kept flipping and leaving us with freezing water. After a few cold showers, I couldn’t take it anymore and we got a new breaker (after all, we already got a new water heater). Surprisingly, such a simple thing seemed to fix the problem. Yay for no more cold showers!

The ugly:
Um, the kitchen. It’s a mess. Enough said.

Current kitchen

The lovely:
The front porch. Oh, it still needs a coat of paint on the railings and the front door is still Williamsburg Blue, but it’s featuring a pretty red rocking chair and some budding mums as well as a few fun colored pumpkins and gourds from Trader Joes. My own little welcome to fall. Plus, my anniversary bouquet from Husband…

Anniversary flowers

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Six Month Progress: Guest Bath

by hollycombs

Like the guest room, the guest bath hasn’t gotten a ton of love since we moved in. Mainly, it’s functioning (which is an improvement).

A few before photos:

Hall Bath - before

Hall Bath - before

And a current update:

We have replaced the curtain rod, replaced the guts in the toilet tank (it no longer runs constantly!), took down the old hardware, hung up a few shelves and painted.

Guest Bathroom progress

Guest Bathroom progress

Guest Bathroom progress

Obviously, we have a ways to go in here. The blue toilet? That needs to go. And the swirly shell sink? So 80s. We have plans to paint the vanity, replace the counter/sink (possibly with granite, we have a lead on some remnants), install a new (white) toilet and down the road work on the shower/tub and tile. I’d also love to see a new light fixture in there, and we want to frame out that giant mirror.

Guest Bath Source List:
Wall Paint – Revere Pewter by BM
Trim Paint – White Dove by BM
Curtain Rod – Home Depot
Shower Curtain – Bed, Bath & Beyond
Bamboo shelves – Tuesday Morning
Striped rug – Walmart

Other Six Month Progress reports:
Big “before” post
Master Bedroom
Guest Room

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Six Month Progress: Guest Room

by hollycombs

The guest room hasn’t gotten much attention (I could say that about many of our rooms!), but we DO have a bed in there now, so we’re getting somewhere =).

Before…

Guest Bedroom - before

Progress:

Guest room at six months

Guest room at six months

Guest room at six months

Obviously, there is still some work to be done here, and the room has become a repository for furniture that we don’t have a place for anywhere else. The closet doors (and inside the closets) still need to be painted. I also have some great fabric to make curtains (ones that come all the way to the floor instead of stopping a foot off the ground!). And the ceiling fan doesn’t even have a globe on it, but we’ll get there one of these days!

Mostly, I’m just glad we can leave the door open without Ginger getting on the bed when we’re not home–the same cannot be said for our bedroom.

Guest Room Source List:
Wall Paint – Revere Pewter by BM
Trim Paint – White Dove by BM
Bed – craigslist, painted White Dove by BM
Rug – Tuesday Morning
Quilt – Antique store (Ohio)
Bookcase – Ikea
Chests of drawers – Ikea
Wardrobe – Hand-me-down

Other Six Month Progress reports:
Big “before” post
Master Bedroom

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Six Month Progress: Master Bedroom

by hollycombs

So I shared a big old post of “before” photos, and now I’d like to give some updates now that we’re six months in. The house is far from finished (I’ll give a sneak peak at what the kitchen looks like right now…), but we are making progress and I want to document this in-between stage.

So to start, the master before:

Master bedroom - before

And a few current photos:

Master bedroom - 6 month progress

Master bedroom - 6 month progress

Master bedroom - 6 month progress

Master bedroom - 6 month progress

Master bedroom - 6 month progress

The master bedroom is definitely the most “together” room in the house, and obviously it’s not finished. It’s still missing curtains on one window (I just found the hardware for the second curtain rod this week!), needs more art on the walls etc. But its the calmest room in the house for sure. I painted, placed furniture, hung a few things on the wall and even set out a few decorations.

And, since I want to be honest about how things are going, the before on the master bathroom:

Master Bath - before

And the current state of the master bath and closet (at least the gold sponge-painted stripes are gone, although the closet is an utter mess)…

Master bathroom - 6 month progress

Master bathroom - 6 month progress

Master closet - 6 month progress

And just to prove how much we really don’t have it together right now, the kitchen:

Current kitchen

Master Bedroom Source List:
Wall Paint – Revere Pewter by BM
Trim Paint – White Dove by BM
Comforter/pillows – Dillards
Rug – JCP
Headboard – local decor shop (it’s actually a room divider!)
Bedside tables – Craigslist
Blonde dressers – Antique store (Ohio)
Wooden dresser – Family heirloom
Coat tree – Family heirloom
Jewelry armoir – Estate sale (VA)
Trunk – Antique store (Ohio)
Sheepskin – Antique store (WV)
Hat/Scarf rack – Flea market
Pouf – TJ Maxx
Lamps – Ollies
Standing mirror – Hand-me-down from roommate
Chair – Antique store (WV)
Curtains/Rods – JCP
Hamper – Tuesday Morning

Master Bath/Closet Source List:
Wall Paint – Silver Gray by BM (definitely a blue tone)
Trim Paint – White Dove by BM
Mirror – Home Depot
Shower curtain – Kohl’s

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