Yarn Along – The Gathering Cowl

Yarn Along – The Gathering Cowl

What I’m knitting, and what I’m reading

Yarn Along The Gathering Cowl

It took me a while to start this project, between getting the right size needles and learning what a provisional cast on and Kitchener stitch are. But I’m glad I didn’t let the new lingo scare me off, because once I got started, I completed The Gathering Cowl in one evening. And I absolutely love it! Also, finishing in one evening gave me more time to read — Persuasion by Jane Austen, because in the bleakness of winter, Jane is a good friend.

Joining Ginny at Small Things.

Six Month Progress: Sunroom

Six Month Progress: Sunroom

This room hasn’t changed much since we bought the house, but thought I’d share the current state of it anyway — I like to call this look “jungle.”

Before:

Sun room - before

Current:

Sun room - 6 months

Sun room - 6 months

Next summer I’m going to paint in here, and hopefully make room for a little sitting area. But for now, this room is keeping Husband’s plants alive, and that’s what we want most. Also, we would LOVE to replace the sliding glass doors with pretty French doors…someday.

Other Six Month Progress reports:
Big “before” post
Master Bedroom
Guest Room
Guest Bath
Living Room
Dining Room
Linen Closet
Study
Kitchen/Pantry

Six Month Progress: Kitchen/Pantry

Six Month Progress: Kitchen/Pantry

So the kitchen is where most of the work has gone over the past six months. Obviously we pulled down the wallpaper and painted the walls, trim, ceilings etc. We took out a wall, added a wall, replaced the sink, faucet and counter tops, painted the cabinets, added and moved cabinets. So, so much. It’s crazy to look at the before and afters. A huge thank you to the many friends and family who helped us do this on a tight budget!

Before:

Kitchen - before

Kitchen - before

And currently:

6 months kitchen

6 months kitchen

6 months kitchen

We still have some work to do, like sanding and sealing the counter tops and adding hardware to the cabinets. Someday we would love to replace the flooring with wood grain tile in a charcoal/gray color. We also would like to put in a built-in bench and better fitting table in that little eating nook.

And, just to keep it real, here’s the before and “current” of the pantry/laundry:

Laundry room - before

Laundry pantry - 6 months

Yeah, that’s not pretty.

Kitchen Source List:
Wall Paint – Silver Gray by BM (definitely a blue tone)
Trim/Cabinet Paint – White Dove by BM
Table/Chairs – Garage Sale (OH)
Counter tops – Ikea
Stove – East Coast Appliances
Hood – Home Depot
Sink – Ikea
Fridge – Craigslist
Pendant Light – Home Depot

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

Six Month Progress: Study

Six Month Progress: Study

The study has been one of the most “abused” rooms in the house. We throw things in there that have nowhere else to go, meanwhile, I’m trying to unpack my desk, books, and craft/sewing supplies, and it’s home to the Sugar Gliders.

Needless to say, it looks an absolute wreck right now!

Before:

Study - before

Study - before

Current catastrophe:

Study, 6 month progress

Study, 6 month progress

Study, 6 month progress

Study, 6 month progress

I will say that covering all that red paint was wonderful! I still have to paint the closet and louvered doors, and the ceiling is only painted along the edges, but everything else is painted.

Also on the to do list: replace the sports themed ceiling fan, install curtains, and install tons of wall shelving everywhere! I also want to paint the sewing desk and somehow refinish the roll-top desk. And, of course, replace the flooring eventually. This room will also end up being a guest room, so we’re going to have to fit a bed in here somewhere!

Study Source List:
Wall Paint – Revere Pewter by BM
Trim Paint – White Dove by BM
Roll-top Desk: Craigslist in IN, via my brother
File Cabinet: Antique store in OH
Sewing Desk: Thrift store in VA
Trunk: Rescued from trash pile in VA
Sugar Glider cage: Craigslist
Corner Shelf: Ikea
Desk Lamp: JC Penney

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

Six Month Progress: Linen Closet

Six Month Progress: Linen Closet

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

Six Month Progress: Dining Room

Six Month Progress: Dining Room

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

Six Month Progress: Living Room

Six Month Progress: Living Room

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

The good/The bad

The good/The bad

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

Six Month Progress: Guest Bath

Six Month Progress: Guest Bath

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

Six Month Progress: Guest Room

Six Month Progress: Guest Room

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