Okay. We’re a little exhausted from the past few years of major renovations around here at the Rettinger house. So… because I can’t completely give up the DIY projects (duh, out of the question) we decided to tackle a few smaller fixes! Yipee Now, don’t get too excited. You have been forewarned. There are no super pretty pictures in this post. First up for sharing? Our awkward mini windows in the living room. Unfortunately this is the only before pic we have. As in before we even lived in the house, ha. And it’s a half shot.
See that tiny little misplaced window on the right there? Yea.. it has a twin. Actually, these windows are pretty common in a house of it’s era, but usually paired with a fireplace. Sigh.. no we don’t have one. The previous owner completely removed it. Who does that?? Anyway. They stuck out like a sore thumb. And with all of the other additions we’ve added to this room, we really hated that the eye went straight to these fugly windows. So… we made a few improvements. Now, most people wouldn’t think that adding more to a feature would actually make it blend with the rest of the room, but in this case it does just that. First, we had custom sized blinds made that we already had in the rest of the house. We totally scored on these white faux wood blinds from JCPenney’s. We got them during the holidays for 60% off! (Love!) Next up, the hubster added some simple molding around the exterior of the windows. We just used some 1×3′s to fit in with the rest of the house. We would have loved moldings with a little more character, but in our home it would have just looked out of place. So, simple it is.
Add just a few coats of white paint and…
Okay, not the typical “after” shot around here. But definitely an improvement, and an easy one at that. We are loving how you don’t even notice these suckers now. Now to do something about these obnoxious cords hanging down from the TV that have been glaring at me all afternoon.
Yes, I said she. And I’m referring to our new dining table that I introduced a while back here. It may have taken four guys to actually get her up to the house and into the dining room (she’s a brute), but it’s done! Take a look
You may notice our dining empty room in the background. It’s a blank slate. We just recently painted over what was an entirely red room, top to bottom. Which I admit, was our doing. It was great for a short time, but too much red can be a little overwhelming. Not to mention that this room is visible from pretty much everywhere on the first floor. I’m thrilled with the grey. Here’s a shot of the wonderful wallpaper that was here when we moved in. Yikes.
A little minty. Now for what lies ahead. Chairs. I’m loving the rustic farmhouse table and modern chairs look that I’m seeing around these days. Definitely going to be taking that route. Here’s a little eye candy to show you what options we’re looking into dreaming of.
I would take just about any of these rooms home with me. BEAUTIFUL. And although it is a little overdone at this point, I am still in awe at that chalkboard wall. This photo gets me every time. So fun!
Orange Oak Galore! Here’s a tip. If you are going to stain your kitchen cabinets in a shade of orange, do not make the floors in the same exact shade, and definitely never pull it into the wall color as well. If you do, this is what will happen:
We completely gutted this kitchen. New cabinets, new countertops, new appliances, the works. And new floors are ready to be installed. We’ll have that update soon! So take a look at the after
Cannot wait to lay those new floors. They’ll be the same as the ones seen here in the nursery! And a few more pics of the kitchen because I know you guys love that eye candy.
You can see in this pic where the new floors will meet up with those in the nursery. There’s nothing better than seamless floors throughout a home. It will bring everything together and keeps a home from feeling choppy (yes I probably made this word up).
A bowl of real lemons would add a great pop of color in any kitchen. Unfortunately they would just go to waste in our house, so a cute picture will do just the same.
I don’t have a before picture of this wall but it was just a blank slate. No cabinets, no wine rack, just wall.
So I’d say the kitchen didn’t turn out half bad. Honestly, considering this renovation started about 3 years ago (it was the first thing we did after moving in) I don’t remember the majority of my reasons for the selections we made. For instance, my dream kitchen these days consists of entirely white. So how we ended up with a black granite counter and backsplash is still to be explained. And I don’t think I’ve ever been a huge fan of maple, but I love it in our house. Not to mention the plum walls, although I again love them, not sure where this idea came from. Regardless, I think everything works pretty well together.