Today I ran downstairs to grab some windex and then suddenly this had happened:
My dining room had some really ornate old-fashioned wallpaper that I was planning to remove and then I just decided to try peeling and it all came off really easily. The wall underneath is in pretty bad shape, though. I see a lot of spackle in my future.
I took pictures of the bedroom three or four times and then thought, “Oh! I have to wait until I do one more thing!” But I just accepted that it will never end. So, as a reminder, here is the “before” picture (furniture is previous owner’s).
I repainted, cleaned, removed 10 slats from the blinds, and moved my furniture in. I also bought a rug, a mirror, and some pillows. Now it looks roughly like this.
Loki is the bump in the bed. Hiding from thunder! Also, apologies for the bad photos. Nighttime is not my camera’s friend.
I’m much happier with the soft gray than the deep red. It still seems really unfinished to me, but there’s also a lot more to do. In the short-term, I need to put up some artwork, buy curtains for the window and for the closet (the previous closet doors were a complete mess), and maybe a bench for the bed. Longer-term, I think I need a bed frame, a wardrobe and maybe new lamps and side-tables.
No after pictures yet of the bedroom because I’m out of town attending a friend’s wedding. While I’m here, I’m also picking up the newest member of my household. Meet Charlie!
She’s a sweet Staffordshire Terrier mix from Albuquerque who I met a couple years ago. She’s really obedient and friendly and so pretty. Here’s another picture!
I’ve been working hard on the house and will have some in-progress pictures soon! I’m working on it room-by-room and started with the master bedroom because I can’t really unpack until it’s sort of ready. I’m finally to the point where I can basically move in.
My house is really a two-story townhouse. It has two bedrooms, 1.5 bath, a living room, dining room, breakfast nook, garage, and den. It has, comically, three(!) fireplaces. When I bought it, it had popcorn ceilings in almost every room. The first thing I did was hire someone to remove the texture.
The bedroom was a very dark deep red. I was a little afraid of it, probably because I’ve read Jane Eyre a few too many times. There was a tv mount in the corner that was stubbornly stuck and when I finally got it down, it brought a some wall with it. Here are some before pictures:
After filling holes, sanding, priming, and painting the walls and trim, it looks like a completely different room. I still need to buy some more furniture and a rug, unpack and decorate, but I’m so happy with how it’s coming along. I’ll bring pictures soon.
Yesterday I put an offer down on a house! Well, actually a townhouse. Then there was a counter offer and a counter counter offer and a counter counter counter offer, which I accepted! I’m trying not to get too excited because there’s still a lot to do and a lot that could go wrong, but hopefully it will work out! Today I have to call a mortgage guy and a lawyer and sign some papers. Oh, and schedule an inspection. But if all goes well, then this will be my living room in a month (different furnishings of course).