Progress update!

We’re getting so close! The minute the trim went on, I started getting excited. I mean, it’s not like I wasn’t excited about the studs and garage floor and roof (pssst: I wasn’t) but the finishing touches are so much more impactful! My mother-in-law stopped over and she nearly walked into a wall upstairs because she was so distracted by the bathroom finishings, haha. That’s what we’re going for…we want everyone to walk into walls because they’re so busy swiveling their head around! Here’s some photos of the current progress and a shnazzy video tour (don’t worry, the music is just the intro, not through the whole video).

All that’s left is window flower boxes and shutters (I have some big flower pots full of annuals for the stairs)

Entryway

Understair storage

First coat of primer on the stairs

Upstairs hallway (bathroom door at the end of the hall)

Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs bath with clawfoot tub

Master bedroom upstairs

Second upstairs bedroom

Third bedroom downstairs

Dining room

Living room

View of the kitchen from the dining area

View of the kitchen from the rear of the home

View of the kitchen from the entryway hallway

Downstairs bath (this is on your right when you come in the back door)

Crash boom bang (goes the entryway closet)

Whenever George is doing anything destructive he yells “Crash boom bang!” – and our entryway closet definitely went crash boom bang. The closet “before” was an ugly (un)improvement that some owners decided was necessary for function, and it thoroughly closed off the entryway light from the rest of the house. Because…who doesn’t want a dark, small, claustrophobic entryway? Pscht.

The closet "before" was barely functional much less attractive.

The closet “before” was barely functional much less attractive.

We weren’t sure what (if anything) the wall was hiding on the kitchen side. There was a cut out for a fridge, but it looked like some wasted space above the fridge and we thought maybe it was hiding a surprise. Luckily, it could be broken wide open to let light, air and good vibes escape.

The closet comes down.

Closet/hallway view from the kitchen, mid-destruction.

Closet/hallway view from the kitchen, mid-destruction.

Once the hallway went away, you could see the beauty of the original staircase and entryway. It looks so much better now that you can view all the way to the back of the house through the kitchen.

The closet transforms back into a hallway

The closet transforms back into a hallway

Today, the hallways stands bare (but breathable) while we figure out under-stair storage. There are some amazing ideas on Pinterest and Houzz and I am having way too much fun planning – we may never come to a decision!

The open staircase hallway

The open staircase hallway (plus one cute dog – he’s part of the crew)